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Strategic Leadership

Building a Better Bend

Over the years, as an entrepreneur, Bill heard many people say, “I could choose to live anywhere and I chose Bend.”  Bill wants Bend to stay that way – for us and for our children.  To keep the Bend we love, we need leadership. 

Leaders bring people together by listening and finding ways forward. Bill solves problems by finding common ground.  Avoiding the label of a growth-war partisan, Bill brings people together to find practical solutions that meet our needs. 

Many challenges, like services for the homeless and mentally ill, improve by encouraging cooperation and planning among existing entities. Collaborating on communitywide problems also relieves pressure and overtime costs on Bend’s police and medic crews.

When difficult choices need to be made, Bill applies his strategic thinking skills that successfully grew his software business to more than 60 local employees over the last 20 years.  With leadership, Bill harnesses the collective abilities of Bend’s people, businesses and nonprofits to keep and sustain the Bend we love.

Objectives

  • Restructuring the council to provide stronger, stable leadership
  • Collaborating with residents, businesses and nonprofits in the decisions that impact Bend
  • Strategic planning focused on tangible, long-term results

More on Strategic Leadership

Bill opposes adopting goals at City Council meeting
Bill took a stance against the council goals because the process used to develop them will likely mean that the Council does not agree on their meaning. Bill sees the goals as not measureable and not likely to be accomplished.
May 17, 2017 

Bill meets with new Council Rules subcommittee
Bill met with the Council Rules subcommittee, the subcommittee he argued for in January, to start the process of improving Bend’s strategic planning process. 
May 10, 2017

Bill meets with the budget committee and approves Bend's budget
Bill met with the budget committee and approved Bend’s budget – nearly $700 million for the two years beginning in July. Bill argued for and the committee adopted: reallocating funds to Empire and Murphy road extensions; funding a second UGB expansion area to build homes to meet demand; and the largest road maintenance budget in Bend’s history.
May 9, 10 and 11, 2017

The Council approves Bill's motion asking the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB) for input on tourism reserve fund policies.
May 3, 2017

Bill attends fundraiser for Boy Scouts with Brad Tilden, CEO of Alaska Airlines.
May 2, 2017

Bill discusses local politics with Bend Bulletin--"always interesting."
May 2, 2017

Bill attends a community leader’s prayer breakfast at the Boys and Girls Club
April 14

Councilor Office Hours
April 12
Bill met with about 15 residents on trees, growth, road, housing, drug treatment and more. 

Bill met with members of the Riverwest Neighborhood Association (RWNA) and discussed the group’s proposed noise ordinance.
February 2017

Bill asked for a Council presentation on the large IT replacement.
February 2017

Bill observed a contract review session for the sewage project.
February 2017

Bill submitted a resolution creating a special committee on council rules to bring the city order, alignment and strategic focus.
January 18, 2017

 

 

 


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