Category: Industry Clusters

2016 Bend Venture Conference Awards a Record $3.9 Million in Investment and Prize Money

BEND, Ore.  Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) last week hosted the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) and announced that over $3,918,000 was awarded in investments and cash prizes, setting a new record for Oregon angel conferences and making it one of the top angel conferences in the country. The conference featured four competition categories, 12 winners […]

SBDC to Host “Selling To Customers Outside the US” Round Table Discussion in Bend

Local business owners will be able to attend a Round Table Discussion on “Selling to Customers Outside the US” in Bend on Friday October 21, from 8:30am-12:00pm. The morning will be of interest to any company which has considered that selling to customers outside the US is a natural next step for business growth. The […]

October 10, 2016 Industry Clusters

EDCO Announces Social Impact & Growth Stage Finalists for Bend Venture Conference

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has just announced the finalists for the Social Impact and Growth Stage Competitions for the13th Annual Bend Venture Conference. The Social Impact Competition, which includes for-profit companies whose business models are integrated with a social or environment mission, will take place on the afternoon of Thursday, October 13. The winner could receive […]

Semifinalists Selected for Bend Venture Conference

BEND, Ore. –Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has selected 26 semi-finalists across three competition categories for the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference. This group includes 10 Early Stage, 10 Growth Stage and six Social Impact companies that may have an opportunity to compete at BVC on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14, where almost $900K has […]

Bend Municipal Airport Bracing for Increased Traffic During Redmond’s May Closure

We’re less than one month away from Redmond Airport’s complete closure for 21 days in the month of May for runway resurfacing. That leaves local jetsetters with some significant travel hurdles as commercial air service to Central Oregon will cease for the duration. For a brief overview of the factors behind the closure, and the […]

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 […]

Factory Built | Manufacturing still drives Bend’s economy

From bullets to beer to bikes, Bend is a manufacturing town. With more than 175 manufacturing companies in the region making an extremely wide variety of products, it’s not an understatement to say the industry is the backbone of Central Oregon. “We were built on manufacturing. We have the bones of a manufacturing town. We […]

Scientific Advancement | Biotech companies achieve critical mass in Bend

The story goes that Bend Research’s longtime CEO Rod Ray got his start with the company as a ditch digger and fence-builder back in 1983. He ultimately earned a Ph.D and engineering degrees, and led his biotech business into one of the largest and most successful in Central Oregon. His story and the Bend biotech industry’s […]

Silicon Valley North | Tech and software industry leaders pin Bend on the map

The story is virtually the same across the board: Bright software developer or tech entrepreneur with successful career grows tired of Bay Area/Seattle, seeks move to town with fabulous outdoor recreation opportunities, killer beer scene and a rapidly growing cluster of tech and software companies. The match: Bend, Oregon. For about a decade now, Bend […]

Taking Flight | Aviation and aerospace industry makes Bend a launching pad

Consider the following combination: Tens of thousands of acres of public lands with wide open air space, a climate boasting more than 300 days of sunshine, high and mid-level altitudes, a vibrant community college aviation program, a labor pool of highly trained aviation and aerospace workers, and a landlord hell bent on the economic success […]

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