Program Schedule & Session Objectives
Leadership Bend will meet every 3rd Thursday of the month from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and cover the following topics and objectives:
- Develop greater appreciation & understanding of the historical issues & events that shaped Central Oregon
- Gain unique insight and perspective on the composition of Bend and Central Oregon
- Learn about trends in community demographics over the years
- Learn the fundamentals of local bonds, districts, levies and campaigns
- How have recent elections impacted Central Oregon?
- Understand Oregon’s property tax and land use system
Economy, Tourism & the Central Oregon Business Climate
- Understand the current Central Oregon business climate, and drivers of our economy, including tourism and arts/culture
- Review local efforts to expand and retain local businesses; how key partners work together
- Talk about local industry clusters, including tech, biotech, outdoor products, food/beverage and others
- What threats to the viability of business, job retention and job creation exist?
- Discuss the need for a well-trained workforce, and the efforts being made regionally from high school and beyond to address employer/employee needs.
Government & Current Community Challenges
- Examine leadership in a government setting and operational differences between county and city
- Learn the key roles in city/county/state/federal government and hear directly from elected officials and key stakeholders.
- Look at the major challenges facing our community, including affordable housing, wages, workforce and transportation
- Discuss issues and opportunities facing local government; how future leaders can become involved
Judicial, Legal, Public Service & Safety
- Increase awareness of the local court system, community justice, and community protection services and how they work
- Hear from the Deschutes County Sheriff, Deschutes County DA and Circuit Court judges
- How do entities work together to keep our community safe?
Boards, Nonprofits and Human Services
- Gain a broad understanding of the nonprofit human services offered in Central Oregon
- Take a deep dive into our health care ecosystem, and learn the impacts to community when individuals do not have access to health care
- Learn how a board of directors works and how to be an effective board member
- Learn from key organizations why they exist and how they impact the community
Education, Technology and Emerging Industries
- Understand the fundamental education components and what’s next on the horizon in education
- From birth through post-secondary, how do we innovate to provide a 21st century education to our students
- Gain an awareness of the challenges facing youth and growth in our community
Environment, Land & Natural Resources
- Get an overview of our full natural resources landscape, from where our water comes from to where our waste goes
- Increase understanding of state, county and city land and water practices
- Hear from local experts on our forests, desert and waterways
- Learn how laws impact our natural resources and quality of life
Communications & Media
- Learn about our local media landscape, and the importance of local journalism to a well informed community
- Understand the concept of media literacy and how to differentiate fact based journalism from opinion and “fake news”
- Enhance communication skills, including PR and crisis management messaging
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Learn about the history of bias, injustice and inequality
- Discuss the true value of having diverse voices at the table, and how, as a leader to engage with diverse and historically marginalized communities
Impact Project: Each class member will work with a small team to complete an impact project for a local non-profit, and present the outcomes of that project at Leadership Bend graduation in June.