Economy http://klcc.org en Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up http://klcc.org/post/number-lane-county-unemployed-ticks <p><br />The number of unemployed people in Lane County increased by more than 650 between May and June.&nbsp; The unemployment rate remained the same at 6.8%.<br /><br />But that could change in July, after this month's mill fire in Springfield.</p><p></p><p><br />Oregon Regional Economist Brian Rooney says Lane County has been in a period of positive employment growth.&nbsp; But he calls the unemployment numbers for Juneā€¦<br /><br />Rooney: "A little bit of a step back."</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:18:13 +0000 Jes Burns 17923 at http://klcc.org Number Of Lane County Unemployed Ticks Up Eugene Brewery Starts Bike-Share Program http://klcc.org/post/eugene-brewery-starts-bike-share-program <p>A number of cities around the world have bike-share programs that require membership fees. A brewery in Eugene is doing its own version of bike-share for free.<br /><br /><a href="http://fallingskybrewing.com/">Falling Sky Brewing</a> bought 7 cruisers from the University of Oregon, painted them blue and had <a href="http://arrivingbybike.com/">Arriving By Bike </a>do tune-ups. Falling Sky plans to have bikes available to borrow at both its Deli and Pub. Co-owner Rob Cohen says customers and employees can take a bike for free for up to 24 hours.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Rachael McDonald 17665 at http://klcc.org Eugene Brewery Starts Bike-Share Program Local Start-Ups Begin Acceleration Program http://klcc.org/post/local-start-ups-begin-acceleration-program <p>In Eugene, eight selected startup companies began a journey toward potential long-term success this week. Thanks to a new public and private collaboration, they'll use the next 12 weeks to create a plan and then implement it.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:58:17 +0000 Karen Richards 17598 at http://klcc.org Local Start-Ups Begin Acceleration Program State Unemployment Rate Stays Flat in June http://klcc.org/post/state-unemployment-rate-stays-flat-june <p>Oregon's unemployment rate remained flat in June, at 6.8 percent.<br /><br />The state <a href="http://www.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/pages/index.aspx">Employment Department </a>says the construction sector was hiring at record levels earlier this year but didn't hire as many workers last month.<br /><br />Employment economist Nick Beleiciks says other industries saw gains, including private educational services and health care and social assistance.<br /> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:24:59 +0000 Rachael McDonald 17527 at http://klcc.org Yachats Vacation Property Owners And Residents Trying To Find Common Ground http://klcc.org/post/yachats-vacation-property-owners-and-residents-trying-find-common-ground <p>Vacation property owners and residents in Yachats are looking to find common ground for how to deal with the growing use of vacation rental units. Tuesday, the city council discussed two proposals that stemmed from public forums in May.&nbsp;</p><p>The first proposal limits the number of days in a year property owners could rent to clients; the second would require a $500 rental license fee. Candy Neville is a realtor and property owner in Yachats. She says it's wrong to assume home owners are just renting units to make profits.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 22:47:36 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 17251 at http://klcc.org Yachats Vacation Property Owners And Residents Trying To Find Common Ground BottleDrop Redemption Center Opens In Eugene http://klcc.org/post/bottledrop-redemption-center-opens-eugene <p>The newest Bottledrop Redemption Center opens in Eugene today (Tuesday,) touting a cleaner, quicker way for consumers to return bottles and cans. Participating grocery stores within two miles of the new center will no longer be required to accept deposit containers. There are mixed feelings about the change.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 02:03:03 +0000 Tiffany Eckert 16612 at http://klcc.org BottleDrop Redemption Center Opens In Eugene Oregon's Economy Experiencing Average Growth. http://klcc.org/post/oregons-economy-experiencing-average-growth <p>The state's economy continues to experience average to above average growth. Desmond O'Boyle reports on the latest economic indicators to come out of the University of Oregon.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:01:01 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 16602 at http://klcc.org Oregon's Economy Experiencing Average Growth. Eugene Parks Closing Restrooms http://klcc.org/post/eugene-parks-closing-restrooms <p>Visitors to Eugene's Parks will see taller, browner grass and have fewer places to go to the bathroom. That's because the city's new budget includes a $300,000 reduction in funding for the <a href="http://www.eugene-or.gov/index.aspx?NID=185">Parks and Open Space Division</a>.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:02:05 +0000 Rachael McDonald 16577 at http://klcc.org Eugene Parks Closing Restrooms Oregon Farmers More Likely To Sell Directly To Consumers http://klcc.org/post/oregon-farmers-more-likely-sell-directly-consumers <p>A new study shows Oregon farmers are more likely to sell product directly to consumers compared to other states. The Census of Agriculture says Oregon ranks 6<sup>th</sup> in the nation with more than 6,000 farms reporting direct-to-consumer sales. State Board of Agriculture member Barbara Boyer isn't surprised by the findings.</p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 16:52:24 +0000 Desmond O'Boyle 15192 at http://klcc.org Housing Complex Creates Program To Reward Kids' Good Deeds http://klcc.org/post/housing-complex-creates-program-reward-kids-good-deeds <p>An innovative program at Westmoreland Village in Eugene may have positive impacts for families and property managers. Today (Friday) marks the launch of "Uncle Bear."</p><p>The program is the brainchild of Amy Price, the resident manager of Westmoreland Village. She was looking for a way to improve community at the 450-unit complex near 16<sup>th</sup> and Arthur.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:46:54 +0000 Karen Richards 15136 at http://klcc.org Housing Complex Creates Program To Reward Kids' Good Deeds