Accelerating Change: Bend, Oregon, Explores New Ways to Advance Its Community's Vision

PAS Memo — March-April 2013

By Carol Curtis, Ruth Williamson


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During the 1990s and 2000s, community visioning established itself as a significant tool in the planner's tool kit that could provide a broader context for the deliberations of local planners and decision makers — and help communities develop a shared sense of direction and strategies for desired community change. Still, in order to demonstrate its ongoing utility and value, the visioning process has had to find new, more sophisticated, cost-effective, and tech-savvy ways to help local communities navigate a maze of fast-breaking societal trends and issues and to deliver strategies for change that can be implemented in the real world.

This PAS Memo tells the story of how, through the "Accelerate Bend" process, Bend 2030 — the community's established visioning initiative now entering its eighth year of activity — is working hard to ensure that Bend's long-range vision does not languish on a shelf somewhere, but rather continues to evolve, moving the city forward on a path toward its long-term civic goals.


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March 1, 2013
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About the Authors

Carol Curtis

Ruth Williamson