Bringing together local business leaders to discuss experiences, challenges and success strategies

EDCO’s Sisters Quarterly Business Roundtable brought together key figures from the local business community on October 25th at Sisters Bakery’s new production space. This fifth edition of the Roundtable, organized by Eric Strobel, Area Director for EDCO, showcased the spirit of collaboration and information sharing that drives economic growth in Central Oregon. Leaders from local […]

Message from EDCO’s CEO Jon Stark | November 2023

While unemployment rates are rising ever so slowly, more so in rural areas, monthly job postings in Deschutes County have remained robust, hovering above pre-pandemic levels. The graph below illustrates year-over-year job postings and highlights a significant 23% decrease in August 2023 listings when compared to the previous year, according to the Oregon Employment Department. […]

Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) announces direct seasonal service to Dallas/Fort Worth

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Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM) has announced that American Airlines (AA) will offer direct seasonal service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) beginning May 6, 2024 through October 6, 2024. The non-stop flights will depart daily from RDM at 1:16 P.M., arriving in DFW at 6:57 P.M. Departures to RDM will leave DFW at 10:15 A.M., […]

Keep the Holidays Local

Central Oregon Gift Guide
Keep the Holidays Local This holiday season, Central Oregon companies need your support. And there's no shortage of what is made right here in our own backyard! That perfect gift you've been searching for may just be listed below. Happy holidays from EDCO! For more gifting ideas, make sure to check out Bend Marketplace. Specialty [...]

Member Spotlight: Luno

Member Spotlight: Luno

Sleeping in the back of his Subaru Outback to catch early morning turns at Mammoth Mountain, product designer Peter Ducato knew there had to be a better way to car camp. He had led design for hundreds of products as the Founder of STEL Design and leveraged his experience to draft a design, develop a […]

Scenic Areas, Wealth and Industrial Structure

Recently EDCO had the privilege to work with Josh Lehner, Economist at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. He reached out to several Central Oregon organizations to share some research he’d done regarding service jobs in scenic areas compared to industry diversity (known as “industrial structure”). Josh’s research compared wealth job employment figures – those […]

Message from the CEO: July 2023

Alaska Airline plane at RDM airport

Many of EDCO’s strategic priorities focus on supporting a business-friendly environment across Central Oregon and the State. The organization champions efforts to expand available land, infrastructure and resources; regularly engaging traded-sector employers to lend their voices when opportunities exist to share their insights. For example, due in large part to engagement from the business community, […]

Company Spotlight: Rosell Wealth Management

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Each month, Central Oregon PubTalk brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders and community members to network and celebrate the local startup community. Last month, Rosell Wealth Management joined Velox Systems, BBK Law, and Providence Health Plan as Title Sponsors of the program. EDCO sat down with David Rosell, President of Rosell Wealth Management to learn more […]

Milken Institute Ranks Bend-Redmond #5 in Best-Performing Small Cities

Bend-Redmond jumped five positions to fifth place in Milken Institute’s recently released 2023 Best-Performing Cities study. The Los Angeles-based Milken Institute compiles their listing annually. The metropolitan areas included in these rankings generated almost 90% of the national GDP in 2021 and the study provides a valuable framework for evaluating the relative performance of US […]

Insights from EDCO’s 2023 Annual Luncheon

Audience listening to keynote speaker at the EDCO Annual Luncheon

Nearly 800 business leaders and community members packed the Riverhouse Convention Center for the Annual Luncheon hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO). ITR Economics CEO and Chief Economist Brian Beaulieu presented his forecast for the local, national and global economy including how business owners could best prepare for the future. Sherm Bloomer, Chancellor […]