City Club of Central Oregon – June 22, 2017

June forum: Oil Trains Transiting Our Community, Are They Safe?

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


  • Hal Gard: Rail and Public Transit Division (RPTD) Administrator, Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)
  • Michael Heffner: Emergency Response Manager / Assist. Chief Deputy, Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal
  • Courtney Wallace: Director, Public Affairs, BNSF Railway

Bend Chamber What’s Brewing: Healthcare – Navigating the Uncertainty

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

Bend Chamber of Commerce – 2017 Real Estate Forecast

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.