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Keep the Holidays Local

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 [...]

Prineville-based SherpTek receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

SherpTek is the first automotive outdoor industry company in Prineville and the company worked hand-in-hand with Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) to effectively facilitate their 150-mile relocation to the Crook County community. After 13 trips over a mountain pass in the dead of winter to transport gear, they took occupancy and became operational in […]

Member Spotlight: CiES

CiES aviation images

Have you ever noticed in movies, anytime something goes wrong with an airplane, the pilot starts tapping on the fuel gauge? As Scott Philiben, President of Bend-based CiES explains, “That actually comes about because small to medium size aircraft haven’t been able to reliably and effectively measure fuel.” The problem is so well known across […]

Meta Champions Workforce Development in Central Oregon with $250,000 Grants

October 14, 2022 (Prineville, Ore.) – Four Central Oregon entities—East Cascades Works, Crook County School District, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and EDCO’s Youth CareerConnect—are receiving grants totaling $250,000 from Meta to support youth workforce development and career skills training across Central Oregon. The funding bolsters the Central Oregon component of Future Ready Oregon, a […]

Member Spotlight: The Partners Group

Independent and Privately Owned – Founded in the Northwest in 1981, The Partners Group helps businesses and individuals solve problems and grow through custom strategies in insurance, employee benefits, and financial consulting. Headquartered in Oregon, TPG has grown to over 200 employees, with offices in Oregon, Washington, Texas, and Idaho, and is ranked one of […]

EDCO Welcomes New Team Members

BEND, Ore. (September 7, 2022) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the addition of three team members.  Kelly Michel, Nicole Mcnew, and Bre Wilkins bring a diverse set of economic development, marketing, and program management skills that will be critical to growing EDCO’s impact and mission.  EDCO was supported by […]

Member Spotlight: Altitude Functional Beverages

Bend, Ore., – July 21, 2022 – Altitude Functional Beverages was started in the fall of 2020 in Bend, OR to make functional ingredients accessible and delicious. We sat down with Thomas Angel, founder,  to learn more about how they started, their successes, and their future plans. EDCO: Tell us more about Altitude Functional Beverages. […]

Member Spotlight: The NW Collective

Bend, Ore., July 18, 2022- The NW Collective was started in 2013 when Eric Parnell and his wife moved back to Bend after a three year hiatus in Albuquerque, NM. Utilizing the skills Eric learned while working in film and television in New Mexico to bring high end production opportunities to clients, he began looking […]

2022 BVC Company Applications Now Open

BEND, OR (July 14, 2022) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 20 – Friday, October 21, 2022, in downtown Bend and virtually online. Ticketing, speaker announcements and event details for the 19th Annual Bend Venture Conference will be announced in the coming […]

EDCO Announces Jon Stark as the New CEO

BEND, Ore.,- Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) Board of Directors’ Executive Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Stark as CEO, effective June 1st, 2022. Stark has been with EDCO and Redmond Economic Development Inc. (REDI) for 13 years and took over as Interim CEO of the organization on January 3rd, 2022. EDCO’s […]