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Strong Economy

Building a Better Bend:

Entrepreneurs fuel job creation and wage growth in Bend.  Bill personally learned that Bend offers an awesome place to start and grow a high tech business.  Air transportation, Internet connectivity, vibrant culture, natural resources, workforce diversity and passionate people add up to economic opportunity.  The new economy in turn provides the wage growth and job stability we need. 

Objectives:

  • Land-use policy that provides land for employment
  • Reasonable, shared infrastructure fees that encourage job and wage growth
  • Efficient government that works at the speed of business
  • Small-business recruitment, retention and growth through experts at organizations like EDCO
  • Collaboration with our educational systems to produce people with the skills needed for better paying jobs
  • Small-business incubators who provide the technical and financial resources to grow

More on a Strong Economy

Bill meets with Bill Smith Properties
Bill met with Bill Smith Properties to hear about the history and development of the Old Mill and performances that occur in the area
May 11, 2017

Bill meets with local AFL-CIO representative to learn about issues of interest to represented employees and build dialog.
May 1, 2017

Bill meets with Chamber representatives
Bill met with chamber representatives about local business issues, including sign regulation and tourism.
April 24, 2017

Bill discusses Visit Bend contract
Bill formulated a proposal for a tourism reserve fund financed by room taxes retained during peak periods and release during economic slowdowns.
April 21, 2017

Council approves Bill's motion, asking the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board (BEDAB) for input on changes to older signs and sandwich boards.
April 19, 2017

Bill meets with Visit Bend, Mayor Roats, Councilors Abernethy and city staff to share concerns and opportunities for tourism in Bend. 
April 19, 2017

Bill meets with Tech Community
April 12, 2017
Bill met with leaders in the tech community on promoting innovation and high tech job growth in Bend.


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