New project in the works for the Bend Central District

New project in the works for the Bend Central District

A few weeks ago, we interviewed our Director of Planning, Dale Van Valkenburg, about the Bend Central District (BCD) and some of its potential opportunities and challenges as Bend continues to grow. Brooks Resources has a new project in the design phase for the BCD that is pioneering in its vision – meeting some of the city’s new zoning for the area, including more residential uses. more >

Calling all photographers! Submit your best photo for our 2022 wall calendar

Calling all photographers! Submit your best photo for our 2022 wall calendar

The forty-year-long annual tradition of the Brooks Resources wall calendar continues – with a twist. We are issuing our first-ever photo contest to find the perfect image to grace the walls of Central Oregon homes and businesses in the coming year. In the past, we have featured a commissioned regional scene by a professional photographer from the area on the calendar. This year, we are asking for your… more >

Our list of top things to do in fall in Central Oregon

Our list of top things to do in fall in Central Oregon

How much do we love these (mostly) sunny days and crisp, cool nights in Central Oregon? Autumn is a favorite for many, as we transition between two of our top outdoor recreational seasons in the region and into what some call the “shoulder” season. Not to worry, there’s still plenty of fun to be had around here! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite fall activities for you here:  Hit the trails: Okay, we know,… more >

Celebrate National Dog Day in Bend, Oregon

Celebrate National Dog Day in Bend, Oregon

It’s National Dog Day! Originally created to bring attention to the plight of animals around the globe and encourage adoption, the day has become a time to celebrate dogs and dog ownership. And, if you didn’t already know, we love our pups in Central Oregon. While there are many great ways to celebrate your best fur friend here in the High Desert, we’ve rounded up a couple of our favorite dog activities and… more >

New COVID-related office protocols and policies

New COVID-related office protocols and policies

In order to help reduce the ongoing spread of COVID-19, and comply with new statewide mandates for public indoor settings, Brooks Resources has implemented new office protocols for staff and visitors. Private businesses are considered public places.  Employees:  To keep everyone safe, our employees will be wearing masks in the common areas of the building (outside of their offices) regardless of vaccination status, and also wearing masks when more than one person is in the same… more >

Community Spotlight: BendFilm

Community Spotlight: BendFilm

Brooks Resources has been a long-time supporter of BendFilm, ever since the organization was founded back in 2004. Beyond its annual independent festival, which takes over downtown Bend and beyond for a few days each October, BendFilm is an active and vibrant part of the cultural fabric of Central Oregon. We believe that a culturally rich community is a healthy one, which is one of the reasons that Brooks Resources and the Bend… more >

Community Spotlight: Central Oregon Builders Association

Community Spotlight: Central Oregon Builders Association

Earlier this month, a Central Oregon tradition returned: the annual COBA Tour of Homes. Put on each year by the Central Oregon Builders Association it was, the two-weekend-long Tour had a mix of in-person and virtual tours to showcase some of Central Oregon’s finest homes in a variety of price categories. Our new community of Discovery West had a home on the… more >

Join us in welcoming Erica Hollern Kelly to our Board

Join us in welcoming Erica Hollern Kelly to our Board

We are pleased to announce that Erica Hollern Kelly has joined our board of directors at Brooks Resources Corporation. See the complete news release below.  Brooks Resources Adds Erica Hollern Kelly to its Board of Directors New board member for the Bend, Oregon real estate development company is first woman to be elected to the board of directors  23 June 2021 – Bend, Oregon – Brooks Resources Corporation today announced that Erica Hollern… more >

Top 10 Things to Do In Bend, Oregon in the Summer

Top 10 Things to Do In Bend, Oregon in the Summer

While it took its sweet time in coming to visit us, it appears that summer has arrived in Bend, Oregon. With our hot, sunny Central Oregon summers, a whole host of new possibilities open up for outdoor activities. Snow has melted in the Cascades, and that means new areas are now open for recreational use. While there is fun to be had year-round in Central Oregon, there’s something special about the long days of summer. What are some… more >

Bend Central District – Q&A with Brooks Resources’ Dale Van Valkenburg

Bend Central District – Q&A with Brooks Resources’ Dale Van Valkenburg

Bend, Oregon is growing – and fast. This means that we need careful planning, forward-looking infrastructure and optimization of land use to accommodate our changing landscape and population. One area that has been “central” to these discussions about the city’s future is the Bend Central District (BCD). The BCD runs roughly from NE Penn and 2nd street south to the 3rd street underpass, on the west side of Highway 97. It is truly in the heart of… more >

