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Business: Longtime readers know that we sometimes like to remind ourselves that, economically speaking, these are the good old days in Bend. Another entry: the Milken Institute for the third year in a row named Bend the (economically) best-performing small city in America. Strong job and wage growth as well as progress in tech and biotech entrepreneurship kept Bend in the top spot.
Law: Maybe nothing typifies the transition of Bend from a mill town to a tourist and lifestyle city than the dispute relating to events held at the Century Center on the west side of town. The Century Center used to be a mill, and now it houses Good Life Brewing and a host of other eating, drinking and retail establishments. Century Center (or its tenants) hold quite a few events, like concerts, and homeowners around the Center appealed to the City Council to limit the number of special events there. The Council obliged, on a 4-3 vote, and Century Center sued the city, asking the court to overturn the city’s decision (on interesting legal grounds I won’t get into here). Anyway, the judge this week dismissed the suit, which means the city’s limit on special events stands.
Politics: Local politics in Bend tend to swing between “My God we have no jobs and everyone is moving out of town we need a more vibrant economy” (see, e.g., 2008-2012) and “My God who are all these people moving here who don’t know how to drive in roundabouts” (see, e.g., now). Hubbell Communications and the Bend Chamber recently released a report about Bend residents’ views about growth, and it turns out 56% of respondents said that “Bend is attracting the wrong people, ideas and vision – and that newcomers will only make the problem worse.” The kicker? That view was held by all demographic groups, including residents who had moved to Bend in the last year who apparently believe THEY are the wrong people which makes us wonder just who are the right people?
Et cetera: Portland is forecast to receive 1 – 3 inches of snow this weekend and while no shelter in place order has (yet) been issued, area drivers are urged to prepare for the oncoming apocalypse. Drivers should stock an emergency kit in their cars that includes a small shovel, a “warming device” (?) and an ice scraper. Drivers are urged to “dress warm,” because when it’s snowing outside that’s important, and to “gather momentum” before driving up a hill. Our thoughts and prayers are with the good people of Portland.
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Bend Business Roundup 2-8-19