The future of Bend is a topic that’s always ripe for discussion. How much will the city grow? What will that growth look like? Who will drive it? Will it make the city better or impact the things we love? The Bend Chamber of Commerce will tackle these issues in more in a unique What’s Brewing event scheduled for Tuesday (tomorrow) at 5 p.m. at the Tower Theater.

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The October version of our regular What’s Brewing series will be like no other. Hosted at the Tower Theatre, Bend Rising: Should I Stay or Should I Go? is where the next generation of Bend’s business community and residents will weigh in on what they will inherit. Young professionals in Bend experience firsthand the impacts of high-cost housing and population growth. Our emerging workforce sees opportunity in urban living, but also wants to retain and enjoy the culture and natural beauty of Bend 30+ years from now as those who will inherit it.

Our guest will be John Savo, a principal, lead architect and self-prescribed “urbanist” at NBBJ, an internationally renowned architecture and design firm. Mr. Savo helped redefine Seattle’s South Lake Union District for millennials and Amazon. He works with communities, both large and small, who want to design spaces for the next generation of people who will occupy and love where they live and work.

The Bend Chamber’s Young Professionals Network (YPN) and Leadership Bend graduates will take the stage with Mr. Savo in what should prove to be a spirited and dynamic conversation on Bend’s future urban form. Come join the discussion. This is the chance of a lifetime to engage in your future, have a voice in what your city will be like, and impact your future home. Audience participation will definitely be encouraged, so be ready!

The panel will include:

It promises to be an interesting and inspiring evening. Check it out. You can register for the event here.

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

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