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EDCO Releases Largest Employers Lists for Central Oregon

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Data Compiled by EDCO Shows Top Public & Private Regional Employers Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the 2023 Central Oregon Largest Employers List, complete with breakouts of the top employers in each Central Oregon community. This data, collected by EDCO annually for the past 22 years, is the most comprehensive […]

Bend Venture Conference Finalists Continue to Find Success

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Last October, 14 finalists presented their ideas and business models to an audience of hundreds at the Tower Theatre in hopes of gaining investment from prominent funds. Of those finalists, seven companies walked away that day with checks totaling $665,000 in investments. But that was just the beginning of the Bend Venture Conference (BVC) magic. […]

Message from the CEO: March 2023

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The 82nd Oregon Legislative Assembly convened​ for the 2023 Session on Tuesday, January 17th, and over the next few months, hundreds of bills will be considered. EDCO is hard at work ensuring state and local leaders understand all the direct, indirect, intended, and unintended consequences of their decision-making. EDCO is focused on providing information and education […]

Brian’s Cabinets

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Established in 1977, Brian’s Cabinets is Central Oregon’s largest custom cabinet manufacturer.  Since purchasing the business in 2003, Todd Hakala and his team of professional designers, engineers, craftsmen, and installers have built a reputation for exceptional service and quality. A resident of Bend since childhood, Hakala has navigated through tremendous economic shifts over the past […]

Building Central Oregon’s Local Workforce

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Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is committed to helping develop the regional workforce by fostering connections between businesses and local students. Part of that commitment includes managing Youth CareerConnect (YCC), a regional initiative that provides career services and internship opportunities for high school, college and alternative school students. Since its inception in 2017, YCC […]

Hand in Hand Productions

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Audio-Visual Support For Any Event The pressure’s on. You have a big idea for the company-wide meeting and your boss expects something special. Something better than the usual snoozer that no one wants to take credit for. “I can pull it off myself using Zoom or something, right? How hard can it be?” If you […]

Addressing Website Accessibility

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AccessiCart was first established as Bet Hannon Marketing in 2008 and has been remote since the very beginning, with team members from across the US and as far away as South Africa. As an early adopter of remote work, Hannon joined EDCO for the networking. As she says, “Being a part of EDCO has introduced […]

Prineville-based SherpTek receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

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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

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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

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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 […]