Why Central Oregon?
Quite simply, we love it here.
You’ll find that the majority of our team has migrated to Central Oregon from some other locale, lured by the vibrant lifestyle and exceptional opportunities for business, education, families and community that Central Oregon provides. The cities and communities that comprise Central Oregon are Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Sunriver, Prineville, La Pine, Madras and Warm Springs.
For most new residents, Central Oregon is a lifestyle choice, offering a friendly environment, year-round recreation options, and world class amenities — all with a hassle-free, small town feel. From a ranch in Prineville to an upscale urban condo in Bend, the region presents a rare diversity of places to live.
The region continues to attract new businesses and families who have shared a glimpse of the magic. Need a little more convincing? Discover more about the region we call home.
Central Oregon has led the state’s population growth over the last two decades; in fact, Deschutes County continues to be one of the fastest growing areas of the country. The Bend-Redmond MSA was named “#1 Best-Performing Small City” for the fourth year in a row (2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019).
A lesser known fact is that our region has also topped the state in job growth over the past ten years, creating a region that’s characterized by dynamic small businesses and entrepreneurial activity. The region boasts strong clusters in high technology (software, hardware and energy), advanced manufacturing, biosciences (pharmaceuticals, medical devices), renewable energy, building products (doors, windows, molding, furniture), brewing & distilling (craft beer, cider, spirits, kombucha, value-added food products, and recreation equipment.
The tech sector in Central Oregon has undergone expansion in recent years with the development and manufacturing of both software and hardware. One factor helping small businesses get off the ground is the option of leasing coworking office space in locations like 1001 Tech Center that offer workspace as well as community, support and meeting spaces in the heart of Bend’s Innovation District. In addition, Portland based Technology Association of Oregon has a branch here and hosts regular industry events. To further assist expansion, entrepreneurs looking for funding have the opportunity to approach local firms such as Seven Peaks Ventures and Cascade Angels. Many tech companies have started small and grown in Central Oregon, finding ideal commercial space for lease or buildings to purchase during each step of their growth.
Facebook and Apple data centers chose to be located in Central Oregon, providing specialized jobs. There is also light aviation manufacturing by local companies such as Epic Aircraft and Lancair; as well as drone testing by the FAA and one of the few drone education centers on the West Coast.
The region is served by Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport (RDM, www.flyrdm.com), a commercial airport offering service provided by American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Delta and United. These carriers offer approximately 25 commercial flights daily to and from San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix and Denver. The airport is in Redmond, which is in the heart of Central Oregon, providing easy access coming or going from the region, and also serves air cargo and general aviation.
Six major public school districts serve over 32,000 students; there are also 30 private schools in the region. The region is also home to Central Oregon Community College (COCC) and the four-year university Oregon State University – Cascades.
Local economic development organizations provide opportunities between local schools and businesses to provide hands-on training and internships, creating stability to the area’s economy.
SOURCES: EDCO Central Oregon Profile, http://www.edcoinfo.com/communities/ and Milken Institute
There’s a reason so many people strive to make a living in Central Oregon. The location provides a lifestyle like no other, with beautiful scenery, big open skies, mountains and every outdoor activity an adventure seeker can imagine. Community involvement and business growth are of paramount importance to the City of Bend and its surrounding regions.
There are numerous business advocacy groups in Central Oregon as successful economic development in the region is critical to sustaining a healthy community. Visit www.bendforbusiness.com for more information and resources to help your business thrive.
Visit the Helpful Resources and Links section of our blog for information on our regional government, media and business development organizations in Central Oregon.