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THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE 2017 APPLICATION DEADLINE FRIDAY, AUGUST 11TH

BEND, OR (August 7, 2017) – The application deadline for companies looking to present at the largest Angel Conference in the West, the Bend Venture Conference (BVC), is fast approaching. To be considered, companies must have their applications completed by this Friday, August 11th. The 14th annual two-day conference returns Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 2017, to the iconic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.

Hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), this year’s conference will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage, and Social Impact. Last year, nearly $4 million in funding was awarded to ten companies.

  • Growth Stage Competition: This category is open to companies that have a proven concept, have generated initial revenues and are prepared to scale quickly with investment. Applicants can be located anywhere in the U.S. To apply, click here.
  • Early Stage Competition: This category is open to companies that have a great idea and are close to “proof of concept.” They are pre-revenue (or very early-revenue) and are in the process of testing their product in the market. Applicants must be located in Central Oregon. To apply, click here.
  • Social Impact Competition: Now in its second year, this category is open to for-profit companies whose business models are integrated with a mission to have a significant and measurable social or environmental impact. Applicants should be aiming to generate long-term enterprise value and attractive returns on capital. Applicants can be located anywhere in the U.S. To apply, click here.

“Bend Venture Conference truly elevated venture and angel investing in Oregon last year by deploying nearly $4 million to ten companies. It was a banner year with over 90 impressive applicants. We continue to attract some of the most innovative companies in the west to compete for these investments. And at the same time, there’s room for companies of all stages to compete within our three categories,” said Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst.

Companies in the Social Impact Competition historically compete for investments ranging from $50,000-$100,000. BendBroadband Business returns to sponsor the Early Stage Competition with a $17,500 cash award, while Growth Stage Competition finalists could collect an investment of $250,000 or more. The 2017 BVC will feature impressive panelists and keynote speakers from across the country representing angel investors, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs, to be announced shortly.

Jason Moyer, Fund Manager for the 2017 BVC, LLC said, “During the past several years, BVC has matured from a local angel event to one of the more valuable conferences in the country. We’re attracting some of the region’s most promising early-stage ventures, along with numerous professionally managed investment funds.”

“The inaugural year of the Social Impact Fund was wildly successful and exceeded all expectations,” noted Ryan Andrews, Fund Manager for the 2017 BVC Social Impact Fund. “We were the very first fund to invest in two companies, OpConnect and Hemex Health, which have both gone on to raise significant additional investment and find market traction. This is a huge accomplishment for any fund and our goal for this year is to continue on that path.”

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 90 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

HiDEC Rebrands as Grow 3Degrees, Transfers Ownership to OMEP

Grow 3Degrees

BEND, OR (August 1, 2017) – Today, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) unveiled the rebranding of the High Desert Enterprise Consortium (HiDEC) as Grow 3o, a move that aims to better convey the effort, which gives local entrepreneurs and companies access to continued education and peer-learning, with a focus on Lean principles.

Over the past year, EDCO and the HiDEC Steering Committee have been working together with The Mandala Agency, a full-service branding, marketing and creative ad firm located in Bend, on both a name change and rebranding effort. From this emerged Grow 3o, giving the group a clearer mission and focus.

Grow 3o relates to how small course corrections and incremental improvements over time can lead to significant gains and transform organizations. Continuous improvement is about engagement and problem-solving at all levels, and when consistently implemented it separates good companies from truly great ones.

In this spirit of continuous improvement, the core of what HiDEC (and what is now Grow 3o) stands for, EDCO chose to transition ownership of the effort to an organization that has the same values and goals, but one that could dedicate more resources to the effort. Effective immediately, the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership (OMEP) will take the lead of Grow 3o and expand EDCO’s efforts of engaging more Central Oregon employers to learn best practices from experts and peers alike that will help their organizations improve.

“We really believe that OMEP is the perfect organization to carry forward this effort in our region,” said Roger Lee, CEO of EDCO. “They are already the lean and continuous improvement experts in the state and this will serve our companies well both in the short and long term.”

OMEP is just one of a nationwide network of organizations called MEP Centers governed by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), bringing considerable horsepower not only from their own team, but in best practices and resources from other parts of the country. These Lean implementation specialists understand the importance of culture and leadership, and as former business owners and engineers, their team knows the ins and outs of manufacturing. Like HiDEC did in the past, OMEP and Grow 3o work with a variety of industries outside of manufacturing, including health care, financial services, government administration and more.

