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PSU Center for Real Estate to Discuss Future of Portland's Skyline at Conference Tomorrow Morning
Author: Erin Malecha Arias (503-725-8794) Office of Marketing and Communications
Posted: May 30, 2006
Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate hosts its first annual real estate conference, “The National Economy and Portland’s Future Skyline,” tomorrow at the Multnomah Athletic Club, 1849 SW Salmon St., Portland, 7:30 – 10 a.m. The conference is sold out with over 400 people expected to attend.


The conference will examine how Portland skyline, significantly different from that of 20 years ago, will continue to develop over the next decade, as well as the driving forces, both locally and nationally, behind its continued evolution. What impact will Portland's "creative class" have on real estate development? Will the real estate bubble pop or maintain status quo? Will the urban condo market continue its growth into the foreseeable future? These and other pressing issues surrounding the future of real estate in this region will be discussed. Gerard Mildner, Portland State professor and director of the Center for Real Estate, will moderate the event.

Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist for Wells Fargo, is the keynote speaker and will discuss how business leaders should respond to recent changes in Wall Street and the global economy. Following the keynote, a panel of local and regional leaders in the real estate business will discuss the future of Portland’s skyline:

* Joe Cortright, vice president and economist for Impresa and Portland’s leading analyst of economic and demographic trends

* Mark Edlen, of Gerding/Edlen Development Company LLC and one of Portland’s most innovative urban real estate developers

* Stephen Van Dusen, managing director of Eastdil Secured, one of the west coast’s premier real estate investment banking firms.

Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate is a joint program of the School of Business Administration, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning and the real estate community, which includes a broad interdisciplinary set of academic programs that acts to educate future real estate professionals in finance, development planning, economic analysis, market analysis and appraisal. The Center strives to provide the real estate industry with talented and well-prepared graduates seeking careers in real estate; foster innovation and creative development that enriches Portland’s reputation as an urban model; and provide industry professionals with access to professional development and scholarly resources. For more information about Portland State University’s Center for Real Estate please visit www.realestate.pdx.edu.

For more information on the real estate conference or the Center, please contact Julie Staker, assistant director, stakerj@pdx.edu or 503-725-3721.

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Source: Trina Robertson (503-725-3758)
School of Business Administration

For Immediate Release (#06-085)