economy

Dental Care & Education
1:16 am
Tue April 15, 2014

LCC Opens New Dental Clinic To Serve Patients And Train Students

Follow the sign to the new LCC Dental Clinic, located at 2460 Willamette Street in Eugene.
Credit Angela Kellner

Since the great recession, job security has been elusive. One bright spot is the health care field. Lane Community College in Eugene offers training programs to help students land well-paying jobs in the health care industry, including dental care. Lane recently opened a new dental clinic on Willamette Street where students can learn by treating patients.

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Ski resorts
5:31 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Extended Season For Some Northwest Ski Areas, But Profits Scarce

Notice the brown hills around Sun Valley in this panorama snapped on Dec. 29, 2013. Snowmaking allowed the famous resort to operate during the crucial holiday period.
Credit Tom Banse

There will be end-of-season parties at at least nine Northwest ski resorts this weekend (4/12-13). But some other Cascade ski areas will welcome skiers and snowboarders well past Easter. That's thanks to late-season snow that fell at many area resorts. Timing means everything for the bottom line of these resort companies. Correspondent Tom Banse explains how a strong finish doesn't necessarily make up for a late start like we saw this season.

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Economy
7:12 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fair Trade Retailer Greater Goods Closing After 23 Years In Eugene

Joanie Kleban, owner of Greater Goods, stands with a few of the items in her store. She's closing shop after 23 years in business.
Credit Angela Kellner

One of downtown Eugene’s unique retailers is going out of business after 23 years of selling mostly fair trade products. KLCC’s Angela Kellner stopped by Greater Goods to find out how the business got started…and why it’s shutting down.

Across from the trendy 5th Street Public Market is a thrift store and Greater Goods.

Step inside and you’re transported to myriad cultures and crafts. Owner Joanie Kleban explains how it all began.

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Logging
11:31 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Oregon Logging Conference Draws Thousands

Colorful logging equipment on display at the Lane County Fairgrounds.
Credit Karen Richards

The buzz of chainsaws and smell of freshly cut wood in Eugene isn’t only because of recent storms. Thousands of loggers have come to the Lane Events Center for the 76th annual Oregon Logging Conference.

The event is the largest equipment show west of the Mississippi. Organizers are excited to have about 900 registered participants from all over the U.S. as well as several foreign countries. The group’s president, Milt Moran, says an improved economy and a good program helped boost attendance:

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Economy
1:16 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Snowstorms And Freezing Rain Affect Local Economy

A snowy downtown Eugene Friday.
Credit Rachael McDonald

It will take time to determine the long-term economic impacts of the extreme weather that hit the region this past week. But there are some immediate effects we can observe.

Monday was the first day many area residents were able to emerge from their homes after two snowstorms and freezing rain caused downed trees, power outages and treacherous road conditions. Dave Hauser, President of the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce, says a lot of people waited out the storm and businesses and events lost revenue.

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Economy
1:03 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Two Local Manufacturing Plants Announce Closures

Two local manufacturing plants have announced they're closing. Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc. closed its plant at the former Monaco site in Harrisburg Monday. The plant employed 120 people.

Springfield based Sierra-Pine told the Register Guard it will close its particle board plant in April. That company has 87 employees. Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce President Dave Hauser says the closures are a blow to the local economy.

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Land Use
1:52 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Proposed Fertilizer Mixing Plant Triggers Opposition From Linn County Neighbors

A group of land owners in Linn County are mobilizing to fight a proposed fertilizer mixing plant near their homes and farms.  

Salem-based Pratum Co-op wants Linn County to grant a conditional use permit that will allow it to build a fertilizer mixing plant on land zoned Exclusive Farm Use.  The nearly 70-old cooperative provides fuel, fertilizer, and other services to farmers in the Willamette Valley.   

Some neighbors of the proposed plant are not happy

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Employment
11:46 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly in Lane And Douglas Counties

Lane and Douglas County saw some improvement in their jobless rates last month.  In Lane unemployment dropped to 6.9 percent while Douglas County dropped to 10 percent.

Brian Rooney is a regional Labor Economist with the State Employment Department. He says December saw modest job growth, mainly in the service industry.

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City Club of Eugene
6:44 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Managing O&C Forestlands: Perspectives Of A Conservationist & An Economist

Recorded on December 13, 2013

Air Date: December 16, 2013

O&C forestlands make up only about 13 percent of all federal forestlands in Oregon and about 8 percent of all Oregon forestlands. The O&C forestlands are interspersed checkerboard fashion among parcels of privately owned forestlands. Under these circumstances, does it really matter whether some of the O&C lands are opened to industrial harvesting of timber?

In the City Club’s final program on the O&C issues, Greg Haller and Ernie Niemi will present their perspectives on the issues involved.

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Winter Weather
7:22 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Some Eugene-Springfield Businesses Hurting Because Of Cold Weather

The weeks leading up to Christmas are the biggest retail shopping time of the year.  But this month’s unusually cold weather is keeping people indoors – hurting some businesses in the Eugene-Springfield area. Other businesses, though, are seeing a boost.

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