Economy

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

RAIN Eugene

The Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network, or RAIN, started in Eugene about a year and a half ago. Wednesday, RAIN Eugene is holding a “State of the Startup Ecosystem” event at the Hult Center. KLCC’s Rachael McDonald spoke with Caroline Cummings. She’s Venture Catalyst with RAIN Eugene.

Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon’s minimum wage has been $9.25 since last January. A Coalition called Raise the Wage wants the state to boost it to $13.50 by 2018.


Auction.com

Over the past year, the region’s economy has improved. Oregon has seen a 3.3 percent increase in job growth. As the New Year begins, a state economist is cautiously optimistic.

Oregon Employment Department

In both Lane and Douglas Counties, the unemployment rate was down last month.

Sheltercare.org

Sheltercare of Lane County has received a half million dollars to get mentally ill homeless people into housing. That’s as the Eugene City Council passed a resolution calling for a Housing First model to address homelessness.

Rachael McDonald

The Lane County Farmers Market has received a nearly 100 thousand dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to increase access to locally grown food.

Rachael McDonald

Euphoria Chocolate is having its grand opening Friday at its new downtown Eugene store.

The state of Oregon is awarding back-pay and damages to a whistleblower who reported on an adult care home in Springfield. The employee was suspended after telling the county the home was not providing adequate food to its residents.

EWEB customers will pay more for electricity and water starting in February. Tuesday Eugene Water and Electric Board commissioners approved a rate increase and called for a citizens’ advisory committee.

Junction City

Winnebago is coming to Lane County. The recreational vehicle company will move into the former Country Coach facility in Junction City.

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