It was a great week in Downtown Bend, and the DBBA was hard at work to build Downtown Bend strong!
This week we were very happy to install new updated parking banners in Downtown Bend to help streamline our parking communication. Parking in Downtown is easy and convenient. If you have questions or comments about parking, please contact us. A big shout-out to the City of Bend and the Downtown Bend Parking Advisory Committee (DPAC) for working with us to make this possible!
We were happy to be asked by City Council for our opinions and concerns for Downtown and for our City, and we joined other community groups for a listening session with City Council to kick-off collaboration and development.
Ryan and our on-the-street staff were hard at work this week taking down all of the Holiday decorations. Ribbons, bows, lights, snowflakes and (next week) the community tree all need to come down and be put away for next year. Taking down decorations takes 2-people, and it requires putting things away neatly and into the DBBA storage unit to say safe and ready to put up again next year. Our staff did a great job this week in getting decorations down and safely stowed for next year.
We researched some options for Bend Oktoberfest, Downtown Bend's largest fundraiser, for 2021 including meeting with the governor's office and other event organizers to try to gain an understanding of when events would again be an option (phase 3 of coronavirus recovery). Although there is not guarantee that we'll be able to hold large events by next September, the DBBA Board instructed staff to prepare to hold the event. This triggered a shift in priorities as DBBA staff shifted their workloads in anticipation of putting on a 2-day, 15,000 person event in 2021.
We met with Scot Bres, and the OSU CoLab, this last week to discuss a partnership where they can help the DBBA design testimonial videos & assist with meeting production. We look forward to moving ahead, and we'll give you more updates as we develop this partnership!
We are also excited to announce that we are once again working with the Kids Center to participate in the Blue Ribbon campaign - so keep your eye out for blue ribbons in Downtown Bend, and if you are a business interested in participating, please contact us for more information.
We also met with Miguel Edwards, as we work to put together a Sculpture Tour in Downtown Bend. This is an exciting development that we are hoping to bring into fruition this spring.
All this - and so much more! The Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA) is a small nonprofit dedicated to increasing the economic vitality of Downtown Bend by enhancing the experience, image, and lifestyle of the Economic Improvement District (EID).
Downtown Bend Business Association
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