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    SIUSLAW NEWS ❚ WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2018
— S TATE
OF THE
C ITY 2017 —
Top Hydraulics, 3235 Pacific View
Drive within the Pacific View
Business Park in Florence, held its
official ribbon cutting on Friday in
celebration of the completion of
its new state of the art production
facility, which had its last inspec-
tion earlier that day. A crowd of
community members, representa-
tives from local and regional gov-
ernments, nonprofit organizations
and construction businesses
attended the event for the company, which creates replaceable
car parts for convertibles. Klaus Witte, who owns the company
with his wife, Maria, thanked people for their continued sup-
port of the project, recounting the efforts put forth by the
community to get the facility from concept to build in just a
matter of months. It was a herculean effort, according to Witte,
with careful coordination between City of Florence officials and
contractors playing a key role in the company’s creation. The
result, Klaus said, was a company that can provide living wage
jobs to the community. “As we all know, living wage and stable
jobs are important for Florence,” he said. “It’s important to
give kids at school a perspective that they can have a place to
come back to. Which brings me to our staff, which is why
we’re doing this. A company’s staff is its most important asset,
and by that measure, Top Hydraulics is rich.”
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Top Hydraulics held a ribbon
cutting on Feb. 2 to celebrate
passing its final inspection on
the building where it manufac-
tures parts for convertible vehi-
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ect.
“In the next months, you’ll
see some very exciting things
happen in the City of Florence
that will support all of the three
legs of economic development,
which are workforce, jobs and
housing,” Henry said. “We
went for a number of years
without working on any of
those in our community, so it’s
really difficult to work on all
three of those at the same time.
You want to create jobs, but you
have no workers or housing for
them. I think we’re making
progress on all three fronts.”
Goal No. 4, Communication
and Trust, showed that the city
is becoming more accessible
and user-friendly with a new
full-time IT manager, a new city
website at ci.florence.or.us and
increased social media presence
on Facebook, Instagram,
Twitter and Vimeo. In addition,
the city has a monthly newslet-
ter to show current projects.
“We’ve made great strides in
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SIUSLAW NEWS
(Above photo) After the State of
the City Feb. 5, Florence City Council
met to swear in new councilor Woody
Woodbury (front, center). He joins
(back row) councilors Ron Preisler,
Mayor Joe Henry, Joshua Greene and
Susy Lacer and will work with City of
Florence staff. Afterwards, the city
honored Florence Police Department’s
Commander John Pitcher for his 30
years of service to the Florence com-
munity.
improving that communication
and level of trust where people
in our community feel they can
go to the city. The city can’t
always give us everything we
want as citizens, it simply can’t
do it, but people can come away
thinking, ‘At least they tried to
help me accomplish my goal,’”
Henry said.
He also said that success in
communication is due to the
city’s media partners — Coast
Radio, KXCR and Siuslaw
News locally, as well as with
TV stations in Eugene and
Portland — and renewed rela-
tionships with regional part-
ners.
Financial and Organizational
Stability is Goal No. 5.
Along with continuing its
sustainable long-term financial
position, the city also adopted a
biennial budget and new work
plan, hired several new posi-
tions and looked into system
development charges and utility
rates to decrease barriers to
development.
“We’ve made great progress
there,” Henry said. “We’ve
accomplished an awful lot with-
out having to go to the ballot for
any new taxes. This has been
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“That focus led to improved
financial stability, economic
development efforts focused
on rural communities, expan-
sion of our Community Health
Centers and so much more,”
Bozievich said.
Lane County began the
2018
strategic
planning
process on Jan. 3 with a work
done through good financial
management and working as a
team with the council and
staff.”
Henry thanked both the
members of the city council and
staff for working together in
2017, and said 2018 will see
more work on each of the five
goals as well as other topics of
interest to residents.
“We have a housing issue in
our community,” Henry said. “I
don’t like to refer to it as a ‘cri-
sis,’ but it is an issue, especially
in the range of affordable hous-
ing. You will find as we go
through the next few months
that we are working hard to
address that on several fronts.”
Henry also said that the rea-
son the city didn’t hold a larger
State of the City Address this
year is because the Jan. 3 recep-
tion for the Small Business
Revolution team was so suc-
cessful.
“I was so proud that nearly
700 people turned up to show
what our city is all about,”
Henry said. “These people were
excited and supportive of our
community — and what could
be a better example of the state
of our city?”
For people hoping to pro-
mote Florence’s bid to become
the next featured city on “Small
Business Revolution — Main
Street,” a webseries on Hulu,
keep an eye on the city’s
Facebook page and other social
media. The final five are set to
be announced Feb. 13. At that
point, the winner of “Main
Street” season three and the
recipient of $500,000 for its
small businesses will be deter-
mined by a popular vote. If
Florence makes it into the top
five towns, people will be asked
to vote online for their favorite
town.
“The success we have experi-
enced has only been achieved
by working with our local,
county, regional and state part-
ners,” Henry said. “You will see
our dream is no longer a dream,
but is instead a daily reality that
has turned into action and
results. Today I am pleased to
tell you that we can truly say
that we are ‘A City in Motion.’”
To watch Henry’s State of the
City Address, as well as the
city’s other videos, visit
ci.florence.or.us. Videos nor-
mally get posted within one
week.
session. It also held focus
groups with the community
and with staff to gather input
about the strengths and weak-
nesses of the current strategic
plan, as well as opportunities
and threats out on the horizon.
On Feb. 27, the Lane
County
Board
of
Commissioners will have a
presentation of the Draft
2018-2021 Strategic Plan
with the hope of a final
adopted plan in early March.
“Our vision is that Lane
County is the best county to
live, work and play,”
Bozievich said. “Achieving
that vision requires all of us,
from the coast to the
Cascades, to help set the pri-
orities for our future and
work together to make it a
reality.”
For more information, visit
www.lanecounty.org.
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