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Economic Development Advisory Board Drafts 2019-21 Strategic Plan

by Ben Hemson01/14/2019 7:39 PM
Updated: 01/14/2019

Every three years the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB) is required to develop a Strategic Plan as a means of guiding the group’s work over the coming three years. Following a number of meetings in the fall and winter of 2018 the BEDAB identified the following goals and objectives as key areas of focus.

The BEDAB works to bring the feedback from over 7,000 registered businesses and nonprofits into Bend City Hall to address barriers to business and economic growth in town. Do the items below hit the mark? Is something missing?

Share your feedback with the BEDAB directly at or attend the next BEDAB meeting on Monday, February 4, at noon in Council Chambers at Bend City Hall to speak during the public comment period.

Here are BEDAB’s draft goals and objectives:

Goal 1:  Increase business satisfaction for those doing business with the City of Bend.


Improve two-way communication with the 7,000 registered businesses in Bend, soliciting feedback via an annual business satisfaction survey

Host three open listening sessions annually for businesses to share feedback and concerns with the BEDAB

Turn business feedback from the annual survey and listening sessions into at least four policy recommendations for consideration by the Bend City Council each year, 75% of which will be implemented

Increase the reach and engagement of the Business Registration Newsletter—growing the mailing list by 20% while increasing average open rate to 31%, and average click-through rate to 3.5% 

Look at opportunities for frictionless permitting; work with Community Development Department staff to scope out the potential for a permitting “Express Lane” following the launch of an updated permitting system in the Fall of 2019

Goal 2:  Grow and develop a talented workforce:


Increase the availability of childcare by 500 slots in Bend, identifying at least one new policy to incentivize expansion of childcare services and tracking the impact of the recently adopted two-year Transportation SDC reduction for childcare

Connect businesses to workforce development opportunities through the addition of an East Cascades Works ex-officio seat on BEDAB. Leverage this coordination into 20 new Bend businesses participating in ECW programs

Support policy that results in additional housing units

Pursue objectives detailed in Goal 3 that increase funding for infrastructure

Goal 3:  Ensure an adequate supply of land for employment and residential uses:


Work with relevant City departments to develop and distribute a quarterly report detailing buildable land inventory, absorption rates, and other relevant metrics concerning land supply

Ensure the Juniper Ridge Management Board meets the benchmarks set forth by the Juniper Ridge Working Group, completing a framework plan and an implementation plan for Juniper Ridge by 2021.

Survey a sample of property development and production builders operating in Bend twice annually to determine developer confidence and identify looming concerns around land supply or other development barriers. Share aggregated results with interested businesses

Support policy that allocates funding for critical infrastructure investment

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