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Jefferson County Offers $750,000 Incentive for Construction of Industrial Space

    JEFFERSON COUNTY
    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS


        66 S.E. “D” St., Suite A l Madras, Oregon 97741 l Ph: (541) 475-2449 l FAX: (541) 475-4454

Jefferson County Offers $750,000 Incentive for Construction of Industrial Space

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Madras, Ore.  Jefferson County has finalized its second grant program that offers a cash incentive for the private development of new industrial, light industrial, or for the major rehabilitation of existing space within the County’s borders. For years, all existing heavy and light industrial space has been fully occupied in Madras, Metolius, Culver, Crooked River Ranch, and Warm Springs, which the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners see as a barrier for business development. This incentive offers up to $750,000 for the construction of a building, or buildings, available for lease or for expansion of an existing owner-occupied building. The minimum size for eligibility is 5,000 square feet.  The soft deadline for applications for this incentive is Friday, June 3rd, 2022, at 4:00pm.  Late applications will still be considered.

“We are thrilled to bring this incentive to the commercial and industrial development community, on the heels of a well-attended developer tour last Friday, which will provide new location options for growing businesses in Jefferson County,” said Jefferson County Commissioner Kelly Simmelink. “We thank EDCO and the City of Madras for their collaboration in helping us bring this funding opportunity to fruition,” he added.

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) Interim CEO Jon Stark noted that “Few communities dedicate these kinds of resources to stimulate speculative development.  Given the low vacancy rates (less than 1%) in neighboring communities, it’s logical that newly constructed space will generate additional interest from companies looking to relocate to Jefferson County, while providing new options for existing businesses looking to expand.”

This incentive may be used in conjunction with the Jefferson County Enterprise Zone program, which offers 3–15-year property tax exemptions for qualifying new buildings, renovations to existing buildings, and real and personal property used in the business process.

The source of funding used for this industrial construction incentive program is the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), distributed by the State of Oregon via the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund.

Grant details are available at https://www.jeffco.net/administration/page/2022-jefferson-county-mfg-industrial-space-grant and the soft deadline for sealed applications is Friday, June 3, 2022, at 4:00pm.

 

Contact:          Kelly Simmelink, County Commissioner – 503.730.6573

Jeff Rasmussen, County Administrative Officer – 541.460.0889

 

About Jefferson County:

Established in 1914, Jefferson County comprises the northern portion of the Central Oregon region and includes Oregon’s largest Native American reservation.  It is home to some of the largest manufacturers in the region, has among the state’s most diverse population and its farms produce the majority of the annual U.S. and global carrot seed supply. The five communities of Jefferson County include Madras, Metolius, Culver, Warm Springs, and Crooked River Ranch, which together, share a common desire for a vibrant future.

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EDCO RELEASES 2022 LIST OF CENTRAL OREGON’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS

Data Compiled by EDCO Shows Top Public & Private Regional Employers

Bend, Ore. – May 4, 2022Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the 2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers List, complete with breakouts of the top employers in each Central Oregon community. This data, collected by EDCO annually for the past 20+ years, is the most comprehensive major employer list in Central Oregon.

This year the top 50 private companies collectively employ over 20,300 Central Oregonians, or roughly 20.2% of the region’s 2021 annual average total non-farm employment of 100,700. St. Charles Health System tops the list again, employing over 4,500 people regionwide.

According to the Oregon Employment Department, 80% of Oregon establishments have nine or fewer employees and the average private establishment employed roughly 11 people in 2021.

“Given the challenges many have faced over the 2+ years of the pandemic, we are grateful for the willingness of so many employers to share their employment data,” said Jon Stark, Interim CEO of EDCO, “and for the relationships we’ve developed over the years that enable us to collect this information.” Stark added, “we are proud to have so many growing and sustainable companies on the high desert and while larger organizations play an important role in our economy, it’s the smaller, often younger companies that generally have the largest net gains in employment.”

When evaluating the region for investment and new or expanded operations, companies often turn to EDCO for information about the existing employment base and largest private employers from both the traded-sector (manufacturers, high technology and professional service companies) and non-traded sector (retail and commercial businesses, education, healthcare, hospitality, construction, etc.). EDCO’s regional list features private (for-profit and non-profit) employers, while those at the community level include both private and public employers.

