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Mapping Bend's Economic Development Future

The Bend Economic Development Advisory Board's (BEDAB) three year strategic plan guides the work of the City board charged with advising the Bend City Council on business and economic development issues. 

The Plan

BEDAB Members Participate in a Roundtable Strategy Session

City code requires the BEDAB to create a three-year strategic plan, identifying projects and guiding the work of the city’s nine-member board as it seeks to:

  • Advocate: Provide input into City policy and procedures from a private sector perspective.
  • Facilitate: Broker entrepreneurial support among existing community resources.
  • Market: Brand and guide marketing efforts of Bend as “Open for Business.”
  • Coordinate: Organize and oversee City resources applied to economic development.

This plan also provides strategic direction for the City of Bend’s Economic Development Department. Policy direction for City of Bend staff and committees comes from the Bend City Council, who create their own goals every two-years (available here). 

Both the 2019-21 BEDAB Strategic Plan and the Bend City Council goals share a focus on land supply, housing availability, and infrastructure development.

The BEDAB drafted the plan over the final six months of 2018: BEDAB members heard from the regional economist, Damon Runberg, and hosted a round-table session with business stakeholders focused on three key economic development areas of focus:

  • Interaction between businesses and the City of Bend
  • Land supply
  • Workforce availability and development

These planning and information sessions resulted in a final plan, approved in February 2019. This plan identifies actionable goals based on three principles, you can view each goal and objective in more detail below:

Goal 1: Increase business satisfaction for those doing business with the City of Bend
Goal 2: Grow and develop a talented workforce
Goal 3: Ensure an adequate supply of land for employment & residential uses

Tracking Progress

BEDAB members receive updates on progress and identify next steps at their monthly meetings. You can find BEDAB meeting agendas and materials here.


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