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

About Grow 3o
Grow 3⁰’s mission is to help Central Oregon businesses improve their processes by leveraging the knowledge of experts and members through training and practical application of best practices. The organization is focused on Lean training and implementation: from first steps to advanced continuous improvement through events, workshops, problem-solving tours and more.

EDCO HIRES HEIDI HAUSNER AS DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP

New Team Member

BEND, OR (July 12, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to welcome the addition of Heidi Hausner as Director of Membership, a new position within the non-profit, focused on actively developing EDCO’s membership in an effort to expand the growing region’s network of business leaders, investors, partners and advisors.

In this role, Heidi will execute an outreach initiative to connect with the Central Oregon business community and share how EDCO benefits our region as a whole. Further, she will work to better engage the current membership in the organization’s work.

Heidi is a native Central Oregonian, where she has undertaken her own entrepreneurial endeavors in land investments, land development projects, and business ownership. She joins the EDCO team after nine years as Marketing Manager for a local brewery. Additionally, she brings along domestic and international business experience in various sectors including real estate, hospitality, and technology.

Roger Lee, CEO of EDCO said “Heidi’s experience and drive are a great fit for EDCO. We have a small team with a big mission and we’re optimistic that her contributions will add fuel so we can do more to transform and strengthen our regional economy.”

Heidi holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from United States International University, with coursework in both San Diego and Nairobi, Kenya. As a native Central Oregonian, she holds a deep sentiment for our community and is excited for this chance to serve, collaborate and unify a diverse group of regional leaders and businesses that together are the key to a vibrant and prosperous area.

Since 2006, EDCO had structured membership development and event development and management under one position – a role held by Erin Reilly for the past five years. During that time, the organization’s events grew in number, stature, and attendance; swelling to more than 50 events annually. With the hiring of Heidi, the role will be separated, allowing both segments greater focus.

“The number one reason why businesses aren’t already EDCO members is because they haven’t been asked,” said Erin Reilly. “We are excited to have a full-time position dedicated exclusively to membership and I look forward to working with Heidi while focusing my efforts 100% on the success of our events.”

“Special thanks to the dedication and investment of time from Eric Strobel and Sarah Lindsey of BBSI (Barrett Business Services, Inc.), for conducting the extensive search that led to this hire,” noted Erin Chaiet, COO of EDCO.

About 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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

About BBSI
BBSI was founded in 1951 by an entrepreneur driven to provide a valuable, hands-on business service at a reasonable price. Today, the company works across the country with 3,000 businesses daily, providing solutions for business owners that include payroll services, staffing (short-term and long-term contract) and complete human resources consulting. With 54 offices in 12 states, BBSI builds relationships at the local level to better serve their customers. Learn more about BBSI here.

The Bend Venture Conference Returns for 2017, Call For Applications Now Open

THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 19-20, 2017
APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW THRU FRIDAY, AUGUST 11TH

BEND, OR (July 6, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual two-day Bend Venture Conference (BVC), now in its 14th year, on Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 2017, at the iconic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend.

This year’s conference will once again feature three competition categories: Growth Stage, Early Stage and Social Impact. The application period is open now through August 11th.

  • Growth Stage Competition: This category is open to companies that have a proven concept, have generated initial revenues and are prepared to scale quickly with investment. Applicants can be located anywhere in the U.S. To apply, click here.
  • Early Stage Competition: This category is open to companies that have a great idea and are close to “proof of concept.” They are pre-revenue (or very early-revenue) and are in the process of testing their product in the market. Applicants must be located in Central Oregon. To apply, click here.
  • Social Impact Competition: Now in its second year, this category is open to for-profit companies, whose business models are integrated with a mission to have a significant and measurable social or environmental impact. Applicants should be aiming to generate long-term enterprise value and attractive returns on capital. Applicants must be located in Oregon. To apply, click here.

“Bend Venture Conference truly elevated venture and angel investing in Oregon last year by deploying nearly $4 million to ten companies. It was a banner year with over 90 impressive applicants. We continue to attract some of the most innovative companies in the west to compete for these investments. And at the same time, there’s room for companies of all stages to compete within our three categories,” said Brian Vierra, EDCO’s Venture Catalyst.

