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Southern Oregon Timber Town Sold, Resort Planned

How does a sleepy little timber town in Southern Oregon become a possible Shangri-La for the future? Welcome to Tiller, where the Caswell family, owners of the town, recently sold it for somewhere in the $3.8 million range.

The new owners hope to create a tree-laden river resort open to the public in the verdant, remote and mostly unoccupied setting on the South Umpqua River, about 225 miles south of Portland. The undisclosed buyers say they have no interest in logging, growing or selling cannabis, or operating a rehab center or nudist colony.

They envision a Shangri-La-like setting, where the forests will be maintained, people will be hired, local products will be sold, and forward-thinking experts will work on crucial social issues such as creating “healthy homes” and relying on biofuel public transportation… while vacationers hike trails and ride ziplines over the water.

Richard Caswell says, “What happens to Tiller is going to be determined by the imagination of the buyers and the limitations of the bankroll.”

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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