Reopening for Business in Eugene: Are We There Yet?

Date: June 26, 2020

Time: Available anytime to visitors

Event Type: Online/Virtual


Eugene, Oregon

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After an extensive state shutdown to contain the spread of COVID-19, most business were permitted to reopen in mid-2020, with conditions. Reopening under these conditions and succeeding under them were two entirely different things, however. To paraphrase a great baseball movie, “If you open it, will they come?” How are local businesses faring with the new pandemic restrictions? How many people in Eugene feel comfortable venturing out to dine or shop or have routine medical visits?

Although businesses had to reclose later in 2020, this program offers a picture of how the impact on business and how reopening could occur again.


Name: John Barofsky
Title: Restaurant owner

John Barofsky is co-owner of La Perla Pizzeria (now closed) and Beppe and Gianni’s Trattoria. He has been a business owner for 20 years. He has served on many governmental bodies, including City of Eugene Planning Commission, City of Eugene Budget Committee, Eugene Street Bond Review Panel, Travel Lane County Board, Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association Executive Board, and the Fairmont Neighbors Board. He is the newly elected EWEB Board member representing Wards 2 and 3.

Name: Casey Barrett
Title: Co-Manager, Obie Development Partners LLC

Casey Barrett is Co-Manager of Obie Development Partners, LLC. Casey manages activities at the 5th Street Market, the Inn at the 5th, and the new 5th Street Market expansion project. Casey’s natural leadership skills have been honed during his 15 years with the company, working closely with tenants and guiding and mentoring his staff.

Name: Stacey Chance
Title: Physician, Medical Officer
Organization: Oregon Medical Group

Dr. Stacey Chance is the Oregon Medical Group’s Chief Medical Officer, a position he has held since 2019.  He earned a medical degree Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed an internship and residency training at the University of Rochester in New York. Dr. Chance is board certified in pediatric and internal medicine, and his medical areas interest include preventative care, children with special needs, and sports physicals.

Name: Brittany Quick-Warner
Title: President & CEO
Organization: Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce

Brittany Quick-Warner has served the Eugene area since 2013 as a staff member at the Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce. Originally hired as the Events Coordinator, she quickly moved into the position of Director of Business Advocacy. There her passion for shaping public policy and community engagement found purchase. In 2017, she was appointed as the President and CEO of the Chamber. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri, Brittany is a University of Missouri graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

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