Category: City’s Economic Development Board (BEDAB)

City Council Approves Visit Bend Business Plan Addendum

On Wednesday, October 19, the Bend City Council heard from Visit Bend on their plan for utilizing an additional $416,000 in Transient Room Tax revenue specifically earmarked for tourism promotion by state statute. These funds had accrued over the previous two and a half years as money that could only be used for tourism promotion […]

Bend Chamber of Commerce Hires New President

The Bend Chamber Board of Directors announced the hiring of Katy Brooks, the new president of the Bend Chamber of Commerce on September 30. “The Bend Chamber board worked hard, with the help of Anne McDonald, principal of the mcd group, to find someone who will lead our organization into the future,” said Bend Chamber […]

Bend Economic Development Board Meetings Moved to New Day/Time Through End of Year

The Bend Economic Development Advisory Board meeting dates have changed.  Meetings for October, November and December will be held the first Friday of the month (10/7/16, 11/4/16 and 12/2/16).  Future meeting dates beyond December will be announced later.  Meetings are held from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in the Council Chambers at Bend City Hall, 710 NW […]

Council Confirms New Bend Economic Development Advisory Board Members

On Wednesday, September 7, at the end of their regular meeting, the Bend City Council filled the three openings on the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board. The newly confirmed BEDAB members are: Doug Downs, Former Biotech Venture Capital Jamie Klopp, Epic Aircraft Will Warne, APLL Logistics Council also appointed two BEDAB alternates, they are: Keith […]

Bend Economic Development Advisory Board Seeks Applicants for Three Openings

The City of Bend is seeking applicants for three positions on the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board. Bend Economic Development Advisory Board members are appointed for three-year terms to advise the City Council on economic development matters, facilitate entrepreneurial support among community resources, guide City marketing and outreach efforts to the business community and oversee City […]

BEDAB Weighs in on Proposed Climate Change Ordinance

Last week the Bend City Council discussed a proposed Climate Change Ordinance at the work session before their regular May 18th meeting. In case you missed it, the proposal generated plenty of conversation in the business community and was discussed briefly by the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB) at their meeting earlier that week. […]

Visit Bend Announces New Leadership

The Visit Bend Board of Directors voted unanimously to promote from within to fill the vacancy created when longtime CEO Doug La Placa leaves the organization on July 1 to lead another Bend-based company, Precise Flight, Inc. Kevney Dugan, Director of Sales and Sports Development with Visit Bend since 2010, has accepted the position to […]

Bend Business Events for May

Keep up with business related events at the City of Bend and beyond this month with the list below. Do you have suggestions on events that should be included in future lists? Reach out to or leave your ideas in the comments below. Bend Economic Development Advisory Board Meeting 8-10 a.m., Tuesday, May 3, Council […]

Bend Economic Development Advisory Board Approves Second-Year of Funding for Bend Key Industry Coordinator Program

At the April 5th meeting of the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB), members approved a proposal to partially fund the Key Industry Coordinator (KIC) program for a second year at a cost of $32,500. The decision leverages business registration funds made available due to a vacancy in the Business Advocate position for approximately six […]

Central Oregon Labor Trends Highlights Bend’s Increasingly Resilient Economy

In my meetings with the business community I’ve often posed the question of how our current period of economic growth in Bend feels different than in the run up to the Great Recession. Our regional economist, Damon Runberg, took on this question in the April edition of Central Oregon Labor Trends, as always it’s a […]

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