Join the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA), Lay it Out Events (LIOE), and Bend Film on Thursday, February 6th at 8:30am to discuss the 2020 event season in Downtown Bend.
Over 2018 and 2019, the DBBA has been advocating for business concerns around the multi-day street closures and event policies and procedures in Downtown Bend. Currently, LIOE is the only company holding multi-day festivals in the district. As such, they have listened to the concerns of the business community and responded with 14 purposed changes.
These changes are as follows:
1. LIOE to provide a downtown liaison position to address access issues, support joint marketing efforts and work with LIOE staff to provide for and accommodate a business’s ‘day-of’ needs.
2. LIOE to rotate the stage at Bite of Bend and move the main stage for Fall and Summerfest
3. LIOE to, as code allows, redo layouts to move vendors to the center of the street
4. LIOE to require all event and vendor staff to park off-site and outside of the EID
5. LIOE to provide deeper cleaning post-festival
6. LIOE to provide pre and post-festival meetings with the City and the DBBA
7. LIOE to launch a new app featuring downtown retailer discounts, free to DBBA members for the first year
8. LIOE to design scavenger hunts on this app to drive traffic
9. LIOE to offer stage time, free of charge, to the DBBA and community groups
10. LIOE to conduct surveys at select events and share data with retailers
11. LIOE to facilitate ‘Art of the Song’ workshops (scheduling festival performers to play at local businesses within the EID pre and post-festival.
12. LIOE to work with downtown businesses on sidewalk sale promotions
13. LIOE to provide an after-festival party promotion
14. LIOE to provide dedicated media for Downtown lit – full-page guide ads, separate social media, posters, and logistical support.
Join us for coffee and pastries, provided by Looney Bean Cafe, some fun Bend Film previews and hear all about how the 2020 event season in Downtown Bend is going to be the most successful one yet!
This meeting is open to the public. Please join us at the Tin Pan Theatre, 869 NW Tin Pan Alley in Downtown Bend. (Click here for a map to this location)
As you may be aware, April is national child abuse prevention month, and KIDS Center joins in this prevention movement by participating in the Blue Ribbon Campaign. Typically, at the end of March, KIDS Center staff and volunteers go throughout the tri-counties delivering pinned Blue Ribbon, Blue Ribbon Posters, and Blue Ribbon Newsletters to businesses and organizations that want to promote child abuse prevention. For more information about the Blue Ribbon Campaign, please visit our website at kidscenter.org.
This year the KIDS Center has partnered with the Downtown Bend Business Association to have a presence at April’s First Friday Art Walk. Several galleries will be inviting artists to create a piece of art for that night and KIDS Center and MountainStar will have a table set up in one of the galleries.
Our goal is that on April 3rd, First Friday, all businesses open their doors to show support for Child Abuse Prevention through the Blue Ribbon Campaign.
This can be done in many ways:
- Decorate storefront window in all blue
- Have employees wear blue
- Provide information about the Blue Ribbon throughout your business via rack cards at counter, posters in window, etc.
- Have a cup of pinned blue ribbons at the counter for customers to wear (employees can wear them as well)
- Any other creative venture you would like to do!
Any printed promotional piece will be provided by KIDS Center along with a cup of blue ribbons. Additionally, if your business is wanting more information about KIDS Center, they will come and provide a 20 – 30 minute presentation on our mission, services, and the importance of the Blue Ribbon Campaign in our community.
If you are interested, please let the KIDS Center know via email or phone.
Current participating business include:
Thank you for taking the time and the effort to keep our children safe and show a united and strong community that support kids!
Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be presenting on purposed changes to the Parkway in the core of the City of Bend on Jan 20th from 9am to 10am at Liberty Theatre, 829 NW Wall Street in Downtown Bend.
The Downtown Bend Business Association, the River West Neighborhood Association and the Old Bend Neighborhood Association are sponsoring this Open House.
“Understanding all of the purposed changes in the Parkway Plan and Transportation System Plan (TSP) can be complex. “ says a representative of the neighborhood associations, “we recognized the need to hold this open house so that our stakeholders could not only be educated on what to expect over the next 5-25 years, but how they can voice their concerns.”
These three associations have been working together closely for the past year on various issues that impacts the core of our city, and all three of their jurisdictions. In addition, representatives from each of these associations served on various committees, including but not limited to, the ODOT Parkway Plan Sounding Board, the Downtown Bend Parking Advisory Committee (DPAC), the Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC), and the Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
“Reports rank Bend as one of the fastest growing cities in the country. For the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA), this means that we need to be planning ahead to make sure that our Downtown core retains it’s vitality – and it’s accessibility,” says Mindy Aisling, Executive Director of the DBBA, “The purposed changes will have a huge impact on the Downtown core. We’re looking at how these changes impact things like parking, multi-day street closures, and (as the largest employer in the City), employee satisfaction.”
For information on the Transportation System Plan (TSP), click here
For information on the Parkway Plan, click here
UPDATE: Thank you for attending this Open House, please make sure that you have the followup meeting with the City of Bend on your calendar - CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO.
Please see the attached document to review questions from the meeting with ODOT on 1/20
Downtown Bend First Friday Art Walk has gone Green!
Let's face it - we all love our planet, so let's take care of it! By purchasing an Art Walk cup for $5, you can help Downtown Bend reduce the amount of single use cups that used and sent to the landfill every month. These cups are reusable every month!
The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) extends a huge "THANK YOU" to Patagonia Bend for spearheading this project.
"It wonderful when we can all work together to create a better Bend!" says Mindy Aisling, Executive Director of the Downtown Bend Business Association, "We love it when our businesses bring us great ideas like this one!"
Patagonia’s mission statement says it best, “we’re in business to save our home planet”. Through their efforts to reduce waste during the Bend Artwalk, they hope to encourage participants to take further action for our planet. As a community of forward thinkers and environmental activists, the DBBA, Patagonia and other participating businesses hope that this action can spread to other events in the community.
We are asking you, Bend, to help reduce waste in our community! Pick up your Art Walk cup at one of the following locations:
If you're a Downtown Bend business and you'd like to sell these amazing Art Walk cups, contact us.