JUNE 5 - 7 in Eugene, Oregon

Sustainability: Creating an Ecosystem that supports us all

DOROTHY WILL REWRITE THIS - THIS PARAGRAPH SHOULD BE ABOUT THE THEME OF THE CONFERENCE IN GENERAL, NOT ONLY SPECIFIC TO EUGENE. We have come together as a community of stakeholders and public/private partners to create an innovation ecosystem and internet infrastructure that produces substantial opportunities to create goods and services usually associated with a larger city. We have integrated our work with accelerators and incubators, workforce development programming, economic development strategies, business retention and expansion programs, CTE, STEM, STEAM programs and outreach, arts and cultural events and services to create a supportive environment for the continuum of makers from startups through legacy companies. We are innovating and collaborating to create the gold standard of a welcoming, vibrant, connected, and thriving community.

What to Expect:

  • Moderate, comfortable average temperatures for June are mid-70s with lows in the high-40s

  • Beautiful views of Skinner Butte and Spencer Butte from downtown

  • Walkable downtown with a multitude of restaurants, breweries, urban wineries and shops

  • Easy, accessible walking, hiking and bike paths in the city and many just blocks from downtown

  • World-class culinary delights for every palate – vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and more

  • Fun, family-friendly community with activities for all ages and abilities

  • Short 90-minute drive west to the Oregon coastline or east to the Cascades ridge line

How do I Get There?

By Air

Fly into the Eugene Airport directly from twelve major cities: Chicago-O’Hare, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, Phoenix, Phoenix-Mesa, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco and Seattle. The Eugene Airport is the second largest airport in Oregon and is serviced by Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air lines and United Airlines.

By train

Euro-style Amtrak Cascades trains unique to the Northwest Rail Corridor provide service from Los Angeles to British Columbia. With a station in downtown Eugene, this is an ideal mode of transportation to the Eugene – Springfield metro area.


Three major highways serve the region. Interstate-5 carries traffic north and south from Mexico to Canada and State Highway 58 swoops in from Eastern Oregon to the Eugene – Springfield metro area. State Highway 126 follows the magnificent McKenzie River out of the high Cascades to Eugene-Springfield, before heading over the tree-draped Coast Range to Florence and Oregon’s Pacific Coast.

Transportation from Portland Airport (110 miles north of Eugene)

Here are several options for ground transportation if you decide to fly into Portland.

Car rental: Many major car rental companies are located at the Portland Airport.

Amtrak: To get to the Amtrak Station in downtown Portland from the airport, you can take the Tri Met MAX Light Rail rapid transit.

  • Board the Red Line MAX going to the Rose Quarter

  • Get off at the Rose Quarter stop

  • Get on the Green Line which will take you to within one block of the Amtrak Station at Union Station

The Eugene Amtrak Station is conveniently located in downtown Eugene and just minutes from most hotels in Eugene. Depending on the time of day you are traveling, Amtrak offers three travel options.

  • Amtrak Cascades: Average travel time 2.5 hours.

  • Amtrak Thruway Bus: Average travel time 2.5 hours. No checked baggage.

  • Amtrak Coast Starlight: Average travel time 2.5 hours.

Shuttles: The Hut Shuttle is a very convenient and affordable service from the Portland Airport to Eugene. Rates range from one of $57 - $112 for a round trip. Pick up and drop off in Eugene is the Phoenix Inn near the UO campus. BoltBus also offers 3 trips daily to Eugene from Portland (2x) and Seattle (1x).

Where to Stay, Play, and Make in Eugene

Make Memories

The Eugene-Springfield metro area offers a lot to see and do, but here is a list of places and activities that speak to the maker in everyone. For a comprehensive list, click to view the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Visitor’s Guide.

Make Together

Maker Hub and Media Lab – Eugene Public Library's maker activities offer a wide variety of ways to develop skills, use tools, explore, invent, and create for success in school, work, art, and life for all ages and every level: hobbyist, student, and professional.

Whiteaker Printmakers - This 2,400-square-foot print studio resides in the Cox Cannery Building in Eugene's eclectic Whiteaker neighborhood and accommodates a variety of printmaking techniques such as etching, woodcut, monotype, collagraph, screen-print and letterpress.

Clay Space - An art center and ceramic facility also located in the Cox Cannery Building, this 7,600-square-foot space offers a classroom, store/gallery, 13 private studio spaces and main studio area for ceramics, mosaics, tile, jewelry, mixed media, painting and drawing.

Maude Kerns Art Center - Eugene's only non-profit community center for the visual arts, the Center is dedicated to serving the public through major exhibitions, art classes, lectures, workshops, outreach programs, and intimate performances and provides affordable, on-site co-operative studio space for working artists in the Club Mud Ceramics Studio.

The Craft Center at University of Oregon - Open to UO students, faculty and staff, as well as Eugene community members, the Craft Center offers a comprehensive arts program that encourages all levels of interest, from beginning hobbyist to serious artist. 

