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BendBroadband donates to Bend Chamber housing initiative

Bend, Oregon (November 18, 2021) – As Bend leaders work to address a severe housing shortage, BendBroadband has donated $10,000 to become a lead investor in the Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Workforce Housing Initiative.

Limited housing inventory and rising costs have made it more difficult for workers to live in Bend. The Bend Chamber of Commerce is undertaking a multi-year initiative that includes a concerted public affairs, research, and communications plan, as well as convening public and private sector leaders to develop solutions.

“Bend’s shortage of workforce housing is at a critical level,” said Katy Brooks, Bend Chamber CEO. “We are very grateful to BendBroadband for being one of the first to step up in helping us make Bend a place you can both live and work.”

The housing shortage in Bend has reached a high level of urgency. In the last year alone, home values in Bend have skyrocketed more than 40%. For the wide variety of labor sectors in the community, employers have experienced more employee loss due to the decline in affordability and lack of adequate housing. The chamber’s effort seeks to raise awareness about the housing shortage impact on employers, the labor force, and the local economy.

“As an active member of the Bend Chamber of Commerce, we jumped at the chance to partner on such an important, urgent initiative and assist in addressing housing issues,” said Nicole Christensen, BendBroadband associate manager of field marketing.

As a part of the Central Oregon community for more than 60 years, BendBroadband takes a vested interest in the success of the communities we serve. Giving back is a core part of BendBroadband’s mission.

“Housing shortages are a critical issue facing Bend and communities across the country. We are proud to partner with the Bend Chamber of Commerce and do our part to help workers, employers, and the community thrive,” TDS Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs Andrew Petersen said.

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World Mental Health Day Spotlight: Rimrock Trails

World Mental Health Day Spotlight: Rimrock Trails

Sunday, Oct. 10, is World Mental Health Day, which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. In honor of the occasion, and to highlight resources available locally, BendBroadband is proud to spotlight Rimrock Trails. For more than 30 years, Rimrock Trails has provided… Continue Reading

Check out these great Central Oregon events this fall

BendBroadband is proud to support several outstanding local organizations and events this fall – and we hope you will too! We’re excited to be a part of these upcoming events in September and early October: Latino Fest. The Latino Community Association will hold this celebration of Latino American heritage from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.… Continue Reading

BendBroadband Sponsors High Desert Mural Festival

BendBroadband Sponsors High Desert Mural Festival

BendBroadband was proud to sponsor the High Desert Mural Festival’s Equality & Justice Mini-Mural Festival over the weekend of Aug. 6-8. HDMF is a nonprofit organization working to enhance the public arts culture of Central Oregon. As part of its efforts, the group facilitates murals and works with schools to foster local visual arts education.… Continue Reading

BendBroadband donates $15,000 to Latino Community Association for laptops

Congratulations to the Latino Community Association in Central Oregon as the 2021 recipients of $15,000 in grant money from the TDS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion STEM Community Fund. TDS is the parent company of BendBroadband. Latino Community Association (LCA) LCA will be awarded $15,000 to purchase 25 laptops, which will go directly to families in… Continue Reading

Simple steps to stay safe during extreme heat conditions

Health officials are recommending people prevent heat-related illnesses that can lead to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. “People may not realize that heat-related illnesses can be deadly,” said Tom Jeanne, MD, deputy state health officer at the Oregon Health Authority Public Health Division. “Extreme heat conditions pose a higher risk for children, people 65 and… Continue Reading

Ways to celebrate Pride Month this June

Ways to celebrate Pride Month this June

June is Pride Month, a vibrant, rainbow-filled recognition of the LGBTQ community. While it is traditionally marked by parades, jam-packed rallies, and marches, Pride is looking different due to the pandemic. Sadly, the High Desert Pride 2021 festival has been postponed. However, Out Central Oregon will promote several smaller events including Cult of Tuck Drag… Continue Reading