Oregon Child Care Prices Increase

CORVALLIS, Ore. —┬áIt’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 »

Republic of China Celebrates Anniversary

PORTLAND, Ore. — Lane County is hoping to create better trade relationships with China in hopes of stimulating the local economy. County commissioner Sid Leiken met with a Consul General of China and his wife in Portland in a special reception for community and business leaders. It was a private affair to celebrate the 63rd … Continue reading »

Rep. DeFazio Holds Town Hall Meetings

EUGENE, Ore. — Representative Peter DeFazio is holding a series of town hall meetings across Southwest Oregon this week and next. DeFazio will be discussing his efforts to create jobs, boost the economy, and decrease the deficit, as well as listening to concerns from the public and answering questions about federal issues. He’s holding two … Continue reading »

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