To view the lists in their entirety, click on the links below:

2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Bend
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Redmond
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Jefferson County
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Crook County
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sisters
2022 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sunriver_La Pine

Data for the lists are self-reported and not audited, so are only to be used as an informational guideline. Some businesses chose not to participate in these lists and are therefore excluded.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon

EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

EDCO Welcomes Steve Curley as Redmond Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) Director

BEND, Ore. (March 10, 2022) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the addition of Steve Curley to its dedicated team, in the position of Redmond Economic Development, Inc. (REDI) Director, effective March 23rd.

Steve will be responsible for REDI’s business retention/expansion and recruitment programs, which assist local companies in creating or retaining primary employment, thereby growing the local economy.  He will also help with projects, initiatives and activities that directly or indirectly continue to make Redmond a friendly and competitive place in which to do business.

Throughout his career, Steve has held positions where he has specialized in assessing the needs of businesses and worked to develop strategies to help them operate effectively and efficiently.  In his most recent position as Associate State Director, Oregon Small Business Development Center Network, he served as an operations specialist overseeing the network office staff and nineteen regionally located centers at seventeen community colleges and two universities.

Steve has lived in Central Oregon since 1985 and has tirelessly served the region through the various boards he’s served on, including the EDCO Board of Directors, the Deschutes County Fair Board, the U.S. Bank – Central & Eastern Oregon Region Advisory Board, the Oregon Business Development Corporation, the Bend Chamber of Commerce and the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board, to name a few.

Jon Stark, EDCO’s Interim CEO, stated “Hiring someone of Steve’s caliber, who brings with him such an in depth knowledge of business development and an incredible rolodex of local connections is a huge win for REDI and EDCO.  We look forward to leveraging his experience in strategic planning, leading and developing teams and projects, and managing resources to help take the position and organizations to the next level”.

Steve holds a BS in Business Management from Linfield College in McMinnville, OR and an AS in Computer Science from Broome Community College, in Binghamton, New York.

“On behalf of the board of directors”, commented REDI Board President Alison Huycke, “We are thrilled to have Steve as part of the team.  He has strong, relevant experience and we look forward to working closely with him.  I’d like to personally thank BBSI and the hiring panel, which included City of Redmond Mayor George Endicott, Executive Committee members from the REDI Board of Directors and EDCO Staff for the time they dedicated to filling this important position.”

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses already located here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

About BBSI
BBSI has been serving Central Oregon for over 20 years, providing HR, Recruitment, Payroll, workers’ compensation, risk, and business consulting services designed to help locally-owned businesses prosper. They are a Bend-based team who get to know their clients and seek to understand their unique business challenges and goals. Through BBSI’s model, they can provide resources to small and medium-sized businesses that often only larger organizations can afford. For more information, visit https://mybbsi.com/.

For Press Inquiries:
Erin Chaiet
Chief Operating Officer, EDCO
541.388.3236 x2
[email protected]

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EDCO Welcomes Deanne Buck as New Venture Catalyst Director

BEND, Ore. (February 24, 2022) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce Deanne Buck has joined its dedicated team in the position of Venture Catalyst Director, effective February 28th.

In this role, Deanne will be responsible for helping entrepreneurship drive future job growth in Central Oregon by executing the plans and programs of EDCO’s “Start” initiative, which aims to mentor and advise scalable young companies from concept to exit on issues such as access to capital, critical expertise, and strategy.

Deanne brings with her tenure in supporting entrepreneurs and a history of success in creating sustainable ecosystems for start-ups to grow and thrive in. She has an entrepreneurial mindset herself, the formal education to add value to the role, and the track record of fundraising, stakeholder outreach, and community engagement that is vital to being successful in the position.

“The position of Venture Catalyst Director requires a very unique set of skills.  We consider ourselves fortunate to have found someone with Deanne’s background and passion to both continue the success of the position and take it to the next level,” stated Jon Stark, EDCO’s Interim CEO. “Deanne’s experience with mentoring and coaching founders, fundraising and revenue diversification strategy, and execution and project-based consultation will be assets to the organization.”

Deanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, and a Juris Doctor, with a focus on Business Entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado-Boulder, School of Law.  When not working with entrepreneurs, she enjoys trail running, skiing, climbing, yoga, and painting.  “The opportunity to continue combining my passions, experiences, and skills in a geographic area near to my heart is what drew me to this position,” said Deanne.

