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Navigating the Energy Landscape – a pragmatic approach

In recent months, the topic of power has been making front-page news in publications like The Bulletin and the Portland Business Journal. Over the same period, EDCO has been facilitating discussions between stakeholders and hosting key regional utility providers at its board meetings, including Pacific Power, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Mid-State Electric Co-Op, and Central […]

Member Spotlight: Introducing Bamberger Design LLC

Runner, triathlete and automation expert Martin Bamberger relocated from Portland to Central Oregon last year as he was launching Bamberger Design LLC, a consultancy that offers creative product and system design, along with support for product release and automation. With over three decades of experience, Martin has led numerous teams through the challenging yet rewarding […]

Message from the CEO: March 2024

Legislative Outcomes and Economic Development in Central Oregon The 82nd Oregon Legislative Assembly concluded on Friday, March 8th, and though it was a statutorily limited short session, several bills were passed related to economic development efforts. This year’s legislative priorities, while varied, were dominated largely by Measure 110 reform and affordable housing. Through Governor Kotek’s […]

Discover Bend Outdoor Worxs Ninth Cohort

Photo of Bend-based Ahoya Life, one of the four BOW cohort companies

Nurturing the Next Wave of Outdoor Innovation in Central Oregon Bend Outdoor Worx (BOW), Central Oregon’s outdoor industry accelerator, has unveiled the four startup companies chosen to participate in its ninth cohort. Since its inception in 2014, BOW has been instrumental in identifying and nurturing the unique potential of outdoor product companies through comprehensive discovery […]

Member Spotlight: Deschutes Brewery Announces BrewVo® Technology

Photo of new Deschutes Brewery non-alcoholic beers, the Fresh Squeezed IPA and Black Butte Porter

Crafting the Perfect Non-Alcoholic IPA: No Compromises on Taste Deschutes Brewery has been crafting beloved beers since its inception in 1988. What began when Gary Fish established a small brewpub in downtown Bend, has grown into a family and employee-owned craft brewery that employs over 250 people in Central Oregon and sells more than 225,000 […]

Nechville Banjos Announces Relocation to Sisters

Photos of Tom Nechville, owner of Nechville Musical Products

Nechville Musical Instruments: Harmonizing Craftsmanship and Community  of Sisters, Oregon Tom Nechville recently announced that Nechville Musical Products has wrapped up manufacturing operations in Minnesota, completing the last phase of Tom’s long-planned relocation to Sisters, Oregon. The relocation of the manufacturing operation will enable Tom to consolidate all Nechville operations in his hometown of Sisters. […]

Navigating the Future of Work: Insights from the 2024 EDCO Annual Luncheon

April Rinne and Skip Newberry on the main stage at EDCO's Annual Luncheon

On Thursday, February 8, 2024, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted its Annual Luncheon at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes, drawing 780 business leaders, policymakers and entrepreneurs from around Central Oregon. This year’s event introduced the audience to the transformative impact of artificial intelligence in business and the leadership skills needed to succeed in […]

EDCO Member Spotlight: FiOR Innovations

Bend Venture Conference finalist Paul Tice has been on the forefront of 2D and 3D imaging in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry for over 20 years. In the early 2000s, he began working with clients to create 3D renderings of historic sites around the globe before they were destroyed by time or war. […]

Sunriver / La Pine Progress Report: Q4 2023

Eleven potential businesses are in the project pipeline for Sunriver / La Pine economic development

What’s Happening in South Deschutes County Beelicious has opened in La Pine with a new creative menu from one of the best professionals in restaurant management with more than 20 years of experience in cooking Thai and Asian Fusion food. Cascade Auto Glass recently opened a new location in La Pine. Since the business started […]

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 […]