Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

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Pre-pandemic, electric bikes, or E-bikes, were already one of the fastest growing sectors in the transportation industry. Now, with more people taking an interest in outdoor recreation, sales have skyrocketed globally. A new Eugene e-bike store is hoping to be a part of the trend, and the shift experts predict will be the future of commuting.

Their voices broke with emotion and, often, the line broke up too.

Oregonians who have struggled to get unemployment benefits shared their experiences with lawmakers during a remote hearing Thursday. Dozens more submitted written testimony.

“It is confusing. It is terrifying. I don’t understand what’s going on,” said Audrey Heesch, a Washington County resident who applied for benefits in March. “I cannot get help from a human being to give me direction.”

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With the COVID-19 pandemic causing economic upheaval through 2020, retailers’ prospects for the holiday shopping season look dicey.

Karen Richards

Gardening supply is one business that’s done well, and even blossomed, during the pandemic. Vegetable growers and landscapers both are spending more money this year. 

 


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Eugene-based company, Emerald Broadband, was awarded $1.5 million of CARES Act funds as part of Business Oregon’s Rural Broadband Capacity Program. The grant money was awarded to finish an existing program in Western Lane County.

While many businesses closed their doors at the start of the pandemic, Eugene's Greenhill Humane Society has managed to stay open. They've seen nearly the same number of pet adoptions as in previous years.

Oregon applies for $300 weekly unemployment boost

Aug 24, 2020

Oregon is applying for President Trump’s $300 weekly boost to unemployment benefits. But the move is far from a ringing endorsement.

The supplemental benefit is expected to last just three to five weeks, according to David Gerstenfeld, acting director of the Oregon Employment Department.

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A racetrack in Coos County had its liquor license suspended after violating public health social distancing and face covering requirements.

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A small group of volunteers called Visible Helpers have placed several red heart-shaped pantries around Eugene. The idea is to make food, water, and other supplies easily accessible for people in need.

Aubrey Bulkeley

Businesses across Oregon are finding ways to cope with COVID-19 safety guidelines, which require masks indoors. Eugene Family YMCA adapted their group exercise classes by taking them outside.


Resilience after a disaster can mean re-building bridges or restoring power. But resilience can also mean restoring an economy. As part of our year-long series on resilience, KLCC’s Chris Lehman spoke with Gail Krumenauer, the state employment economist at the Oregon Employment Department.


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The City of Eugene has adapted an existing program to help local businesses take advantage of outdoor park spaces during the pandemic. 

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A group that supports fishing families in Newport has established a fund to help those affected by COVID-19.

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As local businesses struggle with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, officials in Springfield are promoting an event to help support patronage for restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops.

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Across the world - including the Eugene-Springfield area -  businesses are trying to keep customers and staff safe by observing pandemic protocols. But many are coping with rude and defiant customers who ignore social distancing, or become aggressive when prompted to wear a face mask.

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Employees across the country have turned to social media to create what is called an 86'd List account to share their stories of workplace toxicity. Locally, a Eugene and Springfield-based account is sharing the experiences of local employees. 

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According to the Oregon Food Bank, nearly 600,000 Oregonians are food insecure. This means they lack access to enough affordable and nutritious food. A program at the Lane County Farmers Market is trying to help.


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Governor Kate Brown has placed new restrictions on gyms and fitness centers effective Friday. Masks are required to be worn at all times, even during exercise that is deemed “strenuous.”

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A nationwide coin shortage has Oregon banks scrambling to provide merchants with enough pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters to serve their customers, such as retail stores.

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With so-called “supercharged” unemployment benefits set to expire at the end of the month, the U.S. Senate is divided largely along party lines on whether or not to extend them.

Fans of a Willamette Valley mead maker that went out of business last year are celebrating after the company’s products are available again.

Corvallis-Albany Farmers' Markets

Some Oregon farmers markets have a new option for prople who want fresh, local produce but also want to minimize their possible exposure to the coronavirus.

Tamarack Aquatic Center

Due to low attendance from the pandemic and the increase in COVID-19 cases in Lane County, south Eugene's Tamarack Wellness Center and Pool is closing.

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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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