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The next installment of “The Next Normal Series” from the City Club of Eugene.

From the City Club of Eugene:

The abrupt closure of office workplaces was a visible and dramatic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, millions of people continue to work from home as our unexpected global experiment continues—and recent surveys show that neither the workforce nor company executives want to simply return to pre-pandemic routines.

On this first epiosde of KLCC's Oregon Rainmakers, we talk to the president and CEO of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, Brittany Quick-Warner. Brittany has been with the chamber in a variety of roles over the years but was thrust into the CEO role during a crisis. Her training in emergency management has served her well and we talk about the many challenges and opportunities facing the business community and the City of Eugene after this incredibly difficult year and about the possibilities for growth in the future.

Rachael McDonald / KLCC

The Oregon Salmon Commission and coastal lawmakers want Governor Kate Brown to request federal disaster relief for the state’s coastal salmon fisheries for the past three years.

Oregon’s Employment Department is hoping a series of job fairs this week will help Oregon businesses who are badly in need of workers.


Karen Richards

Oregon’s farm production depends on field workers to tend and harvest the crops. New technology could affect farmworkers for better or worse.  

Karen Richards

Growing crops is already a field with a lot of inherent risk. Add Oregon’s increasing heat waves and wildfire smoke, as well as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it’s obvious farm workers are on the front line in multiple ways. KLCC’s Karen Richards has this report on the future of farm work, the first in our series, “Workin’ It.”


Wildlife Safari

When Governor Brown announced a state-wide lockdown in March 2020, Wildlife Safari was headed into the height of their busy season - Spring Break.



Tiffany Eckert

Some restaurants and entertainment venues in Eugene are requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination before coming inside.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon’s new mask mandate is causing problems for some businesses, especially bars. 

Rachael McDonald/ screenshot

Last week, (8/4/21) Lane County Commissioners approved a $15-dollar an hour minimum wage for county employees. The vote was 4 to 1.

Karen Richards

The World Athletics Championships will come to the United States for the first time in 2022. With just under a year until the 10-day competition at Hayward Field in Eugene, preparations are speeding up.


Brian Bull / KLCC

Voters in Newport could decide whether to create a new tax on restaurant meals, as well as to increase the city’s gas tax. The Newport City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposals Monday evening.


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While Oregon’s unemployment rate has dropped in recent months, one sector is still lagging behind the others.

A new report from the Oregon Employment Department outlines the uneven impact of pandemic-caused job losses.


Karen Richards

The U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials brought extra shoppers and diners to Eugene. Then, Oregon’s COVID-19 restrictions were lifted, allowing for greater capacity. But it’s still a long haul back to normal for some businesses.


Brian Bull / KLCC

Downtown Eugene continues to transform, through a major construction project that’ll give a permanent home to the Lane County Farmer’s Market.  

Oregon Center for Public Policy


Undocumented workers in Oregon have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic not only their health but economically as well, according to a new report.

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene Register-Guard recently sent a letter to some subscribers explaining plans to cut newspaper delivery by one day a week.

Karen Richards

The Olympic Track & Field Trials, put off by a year because of the pandemic, are underway at Hayward Field in Eugene. When they’ve been held here in past years, the Eugene area experienced a $37-million economic boost, according to industry experts.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Oregon businesses are eager to resume the pre-pandemic economy. Yet even with COVID-19 cases declining, there are challenges.

Oregon Employment Department

Local employers are having a tough time filling positions in restaurants and other service jobs just as the economy eases back open. But, that might change as the state employment department reinstates a rule that was temporarily suspended for the pandemic.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

  Eugene-based Arcimoto recently opened a rental program for it’s Fun Utility Vehicles or FUVs. Director of Communications Jonathan Miller shared why Arcimoto opened the rental center. 


Douglas County

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners just sent another letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown. The latest missive asks for a halt to enhanced unemployment benefits put in place during the pandemic. 

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Occupational Health and Safety Administration plans to relax the state’s COVID-19 workplace rules.

Program Date: June 4, 2021

Air Date: June 7, 2021

From its founding as a trading post along the Willamette River in 1862 to the testing of the first “waffle” shoe of a plucky start-up called Nike at Hayward Field in 1972 to the dubbing of the area as “Silicon Shire” in 2012, Eugene has long been home to entrepreneurship and innovation.

Enchanted Forest website

After a challenging year, Enchanted Forest near Salem is reopening this weekend. Operating at just 15 percent capacity and by online reservation only, the park has already sold out.

Karen Richards

With no fans at sporting events, the past year has been lean for hotels and restaurants near the University of Oregon. Businesses expect a boost from two big track and field meets in June, but there are also challenges.

Rachael McDonald

Some movie theaters are resuming in-person showings as more people get vaccinated against COVID-19. That includes Regal Cinemas in Eugene and Albany, which reopened last weekend.

Alachua County (public domain) /

Businesses, entertainment venues and churches in Oregon’s “Lower Risk” counties can provide a special seating area for people vaccinated against COVID-19, according to an announcement from Gov. Kate Brown’s office Monday.



Chris Lehman / KLCC

Insurance companies would not be allowed to refuse payment on claims for deaths resulting from terrorist attacks, through a bill approved by Oregon lawmakers.