Companies in the Social Impact Competition historically compete for investments ranging from $50,000-$100,000. BendBroadband Business returns to sponsor the Early Stage Competition with a $17,500 cash grant, while Growth Stage Competition finalists could collect an investment of $250,000 or more. The 2017 BVC will feature impressive panelists and keynote speakers from across the country representing angel investors, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs, to be announced at a later date.

Jason Moyer, Fund Manager for the 2017 BVC, LLC said, “During the past several years, BVC has matured from a local angel event to one of the more valuable conferences in the country.  We’re attracting some of the region’s most promising early-stage ventures, along with numerous professionally managed investment funds.”

“The inaugural year of the Social Impact Fund was wildly successful and exceeded all expectations,” noted Ryan Andrews, Fund Manager for the 2017 BVC Social Impact Fund. “We were the very first fund to invest in two companies, OpConnect and Hemex Health, which have both gone on to raise significant additional investment and find market traction. This is a huge accomplishment for any fund and our goal for this year is to continue on that path.”

Ticket Sales
Tickets to the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

About Bend Venture Conference (BVC)
BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 90 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.

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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.

EDCO’S NEXT PUBTALK SET FOR JUNE 22 AT MCMENAMINS

EDCO's Central Oregon PubTalk

FEATURING SANJAY DHOLAKIA, FORMER CMO OF MARKETO

BEND, OR (June 1, 2017)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) just announced the speakers for the next PubTalk to be held Thursday, June 22, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas and further local businesses. Where Beers and Business Collide!

Keynote Speaker:
Sanjay Dholakia; Board Member, Advisor and Former CMO Marketo

Sanjay most recently served as Marketo‘s CMO for nearly five years. He led the marketing department through its worldwide expansion and IPO, helping to scale the company nearly 10-fold. He joined Marketo through the acquisition of social software company Crowd Factory, where as CEO he was responsible for the strategic direction and vision of the company. Prior to Crowd Factory, Sanjay was CMO at Lithium Technologies, where he helped triple the company’s run-rate revenue over an 18-month period.

This PubTalk will pull from Sanjay’s extensive background and focus on functional advice for marketing in the new digital age, along with strategic keys and tips to driving growth.

Company Pitches:
Mission Limelight
Talena Barker, Founder and CEO of Mission Limelight, has worked with non-profits for more than 10 years, helping them raise nearly $4 million. Mission Limelight is a comprehensive suite of services and an integrated cloud-based marketplace, enabling non-profits to increase their contributions and revenue; donor organizations to achieve greater impact; and for both to broaden their audience, enhance their effectiveness and efficiently measure results.

Voilà Coffee Company
Kent Sheridan is a relentless innovator and the Creator and Founder of Voilà, a specialty instant coffee sourced from top US coffee roasters. Kent’s views and insights into the specialty coffee market are what have helped propel the company to success. Voilà offers customizable taste preferences and is delivered monthly.

Company Update:
Craft3
Turner Waskom, Commercial Lending Team Manager, will give an update on Craft3, a nonprofit specializing in loans that strengthen the economy, families and the environment. Craft3 lends to businesses, nonprofits and individuals throughout Oregon and Washington. Since its inception in 1994, Craft3 has invested more than $433 million from their Oregon and Washington offices and were the first company to invest in the Bend Venture Conference’s inaugural 2016 Social Impact Track.

Agenda
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Networking – Drinks and appetizers
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Company Presentations
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm Keynote Speaker Presentation

Cost and Registration
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Cost includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda)

Title Sponsors:

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
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.

We’re Hiring – Bend Area Director

EDCO Hiring Central Oregon

**Application Process Now Closed**

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) works to build a stronger, more stable and diversified local economy.  We are currently looking for a Bend Area Director to execute the plans and programs of business retention/expansion and recruitment for projects, and assist in creating or retaining key employment primarily within the greater Bend area.  This position is an integral part of the EDCO team and is an excellent chance to make an impact within the Central Oregon business community.

All applications and inquiries should be directed to Sam Lambert at Mid Oregon Personnel, 541-382-0445.

For a complete job description, click here.

