Eugene Oregon……the Emerald City and Home to WVCO

View from Skinners Butte

We may be a global business serving customers all over the world, but the heart of our company is located in the lush Willamette Valley in the city of Eugene, Oregon.

Eugene-Springfield is known for it’s friendly character, strong academic influence, natural beauty, eclectic shops, restaurants, music, festivals, arts, and outdoor recreational opportunities like bicycling, kayaking, and running.

It has made numerous “Best Of” lists throughout the years, including Money Magazine’s Best Places to Live 2011 list and America’s Best Affordable Places to Retire according to U.S. News: Money. Just this year, Eugene ranked in the Top 10 on the Livability.com 100 Best Places to Live list, ranked on the Best Places for Business and Careers -Forbes and we ranked 10th on the 2013 Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™ just to name a few.

Here are some fast facts about our city:

• It is the second-largest city in the U.S. state of Oregon.

• Eugene is the host city for World-Class Track & Field events such as 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, and the 2009 and 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

•Founded by Eugene F. Skinner, an early American settler in Oregon, in 1846. The settlement was once known as “Skinners Mudhole” due to the amount of rain.

• Eugene is located at the south end of the Willamette Valley, near the confluence of the McKenzie and Willamette rivers, about 50 miles (80km) east of the Oregon Coast.

•The Nike corporation had its beginnings in Eugene.

•Historic Hayward Field is one of the most famous track and field-only facilities in the world.

•City of Eugene is known for it’s natural beauty and recreational opportunities.

•It is home to The University of Oregon (Go Ducks!)since 1876.

•Eugene is rated by “Bicycling Magazine” as one of the top ten cycling communities in the United States.

•Eugene was the first city to have one-way streets.

•In 1876 the University of Oregon opened in Eugene. Deady Hall was the first building on campus and still exists.

•In the summer of 2014, Eugene will be the host city for the IAAF World Junior Championships. Eugene 2014 marks the first time the IAAF World Junior Championships has been held in the United States and the first IAAF event held on U.S. soil since 1992.

•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”.

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A Brief History of our Interstate Highways

Many of us take our highway system for granted, but it is hard to imagine life without them. In fact, our Interstate System has been hailed as the “Greatest Public Works Project in History”.

Earlier this month, AAA projected 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season in it’s annual Year-End Holidays Travel forecast.

The report also estimates that ninety-one percent of those travelers (85.8 million in all) will travel by automobile!

With so many of us hitting the highways this holiday season (an estimated 27% of the American population), we thought this would be a good time to share some interesting facts about our 42,800-mile Interstate System–now officially called the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways, that has served us for decades.

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• The origins of our highway system date back to 1893 when General Roy Stone, a Civil War hero and good roads advocate, was appointed Special Agent in charge of the new Office of Road Inquiry (ORI) within the Department of Agriculture. With a budget of $10,000, ORI promoted new rural road development to serve the wagons, coaches, and bicycles on America’s dirt roads.

 

•When Henry Ford introduced his highly acclaimed Model T in 1906, the federal government became pressured to become more directly involved in road development.

•The Federal- Aid Road Act was passed in 1916. It is historic as it established the basis for the Federal-Aid Highway Program under which funds were made available on a continuous basis to state highway agencies to assist in road improvements.

•The Federal Highway Act of 1921 authorized The Bureau of Public Roads (BPR) to provide funding to help state highway agencies construct a paved system of two-lane interstate highways. During the 1930s, BPR helped state and local governments create Depression-era road projects that would employ as many workers as possible.

•After World War II,  the nation’s roads were in disrepair, and congestion had become a problem in major cities. In 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed legislation authorizing a network of rural and urban express highways called the “National System of Interstate Highways.” Unfortunately, the legislation lacked funding.

•In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act and the the Interstate program as we know it got under way.

•By 1966, the changing times prompted legislation to establish the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). When the new department opened in April 1967, BPR, renamed the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), was one of the original components.

•Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the Federal Highway Administration  worked with the states to open 99 percent of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National System of Interstate and Defense Highways.

• As of 2010, our Interstate System has grown to 47,182 miles, making it the world’s second longest after China’s.
The cost of construction has been estimated at $425 billion (in 2006 dollars).

• Today, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is responsible for ensuring that America’s roads, bridges and highways continue to be among the safest and most technologically sound in the world. FHWA conducts research and provides technical assistance to state and local agencies in an effort to improve safety, mobility, and livability, and to encourage innovation

Article Sources:
www.fhwa.dot.gov
www.inventors.about.com

Last Minute DIY Holiday Craft Ideas from Eclectic Products, Inc.

Still looking for an easy craft project for holiday gifts?  Handmade gifts are a great way to save money and give someone a special one-of-a-kind gift. All you need is a little creativity and the right tools, like craft glue!

Our friends at Eclectic Products, Inc. have been hard at work sharing new ideas and resources for fun crafts this year. If you are looking for some last minute handmade gift ideas, you will find some great ideas on www.eclecticproducts.com/craftprojects 
and www.facebook.com/EclecticProductsInc.

Here are some examples of great handmade crafts you can do this weekend using E6000® Craft Adhesive:

DIY Holiday Serving Pieces and Treats on www.serenitynowblog.com

• Fabulous serving tray made with E6000 (pictured above)!

• Lace Pillow Project

• Glitter ‘N Glue’s DIY Bracelet-Easy and quick way to create a fabulous piece of jewelry!

• Gorgeous Chandelier Lamp (psst…it’s ridiculously easy!)

Gingerbread House {Christmas Crafts} from www.realcoake.com

•Gingerbread House {Christmas Crafts} pictured above

Photo Source: www.diyinspired.com

•Junk Drawer Crafts (pictured above)

•Recycled Paper Jewelry by Mark Montano (E6000 is incredibly strong on metal…a perfect choice for this jewelry project!

• Kristen Turner’s jeweled clutch makeover

• Mark Montano’s Faux Flower Lapel Pins

Photo source www.cutoutandkeep.net

• Diy Rose Beaded Necklace (pictured above)

Click here to see more Craft Projects using E-600 Glue

The Eclectic Products, Inc. AMAZING CRAFT Adhesives are a complete collection of products for every project imaginable. Here are just a few of the ways that these Craft adhesives can help your projects, large and small.

AMAZING GOOP® Craft
• Repair metal & plastic jewelry
• Set stones & gems into decoration

QuickHOLD®
• Repair metal & plastic jewelry
• Adhere stones & gems
• Quick Dry formula

Craft Glue Packs
• Handy size tube (0.18 oz)
• Fix most anything right on the spot
• Aheres to a variety of substances

E6000® Craft
• Embellish craft projects
• Attach charms to photo books
• Assemble silk floral arrangements

E6000® SHOE DAZZLE
• Shoe Art Glue
• Permanently bond most any type of
decorative item to your shoe surfaces

E6000® JEWELRY & BEAD
• Precision tips included
• ALLOWS SMALL ADHESIVE DROPS FOR
FINE, PRECISE, CONTROLLED AND
NO-MESS APPLICATIONS

E6000® SPRAY
• NO ODOR
• Clean up with water

More Sites with Great Handmade Gift Ideas
www.the36thavenue.com

www.hgtv.com/handmade

www.designsponge.com

www.u-createcrafts.com