Bend keeps attracting business

Businesses are still moving to Bend, despite the prolonged downturn.

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The downturn hasn’t stopped companies from moving to Bend and other parts of Oregon.

The arrival of new businesses upholds a longterm trend of people and companies moving to Oregon. The migration has continued through many downturns, including the present one.

Over the last 50 years, the number of people moving to Oregon has outpaced the number moving out in all but three years: 1982, 1983 and 1986, a period during one of the worst recessions in state history. The migration to Oregon has continued at varying levels through lesser economic downturns since 1960, at least from a statewide perspective, according to figures from the Population Research Center at Portland State University. Migration to Central Oregon, however, has slowed, and recent estimates suggest more people may be leaving Crook, Deschutes and Jefferson counties than are moving in.

Not all those who move to the state start businesses or bring their companies with them, but the migration has always included a brand of entrepreneur like [Andrea Perkins of Katnip Tree Co].

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