EDCO’s May 25 PubTalk – Speakers Announced

EDCO's Central Oregon PubTalk

EDCO’S NEXT PUBTALK SET FOR MAY 25 AT MCMENAMINS
FEATURING SCOTT SANDLER, OREGON ANGEL FUND

BEND, OR (May 4, 2017)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) just announced the speakers for the next PubTalk to be held Thursday, May 25, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas and further local businesses. Where Beers and Business Collide!

Keynote Speaker:
Scott Sandler, Fund Manager, Oregon Angel Fund

Scott grew up in Massachusetts and headed west to Oregon in search of big mountains and to start his career at Intel. He quickly realized he was more of a startup kind of guy, which led him to stints in customer support and marketing at four software startups. Scott then became CEO of Novas Software, which had a successful exit in 2008. Having committed to do “something completely different” after Novas, he joined OAF as an investor in 2010 and became a member of the team in 2012. He is currently in charge of many day-to-day activities, including generating deal flow, evaluating business plans and due diligence management.

This PubTak will focus on the pros and cons of the many different types of funding entrepreneurs have available to them. Scott’s varied experience brings along insights into planning, managing expectations and how to help businesses understand which options can be the right fit.

 
Company Pitches:
DubsLabs

Six years ago Eric Dubs, Founder and CEO of DubsLabs, quit his corporate job as a nuclear submarine propulsion engineer and spent his life savings to start a product development company. Since then DubsLabs launched the thinnest headphones available on the market, Bedphones Sleep Headphones, shipping tens of thousands of units across the globe. They are currently in process to launch their next product, Versafit: sports headphones that allow users to hear their music and their surroundings – the opposite of noise-cancelling headphones.

Locals Compass
Zilaida Salgueiro, Founder and CEO, created Locals Compass, out of a passion for travel and a desire to spend less time planning and more time experiencing destinations like a local. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Zilaida moved to the U.S. shortly after graduating college. Since then, she has worked at companies of all sizes and stages: from Fortune 200s to startups. Locals Compass is a travel marketplace that connects travelers with locals who help them navigate their cities through personalized travel itineraries.

 
Company Update:
Odysys, Inc.
Kent Schnepp, CEO & Founder of Odysys, Inc., will give an update on what the company has been doing since they won the top prize at 2015’s Bend Venture Conference. Kent has over 18 years’ experience in internet marketing with top-tier clients including Vail Resorts, U.S. Bank, and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts. Odysys, Inc. develops and markets a SaaS marketing and technology platform that helps independent hotels significantly reduce their guest acquisition costs. The platform includes marketing automation tools and private label, commission-free booking technology.

Agenda
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Networking – Drinks and appetizers
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Company Presentations
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm Keynote Speaker Presentation

Cost and Registration
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Cost includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda)

Title Sponsors

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About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)

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.

Cascade Angels Accepting Funding Applications Til May 1

Entrepreneurs seeking investment capital have an opportunity to present their early stage businesses for growth to Cascade Angels. Cascade Angels Fund 2017, LLC (“Cascade Angels Fund 2017” or the “Fund”) has opened up its second application period, which runs from April 4 to May 1, 2017. Entrepreneurs interested in applying can do so via Gust.com.

The Fund anticipates additional application rounds in the coming months and investing in 4-7 companies in 2017. Typical investments are made in early stage, Oregon-based companies from any industry. Investments are anticipated to range from $100,000 to $250,000.

Cascade Angels Fund is now in its fourth year. The Fund’s mission is to create regional opportunities for investors and businesses to drive economic growth and fuel prosperity. The Fund’s profile on Gust.com includes additional information regarding its purpose, mission and goals. Since 2014, Cascade Angels Fund has invested nearly $2M in 13 companies, all of which are still in operation and cumulatively employ over 100 people.

“We’ve already had one application period this year and were impressed with the quality of the companies coming through,” said Julie Harrelson, CEO of Harrelson Group Inc., Fund Manager for Cascade Angels. “As always, our focus is to generate returns for investors, while also positively impacting job creation and economic development in our region.”

An entrepreneur, investor and leader in Oregon’s startup community, Julie co-founded Cascade Angels Fund in Bend in 2013. She was recently named “Woman of the Year” by the Bend Chamber for the difference she has made in the business community.

Cascade Angels Fund is sponsored by Jones & Roth, Karnopp Petersen LLP, US Bank, and Harrelson Group.

