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Oregon House District 54 Candidates Debate Democratic Candidate Craig Wilhelm and Republican Candidate Dr. Knute Buehler Square Off

August 5, 2014 Bend, OR

In their first public debate, the two candidates vying for the District 54 seat showed they have very similar goals.

Volcanic Theatre Pub was filled with over 75 people as Democratic Candidate Craig Wilhelm and Republican Candidate Dr. Knute Buehler both stressed their focus on education, the economy and jobs.

Moderators asked if elected how the candidates would help Bend continue to grow. Both candidates agreed more focus needs to be placed on the entrepreneurs in the area and there needs to be more support for small businesses across the state. “Small businesses need access to capital,” said Wilhelm. “I’d love to see some incentives on export assistance.” Read the full story >>


Save the Date: Chamber to Host Sen. Ron Wyden

Mark your calendars now for a special Bend Chamber Town Hall featuring Senator Ron Wyden on August 28! This one-on-one meeting with Sen. Wyden will take place from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m. at Wille Hall at the Central Oregon Community College Campus. Lunch will be provided. $15 to attend. Reserve your seat today Click HERE!


Urban Growth Boundary Public Feedback Opportunity

The City of Bend is charting a path for future growth and wants to collect feedback from the community. For those who would prefer to weigh in from the comfort of home, the City of Bend is offering a fun and interactive online tool where participants can tell the City which kinds of goals are important to them, highlight examples of how they think the City can best meet those goals, and show where within the city they would like to see different kinds of housing, business and natural areas. Read More >>

Speak Out for Businesses

If you are looking for a way to become more involved with the community and want to speak out for local businesses, consider becoming a member of the Bend Chamber Board of Directors.  Continue Reading >>