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  • gender equity

June Forum: Success in the Workplace – the role gender plays in making it happen

Join us for a conversation about gender equity at work.  This forum explores where we have been and looks ahead to where we can be.

At work, no one deserves to be treated differently for any reason.   Especially in today’s climate, employers are looking for tools to protect their employees’ psychological and physical safety while on the job.  As we acknowledge the past to move forward, everyone needs to be part of the solution.  Challenge mindsets around […]


Reflections from May regional Forum: Growth’s Impacts on our Communities

Central Oregon is among the fastest growing regions in the U.S. Regional population forecast data for the Bend-Redmond area shows us just how fast:

  • Between 1990 and 2017, our population grew 122 percent.
  • By 2025, our population will increase by another 37,000 people, or 16 percent.
  • By 2040, our population will increase by 113,000 people, or 49 percent.
  • And by 2065, our population […]
  • City Club | Transportation

Reflections from April Forum: Transportation Planning Today For Tomorrow’s Technology


The topic for last week’s forum was very insightful as we learned about how other Cities are changing the design of their streets becoming more walkable, bikeable and likable in turn generating a positive economic impact. We also learned about the importance of different means of transportation; the key is focusing on moving more people through a […]

Elected Mayor Option on the May 15 Ballot

Bend residents have the opportunity to change things up (or not!) in Bend’s city government due to the efforts of a collaboration between Bend 2030, Bend Chamber of Commerce, and the City Club of Central Oregon. On May 15, in the primary elections, a ballot is on the table that could amend Bend’s Charter to […]

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