Central Oregon is Hiring!

Central Oregon is Hiring!

Bend, Ore. (August 21, 2018) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced today the release of two video campaigns to help local employers attract qualified talent to Central Oregon. These videos, Central Oregon is Hiring and the tech-focused Reboot in Bend, are available to all regional employers in their recruitment efforts as they look to attract the best talent.

The goal of this effort is to encourage skilled job seekers and businesses to consider Central Oregon as more than just a great vacation destination. With a tight labor market, and many local employers hiring for multiple positions, East Cascades Works and EDCO decided to address the needs of the community in a new way.

Heather Ficht, Executive Director of East Cascades Works, noted “Central Oregon is growing and experiencing record low unemployment, creating a labor shortage. We continue to invest in cultivating local talent, but we also need to be responsive to our local business’s immediate needs. We listened to our business partners and followed their lead to create another tool to make that recruitment process a bit easier.”

This effort was truly a community-backed initiative with multiple partners. East Cascades Works, EDCO, Wahoo Films, Visit Bend, Central Oregon Visitors Association, Technology Association of Oregon, Five Talent, and the City of Bend were all direct supporters of this effort.

Kip Barrett, EDCO’s Bend Area Director, said “Beyond those who directly contributed to the effort, there were multiple behind-the-scenes partners and community members who kept moving this initiative forward. We would like to thank all of those volunteers and partners for their support.”

To use this video in your recruitment efforts, click here for simple instructions.

It truly was a community effort to create these videos. We would like to thank those who volunteered their time and resources to make this possible.

Reboot in Bend:
Ryan Comingdeer – Five Talant
Melissa Woepse – Kollective
Paul Freed – Herd Freed Hatz
Adam Krynicki – OSU-Cascades
Eric Nielsen – Moda Health

Central Oregon is Hiring:
Jasmine Barnett – Arts & Culture Alliance of Central Oregon
Wally Corwin – JELD-WEN
Damon Runberg – State of Oregon
Paul Freed – Herd Freed Hartz
David Haines – Bend Chamber of Commerce
Teri Hockett – Technology Association of Oregon

About East Cascades Works
East Cascades Works is a private non-profit organization that supports the talent needs of business, and maximizes and aligns investments in the career goals of individuals to fuel a thriving economy. For more information, visit: www.eastcascadesworks.org

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.

Central Oregon is Hiring: How to use these videos in your recruitment efforts

Want to use our new recruitment videos in your hiring efforts? See below for simple instructions on how to share and embed these codes directly to your website.

Region-wide Video: Central Oregon is Hiring

Tech Recruit Video: Reboot in Bend

To share the videos:
Click on the share button in the top right corner of either video above for a link you can post on whatever channels you use to attract talent.

Copy this code to embed the Central Oregon is Hiring video to your website or blog:
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL3EPBouwNKSZly7lfdav6gZU8k3bUSjX1″ frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>

Copy this code to embed the Reboot in Bend video to your website or blog:
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL3EPBouwNKSaQpS4bsioIVwej55uDnhOb” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe>

 

EDCO Annual Luncheon Set for February 14

EDCO’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON SET FOR FEBRUARY 14TH
FEATURING FUTURIST & INVENTOR PABLOS HOLMAN

BEND, OR (January 29, 2019)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will host their Annual Luncheon on Thursday, February 14, 2019, from 11:00 – 1:30 pm at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes. Tickets and tables seating ten are available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Annual Luncheon is a tradition providing the Central Oregon business community an opportunity to hear nationally recognized business leaders discuss current and future economic trends and business best practices.

Keynote Speaker
Pablos Holman
Hacker, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Futurist

Pablos Holman implements science fiction. His vast experience gives him a unique view into breaking and building new technologies.

Pablos consults worldwide on invention and design projects that assimilate new technologies – making wild ideas a bit more practical and vice versa. He helped create the world’s smallest PC, 3D printers at Makerbot, spaceships with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, artificial intelligence agent systems, and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot.