*Membership in the Cascade Angels Fund 2017 is by referral and invitation only. Angel and venture investments involve a high degree of risk. Participation in the Cascade Angels Fund 2017 is limited to “accredited investors,” as defined by the general rules and regulations of the Securities Act of 1933 of the Securities and Exchange Commission AND to investors who have such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters that they are capable of evaluating the merits and risks of prospective investments.

This release is not an offer to sell or solicit investment in the Cascade Angels Fund 2017, its portfolio companies, or applying companies. The Cascade Angels Fund 2017 does not operate as a broker-dealer or investment adviser and is not registered as such with any federal or state securities regulator.

About Cascade Angels Fund

Founded in 2013, Cascade Angels is a professionally managed, investor-driven venture fund that creates opportunities for investors and businesses with connections to Central Oregon to drive economic growth and fuel prosperity. The Fund’s investors include prominent business leaders, exited entrepreneurs and institutional investors who are committed to contributing to a sustainable economy and building Oregon’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Since 2014, Cascade Angels Fund has invested nearly $2M in 13 early stage companies that cumulatively employ over 100 people. For more information, visit www.CascadeAngels.com or www.twitter.com/CascadeAngels.

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CENTRAL OREGON POWER SUPPLY POISED FOR GROWTH

CENTRAL OREGON POWER SUPPLY POISED FOR GROWTH,
INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES ANNOUNCED

BEND, OR (April 14, 2017) A recently completed study by the Bonneville Power Administration identifies needed transmission upgrades in Central Oregon to support the expanding economy – one of the fastest growing in the United States. BPA, a federal power marketer that owns and operates three-quarters of the Pacific Northwest region’s high-voltage transmission grid, studied three new interconnection requests for large loads in 2016 for Central Oregon. The study summary identifies main grid transmission upgrades needed to allow Central Electric Cooperative, Pacific Power, and Midstate Electric Cooperative to interconnect requested new large load additions.

Findings from the study confirm that the transmission grid is capable of serving Central Oregon’s current loads, with additional capacity needed to allow for our region’s growing residential, manufacturing and commercial loads, both small and large-scale.

“As an engine of the Northwest’s economic prosperity, BPA is committed to providing reliable electric transmission capacity for our customers,” said Jeff Cook, Vice President of Planning and Asset Management within BPA Transmission. “This study gives us a clear road map to respond to these requests in Central Oregon.”

In response to interconnection requests, BPA has committed to installing new equipment at the Slatt Substation on the Slatt–Buckley 500 kV line as well as upgrading equipment at the Bakeoven Substation on the John Day–Grizzly 500 kV No. 1 and No. 2 lines. This will increase the interconnection capability by 315 MW by June 2019. A remedial action scheme to automatically trip load for main grid contingencies would be required to provide additional interconnection capability. Preliminary studies show the main grid could support an additional 270 MW of new large load additions for a total of 585 MW with this new equipment and schemes. The schemes will need to be further studied and would likely take about two to three years from now to implement.

“As the primary supplier to our system, BPA plays a critical role in our ability to serve our customers,” noted Dave Markham, CEO of Central Electric Cooperative. “We are encouraged by results of this study to continue to provide affordable, reliable power to our current and future customers.”

Pacific Power Regional Manager Matthew Chancellor echoed this point: “We have been part of, and grown with, the Central Oregon community for over a century. These investments by BPA will provide everyone in the region further capacity for growth – both in the short and long-term.”

The study summary suggests major transmission system reinforcement, such as a new 500 kV line, may be required to provide additional interconnection capability in the Central Oregon area beyond the 585MW. More research, engineering and environmental review would be necessary for this large grid infrastructure project to move forward.

“It’s no secret Central Oregon is growing and new businesses want to move here. It’s our responsibility to make sure we continue to monitor our infrastructure and make the appropriate recommendations and updates to sustain our region’s growth,” said Roger Lee, CEO of Economic Development for Central Oregon.

While there has been recent press about the region’s ability to meet electric power needs, Prineville specifically, BPA’s study provides a clear overview to alleviate those concerns and show the region’s ability to increase power usage.

“In the city of Prineville, we are constantly looking toward the future,” said Steve Forrester, Prineville City Manager. “The addition of new power infrastructure will be in use within two years, and we can market that in our job creation and industry diversification efforts with EDCO.”

About Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO)
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.

About Bonneville Power Administration
The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketer that sells wholesale electricity from 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant to 142 Northwest electric utilities, serving millions of consumers and businesses. BPA delivers power via more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and 261 substations to 475 transmission customers. In all, BPA markets about a third of the electricity consumed in the Northwest and operates three-quarters of the region’s high-voltage transmission grid. BPA also funds one of the largest fish and wildlife programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings and operational solutions that help maintain affordable, reliable and carbon-free electric power for the Northwest. www.bpa.gov


For Press Inquiries:

Elise Rossman
Director of Marketing and Communications, EDCO
541.388.3236 x6
elise@edcoinfo.com

Kevin Wingert
Media Relations, Bonneville Power Administration
503.230.4140 x5131
kwingert@bpa.gov

 

For questions regarding the regional power companies servicing Central Oregon:

Ry Schwark
Manager, External Communications, PacifiCorp
800.570.5838
Ry.Schwark@pacificorp.com

Jeff Beaman
Member Services Director, Central Electric Cooperative, LLC
541.312.7753
jbeaman@cec.coop

Dave Schneider
CEO/General Manager, Midstate Electric Cooperative
541.536.7282
DSchneider@mse.coop

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EDCO’S NEXT PUBTALK SET FOR APRIL 27 AT MCMENAMINS

EDCO’S NEXT PUBTALK SET FOR APRIL 27 AT MCMENAMINS

FEATURING DOUG LAYMAN, FOUNDER KADIX SYSTEMS

 

BEND, OR (April 5, 2017) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) just announced the speakers for the next PubTalk to be held Thursday, April 27, 5pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk, held the fourth Thursday of the month, is a happy hour aimed at bringing together different facets of the business community in one place to network, share ideas and further local businesses. Where Beers and Business Collide!

Keynote Speaker:                                                                                 
Arve Capital LLC Managing Partner, Former Kadix Systems Founder & President Doug Layman

Doug Layman is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in strategic consulting, technology, entrepreneurship, and investment in both Fortune 500 companies and startups. Layman was founder and President of Kadix Systems, an information technology and security company serving the Intelligence Community with clients including the NSA, DHS, FBI, and Department of Defense. Layman’s keynote will explain how starting with an initial investment of $100, over the course of seven years, Kadix Systems grew to four locations, 350+ employees, and over $50 million in annual revenue.

Layman currently manages an investment portfolio of early stage companies through Arve Capital LLC and supports philanthropic interests including OSU-Cascades and the Bethlehem Inn through the Layman Foundation. He is an avid rock climber, biker and skier, who splits his time between Bend, Oregon; Los Barriles, Mexico; and Chamonix, France.

Company Pitches:
ColorKitchen
Founder Ashley Phelps is an artist turned entrepreneur. ColorKitchen developed out of her first business, which was creating natural children’s paints made from plant colors. Stores eager for natural color baking solutions prompted Phelps to pivot her craft business into a line of natural food coloring products, now selling in over 900 stores nationwide, from Whole Foods to Target.

CEVA Bike Fit Systems
David Garcia, Founder & CEO of CEVA Bike Fit Systems, is a Bend resident and longtime recreational cyclist whose new software aims to solve a major chasm between the service that bike shops provide and what recreational bikers need: professional assistance to determine what bike is right for them. The software brings the expertise of skilled bike fitters into the ordinary sales process, by putting professional fitting skills into the hands of every bike sales person.

Company Update:
Manzama
Peter Ozolin, Co-Founder, CEO & Chairman of Manzama, will give an update on the subscription-based, Software-as-a-Service platform that aggregates news, corporate press releases, industry and trade publications, and social media from the public domain. Using proprietary search functionality and algorithms, Manzama then filters, ranks and classifies the aggregated information and automatically delivers its results to subscribers either via email, web portal or RSS. In addition, Manzama provides a powerful research engine for its subscribers, allowing them to search and create alerts, newsletters and other content.

Agenda
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Networking – Drinks and appetizers
6:00 pm to 6:45 pm Company Presentations
6:45 pm to 7:30 pm Keynote Speaker Presentation

Cost and Registration 
$25 EDCO & OEN Members
$35 Non-Members
Cost includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda)