This week was busy keeping up with our daily services for Downtown Bend, planning to gear up for summer, our EID Ordinance reading at City Council, preparing our largest fundraiser of the year (Bend Oktoberfest), planning to increase the Fall, Winter & Holiday experience in Downtown Bend, interviewing and hiring for summer help, and tons of meetings to engage stakeholders and community members in the upcoming DBBA Board elections. Whew! We have a ton of wonderful things going on in Downtown Bend.
The first reading of the Economic Improvement District (EID) ordinance was Wednesday 5/5 at City Council. The EID is the mechanism that provides the primary funding for the Downtown Bend Business Association, which provides the services listed HERE. The renewal of this ordinance is required for these services to continue. To learn more about the DBBA, watch this short video.
For more information:
6 IS EID Ordinance 2021
6 EID Ordinance
6 EID Notice Letter 2021 Final
6 Proposed Downtown Economic Improvement District Map 2021
Our mission is to improve the economic vitality of Downtown Bend by enhancing the experience, image, and lifestyle of the Economic Improvement District (EID).
Our largest fundraiser of the year is Bend Oktoberfest. For over a decade, One hundred percent of the fundraising proceeds from Bend Oktoberfest have gone into Downtown Bend beautification.
This year, we’ve redesigned Bend Oktoberfest with the following intentions:
#1 - To create a win/win for local businesses and Downtown Bend. Our intention is to create an event model that will help local businesses recover from COVID19, (with the dream of someday becoming one of their biggest revenue-generating days of the year). While at the same time, raising much-needed funds for the beautification and growth of Downtown Bend. In fact, we want to raise more funds than we ever have before & put more money into the dreams and visions for our Downtown. Bend Oktoberfest is a grassroots campaign to flood money into our local community.
#2 - To create the most community-centered, goofy, and outrageously fun event in Bend. Our intention is to create an event that will show the colors of our community - featuring local talent, local beer, local foods… the best that our Bend community has to offer. Plus, we want to invite our Bend community to get silly with us, because we know that when we allow ourselves to be silly together – this is when our true colors shine, and laughter and acceptance flourishes. We invite you to join us in being ridiculous for this event… wear your costumes, sing songs about your love of beer, yodel to the mountains, and participate in our outrageous feats of strength.
#3 - To grow Bend strong. Our intention is to create a model where we work together with you, and other community partners, to grow our community into the strongest, truest version of itself. Thrive and help thrive, it really is the way of the future!
The Downtown Bend Business Association is a small nonprofit dedicated to increasing the vitality of Downtown Bend by enhancing the experience, image, and lifestyle of the Downtown Bend Economic Improvement District.