EDCO hires venture manager

Economic Development for Central Oregon announced on Thursday the hiring of entrepreneur Jim Boeddeker as the agency’s new venture catalyst manager.

The position was created in 2010 to increase entrepreneurship in Central Oregon, according to the news release.

Jim Coonan, who held the position since March 2011, is returning to his full-time residence in Portland, said EDCO Marketing Manager Ruth Lindley. Over the years, she said, he has been commuting to Bend.

Coonan helped increase the funding and number of participants at the annual Bend Venture Conference, as well as launch Cascade Angels, a regional year-round investment fund, the release states.

Boeddeker will start Dec. 23, Lindley said. Boeddeker co-founded local business accelerator FoundersPad and currently serves as the chairman of the Tech Alliance, which puts on Bend’s Startup Weekend.

Old Mill receives green award

The Old Mill District and its developer, Bill Smith of William Smith Properties, have received a conservation award for restoration work on the banks of the Deschutes River.

East Cascades Audubon Society, a nonprofit that helps promote and protect local bird populations, presented the award earlier this month. This is the first time the nonprofit has honored a Central Oregon business, according to a news release issued Wednesday.

Smith, a recreational birder, led efforts to create protective habitats for native species. The Old Mill District partnered with the Audubon Society to create trails along the river, develop birding lists, secure binoculars for public use and coordinate bird walks along the property.

— Bulletin staff reports