BLP-logoThe Bend Livability Project is a large-scale conference and ongoing civic engagement initiative designed to educate, empower and engage the Bend community to harness and shape the dramatic growth we will experience in the coming years.

With 30,000 more residents expected to live here by 2030, so much of our next chapter is unscripted—it’s up to us to define it together.

Partly a celebration of our character and partly a massive townhall meeting, the Bend Livability Project launch weekend on June 3-5 will drive diverse populations in Bend to learn about and participate in shaping Bend’s future through three days of lectures, panels, workshops, films, parties, public art projects, walking tours and events.

Bendites of all ages and backgrounds will be invited to make a personal commitment to ensuring the future livability of Bend and then have the chance to plug their energy directly into projects that will transform their hopes for the future into reality.

Registration for conference events begins in April.

PROJECT GOALS

EDUCATE

Teach residents about the forces most affecting the future of our city and the opportunities and challenges they present.

EMPOWER

Show Bendites what role and authority they have in proactively and constructively shaping our future.

ENGAGE

Plug residents into new and existing projects, strategy building-groups, and community organizations so they may directly influence outcomes for our city.

PROJECT SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, JUNE 2: BENDFILM EVENT AT THE TOWER THEATER

Join BendFilm for an exclusive local showing of films about urbanization and livability issues across the nation, plus a facilitated conversation about where Bend grows from here.

FRIDAY, JUNE 3: FUTURE FAIR AT ART WALK

Visit the Future Fair headquarters at St. Clair Place to see what Bend will likely look like in the future through futuristic images of our city. Then pick up your Bend Livability Project passport and head out to a dozen interactive stations where you will consider your own personal investment in the future of Bend by making and experiencing art throughout downtown and the Makers District.

SATURDAY, JUNE 4: BEND LIVABILITY CONFERENCE AT COCC

Register for a full day of meals, keynote speakers, workshops and discussion groups covering three tracks: Neighborhood Livability, Housing for All, and A Transportation System for the Future. Then attend a special City Club Forum on City Governance. Additional a la carte sessions will be offered to the public free of charge.

SUNDAY, JUNE 5: DAY OF ACTION ACROSS BEND

Engage in fun projects throughout the community such as creating design standards for your neighborhood or learning to build demonstration bike and pedestrian projects on your block. Do you have a community project in mind? Tell us and we’ll help you and your team recruit more Bendites to help.

For more information, contact Bend 2030 Executive Director Erin Foote Marlowe at 541-420-8603 or erinfootemarlowe@gmail.com.