The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA)
The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) was formed in 1982 as a local nonprofit that serves over 325 businesses and 85 property owners in the Downtown district. The DBBA is primarily funded by the Economic Improvement District (EID); please click here for more information on the EID. Secondarily, we are funded by our fundraising efforts, the largest of which is Bend Oktoberfest. One hundred percent of the fundraising proceeds go to the DBBA. If you’d like more information about our future fundraising plans, click here.
As a small, local nonprofit we are dedicated to keeping our Downtown a place for history, family, entrepreneurship and giving back to our community through events, sponsorship, and education.
Our Downtown area has an important and unique role in the economic and social development of our city. Our Downtown creates a critical mass of activities where commercial, cultural, and civic pursuits are concentrated. This concentration facilitates business, learning, and cultural exchange.
We believe in creating a space where all people are welcome, where dreams can be pursued, and where memorable moments can be made. A healthy Downtown is key to a strong community.
We believe that our Downtown district is the beating heart of our community. It is where our citizens can come to create memorable moments, learn something new, or experience their connection to our past. Healthy downtowns create thriving cities, and our mission is to increase the vitality of our Downtown, supporting our diverse community members and our City at large.
Our mission is to improve the economic vitality by enhancing the experience, image, and lifestyle of Downtown Bend.
The DBBA’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
The Board of Directors oversees staff and makes policy decisions that determine the direction of the EID and the DBBA. The Board, comprised of property and business owners, holds monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month. To learn more about our board and staff, click here.
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!
Furthermore, if you have questions about our organization, our Executive Director is happy to go have coffee with you to discuss Downtown Bend and our organization’s role in keeping it vibrant. You can contact her directly here.
You can view our most recent annual report here. For past reports or additional data, contact us.