Economy

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A former Eugene mayor turned entrepreneur is at it again. Brian Obie is launching a new venture, that he hopes will cement his place as a hospitality magnate. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Eugene Water and Electric Board plans to distribute a $5-million dividend to its customers and cut its workforce in the next year.

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Tomorrow (July 1st) minimum wage workers across Oregon will see a hike in their hourly pay.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Rachael McDonald

The Oregon Legislature approved a bill this session that authorizes ports to operate shipyards. For the Port of Toledo, it is one of many steps in efforts to restore an economic driver for the region. But, some private shipyards in Oregon fear they’ll lose millions of dollars in business.

Recorded On: June 16, 2017

Air Date: June 19, 2017

Oregon RAIN

Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, helps connect entrepreneurs with resources to get their business ideas to reality. The non-profit works in Lane, Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties. Next week, a group of start-ups on the Central Coast will graduate from RAIN’s pre-accelerator program.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's unemployment rate is at a record low.
The state Employment Department says the jobless rate for May was 3.6 percent, a slight drop from April's rate of 3.7.

EWEB

The State Department of Environmental Quality (or DEQ) says, with soil contaminants now removed, the city of Eugene can move ahead with development of property along the Willamette River. The 17-acre site was formerly the operations yard for Eugene Water and Electric Board.

Recorded on: June 2, 2017

Air Date: June 5, 2017

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The Lane County Human Services Commission has released its annual “Homeless Point in Time” Count.  It’s based on a one-night survey of people lacking permanent residences or shelter.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports the count took place earlier this year.  

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