The Deschutes County
region encompasses dramatic snow capped mountain ranges, farmlands, and high desert plateau. Equally diverse are business opportunities here with a mix of well-established manufacturers, an expanding high technology sector, world-class tourist destinations and some of the nation’s fastest growing communities, including the city of Bend. Gracing the banks of the Deschutes River, Bend was originally a small mill town, but has emerged into a full service city and Oregon’s fastest growing high technology area.
The Primary Industries in Deschutes County:
Health & Social Assistance
Professional, Scientific & Technical
Wood Product Manufacturing
Recreational & Transportation Equipment
Distribution & Warehousing
Computer & Electronic Manufacturing
In the early 1980’s the county hit an economic low point with nearly a quarter of the workforce unemployed. About this time community leaders pursued tourism development as an additional leg to its economic foundation and as a tool for broader diversification efforts. Success of this strategy has been felt through the 1990's as the community attracted new investment in nearly all sectors. A “critical mass” of quality amenities for both residents and visitors has also built an industry presence in computer software and hardware, medical equipment, aerospace, and recreation equipment manufacturing.
Below is a list of local organizations that offer assistance to businesses looking to expand or relocate in Deschutes County.
Economic Development for Central Oregon
541-388-3236 or 800-342-4135
The Center for Business and Industry
Oregon Economic and Community Development Department