“Now for Bend,” a community coalition comprised of private citizens, businesses and civic organizations, launched a website today and released the results of a new poll showing the public strongly supports building a four-year campus on Bend’s Westside.
“Having a four-year university here is the missing piece when it comes to opportunities for educational and economic advancement. If we don’t establish a campus on the Westside now, we will likely wait 10 to 20 more years. That leaves a generation without options,” said Janie Teater, Now for Bend’s co-coordinator.
Teater believes a local university is critical to addressing these issues and more than 77% of those recently polled agree, backing a campus located on Bend’s Westside. More than 55 individuals, businesses and groups have so far joined the Now for Bend coalition, with more joining daily. Community members can go to nowforbend.com to show support, join the coalition and to learn more about the proposed OSU-Cascades Bend campus.
“With 220,000 people in our region, Central Oregon is the largest population area in the state without a four-year university,” said Amy Tykeson, Now for Bend’s co-coordinator. “The OSU-Cascades Westside campus provides educational opportunity for our youth, educated workers for our companies, and a fertile environment for business start-ups – while broadening cultural benefits for our citizens throughout the region. The time is now for OSU-Cascades.”
The poll numbers released today show overwhelming support for the cultural and economic benefits than an urban campus will bring to Bend, with 78 percent of those polled believing that these benefits are more important than not building a campus at all.
Other significant data from the recent poll shows:
- 84.7% agree that the largest region in the state without a four-year university is due for one to serve our children, provide a trained workforce for employers and nurture economic innovation
- 77% believe the addition of a four-year university in downtown Bend will make positive contributions to the economic, educational and cultural growth of the city
- 64% agree Central Oregon has worked for 30 years to get a four-year university and cannot let a handful of critics delay it even longer
For more information on the strong support for OSU-Cascades Westside site, and ways to support the coalition visit nowforbend.com.