Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

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Santa and a big turkey were on hand today  in Springfield to help feed struggling families.  It’s St. Vincent de Paul’s annual holiday food box giveaway. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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In its current iteration, the Republican tax plan will likely dis-incentivize charitable giving. This could have long term effects in Oregon where there are a larger than national average number of non-profits, which rely on philanthropy.

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Today in Eugene, Oregon’s governor and a coalition of tech companies announced a new apprenticeship program they say will bolster the region’s IT sector. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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Tomorrow on Capitol Hill, Congress will meet to…taste beer.  And Eugene will represent, with Sam Bond’s Brewing offering four of its beers to lawmakers.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more. 

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Two organizations have given more than half a million dollars to help homeless people in Lane County suffering from mental illness or chronic health problems.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on today’s press conference. 

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The Jefferson County city of Madras needs beer.  More specifically, a brewer who will create a beer economy and draw for its downtown.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more.  

Recorded On: December 1, 2017

Air Date: December 4, 2017

Recorded On: December 1, 2017

Air Date: December 4, 2017

Recorded On: December 1, 2017

Air Date: December 4, 2017

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As families and friends gather at home for Thanksgiving dinner, charities and shelters are feeding the less fortunate.  KLCC’s Brian Bull checks in on preparations at the Eugene Mission.

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Local utilities are offering financial incentives for customers to make their homes more energy efficient.

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More Oregon students are homeless, a trend that’s going on its fourth consecutive year.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more. 

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More Oregon students are homeless, a trend that’s going on its fourth consecutive year.  KLCC’s Brian Bull has more. 

Jacob Lewin

A recent Census Bureau survey shows that people from Asia make up a third of all immigrants in Oregon.  They are our fastest growing minority and our fastest growing immigrant group.

After seven months of bargaining, 4J School District and the Eugene Education Association have reached a tentative contract agreement.

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An overnight shelter program in Eugene has expanded, relocated, and started its third year.  But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the Dusk to Dawn camping program still faces high demand. 

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We previously reported on the Cottage Grove Business Challenge.  Organizers were looking to bestow a grand prize of $6,000 to an up-and-coming business that would help boost the local economy.

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Lane County says a tentative agreement has been reached with its largest employee union, AFSCME, after nearly 8 months of negotiations and a 7 day strike.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County says it remains firm in its latest contract offer to workers represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The union has been on strike since Wednesday.

Rachael McDonald

Hundreds of Lane County workers are in their second day on strike Thursday. The union and county negotiators go back to the bargaining table Friday.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County’s largest employee union is on strike Wednesday. Negotiations between American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, AFSCME, and county leaders went through the night but no agreement was reached by this morning.

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Oregon’s income inequality gap has never been wider, says a group that analyzes tax and budget issues. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

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Tech companies are more common in Lane County than you might expect, and industry jobs are not all about programming computers. That's the message the Technology Association of Oregon wants to deliver at Thursday's tech tours in downtown Eugene.

 


Karen Richards

The fitness industry has a history of reinventing itself. Jazzercise was all the rage in the 1980s. In the 2000s, CrossFit became mainstream. One current trend is toward more targeted workouts. Here we check in with three specialized gyms opening or expanding in the Eugene / Springfield area.

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President Trump is proposing cutting legal immigration by half.  The federal government has ramped up arrests of undocumented foreigners.  The dreamers are on hold. Yet in Oregon, immigrants continue to make their mark on the state's economy.

Recorded On: September 8, 2017

Air Date: September 11, 2017

The greater Eugene business community, especially its tech sector, has a critical shortage of skilled workers. A new local program called “Elevate Lane County” (ELC) has emerged to seize this opportunity.

Sisters Folk Festival

The wildfire smoke blanketing much of the state has prompted the cancellation of the Sisters Folk Festival in central Oregon. This is the first time the 22-year old event has been cancelled.

The wildfires burning in much of Oregon this summer have blanketed the state with unhealthy levels of smoke. This has led a growing number of outdoor events to cancel during the height of the summer tourist season. At a time when many rural Oregon communities are already struggling, the economic impact could really hurt.

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A new competition is offering $10,000 for start-up businesses in Cottage Grove. KLCC’s Brian Bull explains. 

City of Corvallis

The City of Corvallis is now running its airport on solar power. They’ve installed and switched on a new 110-thousand kilowatt hour solar array.

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