Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

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Owners of Mi Tierra, a family-run grocery store and restaurant, are on the hunt for a new location after their lease ends this month. They see it as a chance to expand.

City of Eugene

Campbell Community Center’s renovation and expansion will break ground tomorrow after its annual ice cream social.

Rising tension between unionized staff and the management at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center has resulted in talks of a strike.

Oregon Department of Justice

The Oregon Department of Justice said Monday that it’s joining a multi-state lawsuit aimed at blocking the merger of two major cell phone companies.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint would result in higher prices for Oregon cell phone customers. The two companies are the third and fourth largest telecommunications providers in the country, according to the state Department of Justice.

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Oregon workers will get paid time off to care for loved ones or to welcome a new baby into the family. That’s because of a bill signed into law Friday by Democratic Gov. Kate Brown.

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Eugene-based company GloryBee let an estimated 30 employees go this week.   An official statement says circumstances in the market "required us to reduce our staff for the near future."

Corum Ketchum / City of Veneta

Small cities like Veneta may not have the established and concentrated business scene that larger places like Eugene or Salem have, but that’s not stopping civic planners. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on a “pop up” retail district launching this weekend. 

Amy Brenneman / KLCC

Reality Kitchen is a wholesale bakery and café in Eugene that offers jobs to people with disabilities is expanding.

Amy Brenneman

After years of fundraising and months of construction, Greenhill Humane Society celebrates having all their services under one roof.

Karen Richards

At 20th and Amazon in Eugene, several crews are working on Civic Park, the field- and court-sport facility going up at the site of the old Ems ballpark.

Eugene Family YMCA

The Eugene YMCA has received $15 million from the state legislature to help it build a new facility. KLCC's Barbara Dellenback talks with YMCA CEO Brian Steffan to get an update on plans for a new Y.

Graduate Hotels / AJ Capital Partners

Last year we reported on AJ Capital Partners in Chicago buying the Hilton Eugene for $80 million, one of the biggest real estate deals in city history.

Now the building has re-opened as a Graduate Hotel…a chain that models its look on local history and culture.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A small group of union activists gathered outside the Fred Meyer store in Eugene Friday to call attention to what they say is gender-pay inequity.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Home care workers rallied in Salem Thursday, saying the agency responsible for paying them frequently fails to do so on time. Home care workers support people who are aging or physically disabled.

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The cost of renewing a liquor license in Oregon will go up this year. In some cases, it’s the first increase since at least 1949.

That year, Harry Truman was president, Wiley E. Coyote made his cartoon debut, and Perry Como spent weeks atop the Billboard charts.

That year, it cost $100 to renew an Oregon off-premise liquor license.

It still does. Until October, that is.

Amy Brenneman / KLCC

A massive project to revitalize Eugene’s downtown riverfront area kicks off on July 22nd.

Recorded: July 12, 2019

Air Date: July 15, 2019

In “The Uncertain Future of Oregon’s Agricultural lands and the Role of Planners,” an article that appeared on the American Planning Association Oregon Chapter website on April 18, 2017, the author

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One normally doesn’t expect to see politicians like U.S. Senator Ron Wyden teaming up with polar opposites like Senator Mitch McConnell.

But if there’s one thing that binds the Oregon Democrat and the Kentucky Republican together, it’s hemp.  Both championed legalization and acceptance of hemp in the latest Farm Bill, which takes effect this year.

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Garth Brooks’ record-breaking concert at Autzen Stadium Saturday brought a lot of tourism to the Eugene and Springfield area.

Aubrey Bulkeley

Eugene-based company Blue Lotus Chai won a 2019 Silver Sofi award from the Specialty Food Association. The international award is considered the “Oscars of Artisan Foods.” 

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The trade war between the U.S. and China has affected many agricultural growers, and the hazelnut industry is no exception.

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Tourism in Oregon has created over 115,000 jobs in the state, with 11,000 of those in Lane County. 

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Hotel guests in Benton County will soon pay more. The Board of Commissioners voted this week to enact a three percent lodging tax starting July 1.

Recorded On: May 17, 2019

Air Date: May 20, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

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A local nonprofit is building one of the Lane County’s first fully accessible park for kids with disabilities. The organization says the want the ADA compliant playground to be an inclusive environment.

Oregon lawmakers are considering a proposal to end a tax break on money lost by gambling.

When gamblers win money, they have to pay taxes on it. But when they lose money, they can deduct it from their taxable income, as long as the losses aren’t more than the amount they won. It’s a tax break that costs the state of Oregon nearly $6 million per year.

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For the first time ever, travel spending in Lane County has passed the $1 billion mark.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, tourism officials are delighted.

Brian Bull/City of Cottage Grove

Efforts to rejuvenate Cottage Grove’s downtown area got a $200,000 boost recently.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the money will be used to help renovate the 115-year-old Bank Building on Main Street.

Rowell Brokaw Architects

The Eugene City Council Wednesday gave the go-ahead for a team to move forward with development of the former steam plant along the Willamette River.

Rachael McDonald

A steam plant, built in 1939, that’s been sitting idle for years would become a gathering place along the Willamette River under a proposal before the Eugene City Council this week.