At last night's City Council Meeting, Mindy Aisling, Executive Director of the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA), presented to Councilors during the the Council Work Session. Aisling covered some of the key metrics of Downtown, the scope of the DBBA, the proven success of the DBBA and City of Bend (COB) partnering, and the alignment between COB goals and DBBA goals for 2019/2020.
Please review the highlights below, and download the documents provided for more detailed information.
A few facts about Downtown Bend
1. Downtown is the largest visitor attraction in Bend.
Excerpt from page 5 of the Visit Bend - Bend Summer 2017 Final Report
2. Downtown is the largest employer in Bend.
Excerpt from page 1 of the EDCO – 2018 Largest Employers Report
3. The Downtown EID has an annual Tax Assessed Value (TAV) of $112,387,304.00.
4. Downtown Bend is a hub for entrepreneurship, culture, civic services, and it is the historic core of our City.
The DBBA Scope
The DBBA's scope includes everything from the street up. They create Downtown Bend as you know it.
The DBBA/COB Partnership
•Increases the effectiveness of both the COB and the DBBA
•Builds trust and communication between Downtown stakeholders
•Would be advantageous to expand
•City Council goals align with the top two goals of the DBBA, which are improving transportation access to Downtown & safety and hospitality in Downtown.
•The DBBA expects to be an active partner with the COB in achieving our aligned goals
To watch the video of last night City Council session, click here.
Documents supplied to City Council:
Happy Friday from Downtown Bend!
This weekend we have classic Springtime weather (Sun, Clouds, Rain) - a bit of everything and nothing too cold or too warm. In Downtown Bend, we've got a calendar full of fun, exciting things for you to do! View the list below to plan your fun-filled weekend in Downtown Bend.
that has helped her break down barriers and set a new standard for women’s big wave surfing. The film looks at what drives her, what inspires her, and how she turns fear into fuel when the surf gets huge.
Drinks provided by Worthy Brewing and Brew Dr. Kombucha, by donation, benefiting Bend Paddle Trail Alliance with light snacks by Patagonia Provisions. More info
Cobbles and Waffles-Paris Roubaix Live @ The Commons
Spring is in the air, the rain is falling and the snow is melting.....For a cycling fan, this means: Classics Season. Come watch Paris-Roubaix with us LIVE at the shop. It is the original gravel grinder, the Hell of the North and the Queen of the Classics. This race will have you "on the rivet" as both a racer and a spectator. Lots of action and we will have some great insights at the shop with a few racers who have actually felt the bone-jarring pain at race pace. And a Belgian morning wouldn't be complete without some Liège waffles and coffee. Zoë Roy will be serving up some delicious homemade Liege waffles and coffee will be provided by Stumptown Coffee Roasters. Doors to the shop will open Sunday at 6:00am and the party will go until all racers see their way to the Velodrome in Roubaix. More info
Hammered HERstory @ The Capitol
We didn't learn the last time.
This time we're going the smart route by ixnaying the re-enactors and just letting these ladies drink as much as they want while yelling at you about some of Oregon's most influential, interesting or notorious women.
Come kinda learn about Tonya Harding, Ma Amand Sheela and the Rajneesh, Dorothy Binney Putnam, Sagagawea and more.
Featuring four local ladies as storytellers incluidng Monica Williamson, Katy Ipok, Jaime Speed and Kimberly Leemans (actress from Sy-Fy's Spides and Walking Dead) and Cayla Clark as their (sober) host. More info
Lit Stuffing Party @ Wabi Sabi
Come help us stuff lit into bags so our Neighborhood Leaders can get the word out about our great endorsed candidates for the May 21 election! All volunteers encouraged to attend, you do not need to be a PCP or Neighborhood Leader. More info
Pentley Holmes Music @ Vevelt
New Jersey native, Pentley Holmes is truly that rare artist whose work achieves both technical and emotional brilliance.
A self taught guitarist and vocalist, Pentley is as well-rounded musically as they come. More info
Piano Showcase: From Bach to Boogie to Jazz @ The Tower
Sunriver Music Festival presents Piano Showcase: From Bach to Boogie to Jazz. An interactive two-day event featuring three exceptional pianists and teachers celebrating the versatility and virtuosity of piano!
