• Bend’s Ascent Architecture & Interiors is one of six finalists in the Charrette Venture Group’s national Architecture Business Plan Competition. Ascent will present its full business plan to the competition jury before the American Institute of Architects national convention in Chicago in June.

• The Central Oregon Food Policy Council has changed its name to High Desert Food and Farm Alliance. As part of its rebranding effort, the nonprofit also changed its logo and launched a new website: www.hdffa.org.

• The Central Oregon Visitors Association earned a 2014 MAGGIE Award for its 2013 Official Visitors Guide. The award is presented each year by Western Publishing Association. COVA is a nonprofit tourism destination marketing association.

• The Central Oregon Chapter of the Oregon Employer Council was named Metro Council of the Year at the employer council’s annual state conference for business on May 5. The Oregon Employer Council is a private nonprofit organization comprised of 20 local chapters statewide that works with the Oregon Employment Department to advocate for employers on workforce issues.

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