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Central Oregon Economic Indicators for June, 2022

Economy in Central Oregon All Central Oregon counties have fully recovered from job losses in 2020, and are heading into expansionary growth passing their pre-pandemic peaks. Deschutes’ and Jefferson’s employment grew by 2.5% (2,150 jobs) and 3.3% (220), respectively,...

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Central Oregon Economic Indicators for May, 2022

Economy in Central Oregon Deschutes’ and Jefferson’s employment grew by 2.3% (2,020 jobs) and 2.6% (170), respectively, over the last 12 months, which was slightly slower than the Oregon average of 4.1%. Crook had a healthy growth rate of 7.4%, adding 500 jobs. Crook...

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June 8 CompSAFE Webinar: Workplace Heat and Smoke Rules

Oregon OSHA adopted administrative rules last week to protect employees from excessive heat and smoke. The heat rules include requirements to provide access to shade and water. They also require employers to provide paid breaks of increasing length as heat...

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Inflation and Stopping the ‘Wage/Price’ Spiral

By Katy Brooks, CEO, Bend Chamber This article originally appeared in The Bulletin on May 21, 2022. As the worst impacts of COVID-19 wane, businesses are now contending with new challenges, including labor shortages and inflation. As we have watched inflation rise to...

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Empty Shelves Show Chinks in the Supply Chain

By Katy Brooks, CEO, Bend Chamber This article originally appeared in The Bulletin on February 20, 2022. We’ve all experienced the unease of seeing empty shelves as businesses continue struggling with supply delays that are leaving them short-stocked at grocery...

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Bend Chamber — Tackling Big Problems, Together

The Bend Chamber of Commerce spent 2021 ramping up our mainstay leadership, networking, advocacy and resource programs impacted in the first year of COVID. But we spent much of our energy working on longer-term issues that have taken a toll on employers and the workforce.

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OSU-Cascades Innovation District Ready to Launch

By Katy Brooks, CEO, Bend Chamber This article originally appeared in The Bulletin on January 23, 2022 Something really exciting is coming to Oregon State University-Cascades. It is their new innovation district, a public/private development that will be a game...

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2022 Business Excellence Awards Recipients Announced

Nine Awards Bestowed Across Five Categories The Bend Chamber is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022 Business Excellence Awards, sponsored by US Bank and The Bulletin. These awards celebrate the outstanding achievements made by Chamber members in 2021 across...

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Last Day to Apply for COVID-19 Small Business Grant

COVID-19 Small Business Relief Grant in Deschutes County Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council is supporting Deschutes County with a COVID-19 small business and non-profit grant program. This is a reminder that the application closes at 11:59 PM on Friday January...

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