Bend 2030 becomes Envision Bend and plans to update community vision
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Nonprofit Bend 2030 has launched a new brand identity – “Envision Bend” – as it prepares to run a community-wide engagement project for update Bend’s community vision.
Founded in 2007, Bend 2030 was created to ensure that the ideas contained in Bend’s newly embraced community vision become a reality. Since then, the organization has worked to achieve this vision by supporting the actions of its community partners and by meeting some of the city’s greatest challenges.
“A lot has been accomplished, but also a lot has changed in the 15+ years since the adoption of the initial vision statement, including a number of daunting new issues,” said Laura Fritz, Executive Director from Envision Bend.
“Once again, it’s time for Bend to come together in a collaborative, inclusive and non-partisan way to plan our desired future for the next generation. We will be leading the way again by hosting a community conversation to imagine where we want our city to be in more than 20 years, ”she added.
Envision Bend invites and encourages all community members to make their voices heard to shape the future of our growing community. Starting in the fall, he will launch a large participatory vision project that will take around 15 months.
“As we move forward in this effort, we have decided to rebrand our organization to Envision Bend, which we believe reflects changing times and the optimistic future we know is possible,” said Fritz. “And we’ve created a new logo that incorporates the iconic Pilot Butte, which has served as a landmark, beacon and direction for generations. It’s a role we hope Envision Bend can fulfill as well.
Over the past few years, the organization has led several major community initiatives, including:
- a civic equity project that helped local nonprofits better support underserved communities;
- the Move Bend program, which brought together more than 30 local organizations in a coalition supporting improvements to Bend’s transportation system;
- a housing task force that created a diverse steering committee and made recommendations to the City on how to improve mid-market housing; and,
- a series of charter review forums that provided broad community input that led to the creation of an elected mayor for the city.