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If you were unable to find a politico or business type in Prince George's earlier this week, you weren't alone.

They were likely in Las Vegas, taking part in the dating game that is the International Council of Shopping Centers' annual convention. Jurisdictions try to woo retailers, and cocktail parties and receptions facilitate introductions.

This year, there was plenty of pitching and wooing, and all the major developers doing business in Prince George's were represented. Among them were Kingdon and Caleb Gould, scions of the development family that is building Konterra, a 2,200-acre, $3 billion development planned for Laurel that will include single-family houses, townhouses, condominiums, hotels, a business park and retail space. Such Washington development moguls as Herb Miller, Doug Jemal, Jim Abdo and Victor MacFarlane were spotted.

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson brought staff, as did D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty.

But the entourages were smaller this year, said observers, who suggested the economic downturn was making the courtships tougher.

Speaking from Vegas, Johnson said discussions were going well, and he said he was hard at work on a large deal he was not ready to describe.

"There's one big big big deal we've worked on. We're very pleased about where we are," he said, indicating that it required input from state leaders. "No question about it, stay tuned. This is just as big as National Harbor."

-- Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Huslin

By Anne Bartlett  |  May 21, 2008; 2:38 PM ET
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My question is did JJ fly first class to Vegas? Because that is of course how we residents feel he should always travel.

Posted by: AlwaysWatching | May 28, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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