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October 17, 2013: David Bagnoli
"Prospects for Collaboration: Common Opportunities for a Small City Campus"
September 25, 2013: Ross Chapin
“Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World”
November 14, 2013: Rick Williams
“Parking Plays a Big Part: Creating Great Business Districts”
Our annual lectures focus on:

•Educating planners, real estate development professionals, architects, builders, engineers, elected and volunteer office holders, and the general public;

•Positively impacting on the quality of development and growth in Bend and the surrounding region;

•Bringing expert lecturers in from outside the region who can bring innovative ideas as well as examples of things that have worked (or failed) in other areas; and

•Creating a discussion on how to apply these lessons to our community.


July 17, 2014, 7-9pm: Todd Litman
Moving to the Future: Envisioning Better Public Transit for Central Oregon
Public Forum, co-sponsored by COIC and ODOT TGM Program
October 10, 2014: Jim Sallis
Introductory lecture for the Green and Solar Home Tour
March 18, 2015 6:30-8pm: Chris Comeau
Moving Beyond the Automobile: Multi-Modal Planning 


October 20, 2016, 6:30 - 8pm: Derick O'Neill, City of Boise 
“Bend Grows UP, Part 2: Removing barriers and mobilizing a vision"
July 16, 2015 11:30-1pm: Dr. Arthur C. Nelson, Ph.D., FAICP 
"Central Oregon Trends and Opportunities to 2040: Implications for housing, transportation & economic development"


May 19, 2016, 6:30 - 8pm: Katherine Schultz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C 
"Bend Grows UP, Part 1: Understanding vertical development and its impact on our city"


Novemeber 1, 2016, 7-8:30: Tom Cody & Alex Joyce
“Bend Grows UP, Part 3: Developer Strategies"
Past Lectures:
April 10, 2017: Daniel Parolek
“Solving Bend's Missing Middle Housing Puzzle"
View entire presentation here >>
November 1, 2017: Joe Minicozzi
“Density, Dollars & Development: The Economics of Land Use in Bend
View entire presentation here >>
April 23, 2018: Drivers of Innovation
Alex Joyce, Mary Kyle McCurdy and Bruce Warner
Thanks to our sponsors:
October 18, 2018: Mike Gardner-Sweeney
Boulder-Sized Transportation Solutions

Upcoming Lectures:
May 29, 2019: Drainage & Density Keynote
The Forgotten Infrastructure
Presented by Hye Yeong Kwon, Center for Watershed Protection
Urban renewal is not just for blighted inner cities. With Bend’s fast-paced growth, we have the opportunity to redefine the center of our city as a place that accommodates mixed residential and commercial development, entertainment and community-friendly spaces. The City of Bend’s Core Area Planning process is currently identifying how to move these opportunities forward, using tools like urban renewal.

This month we're partnering with City Club of Central Oregon to present a forum focusing on the Bend Central District (BCD), which has been the impetus for much planning and community advocacy to become a more dense, mixed-use neighborhood.

Featured speaker Michele Reeves is a national expert in helping communities recognize and leverage their strengths, and accomplish their economic development goals. Michelle will show how other communities have successfully used redevelopment to create vibrancy and provide economic opportunity to a wide cross section of their community, along with pitfalls to avoid. Case studies will include urban renewal and economic development initiatives that:

    - Lower barriers to entry for minority-owned businesses
    - Provide wealth-building opportunities for small businesses priced out of a market.
    - Create district vitality for modest investments

In addition, hear from Allison Platt, Senior Planner of Growth Management with the City of Bend with a brief update of the current progress in the BCD.

Bring your curiosity, and questions. This forum is designed to make you more informed, and engaged about the future of Bend and its infrastructure.

Extended Q&A: We will continue the conversation directly following the forum with an extended 30 minute Q&A with the speakers for those who wish to stay.
August 15, 2019
REDEVELOPMENT IN THE BEND CENTRAL DISTRICT: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Urban Renewal 

Featuring Michele Reeves, CIVILIS Consultants

Presented at City Club of Central Oregon by Central Oregon Land WatchSteele Associates Architecture and Building A Better Bend. 

11:15am - 1pm
Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center
Cost: $25 City Club members / $45 non-members. Plated lunch is included. Registration Required.
Sandy Garner