Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

Karen Richards

Starting a business in a rural community has unique challenges, especially around funding. Leaders in Veneta are leaning their shoulders into a program called VenetaWorks. It's producing a core of thriving small businesses. This week they had a celebration of entrepreneurs.


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Construction work can be dangerous, but a new Oregon training program aims to beef up worker safety for a part of the job that’s often overlooked: their lunchbox.

Karen Richards

YMCA is a national nonprofit, but each of its locations acts independently. In raising money for the new Eugene facility at 24th and Hilyard, the Y needs local support. 

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Oregon’s unemployment rate starts the new year at historic lows. But some analysts think the state’s economy won’t continue to grow at the same robust rate in 2020.

Karen Richards

Over the holidays, U.S. Postal Service trucks were out in the Eugene area during pre-dawn and weekend hours. The extra work was seasonal, but also due to online purchases. Amazon could change the delivery scene. 

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Oregon’s commercial Dungeness crab season is set to open  December 31st.

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Fundraising for a new YMCA facility in Eugene just got a big boost. 

Karen Richards

The healthy comfort food of Café Yumm! began in Eugene’s Fifth Street Public Market over 22 years ago. Next year, a new store in the Market District will bring the company back to its roots. 


Recorded On: December 13, 2019

Air Date: December 16, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Oregon Department of Forestry

Several members of Oregon’s Congressional delegation are praising the U.S. Forest Service for awarding a new type of firefighting contract meant to save the agency money.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners is considering a $15 per hour minimum wage for its more than 2,000 employees.  

Aubrey Bulkeley

Eugene-based Smith Family Bookstore will be closing their campus location by the end of October. KLCC spoke with the owner to find out why.


Recorded On: October 4, 2019

Air Date: December 2, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Less than 10 years ago, a giant hole occupied the half block across 10th Street from the Eugene Public Library. It was one of two empty pits in the heart of the business district. Less than 10 years ago, the view from the second floor of 45 West Broadway showed the boarded up windows of the Center Court Building, former home of JC Penny. Behind the windows was a sodden mess. And the inside of 45 West Broadway, though still in use, was not much better.

Karen Richards

The Technology Association of Oregon hosted an open house of Eugene-area tech companies last night (Thursday). The event is aimed at recruiting potential talent, and ties to local higher ed are growing.


Brandon Woodruff

The former Starbucks in Downtown Eugene has a new tenant. Manifest Beer Company shares how they plan to transform the space.


Chris Lehman / KLCC

The Oregon Department of Revenue will hold a public meeting in Eugene Wednesday evening to answer questions and gather input on the state’s new Corporate Activity Tax. The tax is the cornerstone of a bill approved by Oregon lawmakers this year to raise $1 billion a year to fund K-12 education. It will be levied on businesses with revenues of more than $1 million a year.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The penalty for businesses that sell alcohol to underage people in Oregon could double. That’s under a proposal being considered by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Karen Richards

Eugene’s Fifth Street Market expansion is on schedule to open in just over a year. CEO Brian Obie announced its cornerstone tenant today, Nike.


Brian Bull / KLCC

Note: An earlier version of this story suggested a vote could happen tonight (9/16/19), but a city official says such an action will take place at a later meeting.  KLCC regrets the error.

Monday night, the Springfield City Council is giving a second reading on a rezoning request for the Patrician  Mobile Home Park.  The owner, Urban Transitions LLC, wants the site rezoned for commercial development. Many tenants worry they’d be thrown out onto the street.

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is now asking processors and retailers to review vaping paraphernalia for potentially dangerous additives.

This follows a user’s vaping death in July.  Investigators are seeing if something added to a commercially-purchased marijuana oil is to blame.

Imperfect Produce

Food waste is a large problem in the U.S. One reason for this is that produce that isn’t pretty doesn’t make it to supermarket shelves. A west-coast based grocery company brings fresh produce that doesn’t meet retail standards directly from local farms to consumers.

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A labor strike has been averted, following 400 hospital workers in Springfield approving a new union contract.

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The Eugene Saturday Market will add another booth to its International Food Court starting mid-September. Irie Jamaican Kitchen is the first addition to the International Food Court in 10 years.

Micah Elconin

A program in Eugene is hoping to solidify the city as a hub for food and beverage manufacturing.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

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.

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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.

@OregonGovBrown Twitter feed / Governor's office

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.

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."

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