Against the backdrop of the Siuslaw River Bridge, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown received a warm though rainy welcome from western Lane County representatives during her visit to Florence yesterday.
More than 35 people joined Brown to hear about the area's economic vitality and recent efforts to increase development, create partnerships with regional organizations, improve infrastructure and more.
"I'm certainly committed to moving Oregon forward," Brown said. "We've made incredible progress over the past couple years, and I want to make sure we continue that forward march. Oregon is a place where everyone can thrive."
The City of Florence, Oregon Department of Transportation, Port of Siuslaw and Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) presented information on ReVision Florence, the Siuslaw Vision 2025, startups in the Florence and Newport areas, new developments in the Florence Business Park, the success of area artists and the Siuslaw River Bridge cathodic protection project.
Brown said, "This is a place that truly has that innovative spirit."
The governor visited various locations in Old Town before heading indoors at The Studios at Jayne Smoley Designs.
The group also visited Pacific View Business Park and Klaus Witte's new Top Hydraulics building.
Later in the day, Brown held a public forum at Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue to discuss economic development and other issues with community members.
"In order for people to thrive, that means an excellent school for every child and every community, making sure that kids can find good paying jobs in the communities they grow up in and it means everyone has access to healthcare," Brown said.