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Bend-Redmond Ranked #1 Best Performing Small City For An Unprecedented Four Consecutive Years

2020 Best Performing Small City

MILKEN INSTITUTE RANKS BEND-REDMOND MSA #1 BEST PERFORMING SMALL CITY AN UNPRECEDENTED FOUR YEARS IN A ROW #1 FIVE-YEAR WAGE GROWTH, #2 FIVE-YEAR JOB GROWTH BEND, OR (February 28, 2020) – Los Angeles-based Milken Institute released its 2020 yearly findings to the Best Performing Small Cities study, naming the Bend-Redmond MSA the Best Performing Small City […]

2020 EDCO Annual Luncheon February 13 featuring Lindsey Pollak

2020 EDCO ANNUAL LUNCHEON: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH FEATURING NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR &  MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKPLACE EXPERT LINDSEY POLLAK BEND, OR (January 28, 2019) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will host its Annual Luncheon on Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 11:00 – 1:30 pm at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes. Tickets and tables can be […]

We’re Hiring – Redmond and Jefferson County Internship Coordinators

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**These positions have been filled.** Not one, but two new positions have just been posted! If you have a passion for connecting people and making an impact in your community, this is a great opportunity for you to serve as either the Internship Coordinator for Jefferson County or the Internship Coordinator for Redmond. In many […]

We’re Hiring – Bend Area Director

EDCO Hiring Central Oregon

Make a significant impact within the Central Oregon Business community by joining Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) as the Bend Area Director. This role is the business retention and expansion (BRE) and recruitment specialist for the Bend Area. Directly responsible for working with the City of Bend and specifically with the Bend Economic Development […]

Deschutes Public Library: A Great Resource for Small Businesses

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Bend, Ore. – December, 4, 2019: If you own or are looking to start a business in Central Oregon, there’s a good chance you know Liisa Sjoblom, a community librarian whose work focuses on supporting the business community, nonprofits and those seeking employment. Liisa helps customers with business planning by researching market and industry data. […]

START: Volitant Consulting

Bend, Ore. (December 5, 2019) – Volitant Consulting is a new company specializing in Amazon marketing, advertising and product sales for local, national and international product-based businesses. Their main goal is to simply be a relief factor for businesses trying to make it in Amazon’s competitive, ever-changing sales environment. Volitant Consulting launched just over a […]

EDCO’s PubTalk Returns Thursday, November 21

People laughing at McMenamins, PubTalk logo, EDCO logo

EDCO’S PUBTALK RETURNS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST FEATURING KIVA, LORA DICARLO, BRAINCHILD TECHNOLOGIES & LUDELA Bend, Ore. (November 12, 2019) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has announced the speakers for the next Central Oregon PubTalk at McMenamins in downtown Bend on Thursday, November 21, at 5 pm. Tickets are on sale now and available via […]

There’s A Lot (of Beer) Brewing in Central Oregon

Legend Cider Kegs representing the large brewing in Central Oregon

Brewing in Central Oregon is having its heyday. And it’s not just beer being brewed here. It’s also craft cider makers and distillers According to a recent article in the Portland Business Journal, Central Oregon’s brewing and distilling industry is seriously outboxing its weight. Of the state’s Top 25 craft beer brewers by volume (146 […]

MOVE: Gel Energy Solutions

Gel Energy Solutions - before and after photo of using LED lighting in a warehouse

In October of 2018, GEL Energy Solutions decided to expand its operations from California with a move to Central Oregon. After three years of helping industrial and commercial customers streamline their energy and lighting needs in Northern California, owner Charlie Gerwe saw a vacancy in the Central Oregon marketplace, allowing the company to make the […]

2019 Bend Venture Conference Winners

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE 16TH ANNUAL BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE Six Companies Presented with a Total of $488,000 in Investments & Cash Awards BEND, OR – October 18, 2019 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 16th  Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to a sold-out crowd at the Tower Theatre in Downtown […]