SAN FRANCISCO-No place in the US is exempt from the economic woes gripping the nation, but this city is uniquely positioned to weather the storm, according to speakers at the third annual RealShare San Francisco commercial real estate conference and networking event. A combination of the city’s geography, its economy and other factors have enabled it to thus far “dodge the bullet,” noted one speaker at the conference, although it remains to be seen how the city and environs will fare as the continuing credit crunch plays out.

The city’s combination of strong technology and tourism sectors will ensure that San Francisco will continue to be an attractive place to live and to do business, the speakers pointed out, meaning that the Bay Area is uniquely positioned to recover from the economic downturn faster than other parts of the country. San Francisco “has really dodged the bullet so far in terms of the housing market-driven downturn in the rest of the state,” said Ted Egan, a chief economist with the City and County of San Francisco, who pointed out that some economic indicators–such as unemployment–have nonetheless showed signs of weakening lately.

Presentations by Egan and Michael Cohen, director of the San Francisco Office of Economic and Work Force Development, kicked off the RealShare conference, which included presentations and panels on the full spectrum of commercial real estate concerns−from brokerage and development to financing and the outlook for investments in all property sectors. The RealShare event drew nearly 300 registrants to the venue at the Hyatt Regency. Daniel Ceniceros, vice president of regional publications for Incisive Media, tells that attendance was up this yearcontinuing the trend of higher attendance at all RealShare events in 2008.

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