Act Now for Bend

OSU-Cascades is a critical piece of the puzzle for the future of Bend. As stewards and leaders of Bend, get informed and demonstrate your support for higher education in Bend and throughout the region by signing this petition and writing to our delegates to show your support. Bend has been waiting for a four-year university for 30 years. Now is our time. Now for Bend.


June 15, 2015

Re:  OSU-Cascades

Dear Senators and Representatives,

Thank you for your support and service throughout this session.  The Bend Chamber also appreciates all you do to listen and support community initiatives such as the expansion of OSU-Cascades.

Your continued support of OSU-Cascades in this session and beyond, will be critical to our region as a whole.  It will develop one of our greatest needs: our workforce, adult and local high school or community college graduates alike.  We benefit not only economically, but also in technology transformations, business incubator support, internships, business advisory programs and cultural enrichment.  Our businesses need access to locally-based skilled workers.

The decision by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, allowing OSU-Cascades to progress in the development of the 10-acre campus, was welcome news.  The concerns raised about parking, traffic and housing need to be addressed no matter where the campus is located as no site is perfect.  Studies have shown the west-side location will allow more walking, biking and transit opportunities than one on the edge of town.  The west-side location will also promote integration between the campus and our community.  Funding for future OSU-Cascades facilities will also need your support.

As our Central Oregon delegation, we ask you to join us in visible support of the OSU-Cascades west-side location.  Your leadership is a valuable and necessary part of helping our community come together for this critically important entity.


Tim Casey

President & CEO



Senator Tim Knopp (R- District 27)

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1727

Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-309, Salem, OR, 97301




Senator Ted Ferrioli (R- District 30)

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1950

Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-323, Salem, OR, 97301




Representative Gene Whisnant (R- District 53)

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1453

Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-383, Salem, OR 97301




Representative Knute Buehler (R- District 54)

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1454

Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-389, Salem, OR 97301




Representative Mike McLane (R- District 55)

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1455

Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-395, Salem, OR 97301




Representative John Huffman (R- District 59)

Capitol Phone: 503-986-1459

Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, H-477, Salem, OR 97301






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