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Does our current city council governance structure give us the best leadership possible for addressing our complicated population, housing, transportation and livability issues?

Bend 2030, the Bend Chamber of Commerce and City Club of Central Oregon will partner to host two interactive public input forums on charter review on Sept. 20 and Nov. 1 at the Central Oregon Collective on Bend’s Eastside to help answer this important question.
The two forums, which offer different content and build on each other, will feature educational presentations from the League of Oregon Cities and regional expertsas well as public input opportunities on core charter review questions such as:

  • Do residents from all parts of Bend feel represented by the current method of electing councilors at-large?
  • Is it time for Bend’s mayor to be elected, or continue to be appointed by fellow councilors?
  • Do city councilors have the right support structure and pay in order to do their job?
  • Participants are encouraged to share any other charter review questions they have, as well.

Learn more about how the forums build on each other by reviewing our CHARTER REVIEW FORUM PROCESS OUTLINE here. 

Check out our agendas for the forums by clicking here! 



In keeping with Chamber of Commerce “What’s Brewing” events, City Club’s monthly luncheons on diverse topics, and Bend 2030’s public input projects, these two charter review forums are designed to help residents understand the pros and cons of charter review options and weigh in with their own thoughts.

Bend Chamber -LOGO-PRINT“The Bend Chamber believes a healthy community dialogue about the question of ‘What is the right governance structure to address challenges and identify opportunities for our community is important,” said Jamie Christman, executive vice president of community affairs for the Bend Chamber of Commerce. “This partnership with Bend 2030 and City Club on this educational series directly supports our mission to be a vital strategic partner creating resources and opportunities for member success, quality of life, engagement and meaningful impact.”

A report of the public input collected at the forums will be presented to the Bend City Council early next year along with recommendations from participants on how a formal charter review process might be best structured. Any charter review changes would require approval by vote of Bend residents. Ballot measures may be brought to voters by the city council directly, or through a public petition process.

Screen Shot 2016-08-12 at 12.02.09 PM“City Club believes in nonpartisan forums where people can rationally and calmly discuss important issues from a variety of viewpoints,” said Joey Drucker, executive director of City Club of Central Oregon. “With the current growth Bend is experiencing, now is a great time for citizens to intentionally shape our community. Our leaders are listening.” 

Bend’s form of government was established in 1929 with a city commission format—councilors are elected by the public, select a mayor from their own ranks and then together hire a manager to run the operations of the city.

The forums are free, and refreshments will be served at no cost.


Charter Review Forum One

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20

Central Oregon Collective

62070 27th Street, in Bend


Charter Review Forum Two

5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1

Central Oregon Collective

62070 27th Street, in Bend