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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
How can we design our built environment to best handle increasing density and protect our valuable Deschutes River and underground drinking water? Join Hye Yeong Kwon, Executive Director of the Center for Watershed Protection for an overview of how the built environment and water quality are connected, and the many options available on site and within neighborhoods that can make for better site design as density pressures increase in Bend. 
May 29, 2019, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Helens Hall 
231 NW Idaho Ave Bend, OR 97703
FREE to the Public; no pre-registration necessary but seating is limited
For those who want more, build your knowledge with a full day of technical sessions on Thursday, May 30, featuring top local, state and national experts on Bend's experience, needs and solutions. Get first-hand knowledge on regional, streetside and infill lot options, redevelopment, community plazas, and better building site designs that protect water quality and our outdoor quality. Includes interactive and panel discussions. Don't miss Hye Yeong Kwon, together with OSU professors Meghna Babbar-Sebens and Jenna Tilt and more!

View preliminary agenda here >>

FREE, but pre-registration is required. Click here to register >>
Lunch is provided. PDHs available. 
For more information, contact Wendy Edde, wedde@bendoregon.gov or 541-317-3018
May 30, 2019: Drainage & Density: The Technical Sessions
​Trinity Episcopal Church, St. Helens Hall 
231 NW Idaho Ave Bend, OR 97703
8:30am - 4:30pm
Brought to you by:

Building a Better Bend, City of Bend, Professional Engineers of Oregon, Wall Street Suites and Century West Engineering.