With over 20 million viewers on his TED Talk channel, Pablos is a highly desired keynote speaker. Recently, he has spoken at Stanford, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum at Davos, the Microsoft CEO Summit – invited by Bill Gates, the CIA, Google Zeitgeist, The Milken Global Conference, and many of the world’s top tech companies and conferences.

Cost and Registration
$78 EDCO Members
$92 Non-Members
Become an EDCO Member here.

Tables and tickets can be purchased online here. Table sponsors receive ten luncheon tickets recognition prior to and during the event.

#iheartEDCO #edcoinfo

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 #1 – Three Years in a Row

Bend-Redmond MSA #1 Ariel photo of snow-covered Bend

The Bend-Redmond MSA has topped the Milken Institute’s Annual Best Small Cities list for the third year in a row!

“Bend-Redmond, OR, sees its third consecutive year ranking No. 1 on the BPC Small Cities index. All of the variables in the Bend-Redmond rank in the Top 20, securing its No. 1 rank this year. The metro’s five-year job and wage growth both rank first and one-year wage growth ranks second, which continues to show the region’s ability to increase high-value employment. Five-year high-tech GDP growth climbed 118 places from last year’s ranking, showing the recent dramatic growth of the high-tech sector. The job, wage, and high-tech GDP five-year growth values are 19.9 percent, 25.2 percent, and 18.0 percent, respectively. Economic growth is also exemplified by a $5.2 million expansion to meet demand at the regional Redmond airport, one of the few options to get people from outside the region to Bend-Redmond.”

For more information on the Milken Institute, Bend-Redmond’s ranking and the methodology behind the numbers, visit their website.

EDCO Welcomes Kelsey Lucas as New Prineville/Crook County Director

EDCO WELCOMES KELSEY LUCAS AS NEW PRINEVILLE/CROOK COUNTY DIRECTOR

BEND, Ore. (January 16, 2019) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to welcome the addition of Kelsey Lucas as Prineville/Crook County Director, effective immediately.

In this role, Kelsey will be responsible for supporting EDCO’s mission of creating a diversified local economy and a strong base of middle-class jobs in Central Oregon, focusing her efforts in Prineville and Crook County. She will help guide employers outside the region through the relocation process of moving to the area, manage and help administer incentive programs and work closely with local traded-sector companies to help them grow and expand.

Her most recent experience working for The Johnson Family, one of New York City’s most successful investors and business owners, while simultaneously receiving her Master of Science in Marketing Research, shows her ability to complete complex projects.

“We continue to be blessed with a strong pool of applicants from across the country, and this search was no different,” noted Roger Lee, EDCO’s CEO. “Kelsey’s background in economic development, ties to Central Oregon and passion for this opportunity in Prineville made her a great fit.”

Kelsey received her Masters of Science in Marketing Research from Michigan State University, where she also completed her Bachelors of Arts in Marketing. An avid hiker, she recently relocated from New York City to Central Oregon to be closer to family. Her excitement about the economic potential of Prineville and the unwavering pride of its residents further fueled her decision.

Mid Oregon Personnel conducted the professional search for the Prineville/Crook County Director position on behalf of EDCO. It was spearheaded by its President, Greg Lambert, who is a longstanding EDCO Board and Executive Committee member representing Crook County. A hiring committee of local leaders representing different community and business perspectives reviewed and interviewed finalists as well as making the hiring recommendation.

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 Mid Oregon Personnel
Mid Oregon Personnel is a local Central Oregon staffing company with full-time offices in four major area communities: Bend, Redmond, Prineville, and Madras. Founded in 1984, Mid Oregon Personnel offers employers and employees customized service instead of applying a formula, aiming to fit the right person with each company’s culture, resulting in a higher retention rate than typical for the industry.

Speakers Announced for the First PubTalk of the Year

EDCO ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 PUBTALK
FEATURING PETER HORAN, FOOD FOR THE SOLE AND SEASON SEARCH

BEND, OR (January 16, 2019)Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next Central Oregon PubTalk on Thursday, January 24, 5 pm at McMenamins in Downtown Bend. Tickets are on sale now and available via Eventbrite here.