“EDCO continues to be supported by numerous partners throughout the region.  I’d like to personally thank Karen Turner, of Specialized Recruiting Group, an Express Employment Professionals Company, for conducting the search for the Venture Catalyst Director.  Her tireless, professional dedication to fill this position was greatly appreciated”, remarked Jon.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses already located here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

About Express Employment Professionals, Specialized Recruiting Group

Express Employment Professionals is an international franchise organization that is locally operated by Chris Petty. Named by Forbes as one of America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms in 2021 and recognized as one of the nation’s Top 10 and fastest-growing professional staffing firms, their team of professional recruiters is more than equipped to help local businesses discover and hire the highly skilled talent they need. Executive Recruiters in Bend, OR | Specialized Recruiting Group (expresspros.com).

 

For Press Inquiries:
Erin Chaiet
Chief Operating Officer, EDCO
541.388.3236 x2
[email protected]

Youth CareerConnect Receives $30,500 in Funding from COAR, First Interstate Bank

YOUTH CAREERCONNECT RECEIVES $30,500 IN FUNDING FROM CENTRAL OREGON ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS, FIRST INTERSTATE BANK

Bend, Ore. (January 18, 2022)Youth CareerConnect (YCC), a region-wide internship program working to build the future workforce while simplifying the process of connecting local employers to students through internships, announced the receipt of two donations totaling $30,500 from Central Oregon Association of Realtors (COAR) and First Interstate Bank, to continue funding the program through the remainder of the year.

Since its inception in 2017, the program delivered by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), has successfully engaged with nearly 300 regional employers and placed 400 students into internships across a variety of industries throughout Central Oregon.

The Board of Directors for COAR approved a second straight year of funding at $20,000 in support of the YCC Regional Internship Program. These funds, in part, will help to further expose the real estate industry as a potential career path to the regional student population participating in the YCC program.

First Interstate Bank committed $10,500 to the region-wide program, continuing the effort to connect young adults with real-life work experiences.

Larry Holeman, YCC’s Regional Managing Director, said that “the investments from COAR and First Interstate Bank shows great local support and are a tremendous boost for the YCC Internship Program. The funds received will continue to sustain program staff in their efforts of working with local high school and college students, connecting them with Central Oregon businesses to gain career-path work experience.”

“The Central Oregon Association of REALTORS® is pleased to continue our support for EDCO’s Youth CareerConnect,“ says 2021 COAR President Louie Hoffman. “This program provides an amazing opportunity for businesses and youth in the region by connecting high school and college students with internships. This experience helps them gain real-world opportunities and better prepare for the workforce.”

Travis Browning, First Interstate Bank’s Market President in Redmond stated “At First Interstate, we know how important it is to support our communities through business development and philanthropy. That’s why we’re proud to support YCC and EDCO and the good work they do to make our communities a better place to live, work, and raise a family.”

YCC connects high school, college and university students with employers across the region to create or continue internships that provide real work experience. YCC is supported by East Cascades Works, Redmond Executives Association (REA), EDCO, and is underwritten by the region’s school districts, private foundations, and public grants.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)

Now in its 40th year, EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit edcoinfo.com.

About Youth CareerConnect (YCC)
YCC provides internship opportunities for students from high school, college and alternative organizations, offering real-world work experience from local employers across the region. YCC’s mission is to achieve a work-ready labor force through the successful placement of young adults into internships. To register as a potential employer or intern, visit youthcareerconnect.com.

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EDCO Announces Jon Stark as Interim CEO

 EDCO ANNOUNCES JON STARK AS INTERIM CEO

 Bend, Ore. (November 17, 2021) – The Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) Board of Directors’ Executive Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Stark as interim CEO, effective January 3rd, 2022.

Jon Stark has been with EDCO and Redmond Economic Development Inc (REDI) for the past 13 years, most recently as the REDI Senior Director, where under his leadership Redmond’s economy has seen rapid employment growth, including over an 80% growth in manufacturing jobs over the past decade.

