Crowdsourcing (Cs)

We're engaging the 'Crowd' - the community members we serve - who have lots of important things to say!

We view Crowdsourcing (Cs) as an innovative method to leverage the reach of the internet, through which we invite the public to help resolve an issue, state their opinion, or help with a task. There is great power in numbers and we welcome ideas from any source!

In short, Community Solutions uses Cs to challenge the public to respond to prompts posted to our website. We're happy to take in as many great ideas in response to our prompts as we can handle.

Our current Crowdsourcing challenge:  River West and Century Center

River West neighborhood representatives and Century Center business owners are working together to resolve long-standing noise and complaint issues in the area. Through Cs, we’re asking area residents and businesses for their perspectives, opinions, and great ideas to be shared with this group and the City of Bend. Participating is easy; here's how...

The Process

Step 1. Read our Cs Rules below.

Step 2. Review the River West ~ Century Center Prompts that follow.

Step 3. Reference information is provided online. Examples include, but are not limited to the City of Bend Noise Ordinance, Central West Side Plan, and both the River West Neighborhood Association and Century Center websites. To access these sources of information, check out the ‘For Reference’ section below.

Step 4. Fill in our submission form on this page, then pick a Prompt and type in your input in the space provided; there is no word limit.

Step 5. Be sure to check your email inbox for our auto-generated message sent after your response. Doing so lets you know that we've confirmed receipt of your input! 

Our Rules

- You must complete each field of the submission form. Feel free to choose one or all three Prompts and submit. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted by our web-based system.

- Please tell us how you most identify yourself in relation to River West ~ Century Center. For example, 'I am a home and property owner along Commerce Street,' or 'I am an employee of a business within Century Center.' Doing so gives us context when reading your responses.

- We recommend you first write out your response(s) and save them in another file. Then, cut/paste into the appropriate Prompt response space before sending. Doing so saves your input for later reference.

- Multiple submissions to the same Prompt are allowed if you want to add relevant, follow-up information to your earlier response(s). We'd ask that you use the same email address when doing so, which makes it much easier to link your inputs.

* Problems or issues with our Submission response form? Send us an email at and we'll make every effort to assist.

Our Prompts

We intend to keep these prompts open for responses from the public throughout ongoing River West ~ Century Center group discussions. However, all Cs will be concluded at 12:00 midnight on Friday, October 13, 2017, allowing us time to consolidate all input, assess the results, inform River West ~ Century Center group participants, and share our final assessment with the City of Bend.

Prompt 1 - Bend Livability and You

What livability factors do you feel should be viewed as essential for a high quality of life? In Bend in general, and in Bend’s River West neighborhood specifically.

Tip: Check out the Bend Neighborhood Coalition website for thoughts on 'Keeping Bend Livable' - click here.

Livability is the sum of the factors that add up to a community's quality of life—including the built and natural environments, economic prosperity, social stability and equity, educational opportunity, and cultural, entertainment and recreation possibilities (Source:

See more information about Livability in the ‘For Reference’ section below.

Prompt 2 - The West Side and Change

Have recent changes occurred (within the past 15 years) in Bend’s West Side that have positively improved or negatively impacted your home or business experience? Please explain, from your perspective, what or who drove such change.

Tip: Check out Bend's Central West Side Plan website for projected changes in land use, transportation, and more - click here.

Change is to make the form, nature, content, or future course of something different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone; to make a difference in the state or condition of something or to substitute another state or condition in its place. (Source:

See more information about Change to Bend’s West Side in the ‘For Reference’ section below.

Prompt 3 - River West and Century Center Solutions

Can you offer solutions to help resolve the issues of noise and resulting complaints that are prevalent in Bend’s River West neighborhood in proximity to Century Center? Feel free to comment on solutions proposed thus far, or suggest a creative solution or two of your own for the group to consider.

Tip: Check out the most current 'Issues-Solutions' matrix developed by River West neighborhood and Century Center businesses - click here.

Solutions are answers that try and solve a question, issue, or problem. They can be either simple or complex and may require few or many resources to implement. Optimal solutions best fit a given situation, effectively and efficiently reaching the best result. (Source:

Look for more information in the near future about the issues and potential solutions being discussed between Bend’s River West neighborhood and Century Center businesses in the ‘For Reference’ section below.

For Reference

To see how ranks Bend, Oregon nationally, click here.

To see what Bend 2030 is doing with livability locally, click here.

To see Bend Neighborhood Coalition thoughts on livability and related issues, click here.

To see the City of Bend Central Westside Plan project and citizen involvement, click here.

To see the City of Bend Noise Ordinance, click here.

To see the Bend City Manager’s criteria for considering requests for a noise permit, click here.

To see the Bend River West neighborhood association current projects and issues, click here.

To see Bend’s Century Center businesses and calendar, click here.

To see more on GoodLife Brewing Company in Bend, click here.

To see more on Volcanic Theatre Pub in Bend, click here.

To see more about the Bend Radio Group, click here.

By Submission

We appreciate your opinion, ideas, and recommendations. Our team will review your input and ensure that River West and Century Center group participants know how you feel. By submission, you agree that we may share or include your input, in whole or in part, within the City of Bend or group participants. We handle and protect your personal information as confidential; at no time will your name, address or other personal information be disclosed.

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