Business, Real Estate Representatives Invited to Meeting for Future OSU-Cascades Innovation District


Oregon State University – Cascades will host a meeting February 4 for business and real estate leaders to discuss plans for an innovation district on the Bend campus.

The session, called a “market sounding,” will take place from 1-4pm in Edward J. Ray Hall on the OSU-Cascades campus and also be presented virtually. The session is free, but registration is required.

The concept of a 24-acre innovation district was approved by the city of Bend as part of the campus planning effort in 2018. The first phase of the district will encompass eight acres.

The district will bring university researchers and businesses together to accelerate the creation of technology, provide hands-on opportunities to enhance students’ career-readiness and contribute to the region’s economy and workforce.

The innovation district will be located in the northeast corner of the 128-acre university campus and include academic space, light industrial space, office space, restaurants and retail stores, event and performing arts spaces, and housing and outdoor gathering areas.

During the meeting, participants will hear how university innovation districts have contributed to local economies in other communities around the country. They will also learn about opportunities to develop real estate or locate a business within the OSU-Cascades Innovation District. Presenters include representatives from OSU-Cascades, the Bend Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development for Central Oregon and Fratzke Commercial Real Estate Developers.

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What: Meeting about the future OSU-Cascades Innovation District
Who: For business and real estate leaders interested in learning about development plans
When: 1-4pm on February 4
Where: Edward Ray Hall on the OSU-Cascades campus on Chandler Avenue in Bend
Info: Free, but registration required at or email


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