EDCO’s Executive Committee, on behalf of the EDCO Board of Directors, recently accepted Roger Lee’s resignation and put into action the organization’s succession plan. After 22 years as the CEO of EDCO, Roger Lee will leave his position on December 10th to pursue another opportunity in the community. Stark’s interim CEO position will last until a permanent CEO is named.

Current EDCO President of the Board of Directors and the City of Bend’s ­­­­Recovery Strategy and Impact Officer Carolyn Eagan stated “I am personally very excited that Jon has accepted this new role. His 13 years of successes in Redmond and serving REDI have absolutely prepared him for a larger role in the region. It’s not typical that an organization has two OEDA recognized Economic Development Leaders of the Year. EDCO is so lucky to have an outstanding economic developer leader in line to follow a legendary one.”

Eagan continued, “EDCO and the region would not be where it’s at without Roger Lee’s contributions to the organization for the past two decades. We thank Roger for all of his insight, dedication and leadership during that time.”

Stark, EDCO’s Interim CEO said “I am honored to have the opportunity to be of service to this exceptional team, its Board of Directors and the Central Oregon business community to continue the legacy of Roger Lee’s accomplishments while leading the organization into the future by creating jobs, wealth and capital investment across the region.”

Lee, EDCO’s outgoing CEO noted, “I’m excited about the future impact EDCO will continue to have in the region, for Jon’s very capable leadership in the interim and the opportunity for a career change with Summit Bank. The organization has been very good to me and my family over the years and I’m honored to have had the rare chance to make what I’m hopeful will be a lasting contribution.”

During his tenure, Lee had received multiple awards and accolades, most recently being named the 2021 Oregon Economic Development Leader of the Year by statewide organization Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA), while EDCO has grown to be the largest private economic development organization in Oregon.

 

About Economic Development for Central Oregon

Now in its 40th year, EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

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EDCO Announces the 2021 BVC Early Stage Finalists

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE EARLY STAGE FINALISTS PRESENTING AT THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE OCTOBER 21-22, 2021

Tonsil Tech wins PubTalk Audience Award, walks away with $3,000

BEND, Ore. – September 24, 2021 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announces the five finalists advancing in the Early Stage competition for the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 21 – Friday, October 22, 2021. These companies will compete for a minimum investment of $30,000 from Portland Seed Fund.

Eight companies took the stage both virtually and in-person to pitch during last night’s Central Oregon PubTalk. This competition includes companies that have a great idea and are close to “proof of concept.” They are pre-revenue (or very early) and are in the process of testing their product in the market. The Early Stage companies will pitch during BVC on Friday, October 22nd.

In addition to being a finalist, Tonsil Tech won the audience vote and received a $3,000 cash award, courtesy of Washington Trust Bank.

In alphabetical order, the Early Stage finalists that will compete at BVC are:

  1. cannecht (Bend, OR) – A digital marketplace to help cannabis operators find and secure service contracts with trusted providers.
  2. KinectAir (Vancouver, WA) – Private aviation made public. Affordable, soon-to-be electric, aircraft booked from your smartphone using local community airports.
  3. LifeAir (Portland, OR) – Saving millions of lives by pioneering the first ventilator that eliminates patient-to-patient transmission of diseases, such as pneumonia and COVID.
  4. Radious (Portland, OR) – An online marketplace for rentable home office and meeting space.
  5. Tonsil Tech (Redmond, OR) – At-home handheld device to remove tonsil stones painlessly and effectively.

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 18th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past five years, more than $10 million has been invested in 40 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place October 21-22, 2021, gathering entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. bendvc.com

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. edcoinfo.com

EDCO Announces the 2021 BVC Impact and Growth Stage Semi-Finalists

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE SEMI-FINALISTS FOR THE GROWTH AND IMPACT COMPETITIONS, ADVANCING ONE STEP CLOSER TO PRESENTING AT THE 2021 BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE

 

BEND, OR – September 17, 2021 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announces the semi-finalists advancing in the Growth Stage and Impact Competitions for the 17th  Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 21 – Friday, October 22, 2021.

The semi-finalists below have one more round of cuts to go before qualifying to present at this year’s conference. Companies in the Growth Stage have historically won investments ranging from $100,000 to $2,500,000, while the Impact winner could walk away with $100,000 or more. The Early Stage semi-finalists announced earlier this week will present at the September Central Oregon PubTalk on September 23rd at McMenamins in downtown Bend in hopes of moving on to present at BVC.

