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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Message from EDCO’s CEO Jon Stark | November 2023

While unemployment rates are rising ever so slowly, more so in rural areas, monthly job postings in Deschutes County have remained robust, hovering above pre-pandemic levels. The graph below illustrates year-over-year job postings and highlights a significant 23% decrease in August 2023 listings when compared to the previous year, according to the Oregon Employment Department. […]

Hundreds Voted! EDCO Announces the Early Stage Finalists Presenting at Bend Venture Conference

Bend Venture Conference

Almost 300 people crowded Worthy’s outdoor patio for EDCO’s September Central Oregon PubTalk: The Road to BVC, where 10 Early Stage companies pitched their business ideas. The audience, along with an expert panel of judges, voted to decide which companies would advance to present at Bend Venture Conference (BVC) which takes place October 19-20th at […]

Announcing the BVC Growth Stage & Impact Track Semifinalist Companies

Announcing the Growth & Impact Semifinalists

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is excited to announce the semifinalist companies advancing in the Growth Stage and Impact Track competitions for the 20th annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 2023.  The ten semifinalists in the Early Stage competition category were announced last week. Each year, new […]

Announcing the Early Stage Bend Venture Conference Semifinalists Presenting at Central Oregon PubTalk

The 2022 Audience Favorite, TapeDeck, at the Central Oregon PubTalk being presented $3000, courtesy of Washington Trust Bank

BEND, Ore. – September 11, 2023 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the 10 semifinalist companies advancing in the Early Stage competition for the 20th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC), which will take place at the Tower Theatre in Bend on Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 2023.  In the next round […]

The Bend Venture Conference Returns October 19-20 for its 20th Anniversary

Bend Venture Conference

Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 19 – Friday, October 20, 2023, at the iconic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. Tickets to the 20th Annual BVC are available through Each fall hundreds of entrepreneurs and investors from around the country descend on […]

Milken Institute Ranks Bend-Redmond #5 in Best-Performing Small Cities

Bend-Redmond jumped five positions to fifth place in Milken Institute’s recently released 2023 Best-Performing Cities study. The Los Angeles-based Milken Institute compiles their listing annually. The metropolitan areas included in these rankings generated almost 90% of the national GDP in 2021 and the study provides a valuable framework for evaluating the relative performance of US […]