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Weekend Conference Looks at Bend's Future

BEND, OR -- Bend 2030 begins its next phase, this weekend, with the four-day Bend Livability Project. Erin Foote-Morgan says the project kicks off Thursday with a screening of the movie “The Human Scale” at the Tower Theatre.


Then tomorrow evening, the Future Fair takes place during the Art Walk. "Our goal with the Future Fair is to give folks a way to experience their own personal investment in the future of Bend through an art project. We have eight stations all throughout downtown and eight more stations in The Makers District, where you can go and participate in an art project or some other kind of interactive experience. And, a lot of these projects will end up becoming permanent pieces of art in Bend." A free trolley is offered to shuttle visitors between the two districts. 


Foote-Morgan tells KBND News the weekend is part conference, part civic engagement experiment. "These four days of events actually launch six new initiatives that Bend 2030 and other partners in the community will be shepherding over the next year or even more than a year. And, they cover topics like housing, transportation, neighborhood livability and even city governance."


She says the next chapter of Bend will bring a lot of changes, "And we wanted to educate folks about what those changes are likely to be. But, then it was also really important for us to empower people to understand that those things aren’t just happening to us, that we actually get to shape them by becoming engaged in civic issues around transportation and housing and neighborhood livability."
Click HERE for more information about the Bend Livability Project.


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