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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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Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

The Oregon pink shrimp fleet has agreed to suspend harvesting operations for about a month. That’s so the shrimp can grow to a more marketable size.

peacehealth.org

PeaceHealth caregivers-- from certified nurses aids to kitchen workers-- will soon see changes in their compensation--and more. Last night, (Monday,) members of the Service Employees International Union --Local 49—voted to ratify their first union contract after voting to unionize last May.

Oregon Employment Department

The unemployment rate in Lane and Douglas Counties continues to drop. The economy is getting better and more people are retiring.

Oregonians May See Delay in State Tax Returns

Mar 27, 2016
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Some Oregonians may have to wait longer than usual for their state tax refunds. In February the Oregon Department of Revenue flagged one in three tax returns for manual review, more than double the regular amount.

Karen Richards

Eugene and Springfield have long been losing skilled technical workers to bigger West Coast cities. Now, several start-ups are finding ways to retain the brains.

The ongoing berry boycott has prompted response from Driscoll's corporate headquarters. The company looks to affirm their position on union organizing and worker welfare.

John Erb is Vice President of North American Operations for Driscoll's. He says the company has not intervened to negotiate wages or labor practices because their business model is not “vertically integrated.” That means their growers are independent, they farm on their own dime and they manage their own work force, union or non-union.

Rachael McDonald

Oregon Governor Kate Brown met with Eugene businesswomen Friday. It’s part of a statewide tour to gather information for her Small Business Advisory Cabinet.

Oregon Publishes List of Delinquent Taxpayers

Mar 18, 2016
Oregon Department of Revenue

Oregon’s Department of Revenue has a new approach to collect unpaid taxes. Their website now features a list of the state’s top delinquent taxpayers.

Oregon Employment Department

Oregon's jobless rate dropped to 4.8 percent in February. That’s the lowest it’s been in more than 20 years.

kingestate.com

Oregon’s largest winery just gained entry into the state’s best known wine growing region. King Estate Winery, south of Eugene, is now part of the Willamette Valley AVA.

Safety Event Will Discuss Marijuana In The Workplace

Mar 7, 2016
www.osha.gov

Oregon employers have a new thing to consider when it comes to workplace safety - legal marijuana. The State's Department of Consumer and Business Services or OSHA hosts a two day workplace safety event in Eugene Tuesday.

Recorded on: March 4th, 2016

Air Date: March 7th, 2016

International Business Times

When someone closes a bank account or leaves a job, sometimes they forget to withdraw remaining funds or pick-up their last paycheck. These funds, along with left-behind property, end up with the Oregon State Treasury. People can search a free online database to see if they have unclaimed assets.

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