Forum Reflections & Resources

Challenges in Youth Sports: Local Hurdles

January 19, 2023 In today's youth sports environment, very few of our children have full access to the benefits of playing sports. A number of challenges from high cost, early specialization, injuries, burnout, lack of transportation, and shortage of space, [...]

How do we move forward with Measure 110?

November 17, 2022 In 2020, Oregon voters passed Measure 110 the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, designed to move funds away from criminalizing drug use and addiction to treatment. This represents a $1.4billion investment in behavioral health care. Two [...]

2022 General Election Candidate Forums

Bend City Council Position 6 and Mayor Debate Sisters City Council Oregon Gubernatorial Debate Congressional District 5 Other candidate forums will be posted as they are made available from Connect Central Oregon. [...]

Could Central Oregon be Next for Ranked Choice Voting?

October 18, 2023 From Maine to Alaska, many states and local governments are opting to move their election systems to Ranked Choice Voting. How does it work? What are the advantages and drawbacks? Is it changing the types of candidates [...]


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, [...]