Bend’s tech companies have pooled their resources to be one of two primary sponsors of the upcoming Bend Livability Project — a four-day event scheduled for this weekend (June 2 through June 5) that is equal parts town hall meeting, community party and one giant brainstorm.
This impressive project is organized by Bend 2030. And the recently dubbed Bend Tech Ecosystem, aka most of the tech companies here, raised $20,000 in a hot minute to support it. Why a Bend Livability Project? Why does the tech ecosystem care? What is Bend 2030? So many questions, and fortunately we have some answers (they’re all 42).
So just sit back and drink your coffee while I tell you a (quick) story. First, Bend2030 is a group of civic-minded leaders advocating for “the best Bend” now and in the future. This group spearheaded the livability project as a “large scale conference and ongoing civic engagement initiative” aimed at tackling how to help Bend retain its awesomeness in the face of rapid growth.