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  • Applicants sought for Budget Committee opening

    The City is seeking applicants for an open position on the Budget Committee. The committee receives the City Manager's proposed biennial budget and budget message, which explains the proposed budget. The Budget Committee may make additions or changes to the proposed budget,

    11/14/2018 1:03:04 PM

  • City awarded second grant for completion of energy planning project

    The City of Bend has qualified for a second matching grant from Partners for Places, a national matching grant program that invests in local projects to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy and well-being of all residents. Funding will support the City continuing to work with the Bend co

    11/9/2018 11:49:02 AM

  • City of Bend Accessibility Advisory Committee Opening

    The committee’s purpose is to assist and advise the City in making its programs, services, activities and facilities accessible to Bend’s residents.

    10/23/2018 11:18:18 AM

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Bend is nearly the geographic center of the state, and with a population of over 82,000 is the most populated city in Central Oregon.


Bend, the county seat of Deschutes County, covers 32 square miles. To the east is high desert vegetation and to the west, Bend is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land. The city is noted for its scenic setting, mild climate, year-round recreation opportunities and growing economy. At an elevation of 3,625 feet, Bend enjoys the predominately dry climate of the Great Basin. Sunny days, cool nights and low humidity characterize the weather.

Farewell Bend, as it was once known, has come a long way since settlers named the picturesque city in Central Oregon. The name was later changed simply to "Bend" by the U.S. Postmaster who felt the name was too long. Bend has grown from a simple lumber settlement, to the thriving and vibrant urban center it is today with a rich cultural life.

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