Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

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Eugene is experiencing a solid housing market.  Prices are ratcheting up, and demand for homes in Oregon’s second largest city remains high.  But while sellers and realtors are enjoying the economic benefits, others say this all comes with risks.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Brian Bull / KLCC

It’s been a profitable year for Marathon Coach.  The Coburg-based maker of luxury buses expects its 2016 revenue to pass the $55 million mark.  KLCC's Brian Bull reports.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Hundreds of homeless people are expected at the Eugene Mission this Christmas.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, it’ll be the first meal served inside the mission’s new kitchen…after its last one was destroyed in a fire this summer.  

Hugh Link / Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission

After a roughly two-week delay, Oregon’s commercial Dungeness crab season is underway (Dec. 18) along the south coast.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, the outlook is positive.  


Brian Bull / KLCC

A program for homeless children across Eugene is expanding from one to five days.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports on St. Vincent de Paul’s “First Place Kids”.  

Recorded on: December 2, 2016

Air Date: December 5th, 2016

Coordinator: Jon Belcher

Rachael McDonald

After Douglas County voters this month rejected a ballot measure to establish a special library funding district, officials are seeking other ideas for how to keep the county’s 11 branch libraries open. There’s a public town hall Tuesday evening in Roseburg.

Jon Ditgen

The first major snowstorm of the holiday season is a gift to businesses across the Oregon Cascades.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Saint Vincent de Paul

The supply of affordable housing continues to grow in Lane County, but it can’t keep up with demand. A project in Springfield recently received state funding.

University of Oregon

Portland State University is out with its annual estimates of the population of Oregon's cities. The report highlights who gets bragging rights for being Oregon's second largest city, after Portland.

For years, Eugene residents had been secure in the knowledge that their city was bigger and better than Salem. Then last May radio listeners learned that they were just half right:

(Sound of radio newscaster:  Newly released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the city of Salem has slightly more people than the city of Eugene......)

The former Hynix plant in West Eugene is up for sale again.'s Forest Service.

Oregon’s economic health is still on a steady rebound since the last recession, according to one analyst.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Rachael McDonald

The City of Eugene wants to improve its downtown public spaces. They’re hoping people will get involved with several upcoming events.

Brian Bull

In Eugene, a groundbreaking ceremony was held today for a new affordable housing community…of 22 tiny houses. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Brian Bull

It’s an increasingly familiar story…small craft brewery draws fans, expands, and then…gets scooped up by “Big Beer”.

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.

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.

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


  • 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