Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

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.

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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.

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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.

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A Spanish language newspaper launched its first edition in Lane County this month. The newspaper's goal is to bridge the information gap in the Latino community.  

People with disabilities could no longer be paid less than minimum wage under a bill approved  Tuesday in the Oregon Senate.

Federal and state law allows certain employers to pay people with intellectual or physical impairments less than minimum wage. The idea was to help them find employment even if they weren’t considered as productive as a non-impaired person. Most of the organizations contract with government agencies for janitorial or grounds-keeping work.

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After 42 years of operation, Eugene institution, Humble Bagel closed its doors on Tuesday.

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The Broadway location of Café Yumm! in Eugene will likely be closing in September. Development of high-rise apartments and the restaurant‘s lease not being renewed earlier this year gave the company a sense something like this was coming.


Recorded On: March 22, 2019

Air Date: March 25, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Karen Richards

The City of Eugene wants to spread the word about its loan program. Although it's been around for 35 years, officials say it's under-utilized.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Last year, we reported the Blockbuster Video store in Bend was the last one remaining in the U.S.  Now the Australian Associated Press reports that with the scheduled closure of that nation’s last store this month, the Bend Blockbuster will be officially the last one on the planet.

Oregon lawmakers could vote to advance a bill Monday that would make it easier for home buyers to figure out whether they’ll need to buy flood insurance. The House Business and Labor Committee will consider the measure.

Karen Richards

Eugene-based Marley's Monsters puts the fun in functional. The company, which sells washable, reusable items, has a grand opening in its new retail and studio space Saturday.

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The Oregon Center for Public Policy says the state’s low unemployment rate doesn’t necessarily mean fewer families are living in poverty. The group’s newest report suggests that over 68 percent of households with one working parent live below the poverty line.

Karen Richards

It turns out, the Eugene-Springfield area has a lot in common with Pittsburgh, San Diego, and even Barcelona. Those cities have sustainable, innovation-centered economies, and Eugene hopes to join them.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Dozens gathered in downtown Eugene today for a groundbreaking ceremony. It kicked off the 5th Street Public Market expansion…the largest private commercial development in the city’s history. 

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The Willamette Valley town of Independence will get some help in its efforts to position itself as a leader in rural tech innovation. The Polk County community of around 10,000 people is just a 15 minute drive from the state capitol, but its economy has long been focused on agriculture.

City of Eugene

A three-day workshop on developing new concepts for Eugene’s River Road Corridor started today. 

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A historic building on the riverfront in Eugene could get a makeover and become a local gathering place. Public input is sought on plans for the steam plant building.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Startups in rural Lane County are getting a boost, through a new hire at one of the region’s non-profits.


More than 200 people will soon be out of a job as RV-manufacturer Winnebago says it’s shutting down production at its factory in Junction City.  Three years ago, Winnebago acquired the dormant motorhome plant and ramped up production.

A green-lighted riverfront development plan means Eugene residents should expect dust, delays, and demolition soon.

Alec Cowan

The government officially reopened Monday and this is good news for craft brewers across the state of Oregon. Even as business picks up where it left off, KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports on how one of the state’s largest industries is hoping for a long-term solution.