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The Downtown Bend Business Association

The nonprofit organization was formed in 1982 and serves over 325 businesses and 85 property owners in Downtown Bend. 

Our mission is to improve the economic vitality by enhancing the experience, image and lifestyle of Downtown Bend.


-Rod Porsche, Executive Director
-Kelli Brooks, Marketing Assistant
-Mike McMahon, Operations Manager

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FAQ's About The Downtown Bend Business Association

  • What does the Association do?

    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!

  • Who oversees staff?

    Downtown Bend Business Association

    Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors is comprised of business and property owners interested in improving Downtown Bend. Board members positions are elected annually and each member serves a two year term.

    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 first Wednesdays of the month. Interested parties can contact the office to obtain the location and time of the next meeting.

    As per the bylaws, the Board must have 35% property owner representation.

    Current Board Members are:

    Rebecca Charlton-Cowgirl Cash

    Gregg Harper-property owner rep-Oxford Hotel

    Sarah Jordan-Looney Bean Coffee

    Karen LeToureau-property owner

    Jim Petersen-Mockingbird Gallery

    Suzy Reninger-Leapin' Lizards

    Jennifer Steigman-Faveur Boutique

    Rick Wright-property owner rep-916 Wall

    Ex-Officio Board Members include:

    Carolyn Eagan-City of Bend

    Board Meeting Minutes are available on request.

    Please email us through the contact link page.

  • Are there meetings?

    We hold regular mixers and events for business networking. 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! Watch this website for meeting announcements.
  • Are there reports on the downtown efforts?

  • How is the Association funded?

    The EID is proceeding through a scope of work over a three year period to beautify and maintain the Downtown area and enhance existing City services. The EID funding has been helping leverage other funds secured by the Downtown Bend Business Association from the City of Bend and other event revenues.

    The EID area is defined by: Brooks Street to the west, Louisiana Avenue to the south, Lava Road & Harriman Street to the east & Greenwood Avenue to the north.

    Improvements will include, but will not be 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
    • -Tree lights
    • -Holiday Wreaths
    • -Banners
    • -Benches
    • -Trash receptacles-recondition
    • -Marketing downtown to promote business
    • -Events-to draw customers-Monthly Art Walks, Bi-annual Art Hops, Sidewalk Sale, Holiday Tree Lighting
    • -Advertising-to draw customers downtown-radio, tv, print, web and other outlets

    Beautification projects and services will be provided equally throughout the District area with every block receiving flowers, every tree with electrical service receiving lights, etc. Maintenance will be performed throughout the entire District area. Capital improvements will be phased in over the life of the District in a geographically equitable manner.

    Marketing efforts including events and advertising will be executed to obtain the maximum exposure and benefit for all downtown businesses. These efforts will keep downtown a central gathering place for the community, keep it vibrant and stimulate economic improvement.

    The District will be managed by the Executive Director of the DBBA for 40 hours per week paid from District revenues.

    The tasks of the Executive Director shall include, but not be limited to:

    • -Organize and oversee Committees that will help direct the economic improvement projects (beautification etc.)
    • -Research contractors for projects and operate RFP processes to find best candidates
    • -Oversee and manage contractors from concept to completion
    • -Develop quarterly reports to property and business owners on District progress
    • -Coordinate resources with the City of Bend to ensure there is maximum leveraging of funding
    • -Report regular progress in newsletter to all downtown stakeholders
    • -Organize and coordinate monthly Board Meetings to report on District progress
    • -Oversee all fiscal District activities including budgeting and accounts payable and receivable
    • -Act as a liaison between property and business owners and the City of Bend and others
    • -Organize regular General Meetings to get information out to all stakeholders
    • -Meet regularly with property and business owners one on one to address issues
    • -Develop, negotiate, administrate all contracts and interact with all vendors
    • -Ensure execution of the Scope of Work
    • -Interact with City of Bend Finance Department to ensure accurate accounting of District funding
    • -Work with property owners to ensure accurate assessment of square footage
    • -Create and execute marketing, events and advertising
  • What are the boundaries of Downtown Bend?

    The Downtown Bend Economic Improvement District is bounded by the intersection of Wall and Bond Streets to the north, Lava Road and Harriman Street to the east, Louisianna Avenue to the south and Brooks Street to the west.