Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

Safety Event Will Discuss Marijuana In The Workplace

Mar 7, 2016
www.osha.gov

Oregon employers have a new thing to consider when it comes to workplace safety - legal marijuana. The State's Department of Consumer and Business Services or OSHA hosts a two day workplace safety event in Eugene Tuesday.

Recorded on: March 4th, 2016

Air Date: March 7th, 2016

International Business Times

When someone closes a bank account or leaves a job, sometimes they forget to withdraw remaining funds or pick-up their last paycheck. These funds, along with left-behind property, end up with the Oregon State Treasury. People can search a free online database to see if they have unclaimed assets.

Veterans Search for Work in Recovering Economy

Feb 24, 2016
Kyra Buckley

While Oregon's economy is recovering from the recession, it's still challenging for veterans to find jobs. Wednesday more than a dozen employers and hundreds of veterans gathered for a job fair at the Eugene Hilton.

It's Tax Time For Recreational Marijuana Dispensaries

Feb 21, 2016
Mjpresson Wikimedia

The Oregon Department of Revenue says nearly a quarter of the recreational marijuana dispensaries haven't registered to pay the first installment tax on pot sales.

Karen Richards

The Oregon lottery was established in 1984 by popular vote. Over time, citizens have elected to add video poker and direct portions of the revenue to state parks and watersheds. The lottery has become a crucial source of funds for many. 

 

www.dredgepoint.org

Oregon's Army Corps of Engineers will have adequate funding for dredging projects on the coast.

Eugene area techies are invited to put their skills to work for the greater good this weekend.

Hack for a Cause is the brainchild of Technology Association of Oregon, the City of Eugene and others. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with organizer Joshua Purvis.

The Oregonian

Thanks to a $402 million dollar tax surplus, Oregon taxpayers could receive a credit or "kicker" on their tax returns this year.

Solar Energy Jobs Expand In Oregon

Jan 31, 2016
Oregon Department of Transportation

The solar energy sector continues to grow in Oregon, and a new census shows jobs in the industry are booming as well.

A growing number of Lane County individuals and families who work --are still unable to afford the basic necessities to live. A United Way study called the “ALICE Report” has just been released and it is starting conversations about our region’s hidden poor.

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The acronym is being used to describe four in ten households in Lane County and even more in other parts of Oregon. When a person or family earns more than the Federal Poverty Level but struggles to afford basic needs, they are living on the ALICE threshold.

Marisa Fox

A woman who works for St Vincent de Paul is trying to help a couple who just had a baby. The family doesn’t have a vehicle and that makes a difficult situation more challenging.

EPD

Eugene Police is hiring. There’s a career night open house Wednesday evening.

RAIN Eugene

The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, started in Eugene about a year and a half ago. Wednesday, RAIN Eugene is holding a “State of the Startup Ecosystem” event at the Hult Center. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with Caroline Cummings. She’s Venture Catalyst with RAIN Eugene.

Coalition of Oregonians Propose $13.50 Minimum Wage

Jan 10, 2016
Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon’s minimum wage has been $9.25 since last January. A Coalition called Raise the Wage wants the state to boost it to $13.50 by 2018.


Auction.com

Over the past year, the region’s economy has improved. Oregon has seen a 3.3 percent increase in job growth. As the New Year begins, a state economist is cautiously optimistic.

Oregon Employment Department

In both Lane and Douglas Counties, the unemployment rate was down last month.

Sheltercare.org

Sheltercare of Lane County has received a half million dollars to get mentally ill homeless people into housing. That’s as the Eugene City Council passed a resolution calling for a Housing First model to address homelessness.

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Farmers Market has received a nearly 100 thousand dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase access to locally grown food.

Rachael McDonald

Euphoria Chocolate is having its grand opening Friday at its new downtown Eugene store.

The state of Oregon is awarding back-pay and damages to a whistleblower who reported on an adult care home in Springfield. The employee was suspended after telling the county the home was not providing adequate food to its residents.

EWEB to Raise Rates in February

Dec 2, 2015

EWEB customers will pay more for electricity and water starting in February. Tuesday Eugene Water and Electric Board commissioners approved a rate increase and called for a citizens’ advisory committee.

Junction City

Winnebago is coming to Lane County. The recreational vehicle company will move into the former Country Coach facility in Junction City.

Rachael McDonald

Two fires this summer had a big impact on the Eugene Community. A late June arson fire destroyed Civic Stadium's historic grandstands. In August, the building that was home to a bowling alley went up in flames. Two businesses on either side of Southtowne Lanes have been shuttered since the fire.

Recorded on: November 20, 2015

Air Date: November 23, 2015

Eugene’s City Council will soon consider a proposal to expand the urban growth boundary near Clear Lake Road in West Eugene. The proposed zoning changes are part of the Envision Eugene land use update, which has job growth as a central objective. The City has worked to identify economic development focus areas where our community can build upon regional strengths. One of those focus areas is food and beverage production, processing, and distribution.

WA Fish & Wildlife

Oregon's Dungeness crab season usually opens December first. A toxin has been found in some crab in southern Oregon and it's uncertain if the season will be delayed.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's jobless rate dipped to 6 percent in October, down from 6.2 percent the month before.
The state Employment Department says Oregon gained 2,100  jobs, led by construction, manufacturing, professional services and leisure and hospitality.

Auction.com

Following weeks of speculation, the buyer of the former Hynix manufacturing plant in Eugene has been announced. Avago Technologies-- a developer of semiconductor products-- will close the deal sometime this month.


Auction.com

Ending weeks of speculation, the buyer of the Hynix manufacturing plant in Eugene has been announced.

Recorded on: November 6, 2015

Air Date: November 9, 2015

Panelists at the City Club Friday Forum will discuss burgeoning opportunities to grow our local food economy. Their topics will include the level of economic benefit, jobs, and tax revenues that a focus on agriculture and food can generate. They will point out economic sectors that could be further stimulated by the growth of our local foods industry.

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