Railways are an important part of Central Oregon’s history and our current economy. Hundreds of trains travel through our towns and cities carrying everything from logs and personal goods to crude oil. With horror stories in the news about derailments and spills, how safe is our community? An expert panel discusses what prevention programs are in place to keep us safe, who’s responsible, and, in the case of an emergency, the steps for remediation and cleanup.
Andrew Phelps, Director, Oregon Office of Emergency Management
The City Club of Central Oregon May Forum: Is Being Civil Important to Our Democracy & Community?
Is being civil important to our democracy? Should civility be part of our public and community conversations? We will explore these questions and hear from panelists about their experiences with public conversations and what happens when things become less than civil.
The policies and uncertainties forming around healthcare are discussed. Find out how this will impact your own healthcare services, your providers, insurance, individual states and more.
Patrick O’Keefe – Owner, Cascade Insurance Center
Iman Simmons – COO, St. Charles Health System
Michael Morter, Agent and Small Business Liaison, Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace, Oregon Dept. of Consumer & Business Services
Del Johnson, Senior Vice President, USI Insurance Services LLC
The secret is out, we’re growing and it’s happening fast! With Bend-Redmond ranking #1 in the top U.S. Best-Performing Small Cities Index, rising from eight in 2015, (Milken Institute 2016 Best Performing Cities Report) we have a lot to talk about.
The Bend Chamber in partnership with Schwabe, Williams & Wyatt is pleased to present its 20th Annual Real Estate Forecast Breakfast – Central Oregon’s premier real estate event, featuring insights from leading experts in the Central Oregon real estate industry and beyond. For 20 years we’ve been assembling speakers to forecast the year ahead in real estate. And each year they’ve pretty much been spot on. It’s their business. It’s what they do.
Oregon is facing a $1.6 billion budget shortfall in the coming biennium of 2017-2019, yet the economy is growing right along with the need for services. This tension impacts you, your business and your family. Two months into Oregon’s legislative session, April’s What’s Brewing is an in-depth exploration of the opportunities and challenges ahead in the Oregon budget.
Land supply is precious. Historically, competition has plagued it with controversy and conflict, including civil wars. And, while the recent state-approved expansion of housing and employment lands within the city’s urban growth boundary (UGB) may have temporarily relieved Bend from such atrophy, it’s the consensus of what’s next and how it’s prioritized that will be crucial.
The discussion “Bend’s UGB: Moving Forward” was held on March 14, 2014 at the What’s Brewing forum.