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A Note on Bend YP from the Bend Business Advocate

Young professionals in Bend are passionate about how the city will develop over time


The word “growth” can get folks fired up here in Bend. Earlier this year the Chamber of Commerce and Hubbell Communications even released a report, “It’s Not About Growth”, that detailed the G-word’s evolution locally into a catch-all term for anything that may confound or frustrate us about living in town.

With this in mind, I was curious what sort of feedback a panel of City of Bend staff and one City Councilor would receive at the second annual Young Professionals Summit on September 7 as we opened up the conversation with a word cloud asking attendees what they thought about growth. You can catch the results pictured here.

To sum it up, the feedback was reflective of the views I hear from people of all ages in this community. Some young professionals saw opportunity in growth, others highlighted it as an avenue to increased diversity, and, of course, words like “crowded” and “eye roll” showed up as well.

When it came time for discussion, attendees led with pointed questions on water rates, sustainable development, and fiscal oversight; the type of questions you’d expect to hear from Bend’s civic leaders at a Chamber “What’s Brewing” mixer.

When it came time for discussion, attendees led with pointed questions on water rates, sustainable development, and fiscal oversight; the type of questions you’d expect to hear from Bend’s civic leaders at a Chamber “What’s Brewing” mixer.

I walked away with no doubt in my mind that young professionals in Bend are passionate about how the city will develop over time and are willing to ask tough questions about the decisions their government is making along the way.

However, here’s the rub: you’re not likely to find many folks under 40 at a bimonthly Council meeting, attending a Neighborhood Association event, or participating on a City Committee, even as we embark on planning efforts that promise to shape Bend long into the future.

It doesn’t have to be that way, the list of opportunities to get involved is long. If you’re a young (or young at heart) professional reading this wondering where you could fit in, I hope you’ll get in touch and get involved.

Ben Hemson is the Business Advocate for the City of Bend, you can reach him at bhemson@bendoregon.gov, 541-388-5529, or on Twitter at @BendBizAdvocate

 

Below is the word cloud from the interactive questions held at the Bend YP Summit: Bend Rising session led by City of Bend Staff.

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