This is Mike Hollern's description of the type of people Bend needs to attract, "they're creating the jobs of the future. And we need to keep attracting them here."
Oh, and "weird tattoos." (Also, I assume, in weird places.)
I assume these are real jobs for real people. (Inside joke.) He's got a way with words.
I buy that these two guys, Hollern and Bill Smith have "played" ... "the most instrumental roles in transforming Bend from an isolated mill town"..."to a world class tourism" area.
What's not asked in the article in the Bulletin, "Planning for Big Growth in Bend," is whether this is a good thing.
250, 000 people?
It seems to be taken for granted that this is what we all want.
Still, I can't argue with the idea of a decent 4 year college. A more educated populace would be great.
I always go back to the type of jobs we're likely to produce around here -- service and tourism and retirement jobs. Leavened by medical and educational?
If we're lucky, maybe we can create a high-tech center.
But, really, the only way I can envision a 250K town is to have a core of wealthy and/or retired folk, surrounded by a bunch of minimum wage service workers. A gated town, if you will.
Like I said, is this what we want?
To be fair, I'm not sure what the alternative is.
4 days ago