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Government & Economic Affairs AM 5-8-19

  • May 08, 2019
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Adventist Health Pavillion, 10000 SE Main St.


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Our speaker Noel Johnson, will address the changing face of retail. Noel will discuss challenges developers and shopping center owners face with filling  grocery and other big box retail sites.  Is it simply a matter of the Amazon Effect? Or are there other factors at play as well.  With the ever increasing on line spending, are shopping centers and brick and mortar retail going the way of the dinosaur? Can all those retail assets be re-purposed with fitness centers and more small restaurant uses?   While Lloyd Center and Washington Square seem to continue to be successful,  is the traditional shopping center model outdated?

What role does government play in the challenging future of retail, considering paring restrictions and banning drive thru uses.  As a social issue,  if there are fewer retail trips by consumers,  is there an increase in isolationism with fewer human interactions? 

Noel Johnson has worked in commercial real estate since 2001 and brings experience in sourcing capitalizing and building innovative, institution-scale housing, office and retail developments. Raised in Minnesota, Noel met his wife Lauren at Williams College. The worked in San Francisco and Chile before returning to her home of Portland Oregon. Since then, Noel has focused on the Oregon and Washington markets and earned graduate degrees from both Portland state University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

During Noel’s tenure as Managing Director, Killian Pacific was recognized as 2015 Development Firm of the Year and won Office Development of the Year from the Portland Business Journal and NAIOP. In an article Nov. 16, 2016, the Portland Business Journal staff reporter Jon Bell wrote: “He helped Killian Pacific redefine the Central Eastside Industrial District with the Goat Blocks, Clay Creative and Viewpoint Construction projects. He also helped add new life to downtown Vancouver with Killian’s Hudson Building. Now, Noel Johnson has joined a team that’s remaking the sprawling concrete and asphalt expanses of the former Conway properties in Northwest Portland. As principal at Cairn Pacific, LLC, he shares the firm’s ethos of building quality, enduring projects that benefit both neighbors and investors.


Coffee and breakfast goodies sponsored by EPCC. Facility sponsored by Adventist Health.

Directions: This meeting is in the new part of the hospital called the PAVILION. We will be meeting on the Lower Level in the Columbia/Willamette Rooms. Go in the main entrance of the Adventist PAVILION, take the elevator or stairs to the lower level. A Chamber sign will be outside the door. Adventist Pavilion Hospital Map 2017.pdf

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