Welcome to the Bend Livability Project.

Educate. Empower. Engage.


Bend Livability Project

The Bend Livability Project is an ongoing civic engagement initiative designed to educate, empower and engage the Bend community to harness and shape the dramatic growth we will experience in the coming years through innovative strategies. With 30,000 more residents expected to live here by 2030, so much of our next chapter is unscripted—it’s up to us to define it together.

Partly a celebration of our character and partly a massive townhall meeting, the Project held a major conference over the June 2-5 weekend in 2016 to drive diverse populations in Bend to learn about and participate in shaping Bend’s future through four days of lectures, panels, workshops, films, parties, public art projects, walking tours and events. Bendites of all ages and backgrounds made a personal commitment to ensuring the future livability of Bend and are now plugging their energy directly into projects that will transform their hopes for the future into reality.

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Project Goals


community_learning2Teach residents about the livability issues most affecting the future of our city and the opportunities and challenges they present.



voting-hand.JPepperShow Bendites what role and authority they have in proactively and constructively shaping our future.



community_learningPlug residents into new and existing projects and innovative strategy building-groups so they may directly influence outcomes for our city.


Thank you to Bend Livability Project title sponsors Hayden Homes and the Bend Tech Ecosystem!