The possibility of Nike placing its campus expansion in Portland's South Waterfront may be dead, but the non-disclosure agreements city officials signed with the sports apparel giant are very much alive.
Those agreements cover any incentive offers Portland Development Commission made Nike, as well as full details of the campus proposals the company showed city officials. City Hall sources tell WW Nike lobbyist Julia Brim-Edwards visited City Commissioners earlier this month to show them drawings of a campus that included paths on the Riverfront Esplanade and a soccer field.
Nike announced Thursday afternoon it has chosen to place its "Project Impact" expansion in Washington County instead of Portland.
Mayor Charlie Hales' office said this morning that it has asked the City Attorney's Office whether Portland was still bound by the non-disclosure agreement.
"I asked him, 'Are we still under it?' and he said yes," says Hales' spokesman Dana Haynes.
Haynes says the silence will continue "until such time as Nike says, 'It's all water under the bridge.' That could be next week, could be next year, could be never."