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2020 Bend Venture Conference Applications Now Open

Bend Venture Conference EDCO Team

THE BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE RETURNS OCTOBER 15-16, 2020 | COMPANY APPLICATIONS OPEN NOW THRU AUGUST 13TH BEND, OR (July 14, 2020) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will again host the annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) on Thursday, October 15 – Friday, October 16, 2020, in downtown Bend and virtually online. Ticketing, speaker announcements […]

EDCO Welcomes Don Myll As New Bend Area Director

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EDCO WELCOMES DON MYLL AS NEW BEND AREA DIRECTOR  BEND, OR (May 5, 2020) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to welcome the addition of Don Myll as Bend Area Director, effective immediately.   In his role, Don is responsible for supporting EDCO’s mission of creating a diversified local economy and a strong base of middle-class jobs in Central […]

There’s Good News, Too: BlackStrap

There’s Good News, Too: BlackStrap EDCO’s third video in the ‘There’s Good News, Too” series highlights another Central Oregon business working and pivoting through the COVID-19 crisis. BlackStrap has been making facemasks for the ski and snowboard industry since 2008. In just five days they were able to pivot, keeping their staff employed while also […]

A note from EDCO’s CEO

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EDCO Friends, It can be said that the fallout from COVID-19 is as though each state in the nation is experiencing a class five hurricane at the same time, for weeks on end. With a steady stream of new stay at home measures, we know the impact to our economy is going to get worse before […]

Bend-Redmond Ranked #1 Best Performing Small City For An Unprecedented Four Consecutive Years

2020 Best Performing Small City

MILKEN INSTITUTE RANKS BEND-REDMOND MSA #1 BEST PERFORMING SMALL CITY AN UNPRECEDENTED FOUR YEARS IN A ROW #1 FIVE-YEAR WAGE GROWTH, #2 FIVE-YEAR JOB GROWTH BEND, OR (February 28, 2020) – Los Angeles-based Milken Institute released its 2020 yearly findings to the Best Performing Small Cities study, naming the Bend-Redmond MSA the Best Performing Small City […]

2020 EDCO Annual Luncheon February 13 featuring Lindsey Pollak

2020 EDCO ANNUAL LUNCHEON: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13TH FEATURING NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR &  MULTIGENERATIONAL WORKPLACE EXPERT LINDSEY POLLAK BEND, OR (January 28, 2019) – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) will host its Annual Luncheon on Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 11:00 – 1:30 pm at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes. Tickets and tables can be […]

We’re Hiring – Redmond and Jefferson County Internship Coordinators

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**These positions have been filled.** Not one, but two new positions have just been posted! If you have a passion for connecting people and making an impact in your community, this is a great opportunity for you to serve as either the Internship Coordinator for Jefferson County or the Internship Coordinator for Redmond. In many […]

We’re Hiring – Bend Area Director

EDCO Hiring Central Oregon

**This position has been filled.** Make a significant impact within the Central Oregon Business community by joining Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) as the Bend Area Director. This role is the business retention and expansion (BRE) and recruitment specialist for the Bend Area. Directly responsible for working with the City of Bend and specifically […]

There’s A Lot (of Beer) Brewing in Central Oregon

Legend Cider Kegs representing the large brewing in Central Oregon

Brewing in Central Oregon is having its heyday. And it’s not just beer being brewed here. It’s also craft cider makers and distillers According to a recent article in the Portland Business Journal, Central Oregon’s brewing and distilling industry is seriously outboxing its weight. Of the state’s Top 25 craft beer brewers by volume (146 […]

2019 Bend Venture Conference Winners

2019 BVC Winners

EDCO ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF THE 16TH ANNUAL BEND VENTURE CONFERENCE Six Companies Presented with a Total of $488,000 in Investments & Cash Awards BEND, OR – October 18, 2019 – Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) hosted the 16th  Annual Bend Venture Conference (BVC) to a sold-out crowd at the Tower Theatre in Downtown […]