Economy & Business

Economy, Business, Finance & Labor

Paul Neville / St. Vincent de Paul Society of Lane County

A low-income housing site with a history of poor maintenance and environmental quality has a new owner.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, St. Vincent de Paul has purchased the Saginaw Mobile Home and RV Park.

Rachael McDonald

A program that allows people who are on SNAP food assistance to get more fresh produce will continue this year at the Lane County Farmers Market.

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The City of Eugene's budget for the coming fiscal year shows a $1 million gap.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, officials are hoping to tackle it without cutting services. 

City of Eugene

The City of Eugene says it will purchase 16 acres of riverfront property from Eugene Water & Electric Board. The hope is to connect downtown to the Willamette River.

Karen Richards

Hazelnut planting is booming in the Willamette Valley. Our volcanic, fertile soil already produces nearly the entire U.S. crop. Still, growers and industry experts aren't worried about having too much supply.


The Lane County Assessor has a new online tool that lets people search for property sales data across the county. 

Recorded on: March 31, 2017

Air Date: April 3, 2017

With immigration in the national headlines and local 2017 economic forecasts predicting slower growth, City Club of Eugene will explore the financial impact of the immigrant workforce. While immigration is the subject of much conflicting information and opinion, all business people, municipalities and citizens can agree it is important to understand it’s economic impact.

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Governor Kate Brown is calling on the Oregon Legislature to tackle homelessness among veterans.

Brian Bull / KLCC

Downtown Springfield is highlighting its business scene tomorrow.  The third annual “First Day of Springfield” event will benefit not only a non-profit group, but local shop owners.   KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Shoppes At Gateway Facebook page.

Real estate and investment firm JLL is announcing the sale of the Shoppes at Gateway in Springfield. 

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After Utah, Oregon is seeing one of the highest jumps in gas prices over the past month.  As KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, production and maintenance costs are behind the boost.  

Angela Kellner/KLCC

In 2008, KLCC’s Angela Kellner reported on efforts to revitalize downtown Springfield. Business owners cited crime, parking and lighting as a few of the challenges impeding their success. Nine years later, Kellner follows up on efforts to fix those problems. 

Brian Bull / KLCC

The Oregon State Hospital in Junction City could be axed as part of Governor Brown’s broad budget cuts.  But as KLCC’s Brian Bull reports, a state lawmaker is working on a proposal that could spare the psychiatric facility. 

Oregon Employment Department

Lane County’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.4 percent in January. This is the lowest it’s been since the state started tracking it in 1990.

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Lane County’s credit rating has been given its best score ever.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.  

Karen Richards

Improvements to Springfield's Glenwood district have been in the works for decades. This spring, the Franklin redevelopment plan breaks ground. While progress is being made, officials say continued momentum depends on conditions beyond their control.  


Karen Richards

 

State and federal agencies require a yearly homeless count. Hundreds of communities across the country conduct the survey on one night in January. Lane County's 'Point in Time Snapshot' was yesterday (Wednesday). One happy side effect of the count is the humanizing interactions it facilitates. 

WA Fish & Wildlife

It’s official: Dungeness crab fisherman along the west coast are on strike. Crabbers have made the unprecedented agreement to not set or pull pots-- until they get the price they demand.  

Oregon Employment Department

The employment outlook in Lane County is positive as the New Year gets started.

Jon Rosman / OPB

In the New Year some Oregon cities and counties will be collecting local taxes on recreational marijuana. This voter-approved 3% percent tax is in addition to the state’s 17% retail pot tax that also takes effect on January 1st.

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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......)

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