Registration Open for Next Quarterly Event on July 7
On April 12, there was a standing room only crowd for the inaugural session of Bend 101 — the Bend Chamber’s “onramp for community connection.” More than 200 locals showed up to participate in the event’s programming, which led off with a fun “Rules of the Road” video. From roundabout etiquette to caring for our natural resources, attendees were enlightened on key aspects of what makes Bend unique.
There was also a history and economic component to the program that shed light on Bend’s past and how industry and the business community has evolved since the city’s incorporation in 1904. When asked what their biggest takeaway from the event was, attendees had comments like:
“Really enjoyed the historical and economic presentations. Learning how Bend has evolved as a city was very interesting and informative and both presenters were excellent and worked extremely well together.”
“I loved learning the history of Bend. I think it’s important to know how a place came to be and the changes it went through in order to appreciate where it is today, as well as how to move forward with respect for those who have called Bend home for decades. I am very conscious of the fact that I am new here and shouldn’t try to make Bend conform to my desires. I moved here because I liked Bend, I will strive to see that it remains the place I moved here for.”
As any city experiencing rapid growth, Bend is by no means immune to navigating challenges. City Manager, Eric King, provided insights into the current work of the city, including addressing population growth, a strained infrastructure, and increased houseless population — and what longer term plans are in place to address those challenges going forward. One attendee commented:
“I was glad to see that the program addressed both the positive aspects of Bend’s history and culture as well as the challenges posed by the current homeless situation. Bend is not unlike many other cities around the country in terms of dealing with this issue. Programs such as Bend 101 can be the catalyst for those who are fortunate to be able to afford to live here to get involved and become “part of the solution” to help Bend find ways to deal with homelessness.”
The message that echoed throughout the event was that Bend has a caring and collaborative spirit. The mission of Bend 101 is to help keep that spirit alive by helping new(ish) residents better understand where Bend has come from, what it’s facing today, and how to get involved make new connections and have an impact.
Bend 101 is supported and funded by a consortium of organizations, including: Bend Chamber, Cascade Sotheby’s and the Ladd Group, Central Oregon Association of Realtors, Opportunity Knocks, Bend Broadband, Looking Forward, the High Desert Education Service District, City of Bend, and Tetherow Resort.
As voiced by Bend 101 steering committee member and event MC, Brian Ladd, “The future of this region is in our hands. Our skills, energy and resources are needed to help solve our current challenges and create a thriving community for all.”
Future dates of the quarterly Bend 101 program in 2022 are July 7 and October 11. The program will continue to be held in person at the Tetherow Event Pavilion and the cost is $15. Space is limited and registration is required and now open at www.bend101.org.
The mission of the Bend Chamber is to create an environment where businesses, their employees and our community excel together through collaboration, advocacy, resources and leadership to meet Bend’s business challenges.