Real Estate Conference Attendees Bring National Knowledge Back to Bend, Oregon

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Local real estate development professionals from Brooks Resources Corporation attend national conferences on new urbanism.

To have the chance to hear and see first-hand what other communities are doing with mixed-use development and place making helps strengthen our own plans and build out as we look at the sustainable future of Central Oregon.

Real estate professionals from Brooks Resources Corporation, one of the developers behind NorthWest Crossing, have attended several national conferences focused on planning and new urbanism. Knowledge gained from national and international experts at the conferences can be applied in Central Oregon to garner healthful, sustainable growth.

“It’s always important to look outside your own community for ideas and methods that have worked well in other places,” said Romy Mortensen, vice president of sales and marketing for Brooks Resources and board member for West Bend Property Company, the force behind NorthWest Crossing.

She continued, “The opportunity to network with other developers, planners, architects and designers is incredibly valuable. To have the chance to hear and see first-hand what other communities are doing with mixed-use development and place making helps strengthen our own plans and build out as we look at the sustainable future of Central Oregon.”

Over the past two months, representatives from Brooks Resources have attended the following conferences:

2013 Urban Land Institute Spring Meeting, attended by Dale Van Valkenburg, director of development

The Urban Land Institute provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. This conference facilitated an open exchange of ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers dedicated to creating better places.

2013 Congress for New Urbanism Conference, attended by Valerie Yost, marketing and communications manager

This conference is the leading venue for new urbanist networking, collaboration, and education. CNU members came from far and wide to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent innovative work, and advance new initiatives to transform communities.

2013 Urban Land Institute Place Making Conference, attended by Romy Mortensen, vice president of sales and marketing

Another important event put on by the Urban Land Institute, this conference focused on bringing experts together to discuss making mixed-use and transit-oriented development work. The conference sessions included practical examples of what is working in today’s economic climate, new research on demographic and financing trends, factors driving demand for new development, where and how new partners will be found and more.

About Brooks Resources Corporation

Brooks Resources Corporation, based in Bend, Oregon, is a real estate development company that delivers quality real estate products and services in Central Oregon. Offering a diverse choice of premier neighborhoods in Central Oregon, Brooks Resources Corporation is committed to the preservation of natural environment around home sites, positive growth of communities and an active relationship with the communities of Central Oregon.

Its current developments include North Rim on Awbrey Butte, IronHorse in Prineville, Yarrow in Madras and NorthWest Crossing (a joint venture with Tennant Family Limited Partnership). In addition it operates Mount Bachelor Village Resort, Botanical Developments and Brooks Resources Realty. For more information, visit

About NorthWest Crossing

NorthWest Crossing is a mixed-use community on Bend’s west side which has won several national awards for its green building practices, as well as being named one of the 50 Best Master Planned Communities in the United States in 2013 by Where to Retire Magazine. West Bend Property Company LLC, a partnership of Brooks Resources Corporation and Tennant Family Limited Partnership, is developing the community. Both companies, based in Bend, have solid histories of commitment to thoughtful, quality real estate developments in Central Oregon. Their goal of creating a livable and sustainable community at NorthWest Crossing is rooted in their understanding and respect for the true essence of Bend and the Central Oregon lifestyle.

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