In alphabetical order, the eight Impact Competition semi-finalists are:

  1. Gamma Diagnostics (Portland, OR) – A biotech start up developing companion diagnostics for COVID-19 and other infectious and inflammatory diseases.
  2. HILOS (Portland, OR) – A digital product platform that completely replaces legacy supply chains, allowing brands to launch sustainable product on-demand without inventory or waste.
  3. LeapFrog Design (Bend, OR) – Designs, develops, and commercializes cost-effective, superior performance, residential, rainwater, greywater, and wastewater recycling systems for homebuilders and building owners.
  4. Odysseus Technology (Olympia, WA) – Inventors of a new way to synthesize carbon nanotubes (CNTs) to manifest their tremendous strength & conductivity properties, enabling an environmentally responsible world.
  5. Skip Technology (Portland, OR) – Developing and manufacturing a novel flow, low-cost battery for use in utility scale energy storage, focusing on solar, wind and waves production facilities.
  6. TENZR Health (Vancouver, BC) – Intelligent wearable sensors, gamification and healthcare expertise, providing patients with motivation, guidance and certainty in their recovery.
  7. Upcycle and Co. (San Diego, CA) – Leading the sustainable soil movement by creating a dynamic fertilizer that simultaneously replenishes soil health, creates a stable environment for growth and generates a more balanced ecosystem.
  8. UV Health Group (Hillsboro, OR) – Designs and produces the SafeAirUV System to eliminate 99.99% of airborne viruses, like COVID-19, from indoor rooms, while people are in the room.

In alphabetical order, the 12 Growth Stage semi-finalists are:

  1. BARBARI (Portland, OR) – A national cannabis brand providing low dose cannabis solutions through their THC, CBD and botanical product lines.
  2. CampsEZ (Portland, OR) – An online platform that helps families organize, consolidate and collect registration activity information for activities, camps and sports.
  3. Compright (Portland, OR) – Simple and empowering compensation planning software for mid-sized enterprises.
  4. DeepSurface (Portland, OR) – A risk-based predictive vulnerability management platform that contextualizes vulnerabilities within a business’s digital infrastructure.
  5. Everyday (Portland, OR) – An AI-based tool providing organizations first-to-market access on customers, trends and competitors by measuring brand and customer analytics across digital networks.
  6. FleetNurse (Eugene, OR) – An app-based on-demand staffing service for healthcare facility supervisors, designed to reduce short-staffing.
  7. HealthSaaS (Portland, OR) – AI patient assessment and remote patient monitoring that reduces hospital readmissions, reducing costs and increasing care provider value-based revenue.
  8. Lora DiCarlo (Bend, OR) – Sex tech products using advanced technology to mimic human touch and movements.
  9. MessageDesk (Reno, NV) – A proprietary, cloud-based business text messaging application that helps companies stay connected to their customers and get paid faster.
  10. Portl – (Eugene, OR) An innovative tech platform dedicated to empowering creators with equitable tools for monetizing content and building community.
  11. PupPod – (Hood River, OR) – A multispecies gaming platform that provides dogs with software-driven, positive reinforcement games and humans with a powerful tool to be great pet parents.
  12. The Run Experience (Bend, OR) – A daily fitness app with daily audio runs and training programs designed to build a healthy running habit.

Hosted by EDCO, this year’s BVC will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Impact and Early Stage, bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders, both virtually and in-person in Bend, Oregon.

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 18th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past five years, more than $10 million has been invested in 40 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place October 21-22, 2021, gathering entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. bendvc.com

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. edcoinfo.com

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE BVC EARLY STAGE SEMI-FINALISTS

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE BVC EARLY STAGE SEMI-FINALISTS

Eight companies to present at the September 23rd PubTalk: Road to BVC

BEND, Ore. – September 14, 2021 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the eight finalist companies advancing in the Early Stage competition for the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 21 – Friday, October 22, 2021. This group of companies is one step closer to presenting at BVC.

The following Early Stage semi-finalists will pitch against each other at the September 23rd PubTalk: Road to BVC. This high-energy entrepreneurial event showcases the BVC Early Stage semi-finalists as they deliver fast-paced, three-minute pitches to a live and virtual crowd. The audience, along with an expert panel of judges, will vote to decide which companies advance to present at BVC, competing for a minimum investment of $30,000 from Portland Seed Fund.

