Keep the Holidays Local

Central Oregon Gift Guide
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 [...]

Member Spotlight: Luno

Member Spotlight: Luno

Sleeping in the back of his Subaru Outback to catch early morning turns at Mammoth Mountain, product designer Peter Ducato knew there had to be a better way to car camp. He had led design for hundreds of products as the Founder of STEL Design and leveraged his experience to draft a design, develop a […]

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 […]

Scenic Areas, Wealth and Industrial Structure

Recently EDCO had the privilege to work with Josh Lehner, Economist at the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. He reached out to several Central Oregon organizations to share some research he’d done regarding service jobs in scenic areas compared to industry diversity (known as “industrial structure”). Josh’s research compared wealth job employment figures – those […]

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 […]

Insights from EDCO’s 2023 Annual Luncheon

Audience listening to keynote speaker at the EDCO Annual Luncheon

Nearly 800 business leaders and community members packed the Riverhouse Convention Center for the Annual Luncheon hosted by Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO). ITR Economics CEO and Chief Economist Brian Beaulieu presented his forecast for the local, national and global economy including how business owners could best prepare for the future. Sherm Bloomer, Chancellor […]


2021 Annual Luncheon logo

EDCO’S ANNUAL LUNCHEON RESCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JULY 15TH  FEATURING INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR & ECONOMIST TIM HARFORD BEND, OR (June 3, 2021) – Originally scheduled for May 6th, Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) has rescheduled its Annual Luncheon for Thursday, July 15th, 2021, from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm, both in-person and virtually. All previously purchased […]

May 2020 PubTalk: Kirk Richardson on Sustainability

PubTalk Keynote speaker
May 2020 PubTalk Keynote Speaker: Kirk Richardson Kirk Richardson, Former President & Current Senior Advisor, KEEN Footwear Importance of Sustainable Practises Experience the May 2020 Central Oregon PubTalk keynote speech given by, Kirk Richardson. Kirk dives into why companies need to pursue sustainable business practices as well as why it is important to gain a reputation [...]

2019 EDCO Events Calendar

2019 Events

Want to plan your networking calendar for the next year? The 2019 Economic Development for Central Oregon Events Calendar has all our signature events listed for the next year. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss a PubTalk or any of our other signature events in 2019. Download Calendar

Cascade Angels Accepting Funding Applications Til May 1

Entrepreneurs seeking investment capital have an opportunity to present their early stage businesses for growth to Cascade Angels. Cascade Angels Fund 2017, LLC (“Cascade Angels Fund 2017” or the “Fund”) has opened up its second application period, which runs from April 4 to May 1, 2017. Entrepreneurs interested in applying can do so via Gust.com. […]