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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
The Bend Central District can be a place that distills everything unique and distinct about Bend. The trick in existing areas like the BCD is to foster this new development in a way that isn't accompanied by displacement. Hear from an expert in the area of redevelopment and learn how other communities have successfully used redevelopment to create vibrancy and provide economic opportunity to a wide cross section of their community. We will be sharing real-world examples of the sorts of partnerships, placemaking initiatives, and development projects that can reshape a neighborhood, with a focus on improving the fortunes of the those who already live, work and play there. Case studies will include urban renewal and economic development initiatives that: 

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

Michele Reeves is an urban strategist with extensive experience in revitalizing mixed-use districts, placemaking, retail leasing, development consulting, and project management. In her consulting practice at Civilis, she helps cities renew their urban places and, together with city stakeholders, she develops detailed and achievable plans for revival with a focus on improving what already exists. She is currently a member of the Portland Development Commission Neighborhood Economic Development Leadership Group. Previously, she chaired the Metro Brownfields Task Force, which assisted Metro in placing funds for regional environmental assessment and education efforts. She holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. 
August 15, 2019
REDEVELOPMENT IN THE BEND CENTRAL DISTRICT: How Can Bend Avoid the Pitfalls of Urban Renewal 

Featuring Michele Reeves, CIVILIS Consultants

Presented in conjunction with City Club of Central Oregon, Central Oregon Land Watch and Building A Better Bend. 

11:15am - 1pm
Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center