Optimistic Job Seekers Attend LCC Fair

EUGENE, Ore. — The new jobs report is out, and it looks like the economy is steadily getting stronger. Lane Community College held its annual Job Fair Thursday. Coordinator’s say the event is put on to help students and community members meet local employers in the area, with the goal of starting a career right … Continue reading »

Buy Local First Day in Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Despite the downtown Black Friday shopping buzz, small Corvallis shops are preparing for Buy Local First Day. Or Small Business Saturday. The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition and the Corvallis Independent Business Alliance teamed up for the annual event. Independently-owned businesses will offer discounts as an incentive for people to shop locally. “I think … Continue reading »

Corvallis Ranks 10th in Tech Startups

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Corvallis has recently been ranked tenth in the nation for high-technology startups, and the City’s Economic Development Office says it isn’t surprised. Economic advisor Ian Hathaway compiled the study, called “Tech Starts: High-Technology Business Formation and Job Creation in the United States” for Engine and the Kauffman Foundation. Hathaway published a list … Continue reading »

Oregon Country Fair’s Economic Impact

VENETA, Ore. — Every year, huge crowds descend upon this small town to enjoy the Oregon Country Fair. How does this influx of visitors affect the local economy? “There’s not a lot of impact to the city directly,” says Shauna Hartz, finance director for the City of Veneta. Hartz says that most of the $20,000 … Continue reading »

Oregon Child Care Prices Increase

CORVALLIS, Ore. – It’s getting harder and harder for parents in Oregon to afford the cost of child care. A new study by researchers at Oregon State University found that child care prices increased 13 percent from 2004 to 2012, while household incomes declined nine-percent. Oregon has been ranked the third-most expensive state in the country … Continue reading »

Merkley Presents Economic Proposal

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Even as the economy continues to recover, lawmakers say there’s room for improvement. U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley has a new proposal to help rebuild the economy. The senator spoke in front of a packed house at the Springfield City Club Thursday. His focus was that education and a hands-on approach will help … Continue reading »

Grants Help Local Business

EUGENE, Ore. — Lane County is now taking applications for a $300,000 grant that would go toward helping local businesses grow. Lane County leaders say they’re glad this program is back because it will help add more jobs to the local economy. Business owners say they’re grateful for the funds. “When we did hear about … Continue reading »

Jobs Help Boost Cottage Grove Economy

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. — An expanded Walmart in Cottage Grove opened its doors to the community Wednesday. This growth and other business expansion in Cottage Grove is boosting the economy. Initially, Walmart said it would be hiring 60 new workers as the store expanded, but now city officials from Cottage Grove say that number will … Continue reading »

Oregon Financial Report Improves

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon’s financial status is better than it was two years ago, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown’s Biennial Financial Condition Report. Brown sends out this statewide financial report every two years. While things are looking up overall, there are some conflicting reports in the audit that signify the state is still … Continue reading »

Oregon Governor Takes Economic Tour

EUGENE, Ore. — Governor Kitzhaber had his hands full Tuesday with local business leaders and community members to hash out all things economy and education. But he didn’t wear his cowboy boots and jeans for no reason. There was some casual fun thrown in too. Governor Kitzhaber not only got to tour one of the … Continue reading »

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