Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

People with disabilities could no longer be paid less than minimum wage under a bill approved  Tuesday in the Oregon Senate.

Federal and state law allows certain employers to pay people with intellectual or physical impairments less than minimum wage. The idea was to help them find employment even if they weren’t considered as productive as a non-impaired person. Most of the organizations contract with government agencies for janitorial or grounds-keeping work.

Katz Family

After 42 years of operation, Eugene institution, Humble Bagel closed its doors on Tuesday.

Cafe Yumm!

The Broadway location of Café Yumm! in Eugene will likely be closing in September. Development of high-rise apartments and the restaurant‘s lease not being renewed earlier this year gave the company a sense something like this was coming.


Recorded On: March 22, 2019

Air Date: March 25, 2019

From the City Club of Eugene:

Karen Richards

The City of Eugene wants to spread the word about its loan program. Although it's been around for 35 years, officials say it's under-utilized.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Last year, we reported the Blockbuster Video store in Bend was the last one remaining in the U.S.  Now the Australian Associated Press reports that with the scheduled closure of that nation’s last store this month, the Bend Blockbuster will be officially the last one on the planet.

Oregon lawmakers could vote to advance a bill Monday that would make it easier for home buyers to figure out whether they’ll need to buy flood insurance. The House Business and Labor Committee will consider the measure.

Karen Richards

Eugene-based Marley's Monsters puts the fun in functional. The company, which sells washable, reusable items, has a grand opening in its new retail and studio space Saturday.

Oregon Center For Public Policy

The Oregon Center for Public Policy says the state’s low unemployment rate doesn’t necessarily mean fewer families are living in poverty. The group’s newest report suggests that over 68 percent of households with one working parent live below the poverty line.

Karen Richards

It turns out, the Eugene-Springfield area has a lot in common with Pittsburgh, San Diego, and even Barcelona. Those cities have sustainable, innovation-centered economies, and Eugene hopes to join them.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Dozens gathered in downtown Eugene today for a groundbreaking ceremony. It kicked off the 5th Street Public Market expansion…the largest private commercial development in the city’s history. 

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The Willamette Valley town of Independence will get some help in its efforts to position itself as a leader in rural tech innovation. The Polk County community of around 10,000 people is just a 15 minute drive from the state capitol, but its economy has long been focused on agriculture.

City of Eugene

A three-day workshop on developing new concepts for Eugene’s River Road Corridor started today. 

City of Eugene

A historic building on the riverfront in Eugene could get a makeover and become a local gathering place. Public input is sought on plans for the steam plant building.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Startups in rural Lane County are getting a boost, through a new hire at one of the region’s non-profits.


More than 200 people will soon be out of a job as RV-manufacturer Winnebago says it’s shutting down production at its factory in Junction City.  Three years ago, Winnebago acquired the dormant motorhome plant and ramped up production.

A green-lighted riverfront development plan means Eugene residents should expect dust, delays, and demolition soon.

Alec Cowan

The government officially reopened Monday and this is good news for craft brewers across the state of Oregon. Even as business picks up where it left off, KLCC’s Alec Cowan reports on how one of the state’s largest industries is hoping for a long-term solution.

Karen Richards


The Innovation Hub in downtown Eugene provides fertile ground for new businesses. There, the University of Oregon's Product Design Lab shares space with RAIN Eugene, a collaborative program that fosters new companies and jobs.


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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.


WhoIsJohnGait / Wikipedia

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

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

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. 

Photo courtesy of the City of Eugene

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.

Brian Bull / KLCC

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.