The Downtown Bend Business Association was formed in 1982 as a private nonprofit & serves over 325 businesses & 85 property owners in the downtown district.
Our mission is to improve the economic vitality by enhancing the experience, image and lifestyle of Downtown Bend.
The DBBA is funded primarily by the Economic Improvement District which was created in May of 2012 by City of Bend ordinance to achieve specific objectives to improve downtown. The EID was approved by vote of the 96% of the property owners who elected to annually assess themselves $0.18 per square foot of commercial space to complete a scope of work to improve downtown.
The DBBA responsibilities include but are not limited to: Flower baskets-every block-spring, summer and fall, beautified planters-every block-year around, sidewalk snow removal-clear path for customers-District wide, sidewalk sweeping and debris removal-year around, graffiti removal-on public right of way-year around, holiday tree lights & decorations, banners, benches, trash receptacles-recondition & maintenance, marketing downtown to promote business, events-to draw customers-Parades, Street Festivals, Monthly Art Walks, Bi-annual Art Hops, Sidewalk Sale, Holiday Tree Lighting, and Advertising via radio, tv, print, web and other mediums.
Additional funding comes from grants and fundraisers like our annual Bend Oktoberfest. The DBBA also works cooperatively with businesses, the City, Visit Bend, the Bend Chamber of Commerce, Central Oregon Visitors’ Association, the Old Mill District, and local lodging properties to promote Bend as a destination. Marketing is done in partnership with these organizations when applicable.
The Board of Directors oversees staff and makes policy decisions that determine the direction of the Economic Improvement District and the DBBA. The Board holds monthly meetings on the third Wednesdays of the month. Interested parties can contact the office to obtain the location and time of the next meeting.
General meetings are typically held quarterly. Call the office for information. The DBBA welcomes input and encourages anyone who is invested in downtown to come to a meeting. We want as many voices as possible at the table as we all work together to keep downtown vibrant!