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May 5, 2002

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Portland, Oregon, has been named AmericaÕs best place to live, the most romantic spot in the world, best place to vacation, one of the nationÕs top retirement spots, and one of its ÒhippestÓ cities.

Look behind the curtain of PortlandÕs success and youÕll find the Portland Development Commission pulling the strings. It is a 45-year- old public agency with enormous reach in planning and developing in Portland.

Bruce Allen is with the Portland Development Commission, one of the nationÕs premier public development organizations with more than 20 urban renewal plans to its credit.

The Cordish Company of Baltimore is a real estate development firm that takes pride in completing what the company calls ÒchallengingÓ projects. That often means mixed-used entertainment projects and specialty retail centers in urban areas. Many of them are rescues of failed and underperforming city projects. They include Charleston Place in Charleston, South Carolina, Bayou Place in Houston, the Power Plant in Baltimore, and currently, the Galleria in Louisville.

Blake Cordish is vice president of development for the company his father founded.

Many of the Cordish Company projects involve public/private partnerships and are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. The company claims that few of its competitors can match its experience and expertise in revitalizing projects that were considered troubled or impossible to develop.

ThatÕs a credible claim, given the companyÕs unprecedented four Urban Land Institute Awards of Excellence.

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