Renowned Classical Pianist Sean Chen
Boogie-Woogie Blues Extraordinaire Arthur Migliazza - Pianist
Sophisticated and Inventive Jazz Pianist Adam Birnbaum
PGP State Convention 2019 I: Bend Green Party Convention
PGP Spring 2019 Convention, Bend
Saturday, April 13, 12pm to 5pm
Brooks Room, Deschutes Public Library, Downtown Bend
601 NW Wall Street
Meetup before at Crow's Feet Commons Cafe, 875 NW Brooks St, 10:30; after at McMenamin's, 700 NW Bond St. Both walking distance from library. More info
This weekend with DJ DELI @ Seven
Rainy Day Blues @ The Blacksmith
Duck out of the rain and head down to The Blacksmith, Friday April 12 from 7-9pm! We'll lift your spirits to sunny heights with our lively, eclectic, jazz infused sets! It's been a month since we've been out on the town. We missed you! Hope to see you there! More info
Mexico Fundraiser at Beach Hut Deli
Please come eat lunch at Beach Hut Deli on Sunday, April 14 after church! A percentage of ALL sales will go towards the building of TWO HOMES for two homeless families in Ensenada, Mexico. Compass is again sending a team of 30 people to Mexico in August to be Beautiful Feet! Come support our team! PLEASE SHARE! More info
More than 5,900 spaces - including one for you!
With the recent parking changes, there has been some questions about where (and how) to park in Downtown Bend. There are more than 5,000 parking spaces, 3 public lots and a 4 story parking garage - keeping it simple and convenient to come downtown. So while you are dining at one of our award-winning restaurants, shopping for the perfect gift, seeing the latest live performance or attending one of our Downtown events – you won’t have any problems parking downtown.
Alternative modes of transportation
Riding your bike is a great way to get around Bend. Here are some helpful links to check out so that you can create your perfect route:
Uber is also a great way to get around Downtown, and during the day the CET Bus is easy to ride (and you can even put your bike on the bus). In the summer, they also provide the free Ride Bend service! Finally, if you carpool or ride your bike, make sure that you are logging your trips so that you can win rewards from Commute Options.
It's First Friday Art Walk! Head into Downtown Bend for a night filled with art, shopping, music and local food & drink. On First Friday in Downtown Bend, we celebrate ALL forms of art - music, comedy, photography, painting, sculpture, acting and more. Head to Downtown Bend, and delight your senses!
Megan Marie Myers at Townshend's Teahouse
Megan Marie Myers will be at Townshend's Tea in Downtown Bend with a show from April 1st to May 30th. You can purchase Megan's art here: http://www.meganmariemyers.com/, and make sure to attend a meet and greet with the artist from 6:30-7:30pm on Friday April 5th at Townshend's Tea
Jonezy Artwork at Velvet Bend
He is known in the art world as JonezyArtwork. He has been creating artwork since the 1990's and started exhibiting his work in galleries all over the world in early 2004. To date, JonezyArtwork has sold over 750+ paintings worldwide. He is self taught, growing up with many great influences and working each year to perfect his own unique style. He uses a steady hand and precise techniques to create these paintings. JonezyArtwork refers to his style as a mix between Cartoon and Urban. You can find his work at Velvet on Wall Street in Downtown Bend during the month of April.
Sage Custom Framing
Visit Sage Custom Framing during First Friday Art Walk and during the entire month of April! Located on Brooks Alley right next to Beach Hut Deli.
Memories to Quilt at Footzone
‘Heaven Can Wait’ and other races inspired this memory quilt. I chose bright colors to celebrate a worthy race well run. Do you know a runner who’d like their T-shirts preserved in a one-of-a-kind memory quilt? I'd be happy to help!
Friday, April 5th, Memories to Quilt will be at the Foot Zone, for their First Friday event. Please come by and visit. Let’s talk about your collection of race shirts!
Free Admission, more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2231007730561219/
MOsley WOtta, Richard Cork & Rhelms School at The Commons
The Commons is honored to host MOWO for their album, What Comes After, release party. This event will be an up close and personal performance in the house with MOWO with plenty of meet and greet time mixed in. As with all our shows, it is FREE, but a donation to the artist is greatly appreciated! All ages welcome, but some PG-13 content may be vocalized. More info here.
In addition, Richard Cork's art will be hung in the house for the month of April, and Realms School will be doing a mural presentation outside.
Jacob Joseph Norris at Found Natural Goods
First Friday APRIL 2019 plans entail...
Found is, of course, serving complimentary 100% agave tequila margaritas ––radical mixer to be announced–– with the colorful company of local plein-air oil painter, Jacob Joseph Norris.
"Jacob Joseph Norris is a plein-air oil painter, meaning he paints in the open air. His portfolio is filled with owls, trees, power lines, scenes and colors of Central Oregon, but there is also a magnificent transcendent nature to his work, beyond the range of mere human experience. It is as if he is able to catch things in their hidden moments before they are ready to be seen." - quoted from a Source Weekly article on Jacob in 2016.
Jacob's art fills the walls and shelves of Found and has since day one with his birds--inspired by our space. We are pleased to be hosting him for an official artist exhibition on April 5, 2019 for First Friday April.
Jacq & Jacob
Tosch Roy at Outside In
From beautiful Bonnie Raitt to the rasta beats of Bob Marley, Tosch plays a wide variety of covers performed with a moving and grooving kind of presence. Make plans now to join Outside In for Downtown Bend First Friday on April 5th. More info here.
Fettle Botanic, Navone Jewelry and