In 1846 Eugene Franklin Skinner erected the first cabin in what was to become Eugene. Oregon. Today it is the second-largest city in the state of Oregon, with a population of about 150,000, and serves as the county seat of Lane County.
Located in the southern portion of the Willamette Valley, 60 miles off the Oregon coast where the McKenzie and Willamette rivers meet, the city of Eugene has a land area of 40 square miles. In addition to being known for its natural beauty, Eugene is home to the University of Oregon and is often associated with political activism, alternative lifestyles, outdoor recreational activities, and artistic focus. The motto of the city is "The World's Greatest City of the Arts and Outdoors."
Although the manufacture of wood products has been important, the city's economy has been boosted as well by the many small natural-food stores located around the city. The manufacture of recreational vehicles is also a prominent Eugene industry.
Eugene's largest employers are local government, Sacred Heart Medical Center, and University of Oregon. Throughout the years, many multinational and highly successful businesses - often health or wellness related such as Surata Tofu - were launched in Eugene.
Made up of both blue- and white-collar workers, Eugene is home to sales and office workers, professionals, administrative support workers, and service providers. More people in Eugene work in the areas of computers and math than in 95 percent of other cities in the United States. On average, residents of Eugene enjoy a commute of fewer than 17 minutes.
Known for its "community inventiveness," Eugene encompasses a number of diverse neighborhoods and more than 20 neighborhood associations.
University of Oregon is Eugene's best known school, but many other elementary, middle, and high schools, in addition to colleges and universities, are in the area.
John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts events: This arts-appreciation institute schedules year-round concerts and classes.
Lane Events Center: This 55-acre campus is located at the fairgrounds and serves as a trade show venue, conference center, and banquet site.
Oregon Bach Festival: Sponsored by the University of Oregon, this yearly June festival features concerts and classes.
Oregon Logging Conference: This event occurs in February and features seminars and panel discussions, educational opportunities, and scholarship awards. Visitors are able to attend the major equipment show and learn about logging, trucking, heavy equipment, and construction.
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