Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor


Arcimoto, creators of the Fun Utility Vehicle (FUV) announced last week they have entered a purchase agreement to buy a manufacturing site in Eugene. This will increase the company’s manufacturing space from 38,000 to 185,000 square feet. 



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Three and a half weeks into Oregon’s commercial Dungeness Crab season, crab boats are  finally heading out to sea.

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Boston-based retailer Wayfair has announced that it’s increasing U.S. worker pay to $15 an hour, effective this weekend. That helps some local workers.

Tiffany Eckert

The Eugene Register-Guard will soon be printed and packaged in Vancouver, Washington. The newspaper made the announcement Wednesday, saying corporate owner Gannett plans to close local production facilities in early March.

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The City of Eugene plans to distribute millions of units of Personal Protective Equipment, or PPE, to small businesses and nonprofits for free this month. Eligible businesses and organizations can begin applying on Jan. 12.

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Eugene’s ambitious 5th Street Market expansion hit a few speed bumps in 2020.  But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, developers are optimistic that the 75 million dollar project will roll out fine in 2021.

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The commercial Dungeness crab season officially opened through most of Oregon’s coast on December 16th.  But there’s no crabbing going on…yet.

Nicole Nishimura

As La Perla closes its doors in downtown Eugene, the Community Fermentation Union is moving in.

Oregon’s new plan to allow restaurants and bars to sell cocktails to go is only temporary — and state regulators are keeping an eye out for problems.

La Perla & Cawood

Restaurants nationwide have struggled during the pandemic. La Perla Pizzeria is no exception. The downtown Eugene restaurant announced on their FaceBook page Dec. 14 they will be closing their doors at the end of December. 


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Oregon customers of Pacific Power will see their electricity rates drop with the new year.

Port of Coos Bay

A bill in the relief package approved by Congress on Dec. 21 will provide more reliable funding for harbor maintenance. Oregon 4th District Rep. Peter DeFazio told KLCC he’s been fighting for this provision for 20 years.

Florence Chamber of Commerce

Lane County business leaders are calling on the governor and state legislature to provide immediate relief to small businesses. This comes as lawmakers meet for a special session in Salem Monday.

Karen Richards

National studies project major shifts in office use post-pandemic, but a few Eugene / Springfield sources suggest the changes here may be less dramatic than in big cities.

Thanks to the pandemic, the agency that enforces workplace safety regulations says it’s on track to finish the year with a tenfold increase in complaints over last year.

Karen Richards

Anyone who’s invested in home office equipment may wonder: Can I deduct the expenses on my taxes? According to a Eugene tax specialist, the short answer is no. Not yet.

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Oregon continued to add jobs in November.

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A Florence restaurateur is petitioning Governor Kate Brown to change how COVID-19 risk is assessed across Oregon.

A Florence restaurateur is petitioning Governor Kate Brown to change how COVID-19 risk is assessed across Oregon.

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Fire up the kettle and melt some butter…after a two-week delay, Dungeness Crab is back in season.

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A recent report from the Oregon State University Policy Analysis Laboratory showed the pandemic has “reversed” some of the state’s efforts to decrease food insecurity. About 25% of Oregonians faced food insecurity in 2020, which is double the number of last year.

Skiers and Snowboarders Return to Oregon's Slopes

Dec 9, 2020

Long lines, face coverings and lots of gratitude marked the start of the winter ski season on Mt. Bachelor outside Bend.

Oregon Employment Department

Tens of thousands of Oregonians on the brink of losing unemployment benefits are watching stimulus negotiations in Congress.

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One of Eugene’s most popular vegan restaurants is looking for community donations to stay open. Cornbread Cafe, like many restaurants in the area, has struggled to keep revenue flowing during the pandemic.

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Every weekend without fail, Burrito Brigade volunteers prep, cook, and distribute hundreds of vegan burritos across Eugene and Springfield. While some adjustments were made, COVID-19 hasn’t slowed or prevented operations. KLCC’s Melorie Begay stopped by a volunteer session to learn more.

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene is seeking proposals for a mixed-income housing development at 11th and Willamette. The former Lane Community College Building there has been vacant for seven years.

Oregon ski resorts are eager to offer a healthy way to have fun this winter, and they’ve added new pandemic safety protocols.  

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The traditional holiday shopping season kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. But this is not a normal year due to the pandemic.

Oregon Employment Department

Nearly a quarter of a million unemployed Oregonians will receive a so-called “waiting week” payment this week.

Lane County Farmers market

Both the Lane County Farmers Market and the Eugene Holiday Market are remaining outdoors to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. The idea is to create a safe, festive atmosphere where people can buy local.