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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.


Upcoming Lecture:
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 >>
Free Admission but tickets are required. 
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April 23, 2018: Drivers of Innovation
Alex Joyce, Mary Kyle McCurdy and Bruce Warner
Bend has often been compared to Boulder, Colorado (Pop. 107,000) for its entrepreneurial culture, small town feel with big town amenities, and abundance of recreational opportunities. It’s natural to look to this innovative peer city for cues on how they view and manage multi-modal transportation and report progress. 

On Thursday, October 18th, Boulder’s Director of Public Works for Transportation, Mike Gardner-Sweeney will be in Bend to give us a glimpse into his city’s Transportation Master Plan and provide creative solutions to some of Bend’s biggest transportation concerns. Mike will share some Boulder solutions that include:
  • Regular Transportation “Report Card” to the Community (9 key plan objectives) 
  • Safety (Vision Zero) and Maintenance as “Core Priorities”
  • Local transportation sales tax since 1967
  • Complete Streets, Low-Stress Multimodal Network, and Walkable Neighborhoods  
  • Minimized Congestion/travel time on major streets
  • Expanded “Eco Pass” system for residents, employees, students
  • Expanded transportation options for commuters (in city, regional)
  • “Renewed Vision for Transit” in 2018 city Transportation Master Plan
  • Regional bus rapid transit connections (inter-city) 

Since Bend is creating its new Transportation System Plan, members of Bend's Citywide Transportation Advisory Committee will lead this forum. We promise a lively public dialogue on issues both cities share. 

SEE Boulder's Transportation Report Card >>

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PRESENTER: Mike Gardner-Sweeney has been the director of Public Works for Transportation since March 2016. Gardner-Sweeney served as acting director of the Transportation Division from December 2014 to March 2016. He has worked with the Transportation Division for the past 25 years, serving in a variety of roles in operations, planning and management, including principal transportation engineer, transportation operations and planning manager. Before joining the city, he worked at the City of Loveland, CO, as well as at RTD and TransPlan Associates, Inc., in different capacities. Gardner-Sweeney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in architectural engineering from the University of Colorado.


Thanks to our sponsors of this event: