Redmond is a family-friendly town in the heart of Central Oregon which has made it one of the fastest growing cities in Oregon. Redmond hosts the region's only commercial airport as well as the Northwest's world-class Deschutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. Its convenient location places Redmond amongst some of the greatest golf courses in the world, internationally renowned rock climbing, spectacular snow-capped mountains and adored fishing and hunting spots. Redmond's historic downtown area attracts visitors to its summer marketplace and antique shops. The small town atmosphere and friendly people, combined with the sunny skies and high desert recreation, brand Redmond as a great place to visit and a wonderful place to live. Redmond is also home to more than 1000 Commemorative Flags. The flags are displayed along the sidewalks of Redmond every Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Fair Parade, Labor Day, 911 and Veteran's Day.
From an economic development standpoint, one of the defining attributes of Redmond is its pro-business, solutions-driven approach to business development. For example, it has one of Oregon's most active and successful rural Enterprise Zones, which offer qualifying businesses 100% property tax exemptions on certain capital investments. In the past decade 52 projects (companies) have applied for and received this incentive, which has generated 1,038 new jobs. As part of the Redmond Enterprise Zone, the City also offers many local enticements including reduction of sewer and water rates, reduced System Development Charges (SDCs), and reduced or waived permit fees. Affordable industrial land is available from both private and public sector, which have combined to develop many new industrial/business parks in Redmond. New large-scale projects are emerging at 300+ acres adjacent the Redmond Airport (a corporate park, specializing in green technology tenants, with executive golf course) and 900 acre development south of the Fairgrounds and Expo Center for large industrial users and those companies needing access to the Class I railroad mainline that borders this property.