EDCO’s Central Oregon PubTalk 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.

Keynote Speaker
Peter Horan, Founder, 
Horan MediaTech Advisors

Peter C. Horan is an investor, operator and advisor with a history of building successful media, commerce and ad technology businesses. As a CEO and independent director, he has been part of nine profitable exits in the last fifteen years totaling approximately $2 billion in value and $3 billion in public market value creation. He is an active early stage investor involved with the Oregon Angel Fund, Cascade Angels and Portland Seed Fund.

Previously, he was President and COO of Answers, Corp., CEO of IAC Media and Advertising, CEO of About.com, CEO of AllBusiness.com, and more. He is currently on the board of directors of Lending Tree, Business.com, Spirited Media, Topix, AdZerk, and Outdoor Project.

His keynote ‘From Prunes to Petabytes: The Unlikely History of Silicon Valley’ will focus on how Silicon Valley transformed from an agricultural paradise to the tech capital of the world. He’ll also discuss making decisions in the absence of data, the challenge of forecasting the impact of new technologies, and more.

Company Pitches
Julie Mosier and Henry Mosier, Co-founders, Food For The Sole
Food For The Sole is a dehydrated adventure food company based out of Bend, OR that makes lightweight and great tasting dehydrated meals, prepared with the freshest ingredients to give you the best-tasting experience in the backcountry.

Tommy Chipman, CEO and Co-founder, Season Search
Season Search was born out of frustration and a minor run-in with the law. Co-founder Tommy Chipman was fishing with proper licenses, but unaware of a “special exception” hidden in pages of regulatory PDFs with big consequences.

Season Search provides a universal regulatory format for businesses to provide governmental regulatory data (currently hunting and fishing regulations) to their customers in an easy to understand. The system is provided through API’s, embed codes and widgets using scalable cloud infrastructure.

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

Cost and Registration
$26 EDCO & OEN Members (Become an EDCO Member here)
$36 Non-Members

Admission includes appetizers and a free beverage (choice of beer, wine, or soda).

Title Sponsors

2017 PubTalk Title Sponsors Columbia Bank, Karnopp Peterson, University of Oregon, Velox Systems

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.

Laird Superfood Secures $32 Million in Private Funding Round

One of the fastest-growing companies in the natural-foods industry will use funding to expand product offerings, support acquisitions and add jobs across departments 

SISTERS, Ore. – January 11, 2019 – Laird Superfood, maker of assorted superfood products, secured $32 million in a private funding round that included WeWork as an investor. This latest round of funding will support an increase in product development, acquisitions and significant growth at Laird Superfood’s Sisters, Ore.-based headquarters.

“We are incredibly grateful to our investors and the community for their continued support. Our expansion will enable us to grow our product offerings, make room for even greater innovation and double down on our presence in the industry. This growth will add a great number of jobs in Sisters and the surrounding communities, across a variety of departments, and allow us to continue to stimulate our local economy,” said Paul Hodge, CEO and co-founder of Laird Superfood.

In conjunction with the investment from WeWork, Arik Benzino, WeWork’s Chief We Officer for the U.S., Canada & Israel, will join the Laird Superfood board of directors. Laird Superfood and WeWork will also launch a partnership to make Laird’s offerings available to WeWork members and employees in select locations in the U.S.

“I thank WeWork for their investment in Laird Superfood’s expansion and pursuit of our mission to become the leading superfood company in the natural foods space. At Laird Superfood, we think of our clean-ingredient products as fuel. With the right fuel, you can accomplish anything, and it’s in this way that our offerings perfectly complement the ambitious and entrepreneurial spirit of the WeWork community,” said Laird Hamilton, co-founder of Laird Superfood.

“Laird Superfood products give you the fuel you need for a productive life. Their holistic approach to life balance is aligned with our mission and vision here at WeWork. We could not be more excited to support this amazing company’s growth and at the same time make their incredible products available to our WeWork members and employees.” — Arik Benzino, WeWork Chief We Officer for the U.S., Canada & Israel and Laird Superfood Board Member.

