Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

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People in Central Oregon who are interested in low-income housing vouchers can apply for the waitlist starting Monday. Folks will have one week to register, or update their information if they’ve never applied before.

Karen Richards


At her State of the City address Thursday evening, Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg emphasized the city’s desire to maintain a hometown feel, but welcome new businesses and residents.


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A Boston-based, online home goods company is bringing 600 jobs to Springfield.

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For employment providers, finding work for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, known as I/DD, can be challenging.

Advocates say businesses hesitate to employ people with an I/DD because they see them as liabilities and are unsure people with an I/DD would fit in. Both state and local programs are working on changing this mindset.

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The New Year sees commercial crabbers in Oregon and Washington setting their gear for Dungeness crab, after a month’s delay.

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Beginning New Year’s Day, two of the region’s non-profit housing service agencies will be officially merged. As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, this means expanded housing support for a six-county area.

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Roughly two dozen picketers gathered outside the Downtown Athletic Club at noon today, demanding Eugene businesses support a homeless shelter in the area. 

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Senior residents of Eugene’s tallest building will see some much needed renovation next year. The city closed on a $1.5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Nearly 1 in 8 Oregonians struggle with hunger, according to relief group, Feeding America.  This morning in Springfield, volunteers and a giant turkey did what they could to help families in need have a holiday meal. 

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If you were hoping to serve Oregon Dungeness Crab at your New Year’s celebration, you’ll want to change the menu. State officials have announced a nearly one-month delay in the commercial crabbing season. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

Recorded On: December 7, 2018

Air Date: December 10, 2018

Slimmer, smaller, sold off and sometimes shutdown–is this the fate of local daily newspapers across the nation?  Eugene’s own newspaper of record joined the overwhelming majority of local dailies when it too was sold into chain ownership this year.  Big changes have followed, but the newspaper continues to be printed on paper and delivered to homes seven days a week.

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Thanksgiving preparations are underway at the Eugene Mission, where 700 people – including families – are expected to arrive Thursday.  It’s a part of the organization’s services for the homeless.

Karen Richards

Oregon's Native American tribes are well known for their casinos. What's less recognized is how tribes use their sense of place to start new businesses, and the diversity of those ventures.

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For several weeks, passersby at Eighth Avenue and Oak Street-- outside the so-called “Butterfly” lot in Eugene-- have seen a homeless encampment expand. As the city solidifies plans to create a temporary homeless shelter downtown, some doubt that will be enough. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

After years of envisioning and months of design work and public comments, Eugene officials recently revealed a plan for the downtown Riverfront Park. The city is taking feedback through Friday.



The Lane County non-profit Pro-Bone-O provides care for the pets of homeless people in the community.

Tiffany Eckert

CORRECTION: Containers that are marked with a 5-cent redemption value will still be accepted for return in Oregon.
The state bottle bill program has corrected a press release sent out Monday that incorrectly stated 5-cent containers would no longer be redeemable.
The sale of beverage containers with a 5-cent refund value will no longer be allowed after September 30th.

Time is running out for Oregonians who’ve put off turning in their bottles and cans for redemption. Beverage containers marked with a 5-cent refund value must be redeemed before the end of the month.

Karen Richards

Work has begun at the Civic Stadium site on Amazon Parkway in South Eugene. The historic stadium, destroyed by fire in 2015, will become Civic Park, a recreation complex.  

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Ride sharing services Lyft and Uber finally have a green light in Eugene and Springfield. Late last week, both companies applied for licenses. Lyft’s was granted Tuesday, with Uber set to launch tomorrow (Thursday).


Eugene Water and Electric Board plans to eliminate its tiered rate system for electricity. The 5 EWEB commissioners indicated their support for a fixed rate at Tuesday night’s meeting.

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It’s easy for Oregonians not to think about how their favorite products get to store shelves. But as KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports, a shortage of truck drivers could start affecting everything sold in the United States.


As wildfires continue to burn across Oregon and other parts of the Pacific Northwest, tourism officials are urging people not to be scared off from local attractions.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, their appeal comes before Labor Day weekend -- the last major travel period for summer.

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A new report from the USDA shows this fall could be a record setting harvest for hazelnuts in Oregon. As KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports, this may mean a bigger international footprint.

Tea Company Connects Springfield With Northern India

Aug 23, 2018
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A local entrepreneur and University of Oregon graduate has established a tea importing business in Springfield. This unique company works directly with tea farmers in India and is aimed at supporting rural communities. He founded this mission driven business to address international tea labor issues. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer has this story.


The Eugene Water and Electric Board is using its recent property sale to help pay for its Carmen Smith Hydroelectric Project. The $100 million retrofit of the McKenzie River dam is EWEB’s largest construction project ever built.


Eugene-based tea company Yogi moved into its new west-Eugene building last week. 

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Oregon has more cannabis than it can sell, and that’s causing prices to plummet. That from an industry firm tracking cannabis trends. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

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After hearing from the community, St. Vincent de Paul is withdrawing its proposal for a Youth House on Bethel School District Property.

Washington Apple Commission

When did you last buy a Washington-grown Red Delicious apple? With so many other varieties, maybe it’s been awhile. But did you know Red Delicious is still the king of Washington? Each year, they out-pound every other variety grown. But now, a major market for the plentiful Red Delicious is in jeopardy.

The Oregon Food Bank has funded a fix for what could have been a loss of access for low-income people to farmer’s markets in the state.