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Redmond Mayor Delivers Annual State Of City Address

During his State of the City address at the Central Oregon Business Expo and Job Fair luncheon Wednesday, Redmond Mayor George Endicott touched on multiple topics, but mostly the city’s rapid growth. Latest projections show Redmond’s population will grow by 50,000 over the next 20 years.That means population of 85,000 by 2042. That equates to almost 8 people a day. The city is more affordable than Bend, family friendly and its airport attracts businesses. Industrial parks are rapidly growing. Redmond has a Comprehensive Plan to manage future growth and development over the next 20 years. In February, the City Council approved adding a 40-million- dollar bond on the May ballot to fund a new police headquarters. The Redmond Police Department has outgrown its current facility - originally designed to house around 30 people. Endicott talked of about housing efforts: last year building permits were issued for 950 new residential homes. And the city continues to look at workforce and affordable housing options and more assistance for the city's homeless population through a county-wide coalition. Endicott also talked about the city’s efforts to support local businesses during the pandemic. About 416,000 units of PPE - including masks, wipes, and sanitizer were dispersed to 450 businesses.






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