REDMOND, OR -- The city of Redmond is bringing on a familiar name to lead downtown revitalization efforts. Chuck Arnold has been the Executive Director of the Downtown Bend Business Association for the past nine years. He’s now been named the Economic Development and Urban Renewal Project Program Coordinator for Redmond.
Mayor George Endicott tells KBND News, the job doesn’t start until September, but Arnold is already getting involved - even attending Tuesday's City Council meeting. "He attended the urban renewal part of the meeting, and very attentive. He seems pretty excited about some of the things we’re doing. He does have a background in urban planning from his old days, as well as his current job," Endicott says. "I think he’s a huge, great, positive addition to Redmond." Mayor Endicott says Redmond’s downtown is growing, and it’s time to take urban renewal efforts to the next level.
Arnold issued a statement, saying, "The city of Redmond has done an incredible job as a community with their vision for urban renewal. I am honored to join the efforts." Arnold is expected to lead a number of projects in the coming years, including the expansion of Centennial Park and the revitalization of the Redmond Hotel.