Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

Brian Bull

After nearly forty years, a Eugene gun shop is closing.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the owner says competing online sales are partly behind the decision.  

Lane County

Lane County’s only animal control officer is on leave. During that time the county will not have a dedicated staff person on patrol for animal issues.

NWCU.com

The new general manager (Frank Lawson) of Eugene Water and Electric Board wants to move out of their riverfront headquarters-- sooner than later.

Karen Richards

 

If trends in haircuts are any indicator, the Eugene-area economy is doing just fine. Here, several barbers and stylists speak about their businesses, the impact of students, and ... hair tattoos. 

 

 

Recorded on: Sept. 9, 2016
Air date: Sept. 12, 2016
Coordinator: Randy Prince

A Refinement Plan is a legally-binding set of guidelines for a specific geographical area, subject to the more general rules in the Metro Plan and city code.  After three decades of land use planning, some changes are coming for Glenwood, a low-income neighborhood just east of Eugene. The City of Springfield administers the Glenwood Refinement Plan and an Urban Renewal District for funding improvements.

Rachael McDonald

Three Register-Guard employees have been placed on paid administrative leave. This the day after a Lane County Circuit Court Judge dismissed a former reporter’s lawsuit against the paper.  The R-G is investigating the employees’ roles in the Markstrom case.

Oregon Center for Public Policy

Oregon’s job market has improved in recent years, but that’s not true for many people in rural parts of the state. That’s according to a new report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy in Portland. 

Oregon Employment Department

Lane and Douglas counties both saw an increase in unemployment rates last month.

KLCC’s Kira Hoffelmeyer has more.

oregonhomeownerhelp.org

Oregon homeowners struggling to make their mortgage payments may qualify for assistance from a state program. 

Anna King

This year Washington farmers estimate they’ll harvest about 133 million boxes of apples. That’s up 15 percent over last year’s crop, but it won’t pluck the top record from the biggie 2014. The harvest is just now starting.

Micah Dougherty

With surveys and workshops, the City of Corvallis is conducting a visioning process to see what residents want for the future.  What's clear so far is the enthusiasm for downtown and a desire to preserve it.

worksource Oregon

Unemployment went up last month in Lane County. The rate rose from 4.8% in May to 5.5% in June.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon’s unemployment rate went up slightly last month. The state employment department says it was 4.8 % in June. Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, says the summer season is one factor.

John Rosman / OPB

As legalization of marijuana has spread, so have fears of large corporate ownership of the emerging cannabis industry. The sponsors of legalization initiatives have sought to prevent “Big Marijuana” from getting monopoly control and driving out small growers.

Recorded on: July 8th, 2016

Air Date: July 11th, 2016

Speakers:

  • Kim Thompson: Lane County Workforce Analyst, Oregon Employment Research Div.
  • Jennifer Adams: Director of Human Resources, Bulk Handling Systems
  • Becky DeWitt: Human Resource Manager, City of Eugene

Coordinator:  Mary Leighton

https://around.uoregon.edu/content/new-hayward-field-academic-year-review-top-trustees-meeting

The past weeks' Olympic Trials were a massive undertaking. The 2021 World Championships will bring events at Hayward Field to another level. That's the goal for the nonprofit Track Town USA, which aspires to expand the sport nationally. Eugene is preparing to package its track enthusiasm and deliver it to other cities.

Rachael McDonald

People on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, can get more for their money at the Lane County Farmers Market.

What Does Brexit Mean For Oregon?

Jun 24, 2016

As the U.K. decides to leave the European Union, the question in Oregon is: What does it mean for the state?

Oregon State University assistant professor Alison Johnston said the main issue is stock market volatility.

“I think your big Oregon companies that I know of, companies like Nike, and Intel and Columbia, I don’t think they’re going to be impacted too much,” Johnston said.

Adidas released a statement to OPB, saying it regrets the U.K.’s decision, but expects the demand for sporting goods to continue.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County voters may consider a tax on recreational marijuana in the November election. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved the idea of a local pot tax.

Rachael McDonald

Construction is underway in West Eugene on an affordable housing complex for people with criminal histories. Officials celebrated with a groundbreaking Friday.

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United Airlines is bringing its mainline jet service back to the Eugene Airport. As of Thursday the larger capacity planes will fly to and from San Francisco.

Karen Richards

Oregon communities struggling to create jobs will soon have access to tens of millions of dollars in state tourism funds. July 1st, a new lodging tax goes into effect. The city of Oakridge embraced mountain biking as its road to economic recovery. Residents there may consider several ways to further attract visitors.

EWEB

The Eugene Water and Electric Board Thursday selected Frank Lawson as General Manager. Lawson, who is a Eugene native, currently serves as EWEB’s Electrical Systems Engineering Supervisor.

Rachael McDonald

UPDATE: The Eugene City Council got input Monday night from the public on projects for urban renewal funding. Dozens of people urged the council to prolong the district according to the Register Guard.

The Eugene City Council wants input on proposed projects for urban renewal district funding downtown. It’s holding a public hearing Monday.

Rachael McDonald

There’s a big push to transform downtown Eugene into an innovation district, where techies, artists, scientists and entrepreneurs can connect. One group hopes to turn a shuttered former department store into the next innovation hub. Supporters hope a public / private partnership can make it happen.

Rachael McDonald

Lane County may reduce the amount of money it’s collecting from its jail bed levy. That’s up to the county’s budget committee, which meets Thursday, May 19th.

Oregon Home Sales Strong, But Construction Stagnant

May 15, 2016
oregonquarterly.com

Major metro areas in Oregon continue to grow and thrive, but new home construction across the State remains stagnant. Even though homes aren't getting built, that doesn't mean the real estate market is quiet.

Oregon's economy continues to expand. The State unemployment rate is hovering around 5%. Many job sectors are posting gains, and the national economic expansion is causing migration trends. But, even though the population is increasing, single family homes aren't getting built. Tim Duy is an Economics Professor at the University of Oregon.

City of Eugene

Eugene City Manager Jon Ruiz says the financial outlook for next year is good.  He presented the spending plan to the budget committee this week.

Rachael McDonald

This year’s point in time homeless count found fewer people in Lane County than last year. There were 1,451 people without a home on that January night. Volunteers and staff visited parks, undersides of bridges, and places not meant for human habitation during the annual count.

Karen Richards

An evolving new industry in Oregon is having—and causing-- growing pains. Until recently, many commercial and industrial spaces in Eugene and Springfield were vacant and property owners were bleeding money. Now, in large part because of the cannabis industry, warehouse space is hard to find.

A 16-thousand square foot industrial building in west Eugene has been under contract for sale to a marijuana grower for more than six months. There's a carpeted suite of offices up front.

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