In alphabetical order, the BVC Early Stage semi-finalists that will compete at the September 23rd PubTalk are:

  1. cannecht (Bend, OR) – A digital marketplace to help cannabis operators find and secure service contracts with trusted providers.
  2. Field Day (Portland, OR) – An online platform that makes it easy for individuals and organizations to discover and engage with local nonprofits through group volunteer events.
  3. FoxFace Systems (Camas, WA) – Providing an easy and affordable online platform for the affordable housing compliance process.
  4. KinectAir (Vancouver, WA) – Private aviation made public. Affordable, soon-to-be electric, aircraft booked from your smartphone using local community airports.
  5. LifeAir (Portland, OR) – Saving millions of lives by pioneering the first ventilator that eliminates patient-to-patient transmission of diseases, such as pneumonia and COVID.
  6. Radious (Portland, OR) – An online marketplace for rentable home office and meeting space.
  7. Shilling (Portland, OR) – A micro-investing app that bridges the gap between the time you spend on your smartphone (screen time) and investing in the stock market.
  8. Tonsil Tech (Redmond, OR) – At-home handheld device to remove tonsil stones painlessly and effectively.

PubTalk Agenda

  • 5:00 pm to 5:30 pm Networking, drinks & appetizers
  • 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm Early Stage Company Pitches, Audience Vote, Winner Announcement

PubTalk Cost and Registration

  • In-Person: $26 EDCO & OEN Members (Become a member here.); $36 Non-Members
  • Virtual: $10 EDCO & OEN Members; $15 Non-Members

In-person attendance will take into account COVID19 precautions and includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the September 23rd PubTalk are on sale now. Register for in-person ticket here; register for virtual tickets here.
Tickets to the 18th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
Now in its 18th year, BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. Over the past five years, more than $10 million has been invested in 40 companies as a result of the conference. This year’s conference will take place October 21-22, 2021, gathering entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders. bendvc.com

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. edcoinfo.com

EDCO ANNOUNCES 2021 CENTRAL OREGON LARGEST EMPLOYERS

EDCO logo, Mount Bachelor landscape

EDCO RELEASES 2021 CENTRAL OREGON LARGEST EMPLOYERS

Data compiled by EDCO Shows Top Public & Private Regional Employers

Bend, Ore. – April 1, 2021 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the 2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers List, complete with breakouts of the top employers in each Central Oregon community. This data, collected by EDCO annually for the past 20 years, is the most comprehensive major employer list in Central Oregon.

This year the top 50 private companies collectively employ nearly 21,000 Central Oregonians, or roughly 21.9% of the region’s 2020 annual average total non-farm employment of 95,790. St. Charles Health System tops the list again, employing over 4,600 people regionwide.

According to the Oregon Employment Department, 77% of Oregon establishments have nine or fewer employees and the average private establishment employed roughly 11 people in 2020.

“Our team is especially appreciative that our private and public employers were willing to provide this information given the events of the past 12 months,” said Roger Lee, CEO of EDCO. “The top employers list provides a perspective of the important role larger organizations play in our economy even as most jobs still come from small, often young businesses.”

When evaluating the region for investment and new or expanded operations, companies often turn to EDCO for information about the existing employment base and largest private employers from both the traded-sector (manufacturers, high technology and professional service companies) and non-traded sector (retail and commercial businesses, education, healthcare, hospitality, construction, etc.). EDCO’s regional list features private (for-profit and non-profit) employers, while those at the community level include both private and public employers.

To view the lists in their entirety, click on the links below:

2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Bend
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Redmond
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Jefferson County
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Crook County
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sisters
2021 Central Oregon Largest Employers – Sunriver_La Pine

 

Data for the lists is self-reported and not audited, so are only to be used as an informational guideline. Some businesses chose not to participate in these lists and are therefore excluded.

About Economic Development for Central Oregon

EDCO is a non-profit corporation supported by private and public members and stakeholders, whose mission is to create middle-class jobs in Central Oregon by: recruiting new employers to move to the region; helping entrepreneurs start new, scalable businesses; and working with businesses that are already here to grow their operations. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.