The Bend City Council’s biannual goal-setting process is well underway, and the Bend Chamber has actively engaged in educating Councilors about the business community’s priorities. The Chamber advocated for two specific priority areas in the goal-setting process earlier in the year.
2021 Legislative Review
The annual legislative session in Salem was anything but ordinary this year, as lawmakers gathered for the 160 day long session lasting from January through mid June. From the start, the session was unique as the Capitol building was closed to the public and all...
A Tumultuous but Productive Legislative Session
The 2021 legislative session was characterized by Zoom meetings, COVID-19 restrictions and disruptions. It was surprisingly productive, however. In a normal year, the legislative process is not one for the faint of heart, as over 3,500 bills are introduced in a long session addressing a vast range of issues.
Governor Kate Brown Announces Five Counties Have Achieved 65% Vaccination Target
As of May 17, all five counties had vaccinated over 65% of residents 16 or older with at least one dose. All five counties have also submitted equity plans to OHA.
Corporate Activity Tax: Key Dates for 2021
The Oregon Department of Revenue and the Corporate Activity Tax team have provided a list of important dates to be aware of, which are listed below. CAT forms are now available on the Revenue website.
Chamber Day at the Capitol: A Leadership Bend Participant’s Perspective
By Krista M. Middleton, CFP® Leadership Bend Class of 2020 The Bend Chamber had many talking points to raise awareness for at the Capitol on February 19, 2020, on behalf of our ever growing and beautiful city. And as one advisor pointed out, they seem to come full...
Chamber Day at the Capitol – Central Oregon was Well Represented
BY: Sara Odendahl // Bend Chamber Government Affairs Earlier this week Chamber members made the trek over to the State Capitol in Salem for the annual Day at the Capitol event. The group included Board members, Bend YP members, Leadership Bend alumni and others...
Bend Chamber Legislative Update – Week #1
On February 3, 2020, the Oregon State Legislature convened for the 80th Legislative Assembly marking the start of the short session lasting 35 days. While the short session is traditionally for codifying budget requests for the biennial budget, this session saw...