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News of Portland in brief.

COMMUNITY

Portland groups a model

A delegation from New Orleans is visiting Portland to study the city's neighborhood and community-based organizations.

The delegation's goal is to learn whether Portland's nationally recognized citizens' involvement and redevelopment programs can be duplicated in New Orleans to help the city recover from Hurricane Katrina, said Susan Laarman, the communications director for Mercy Corps, the locally based international relief agency that arranged the visit.

The six-member New Orleans delegation includes representatives from citizen and development organizations. They have met with community leaders, including Portland Family of Funds board chairman Carl Talton, and toured the nonprofit ReBuilding Center, 3625 N. Mississippi Ave., to learn about recycling building materials.

'There are a lot of houses in New Orleans that need to be torn down, but you'd be surprised at the amount of reusable material that can be recovered from even the worst of them,' Laarman said.

BUSINESS

Niketown to move

After 16 years, Nike will move its original Niketown store at Southwest Sixth Avenue and Salmon Street to a new downtown location within the next year and a half.

Company spokesman Bob Applegate said Nike believes the design of the current building is out-of-date and cannot be remodeled to meet current consumer demands.