As a former newspaper reporter, I’m a total geek for local government. As it turns out, the actions of your city and county and parks department often have a much larger impact on your daily life than say, what’s happening in Washington, D.C. And next week, you can geek out on local government too, as part of the upcoming TAO Tech Talk featuring Eric King, Bend’s city manager.

Eric will offer his insights into city government, transportation and even taxes. The talk is interactive, and a great chance to ask questions, voice concerns and generally learn more about how our fair city functions. His discussion will highlight:

  • Governance
  • City Services
  • Council Goals
  • Finances

Be sure to register in advance. Your admission fee includes a Thump drink ticket (beer, wine, coffee, whatever) and of course, a chance to say hi to all your tech friends.

Event details

TAO Tech Talk
Tuesday April 11
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tech Center @ 1001 SW Emkay Drive
Bend, OR 97702

TAO member $10
Non-member $15


Kelly Kearsley

Kelly Kearsley, the co-founder of, is passionate about startups, entrepreneurship and Bend. In addition to writing this blog, she creates content and manages content projects for global financial companies, tech firms and startups. She began her career as a newspaper journalist and later worked as a freelance writer. Her work has appeared in, Money Magazine, CNNMoney, MSNBC and Runner's World. See her work at or

You can reach Kelly by email at [email protected].
Kelly Kearsley