Updated COVID-19 Policies

Updated COVID-19 Policies

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, some of our staff continues to work remotely throughout much of the week. If you need to meet with one of our staff members in person, we encourage you to call or email in advance to schedule a time. For the health and safety of our team and guests, masks are required to enter our office building. Upon providing proof of full vaccination, visitors may remove their masks in our building. Unvaccinated guests… more >

Community spotlight: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Community spotlight: National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mental health concerns have increased substantially over the course of the last several months, as the pandemic drastically changed lives around the world. Increases in depression and anxiety are hovering in the double digits and the full impacts of the crisis are probably yet to been seen. In light of these events, it is even more critical to support services that help people and their loved ones through mental illness. In Central Oregon, we have a great resource in… more >

Community Organization Profile: Environmental Center

Community Organization Profile: Environmental Center

It’s Earth Month, so what better time to spotlight a champion for sustainability in Central Oregon – The Environmental Center. An integral part of our community for the past three decades, The Environmental Center has worked hard to bring education about key environmental issues, as well as provide opportunities for people to engage and take action. Along with many other ongoing programs, the organization is providing… more >

Top 10 Things to Do In Central Oregon in the Springtime

Top 10 Things to Do In Central Oregon in the Springtime

Spring can be a tricky season here in Central Oregon as just when the flowers start to bloom and the weather warms, we can easily get hit with another snowstorm. However, the promise of longer days and sunnier skies is in the air. That gets us thinking about the very best Bend, Oregon springtime activities that you don’t want to miss out on.  Trails, trails, trails: It’s no secret that we have a multitude of… more >

Bend Foundation Donates $400,000 to Local Organizations

Bend Foundation Donates $400,000 to Local Organizations

We are pleased to announce that the Bend Foundation has donated $400,000 to various causes in the Central Oregon region. Please see below for the full press release about the grants. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Bend Foundation Donates $400,000 to Local Organizations Central Oregon philanthropic organization donates $200,000 to Bend-Redmond Habitat for Humanity and $200,000 to other organizations aiding in COVID-19 recovery and resilienc Bend, Oregon – 08 March 2021 –… more >

Welcome Chrissy Christoferson to the Brooks Resources Team

Welcome Chrissy Christoferson to the Brooks Resources Team

Join us in welcoming Chrissy Christoferson to our team at Brooks Resources! She will be heading up our new property management division, Heartwood Commercial Management. Below is the full press release. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Brooks Resources hires Chrissy Christoferson to head newly formed property management division Heartwood Commercial Management is newest venture for the established Bend, Oregon real estate development company Bend, Oregon – 04 March 2021 – Brooks… more >

Employee Spotlight: Dale Van Valkenburg

Employee Spotlight: Dale Van Valkenburg

Each month, we have the pleasure of getting to know one of our Brooks Resources team members just a little better. This February, we asked Dale Van Valkenburg a few questions about his work as Director of Planning & Development, and what he likes to do when he’s not crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s for various projects. What’s a typical “day in the life” in your role with Brooks Resources?… more >

Brooks Resources’ Kirk Schueler on Bend, Oregon in 2021

Brooks Resources’ Kirk Schueler on Bend, Oregon in 2021

We sat down with Brooks Resources president & CEO Kirk Schueler to talk about what’s going on in Bend, Oregon from a growth, infrastructure, business and housing perspective. With nearly 30 years in the region, his view is that these critical issues, while disrupted a bit by COVID-19, will eventually balance out as they always have done.  How is the growth we are experiencing now different than before?There have historically been periods… more >

Serving Central Oregon: Bethlehem Inn

Serving Central Oregon: Bethlehem Inn

Nonprofit organizations in our community are working overtime during this time of crisis, and we are proud to support many different causes in Central Oregon including The Bethlehem Inn. Homelessness is on the rise locally and nationwide, and many of these people are particularly vulnerable when it comes to health concerns surrounding the pandemic. The Bethlehem Inn, which provides shelter and meals for this population, is taking care when it comes to COVID-19 safety. The Bethlehem… more >

Employee Spotlight: Romy Mortensen

Employee Spotlight: Romy Mortensen

We are kicking off the New Year with an employee interview featuring Romy Mortensen, Brooks Resources Corporation Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Romy has held many roles with the company over the past 30 (!) years, starting as an administrative assistant to the General Manager at our former resort property, Mount Bachelor Village Resort.  She took a short hiatus, around 1993 to work with an advertising agency (and Brooks Resources was its client at the time). … more >