11 Fun Facts About Eugene, Oregon

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Eugene-Springfield, located on the south end of Oregon’s beautiful Willamette Valley, is where Willamette Valley Company is head-quartered; and if we do say so, there is no place better to call home!

Our area is known as one of America’s most livable communities; a lively blend of arts and culture, numerous parks and gardens, culinary offerings and miles of running and bike trails. The area’s bike bridges that span the Willamette River are more numerous than those for vehicular traffic, making Eugene consistently ranked among the top running and bicycling destination in the country.

Performing arts centers, galleries, music and cultural festivals, museums, as well as the dynamics of the University of Oregon’s intellectual and athletic inspiration keep the area thriving with vitality. Many area restaurants specialize in serving up seasonal menus to capitalize on the harvest from the abundance of local organic farms, complimented by local award- winning wines.

We thought we could have some fun this month and highlight some interesting facts you may not know about our “Emerald City”.

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FACT #1: Eugene is the only U.S. city to host three consecutive U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field (1972, 1976, 1980). It’s also home of the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field – Hayward Field

FACT #2: Eugene is the birthplace of Nike

FACT #3: Donald Duck, the mascot for the University of Oregon, is the ONLY sports mascot by Disney

FACT #4: Eugene is consistently ranked as one of America’s “Most Bicycle Friendly Cities”

FACT #5: Springfield, Oregon is the real life inspiration for the Simpson’s hometown

FACT #6: Oregon’s largest sports arena/stadium is the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium

FACT #7: Eugene’s slogan is “A Great City for the Arts and Outdoors”. It is also referred to as the “Emerald City”, and as “Track Town, USA”.

FACT #8: Eugene is named after its founder, Eugene Franklin Skinner. Until 1889, it was named Eugene City.

FACT #9: Eugene is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon and the county seat of Lane County.

FACT #10: You can find 500-year old trees in Delta Old Growth Nature Trail off Highway 126E. Also, the oldest Black Tartarian cherry tree in the U.S. is located inside the Owen Rose Garden in Eugene. Go see it!

FACT #11: Eugene is home to some of our regions best breweries, while downtown Eugene hubs are infused with bottleshops, taphouses and growler fill stations. Well-known breweries include Ninkasi, Rogue and McMenamins.

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2014 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference

When we mention POLYQuik Fastpatch concrete repair products, one may associate them with filling voids, defects and damaged areas in roadways, parking lots, warehouses and sidewalks; but did you know our POLYQuik products are also optimal for airport runways, taxiways, and aprons?

WVCO representatives are headed to Galloway, NJ early next month with airport operators, aviation consultants, construction contractors, research engineers, and academic researchers at the 2014 FAA Worldwide Airport Technology Transfer Conference!

The conference, sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration and The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey August 5-7, 2014, will be a unique opportunity for our team to focus attention on how our concrete repair products can be used to improve airport safety and pavement technologies.

The keynote speaker for this event will be Scott Murrell, the Chief Civil Engineer of the Port Authority of NY & NJ. During his extensive career, he has designed numerous pavement, rail, drainage and utility projects. Airfield projects range from reconstruction of major runways to designing a precast concrete taxiway pavement. The conference will be held at the Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club, located near some of the top attractions on the Jersey Shore.

If you are headed to the conference, we invite you to stop by our booth to learn about what POLYQuik can offer. POLYQuik Fastpatch concrete repair products are fast curing, tough materials. Each product is designed with ready-to-use packaging to meet needs your application. For more information, please visit www.polyquik.com.

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The APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition returns to Canada!

WVCO will exhibit POLYQuick at the APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition in August.

The APWA International Public Works Congress & Exposition is returning to Canada after a 25 year hiatus and Willamette Valley Company will be there to exhibit! For more than 100 years, this event has drawn thousands of public works professionals from all over the world.

APWA’s Congress, featuring more than 125 technical and professional development sessions, will be held August 17–20, 2014 at Metro Toronto Convention Centre – South Building, Toronto, ON, Canada.

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We cannot wait to join the many innovative exhibitors on APWA’s exhibit floor to demonstrate the latest products, services and technologies specific to public works. If you are headed to what is known as “The Best Show in Public Works”, we invite you to come to Booth 334 to say hello and learn more about our groundbreaking concrete, wood and rail repair products.

APWA’s exhibit floor will be an EXPO EXPERIENCE like none other. They will be broadcasting live interviews with session speakers throughout the week in addition to cyber stations for attendees to connect. Attendees will also benefit from a range of technical and professional development sessions that address current public works issues.

Who Should Attend:

Public Works Directors
Superintendents and Managers
Directors and Managers of Operations and Operations Personnel
City and County Engineers
Consulting Engineers
Construction Directors and Managers
Solid Waste Managers and Coordinators
Public Fleet Directors and Managers
Public Facilities and Grounds Directors and Managers
Water Services Directors and Managers
Streets/Roads/Bridges Directors and Managers
Transportation Directors and Managers
Stormwater and Flood Control Directors and Managers
Emergency Management Directors and Coordinators
City Planners?Sustainability Specialists
Anyone else whose responsibilities are public works-related

Areas Covered:

Career & Personal Development
Construction Management
Emergency Management
Engineering & Technology
Fleet Services
Parks & Grounds?Snow & Ice
Solid Waste?Stormwater / Flood Control
Traffic Engineering
Water & Wastewater

About APWA
For more than 75 years, APWA has been the education and networking choice of public works professionals who seek professional excellence and quality education experiences such as live workshops and seminars, online education, and the Donald C. Stone Center. Organizations like The American Public Works Association enable public works professionals and companies (like us) with access to the latest technologies and resources to better serve our industry. To learn more, read 5 Ways American Public Works Association Impacts Your Community.