Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

Recorded On: June 26, 2020

Air Date: June 29, 2020

From the City Club of Eugene:

After an extensive state shutdown, most business are now permitted to reopen, with conditions.  Reopening under these conditions and succeeding under them are two entirely different things, however.  To paraphrase a great baseball movie, “If you open it, will they come?” How are local businesses faring with the new restrictions?  How many people in Eugene feel comfortable venturing out to dine or shop or have routine medical visits?

Starting July 1st, some Lane County Parks will see price increases for parking and camping. This change was planned to take place in April, but was postponed to accommodate Oregon’s Stay Home Save Lives order.

From the City Club of Eugene:

The vigorous, community-wide effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus achieved its goals, thanks to clear directions and broad cooperation.  As we enter Phase 2 of loosening restrictions, local leaders begin to focus on long term recovery.  What can we do to ease back into a “normal” that works better for us all?

United Way of Lane County

There’s new data out on a section of the population-- often overlooked: the WORKING POOR. United Ways of the Pacific Northwest just released the latest ALICE Report. 

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Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in May to 14-point-3 percent, according to the Oregon Employment Department. That’s still near the record high rate of 14-point-9 percent set in April.


A local Code for America Brigade in Eugene is helping people navigate business and services, while Lane County works toward economic recovery.

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Oregon’s minimum wage is set to increase on July 1. How much it goes up depends on where you work.

City of Springfield

As counties across Oregon continue to re-open, so do local libraries. KLCC’s Aubrey Bulkeley found out how some are adapting to new restrictions. 

Program Date: June 5, 2020

Air Date: June 8, 2020

From the City Club of Eugene:

City of Eugene

As Lane County continues to reopen, the City of Eugene has a new program to help restaurants increase dining capacity. The  City of Eugene’s Anne Fifield says the “Streateries” program helps restaurants by adding dining areas in places like sidewalks and street parking. 

The agency that regulates workplace safety in Oregon is still taking in far more complaints than normal, more than two months after the coronavirus started spreading through the state.

Hugh Link / Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission

The coronavirus has hit Oregon’s commercial fishing industry hard. That was the message to state lawmakers during a recent meeting of the House Interim Committee on Natural Resources.

Anthony Dal Ponte is with Pacific Seafood, which is based in Clackamas and has several facilities on the Oregon coast. He said the company had to lay off more than 500 employees after their restaurant and hospitality industry markets dried up virtually overnight.

Elizabeth Gabriel / KLCC News

Although it’s too soon to tell, Lane County could be on track for phase two of reopening. The second phase could mean increased office work, larger public gatherings, and limited visitation to nursing homes.

Amazon Community Center

Shortly after the COVID-19 shutdown, the City of Eugene provided childcare to parents working essential jobs. Now in the first recovery phase of the pandemic, Eugene Recreation Services has begun offering daycare to more families needing help.

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The state of Oregon is distributing personal protection equipment to agricultural workers this week.

United Way of Lane County

In the days following the coronavirus outbreak in Oregon, United Way of Lane County mobilized. The agency created a COVID-19 Response Fund to help scores of local nonprofits working on the frontlines of the pandemic. 

Lane County Public Health video


After a spike over the weekend, Lane County’s COVID-19 positive caseload stands at 66. Meanwhile, a holiday approaches. 


Brian Bull / KLCC

Across the U.S., businesses are trying to relaunch. And some are having trouble getting their former employees back. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

“Devastating.”  That’s how Oregon’s Employment Economist describes April’s unemployment figures.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A Springfield caterer has helped feed first responders, with meals sourced from local meat suppliers.

Karen Richards

Oregon businesses scrambled to set up remote workplaces in March, to comply with coronavirus health and safety concerns. After weeks of the new normal, people are finding some changes that will endure.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

More than 120 crowlers, hand filled cans of beer, have made their way to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers after a Eugene brewery added the option to donate online.

Brian Bull / KLCC

As Phase 1 of a statewide re-opening of business and operations begins, many Oregon restaurants are setting the table for customers once more…with pandemic protocols. 

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The news that most Oregon counties are able to enter Phase One of the coronavirus re-opening plan means many businesses in those areas are scrambling to open their doors again.

Lane County Public Health video

Lane County has been approved to begin the first of three phases in the plan for re-opening Oregon. New guidance for certain businesses and some relaxed restrictions will go into effect Friday, May 15th. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

Douglas County

29 of Oregon's 36 counties have received approval by Gov. Kate Brown to begin a Phase One reopening. 

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

As Lane County awaits Governor Kate Brown’s approval to enter Phase One of reopening, restaurants will see changes in food safety guidelines. Some eateries have already implemented many of the protocols the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has laid out.  

A frozen food plant in Albany has been fined $2,000 by the state of Oregon following an outbreak of COVID-19 there affected nearly three dozen people.

Lane Transit District


As the pandemic continues to impact the economy, Lane Transit District is also taking revenue hits. LTD is making staff reductions in order to balance their operating budget.

Eugene Weekly

The Eugene Weekly just got some good news from...Facebook.  The publication received a $25-thousand dollar grant for COVID-19 Local News Relief Funding from the Facebook Journalism Project.