Makers Must Eat

Eat & Drink - From farm-to-table restaurants in the Willamette Valley to fresh seafood in Historic Old Town Florence to oven fired pizzas in a mountain tavern, Oregon is abundant with culinary adventures. Follow a tasting trail or make dinner reservations for a popular restaurant.

Tasting Trails & Food Tours - Explore local food and beverage trails that showcase Oregon's farm-to-table abundance. Follow these tasting trails right to the source: munch on bread baked from Junction City-grown wheat, eat strawberries straight from the field, sip wine made from Willamette Valley grapes and swill craft beer brewed in the warehouse next door.

Maker Attractions

History, Culture & Museums - Visit historic landmarks and community icons on walking tours or road trips across the region. Discover amazing antiquities and a wealth of history at local museums from the University of Oregon's esteemed exhibits to passion-fueled community collections of air craft, military relics and cultural heritage.

Shopping - There is no sales tax in Oregon! What are popular souvenirs, gifts and keepsakes? Visitors shop for myrtlewood, blown glass, tie dye and textile arts, University of Oregon souvenirs, local wine and craft beer, antiques and running gear.

Arts, Music & Culture - Art lights up the region with colorful murals, street performances and engaging entertainment from rolling dice to cooking classes. Beloved and established arts venues are home to local symphony, ballet, opera, choir and theater companies. International and national headliners perform in state-of-the-art arenas, community amphitheaters, historic theaters and at the region's many music festivals.

Adventure Makers

Visitor Center - Visit the downtown Eugene, Cascades & Coast Visitor Center and speak to an Adventure Specialist who is knowledgeable, loves the area and offers insider's tips on what to see and do.

Trip Ideas - There is so much to see and do in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region! Here are suggested itineraries and self-guided tours from the Oregon Coast to the Willamette Valley to the Cascades.

Outdoors & Nature - Tackle feats you've never tried before... outdoor enthusiasts worldwide visit Oregon for the ultimate in hiking, mountain biking, boarding, birding, climbing, horseback riding, fishing, snow sports and sand dune adventures.

Guides & Tours - Leave the planning and coordinating to the professionals and devote your time to pure enjoyment. Guided tours add greater context to sightseeing and make experiencing a new place seamlessly easy. Your guide can provide chauffeured transportation, insider tips and interesting background information on each stop.

Water Sports & Fishing - You've probably heard it's wet here! And yes, we do get seasonal rain which along with snow melt feeds a tremendous number of lakes, rivers and creeks as the water rushes to the Pacific Ocean. The result is some pretty spectacular water sports.

Sports & Recreation - A temperate climate and natural landscapes suited for outdoor recreation, make the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region ideal for many sports. Known as TrackTown USA, Eugene is a hot spot for running. Miles of running trails align with scenic cycling routes. With the area's many lakes, it is no surprise that the county is becoming a triathlon center as well.

Running & TrackTown USA - Eugene has a long-standing reputation as the "Running Capital of the World." For anyone who has experienced the electrifying atmosphere at Hayward Field or jogged along running trails where Olympic-caliber athletes train, it's no surprise that Eugene is called a runner's paradise, the epicenter of track and field, and TrackTown USA.

Family Fun - You'll find plenty of family friendly places, events and activities in the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region. Go outside year-round for hiking, cycling and exploring. From forests and farms to playgrounds and pools, adventures await!

For More Information

How do I get around?

  • Complimentary shuttle service is provided between the airport and most hotels

  • Uber and Lyft both operate in the Eugene-Springfield metro area

  • EmGo is a free sustainable ride service with pick-up and drop-off locations downtown

  • Lane Transit District (LTD) provides bus services

  • PeachHealth Rides provides a bicycle sharing service

  • Car rentals are available from multiple providers

Accommodations in Eugene-Springfield Metro Area

Candlewood Suites - $249 single/double
3005 Franklin Blvd., Eugene
(541) 683-8000

Comfort Suites Eugene10% off their normal nightly rate
3060 E. 25th Avenue, Eugene
(541) 343-7000

Courtesy Inn - $129.99 single/$139.99 double
345 W. 6th Avenue, Eugene
(541) 345-3391

EVEN Hotel - $149 single/double
2133 Centennial Plaza, Eugene
(541) 342-3836

Hilton Garden Inn – $179 single/double
3528 Gateway Street, Springfield
(541) 736-3000

Holiday Inn Express - $129 single/double
2117 Franklin Blvd., Eugene
Includes complimentary breakfast bar

Phoenix Inn Suites - $109 single/double
850 Franklin Blvd., Eugene
Includes breakfast buffet
(541) 344-0001

Quality Inn & Suites - $109 single/double
3550 Gateway Street, Springfield
Includes complimentary breakfast

Travelodge Eugene Downtown - $89.99 single/$99.99 double
476 E. Broadway, Eugene
Includes complimentary breakfast