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Overnight Parking Garage Restrictions Relaxed Through 1/13 for Winter Storm

Downtown Bend Parking Garage overnight restrictions have been relaxed through this Friday, January 13th as the City of Bend encourages downtown employees and patrons to avoid parking on local roads to assist crews working to clear streets. Downtown employees and patrons who feel that they need to leave their car downtown overnight can park in the […]

January 10, 2017 Infrastructure

Bend Chamber to Host Legislative Outlook Forum on January 24

Bend, OR – Is there any chance Oregon will stabilize state fiscal policy and service levels this year?  Join the Bend Chamber and local delegates for an inside look of what’s coming ahead in this 2017 legislative session. On Jan. 24 at the Deschutes Brewery Tap Room, Senator Tim Knopp, Representative Knute Buehler, Representative Gene […]

January 9, 2017 Policy Issues

Northbound Lane of 27th St. to Close for Sewer Construction (Detour Map in Post)

Beginning on the week of December 12, the northbound lane on 27th Street between Reed Market Road and Bear Creek Road will be closed. This is the beginning of an extended lane closure to accommodate a sewer line construction project. Northbound travelers on 27th Street will be detoured west on Reed Market Road to 15th […]

U.S. Outdoor Recreation & Jobs Act Bodes Well for Bend Outdoor Industry

On Tuesday, the federal government acknowledged the growing role of the outdoor retail and recreation industry in the nation’s economy as the US Senate unanimously approved the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact Act of 2016. The act directs a number of federal agencies to account for the outdoor industry’s economic impact in their annual […]

December 1, 2016 Uncategorized

SBDC Accepting Applications for 2017 Small Business Management Program

COCC’s Small Business Development Center is now taking applications for the 2017 Small Business Management program. The well-established, yearlong program offers a unique combination of one-on-one business advising and practical, hands-on classroom instruction, customized to individual business needs. If you are feeling overwhelmed with the daily responsibilities of your business or don’t know how to get […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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