Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

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Although it’s too soon to tell, Lane County could be on track for phase two of reopening. The second phase could mean increased office work, larger public gatherings, and limited visitation to nursing homes.

Amazon Community Center

Shortly after the COVID-19 shutdown, the City of Eugene provided childcare to parents working essential jobs. Now in the first recovery phase of the pandemic, Eugene Recreation Services has begun offering daycare to more families needing help.

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The state of Oregon is distributing personal protection equipment to agricultural workers this week.

United Way of Lane County

In the days following the coronavirus outbreak in Oregon, United Way of Lane County mobilized. The agency created a COVID-19 Response Fund to help scores of local nonprofits working on the frontlines of the pandemic. 

Lane County Public Health video


After a spike over the weekend, Lane County’s COVID-19 positive caseload stands at 66. Meanwhile, a holiday approaches. 


Brian Bull / KLCC

Across the U.S., businesses are trying to relaunch. And some are having trouble getting their former employees back. 

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“Devastating.”  That’s how Oregon’s Employment Economist describes April’s unemployment figures.

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A Springfield caterer has helped feed first responders, with meals sourced from local meat suppliers.

Karen Richards

Oregon businesses scrambled to set up remote workplaces in March, to comply with coronavirus health and safety concerns. After weeks of the new normal, people are finding some changes that will endure.

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

More than 120 crowlers, hand filled cans of beer, have made their way to doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers after a Eugene brewery added the option to donate online.

Brian Bull / KLCC

As Phase 1 of a statewide re-opening of business and operations begins, many Oregon restaurants are setting the table for customers once more…with pandemic protocols. 

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The news that most Oregon counties are able to enter Phase One of the coronavirus re-opening plan means many businesses in those areas are scrambling to open their doors again.

Lane County Public Health video

Lane County has been approved to begin the first of three phases in the plan for re-opening Oregon. New guidance for certain businesses and some relaxed restrictions will go into effect Friday, May 15th. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert reports.

Douglas County

29 of Oregon's 36 counties have received approval by Gov. Kate Brown to begin a Phase One reopening. 

Melorie Begay/KLCC News

As Lane County awaits Governor Kate Brown’s approval to enter Phase One of reopening, restaurants will see changes in food safety guidelines. Some eateries have already implemented many of the protocols the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has laid out.  

A frozen food plant in Albany has been fined $2,000 by the state of Oregon following an outbreak of COVID-19 there affected nearly three dozen people.

Lane Transit District


As the pandemic continues to impact the economy, Lane Transit District is also taking revenue hits. LTD is making staff reductions in order to balance their operating budget.

Eugene Weekly

The Eugene Weekly just got some good news from...Facebook.  The publication received a $25-thousand dollar grant for COVID-19 Local News Relief Funding from the Facebook Journalism Project.

Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce

At what might seem like the worst possible time ever, some local eateries have launched or expanded amid a global pandemic. Rather than pushing back dates, four business owners took the risk and pressed forward.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Oregon’s travel and tourism sectors are among the hardest hit by the measures taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Now, the agency that promotes the industry is offering grants meant to keep some struggling businesses afloat.

Greg Keene / Benton County

Small businesses in Benton County have a week to apply for a new emergency loan fund.


New legislation aims to clarify the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, so small businesses can deduct expenses paid with a forgiven PPP loan from their taxes.


New legislation aims to clarify the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, so small businesses can deduct expenses paid with a forgiven PPP loan from their taxes.

Karen Richards, via Zoom


State Legislators from Lane County hosted about 130 people in a virtual town hall Tuesday evening, to address questions about restarting public life as cases of COVID-19 decrease in parts of Oregon. 


Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Lincoln County has extended restrictions on short-term lodging through May 31st. The coastal county is looking for a way to have a phased re-opening, hopefully in June.

Oregon Employment Department

The number of initial jobless claims fell to its lowest weekly level since the coronavirus shutdowns began in mid-March. But next week’s figures could show another spike.

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St. Vincent de Paul has re-opened two of their Eugene locations after in-store supplies have begun to dry up. The nonprofit says they’ve implemented a number of safety measures for customers and staff.

Karen Richards

Eugene area businesses are anxious to get back to work, but unsure when it will happen and what it will look like when they do.


Tiffany Eckert

The Register-Guard is again downsizing its newsroom. In a short article on Sunday, the paper announced it will eliminate the role of Executive Editor.

Chris Lehman / KLCC

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic means Oregonians could be pumping their own gas a little longer. And they’ll also get a break in paying their insurance premiums.