Coming out of a long economic downturn, Central Oregon leaders are looking for ways to build a strong, vital economy. The SuperForum, a colloquium set for Jan. 21 at the Tower Theatre in Bend, will focus on how Central Oregon can attain “prosperity with a view” and balance growth with livability.
Keynote speakers will include Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.
Starting with the Great Recession, which began near the end of 2007, Central Oregon underwent a severe five-year economic downturn. The region is finally bouncing back. For starters, the housing market is rebounding. Bend now has one of the top job growth rates in Oregon and one of the highest rates of tech startups among small cities.
Highlights of the SuperForum will include an interview with the governor and Hayes, a preview of Bend 2030 Vision Accelerator Project, and live audience polling via keypad voting.
“We’re honored and excited to welcome Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes as keynote speakers,” SuperForum Committee Chairman Lawrence Schechter said. “Their interactive exchange will provide a larger perspective of the challenges and opportunities of balancing growth with livability—within the context of the state and the unique opportunities in Bend and Central Oregon.”
The SuperForum kicks off on Jan. 21, a Tuesday, at 7 p.m. at the Tower Theatre. General admission to the event is $20. Tickets are available through the Tower Theatre box office at 835 NW Wall St., by phone at 541-317-0700, or online at towertheatre.org.
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