About Laird Superfood

Laird Superfood, Inc. creates award-winning, all-natural superfood products that are both delicious and functional. The company’s products are designed to naturally keep you fueled throughout your day.

The company was co-founded in 2015 by the world’s most prolific big-wave surfer, Laird Hamilton. His passion project to perfect his personal regimen grew into a dynamic, innovative brand with a mission to bring clean, simple, and thoughtfully formulated superfoods to the masses. As one of the fastest growing companies in the natural foods space, Laird Superfood’s offerings are environmentally sustainable, responsibly tested, and made with whole-food ingredients that everyone can feel good about.

Whether you’re a high-performance athlete, a busy parent or an ambitious entrepreneur, Laird Superfood’s products give you the fuel to accomplish anything – no matter the mission – from sunrise to sunset. Shop all products online at lairdsuperfood.com and join the Laird Superfood community on social media for the latest news and daily doses of inspiration.

New Partnership Between Prineville and Apple

A new partnership emerges between the City of Prineville and Apple to create a cost-efficient and sustainable water supply to meet the increasing community demands by 2021. Construction of the Aquifer Storage and Recovery system is to begin this fall.

Read the full story here.

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.

Travel to the Eastern U.S. From Redmond Just Got Easier (and Faster)

Bend, Ore. – December 19, 2018 – Travel to the Eastern U.S. from the Redmond Airport just got easier with their newest direct flight to Chicago. The seasonal non-stop flight will begin on June 6.

Follow the link for more information: https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/6785305-151/direct-flights-to-chicago-coming-to-redmond-airport

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.

START: BladeRunner Energy Making a Splash In Renewable Energy

BLADERUNNER ENERGY’S FISH FRIENDLY POWER GENERATOR MAKING A SPLASH IN RENEWABLE ENERGY
Bend Venture Conference Early Stage Winner Making Headlines

Bend, Ore. – December 6, 2018 – In 2017, BladeRunner Energy took home the Early Stage Award of $17,500 at the Bend Venture Conference (BVC). Since then, they have gone on to improve their technology, win yet another prestigious award at the 2018 Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator, and present on the Central Oregon PubTalk stage. Their green technology is quickly moving upstream among the sustainable energy community.

BladeRunner Energy is an eco-friendly micro-hydro solution for sustainable power generation without the use of a dam. Their flexible technology mimicks the natural flow of water, creating enough power to fuel electricity for an entire household, while minimizing environmental impact. The company is working to reduce costs by shrinking the size of the system down so that one person can easily install and store the device for an “energy when you need it” system.

Winning the BVC Early Stage Award provided Co-founder and CTO Moriel Arango the opportunity to focus fulltime on rapidly developing the technology for the company, as well as spreading the word of their product throughout the region. This outreach has permitted them to engage in conversations with local irrigation districts and stakeholders in the CleanTech ecosystem. Today, the team continues to work on the R&D of the technology, which is funded by a Phase II SBIR grant from the National Science Foundation. They are working towards receiving additional funding for their first pilot demonstration aiming to use a stretch of irrigation in the Central Oregon area.

With BVC now in the rearview mirror, Moriel returned to the Central Oregon PubTalk stage earlier in November for an update. He informed the Central Oregon community that they had the confidence to enter the 2018 Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator in Portland, due to their success at BVC the previous year. The company took home the Standout Company Award along with a $2,000 cash prize and $2,500 of in-kind legal services. This success in the accelerator program is an additional boost to their motivation and further drives the point that Oregon is a center of innovation around CleanTech.

The future of any startup can be uncertain, but BladeRunner Energy is working hard to meet key milestones. From the Bend Venture Conference to the Cascadia CleanTech Accelerator, each bit of success gets them one step closer to completing their mission of bringing hydropower to the people.

Find more information at www.bladerunnerenergy.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. For more information, visit www.edcoinfo.com.