Bend Chamber is a visionary partner for the Bend Livability Project
It’s the question on all our minds: How do we protect the livability of our community in the face of such dramatic growth and change?
The answer is clear — it’s up to us to define our future together by learning about the challenges facing our town, understanding how we can shape the outcomes and then getting engaged to implement innovative and effective solutions for our community.
These are the goals of the Bend Livability Project, an initiative of Bend 2030 sponsored by the Bend Tech Ecosystem, the National Association of Realtors, Central Oregon Association of Realtors, the City of Bend,the Bend Chamber and many more community partners, which aims to educate, empower and engage Bend residents to shape the future through innovative solutions through events June 2-5 across Bend.
Partly a celebration of our city and partly a massive townhall meeting,the Bend Livability Project will drive diverse populations in Bend including millenials, professionals, youth and seniors, to learn about and participate in shaping Bend’s future through three days of films, parties, public art projects, lectures, panels, workshops, walking tours and events.
Bendites of all ages and backgrounds are invited to make a personal commitment to ensuring the future livability of Bend and have the chance to plug their energy directly into projects that will transform their hopes for the future into reality.
- More than 30 nonprofits, government agencies and small businesses have come together to plan and lead the project weekend.
- More than 50 businesses, individuals and organizations have donated to the project with contributions totaling $115,000 in cash and in-kind gifts.
- Outreach to the community has been significant. It’s estimated that more than 25,000 people have directly received an email, or heard a presentation or announcement in person about the project.
- Youth play a major role in the Future Fair at Art Walk through the Teen Mural Project of Basecamp Studio, River Song Montessori’s art show, the Tiny Hey literary project and Pacific Crest Middle School’s 3D solutions program.
- Art is a major focus of the Future Fair, which aims to support the development of an arts district in the industrial zone east of the parkway dubbed the Makers District.
- Numerous murals and other large permanent pieces of art will be created by the public during Future Fair for placement around the city.
- Transportation is a major focus of the project weekend. We’ll build the city’s first temporary protected bikeway, and the city’s first two temporary bike boulevards.
- We’ve organized a private strategy session for community leaders with Chris Comeau, transportation planner from Bellingham, Wash., whose work in transitioning his city from an auto-centric transportation system to a multimodal one has won national awards and almost $30 million in grants.
- We’ve organized an invitation-only meeting of developers, affordable housing builders, city councilors, planning commissioners and other city leaders to consider creating a new housing policy working group focused on creating more incentives for developing workforce housing.
- We’re organizing a new initiative to explore whether charter review that would create a new city council and mayor system that better supports our growth is right for Bend.
- We’re organizing neighbors to create design standards for their areas of Bend to better help them shape the development of their neighborhoods.