There are a lot of good reasons for joining your local neighborhood association. Membership is free, requires no time commitment, and perhaps most importantly, we don't inundate you with emails.
The City of Bend has given CWNA and like Neighborhood Associations a seat at the table to represent the members in the planning process. Our goal is to increase representation for businesses within the Century West Boundaries. For example, if your business is located on Century Drive near OSU-Cascades, most likely, you're within our boundary.
In a recent meeting, Mayor Casey Roats told association leaders that Neighborhood Associations are critical to helping the city of Bend decide what belongs in a multi-million road bond package, reports the Bend Bulletin. “I need two good ideas out of this group that have been thoroughly vetted from the whole city,” Roats said. If you have ideas, plan to attend CWNA's annual meeting in October.
Whatever your reason for thinking about gaining CWNA membership, there are 3 main benefits that stand out:
1. Boost Your Businesses Visibility with CWNA
When you sign up for a Business Membership on our secure website, send an email to our membership chair, Steve Gatto will reach out and welcome you as well as answer any questions you may have. If you already have a Business Membership and would like to be interviewed, please contact us.
Our blogger, Tracy Pfiffner, will do a Q&A Interview style blog post solely focused on your business. The post will include links to your website and an agreed upon photo representing your business. CWNA will then share your business's blog post to its Facebook, Twitter, and Google + social media accounts. Could gaining a little extra exposure and creating interest with your customers be any easier?
2. Why Your Neighborhood Association Values Your Business Membership
Most Bend residents believe in buying goods and services from Bend businesses to support our local economy. If you run your own business or are an entrepreneur, then a membership is equally important. It is the perfect way to showcase your expertise and let people know that you’re an active participant in your respective neighborhood and community.
Perhaps you’d like to become a professional speaker or release a book? Or maybe you have an area of expertise or a lot of knowledge you'd like to pass onto other people. CWNA may be interested in having you speak at one of our board meetings.
3. CWNA Members Are Always Welcome to Attend Board Meetings
The City of Bend designates 13 neighborhoods across the city as Neighborhood Associations. We have bylaws and an annual budget for which we are held accountable. Our board positions are all served by volunteers who live within the Neighborhood Association’s Boundary.
CWNA is unique as we have further designations (called wards) within our boundaries that further defines our unique neighborhoods. Each neighborhood (or HOA) is allowed 1 to 2 volunteer representatives who also serve as board members.
While each Neighborhood Association operates individually, CWNA currently meets monthly between March and November. We hold our Annual Membership and Elections Meeting in October.
Contact us today to learn more about becoming a member (it's free!) of CWNA today.
Ready to sign up? Head over to our membership page, it only takes a couple of minutes to become an official member of CWNA!