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City Managers List Affordable Housing/Competitive Wages as Region's Biggest Obstacles

Affordable Housing and competitive wages for workers were the primary topics of discussion during a meeting of the City Club of Oregon Thursday. City Managers from across Central Oregon gathered to talk about ways to solve the housing crisis and other concerns impacting the High Desert. Bend City Manager Eric King said the city is considering every option possible, including partnering with private companies for community investments or fueling competitive housing markets. King cited Redmond and Prineville as examples of both endeavors. King also said Bend is working on 100 de-restricted units of affordable housing each year and has plans for 1000 units over the next two years. Bend is the first city in Oregon to pass House Bill 2001 to allow for more multi-family housing.

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