Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

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

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.

Provided by Rae Dunnaville, SEIU Local 49

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

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

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.

ratehospitals.com

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."

Corum Ketchum / City of Veneta

Small cities like Veneta may not have the established and concentrated business scene that larger places like Eugene or Salem have, but that’s not stopping civic planners. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on a “pop up” retail district launching this weekend. 

Amy Brenneman / KLCC

Reality Kitchen is a wholesale bakery and café in Eugene that offers jobs to people with disabilities is expanding.


Amy Brenneman

After years of fundraising and months of construction, Greenhill Humane Society celebrates having all their services under one roof.

Karen Richards

At 20th and Amazon in Eugene, several crews are working on Civic Park, the field- and court-sport facility going up at the site of the old Ems ballpark.


Eugene Family YMCA

The Eugene YMCA has received $15 million from the state legislature to help it build a new facility. KLCC's Barbara Dellenback talks with YMCA CEO Brian Steffan to get an update on plans for a new Y.

Graduate Hotels / AJ Capital Partners

Last year we reported on AJ Capital Partners in Chicago buying the Hilton Eugene for $80 million, one of the biggest real estate deals in city history.

Now the building has re-opened as a Graduate Hotel…a chain that models its look on local history and culture.

Brian Bull / KLCC

A small group of union activists gathered outside the Fred Meyer store in Eugene Friday to call attention to what they say is gender-pay inequity.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

Home care workers rallied in Salem Thursday, saying the agency responsible for paying them frequently fails to do so on time. Home care workers support people who are aging or physically disabled.

Public Domain

The cost of renewing a liquor license in Oregon will go up this year. In some cases, it’s the first increase since at least 1949.

That year, Harry Truman was president, Wiley E. Coyote made his cartoon debut, and Perry Como spent weeks atop the Billboard charts.

That year, it cost $100 to renew an Oregon off-premise liquor license.

It still does. Until October, that is.

Amy Brenneman / KLCC

A massive project to revitalize Eugene’s downtown riverfront area kicks off on July 22nd.


Recorded: July 12, 2019

Air Date: July 15, 2019

In “The Uncertain Future of Oregon’s Agricultural lands and the Role of Planners,” an article that appeared on the American Planning Association Oregon Chapter website on April 18, 2017, the author

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