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Bend-Redmond Ranked #1 Best-Performing Small City for 2016 by Milken Institute

BEND, Ore. – December 14, 2016 – Bend-Redmond, Oregon, tops the U.S. Best-Performing Small Cities index, rising from eighth the previous year. The metro improves in seven of the nine indicators. The health-care system provides economic stability. The central Oregon economy is vibrant and has been able to diversity its economic base through the new […]

Ruffwear is one of Outside’s Best Places to Work

BEND, Ore. – December 13, 2016 –  Each year, Outside magazine releases a list of 100 companies that go beyond work-life balance by making employee health and happiness a point of pride. Ruffwear is honored and humbled to be included among Outside’s 100 Best Places to Work for 2016. To be considered for this list, companies […]

MOVE: Q&A with George Pierce, Owner, Pierce Footwear

BEND, Ore. – December 6th, 2016 – Former champion duathlete (run-bike-run) George Pierce was inspired to make a comeback to racing after a near-death bike-truck accident in 2010. While rehabilitating fractured vertebrae in his back and neck, Pierce developed a new type of footwear that addressed the problem of getting in and out of shoes, both […]

Forbes: How The Outdoor Industry Is Creating A Huge Boom In Bend

BEND, Ore. – November 28, 2016 – Bend, Oregon is booming. In fact, it had the highest job growth rate in the entire country last  year. To be totally honest, before my husband’s company Fat Chance Bikes was chosen for the 2016 Bend Outdoor Worx program (the only outdoor industry incubator in the country), the only […]

$186,000 Raised at second Civil War Rally and Auctions

BEND, Ore. – November 17, 2016 – Last week Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Bend (BGCB) teamed up to host the Second Annual Civil War Rally & Auction, raising more than $186,000 to support our kids, our families and economic opportunities for all. The event, held at the […]

UPDATE: The 2016 Bend Venture Conference Awards Over $3,918,000 in Funding

BEND, Ore. – October 19, 2016 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) last week hosted the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) and announced that over $3,918,000 was awarded in investments and cash prizes, setting a new record for Oregon angel conferences and making it one of the top angel conferences in the country. […]

Forbes: Bend, Ore., Heads The Best Small Cities For Business And Careers 2016

Old Mill District

BEND, Ore. – October 19th, 2016 – Bend, Ore., was hammered by the Great Recession as unemployment peaked at 17.2% in March 2009. Home prices fell more than 50% from their 2006 highs and new construction ground to a halt. Residents coined the phrase “poverty with a view” for the picturesque Central Oregon locale. Read […]

Over $3,755,000 in Funding Awarded at the Bend Venture Conference

BEND, Ore. – October 14, 2016 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 13th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to a sold-out crowd and just announced the winners of $3,755,000 in investments and cash prizes, setting a new record for Oregon angel conferences. Side investment deals are still being finalized. Growth Stage Competition The Growth Stage Competition, […]

MOVE: Q&A with Matt Foster, Owner, Maverick Leather Company

BEND, Ore. – September 6th, 2016 – While showing us a 50-year-old milling drum used to soften leather, Matt Foster, Owner of Maverick Leather Company, talked to EDCO about the successful relocation of his business, his family and his entire team from Petaluma, California to Central Oregon over the summer. EDCO: Tell us about Maverick Leather […]

GROW: Q&A with Eric Power, Owner, Bend Velo/J. Livingston Bikes

BEND, Ore. – August 29th, 2016 – With a motto like “Ride upright, not uptight” and a vision to “make the world a better place, one bicycle at a time,” it’s no wonder J. Livingston Bikes are making a name for themselves. From his shop in Bend’s Makers District, Eric Power talks to EDCO about the […]