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Keep the Holidays Local

Keep the Holidays Local This holiday season, Central Oregon companies need your support. And there's no shortage of what is made right here in our own backyard! That perfect gift you've been searching for may just be listed below. Happy holidays from EDCO! For more gifting ideas, make sure to check out Bend Marketplace. Specialty [...]

Prineville-based SherpTek receives Excellence in Economic Development Award

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 […]

Seven Companies Receive Investments at the 2022 Bend Venture Conference

BEND, Ore. – October 23, 2022 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 19th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) at the Tower Theatre in Downtown Bend. During the conference, 14 finalists presented their ideas and business models to an audience of hundreds in hopes of gaining investment from prominent funds. Of those finalists, […]

2022 Growth and Impact Stage Semifinalists Announced

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September 15, 2022 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the semifinalist companies advancing in the Growth and Impact Stage competitions for the 19th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 20 – Friday, October 21, 2022.  The nine semifinalists in the Early Stage competition category were announced earlier this week. Each year, […]

EDCO Announces Early-Stage BVC Semifinalists presenting at September PubTalk

BEND, Ore. – September 13, 2022 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) announced the nine semifinalist companies advancing in the Early-Stage competition for the 19th Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 20 – Friday, October 21, 2022. This group of companies is one step closer to presenting at BVC. The following Early-Stage […]

Jefferson County Awards $750,000 Towards Local Industrial Construction

For Immediate Release: Madras, Ore.  Jefferson County has awarded $750,000 of funding to three projects aimed at expanding the availability of industrial space across Jefferson County, where the volume of business has grown an estimated 30% over the past decade (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019).  Awardees include Creations Northwest, LLC, who will oversee two [...]

2022 BVC Company Applications Now Open

BEND, OR (July 14, 2022) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 20 – Friday, October 21, 2022, in downtown Bend and virtually online. Ticketing, speaker announcements and event details for the 19th Annual Bend Venture Conference will be announced in the coming […]

EDCO Announces Jon Stark as the New CEO

BEND, Ore.,- Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) Board of Directors’ Executive Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Stark as CEO, effective June 1st, 2022. Stark has been with EDCO and Redmond Economic Development Inc. (REDI) for 13 years and took over as Interim CEO of the organization on January 3rd, 2022. EDCO’s […]

Jefferson County Offers $750,000 Incentive for Construction of Industrial Space

    JEFFERSON COUNTY     BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS         66 S.E. “D” St., Suite A l Madras, Oregon 97741 l Ph: (541) 475-2449 l FAX: (541) 475-4454 Jefferson County Offers $750,000 Incentive for Construction of Industrial Space FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Madras, Ore.  Jefferson County has finalized its second grant program that […]

EDCO RELEASES 2022 LIST OF CENTRAL OREGON’S LARGEST EMPLOYERS

Data Compiled by EDCO Shows Top Public & Private Regional Employers Bend, Ore. – May 4, 2022 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce the 2022 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 [...]