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Medford 2020 State of the City Address

2020 State of the CityMedford Mayor Gary Wheeler, Council President Kevin Stine, and City Manager Brian Sjothun presented the 2020 State of the City Address to the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County on Monday, July 13.

Learn about the projects and successes that shaped the City in 2019 and what future initiatives Medford residents and business owners can look forward to in 2020.

City Manager, Brian Sjothun gave an overview of how the City responded to adversities created by the COVID-19 pandemic and outlined the continued efforts to support residents and business owners through this difficult time.


Presentation Highlights Included:

  • Livability Team Implementation and Impact
The Livability Team is a team of dedicated officers who focus on addressing livability issues such as homelessness and bullying behavior along the Greenway and downtown area, neighborhood issues such as abandoned autos, accumulation of garbage and repeated calls for service that lead to chronic nuisance properties.
Since its inception, the team has helped individuals work through housing applications, locate rent/security deposit assistance, given out bus passes, helped get proper identification for employment opportunities, and worked hard to build relationships with our community stakeholders, such as our non-profits and faith-based organizations.

To further promote a cooperative approach to this problem the team has recently formed the Chronically Homeless Outreach Partnership (CHOP) to bring together community stakeholders for high risk individuals.
  • Opening of Village Center Park 
We celebrated the opening of Village Center Park. This is Medford’s 28th park and first neighborhood park in the southeast area.

Village Center Park features a covered playground, a picnic shelter, half-court basketball, the City’s first two dedicated pickleball courts, walking paths, and a restroom.
The park serves as a hub for a Southeast Area Greenway that will eventually connect to Chrissy Park.
  • USCCP 2019 Economic Impact
U.S. Cellular Community Park generated over $12.2 million in local stimulus during 2019, the highest total in park history.

The 15-field facility funneled an estimated $12.25 million into the local economy, surpassing the previous record of $11.85 million in 2016.

The key ingredient in the new record was 200 more teams, 1,116 to be exact, traveled to USCCP from outside the Rogue Valley than in 2018.

The estimated amount of visitor spending since May 2008, $49.3 million, has easily surpassed the park’s construction cost, $32.5 million.

USCCP also surpassed the $114 million mark for economic impact since inception in 2008.
  • City of Medford Received $15.5 Million BUILD Grant
The City received a $15.5 million BUILD grant to help fund the expansion of nearly four miles of roadway along the Foothill Road/North Phoenix Road Corridor.

The upgrades will help reduce congestion along the roadway, help accommodate regional growth and create job opportunities in the area.

We would like to thank Senator Jeff Merkley, Senator Ron Wyden, and Congressman Greg Walden for their support of this project and for advocating to Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao on Medford’s behalf.

We would also like to thank our community partners for their support of this multi-year effort: Oregon Department of Transportation, Jackson County, the City of Central Point, and the Rogue Valley Transit District.
  • Medford Sports Event Complex
Medford voters approved two hotel tax measures in May that will help pay for the Medford Sports and Event Complex.

This sports and events center will provide sports and recreation opportunities for all ages and create job opportunities that will contribute to the growth of our economy.

The City Council recently started a bond process that will help fund the facility. Current estimates show that the facility will be completed in mid-2023.

Thank you ALL for your support in helping to build a brighter future for Medford!

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