BEND, OR – March 15, 2013 - Economic
Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is pleased to announce that they
have met the $350,000 goal in pledges for the Airline Travel Bank (ATB) by
today’s required deadline. Thus far, $81,000 has been collected in checks and
other payments. The pledge initiative is a key element in establishing direct service
between Redmond Airport (RDM) and Los Angeles Airport (LAX) by American
“This is great news,”
said Roger Lee, Executive Director of EDCO.
“It demonstrates to American Airlines that Central Oregon as a region is
highly supportive of the proposed service, especially given the small window to
make it happen.”
Lee went on to say that commitments
on the final day of the initiative pushed past the $350,000 goal, in part
because of a late groundswell of grassroots outreach and press coverage.
“I can’t express how
proud we are of how the Central Oregon region—our residents, businesses,
cities, counties, chambers of commerce, and visitors’ associations—responded to
this opportunity,” said Lee. “The
response should give American great confidence in the use of this flight if
In terms of the process to finalize the American Airlines service,
Lee noted that the next course of action for EDCO is to contact all those who
made a pledge and collect payments, either by credit card or check. Payments
must be received by Friday, March 22nd.
Service between RDM and LAX could start as soon as early summer on
a 50-seat commercial jet operated by SkyWest. The daily flight is proposed to leave
RDM in the morning and return from LAX in the evening. If Central Oregon’s support package is
accepted, American will make any announcements that include exact timing of
For those delivering checks:
EDCO’s Bend office is located
at 705 SW Bonnett Way, Suite #1000, Bend Oregon, 97702. The closest intersection to the office is
Columbia and Colorado (the former site of Robby J’s Bistro). Click here for a map to EDCO's office in Bend.
About Economic Development for Central Oregon
Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO) is a
private non-profit corporation founded over 30 years ago and dedicated to
building a vibrant and thriving regional economy by attracting new investment
and traded-sector jobs (manufacturing, professional, headquarters and high
technology businesses) through marketing, recruitment and substantive assistance
to existing companies.
---------------------------------------To fax a pledge commitment:
the one page form and return to EDCO via email at email@example.com or fax
to 541-385-9487. If you need questions answered as you
complete the pledge form, call EDCO at 541-388-3236.