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Duke Realty taps Josh Budish to head Twin Cities leasing

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Former Liberty Property Trust director of leasing Josh Budish has moved to the Minneapolis office of Duke Realty, where he will be in charge of leasing for its entire 4.4 million-square-foot portfolio, the company announced Thursday.

Budish will also be tasked with ferreting out new development and investment opportunities for the firm, Duke Realty Midwest Senior Vice President Steve Schnur said.

“We are pleased to add an experienced and well-known commercial real estate professional to our team,” he said. “Josh has a proven record of success in leasing, acquisitions and development in Minneapolis and has built many strong relationships with tenants, brokers and others in the industry.”

Duke, headquartered in Indianapolis, is best known in the Twin Cities for owning and managing the Shops at West End, a 381,922-square foot retail lifestyle center in St. Louis Park.

It also controls 130 acres of strategic sites around the Twin Cities metro area targeted for future development.

Budish, a University of Wisconsin graduate, started in the commercial real estate industry at CBRE in Minneapolis in 2002, later moving to Liberty in 2004.