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Downtown Bend Assoc. Loses Leader

BEND, OR -- Rod Porsche is stepping down, after less than three years as Executive Director of the Downtown Bend Business Association (DBBA). Porsche took over in August 2015, after several years in Albany, Oregon. He's leaving Bend to return to The Valley, this week, as the Executive Director of the Albany Area Habitat For Humanity. 


Mindy Aisling (right) has been promoted as DBBA's new Executive Director, effective March first. In a statement issued Friday, DBBA Board President Rick Wright said, "Mindy brings leadership and creativity to the downtown's programs and a deep sense of commitment to our City's business and building owners. She has already served our organization by developing new programs and events, fundraising and developing community relationships. She has a breadth of perspective and experience. We are looking forward to her executive leadership."


Aisling joined DBBA as a volunteer in 2015. She created the role of Community Relations Coordinator and stepped into that position in 2016.


Porsche says, "It was an honor to serve as executive director for Downtown Bend. Family and opportunity has us returning [to] the Willamette Valley where we are originally from, but we will look back on our three years in Central Oregon with great memories."




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