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U.S. Bank in Portland Donates Former Branch Space to Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Through Lease Date of July 2005

PORTLAND, Ore., Sep 9, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB)

U.S. Bank has donated space at 12th and Morrison in Portland to the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber (Hispanic Chamber) for two years, the duration of its lease, which expires in July 2005. A ribbon cutting will be held today (Tuesday, Sept. 9) at 2 p.m. at the 1220 S.W. Morrison location.

The ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration mark the kick-off day for the chamber's Hispanic Heritage Month festivities. Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 through October 15. U.S. Bank is a proud sponsor of Hispanic Heritage Month festivities in Portland and nationwide.

"We're always looking for opportunities to truly give where it's needed, and this opportunity was a perfect match," said Tina Foster, region manger for U.S. Bank Metropolitan Banking in Portland. "The chamber was looking for new office space so we thought there was no better way to support their efforts than to help them meet that need free of charge."

"The Hispanic Chamber is very grateful to U.S. Bank for their support of the Hispanic Chamber's efforts to assist Latino businesses in our region to create more jobs, and help stabilize our local economy. This space from U.S. Bank will allow the Hispanic Chamber to serve Latino businesses on a walk-in basis, allow us to conduct computer training, conduct classes and house our staff in one central location," said Gale Castillo, executive director of the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber.

U.S. Bank is a national leader in providing financial services to Hispanics. It was among the first financial institutions in America to accept the Matricula Consular as a form of identification when opening an account. U.S. Bank locations have bilingual signage, brochures and other material to make the banking experience more inviting to customers who prefer to do business in Spanish. U.S. Bank also offers a Spanish language Web site at usbank.com/espanol with information on core banking products and services for individuals and businesses, complete with a branch locator that identifies where to find Spanish-speaking U.S. Bank tellers and bankers. U.S. Bank, Freddie Mac and DeOro Mortgage recently introduced a mortgage program tailored to the Hispanic family and U.S. Bank recently introduced two innovative money transfer services through U.S. Bank Secure Money Transfer.

The Hispanic Chamber is a local chapter of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber headquartered in Washington D.C. The local Hispanic Chamber has 460 members: Latino businesses, Latino community leaders and corporate representatives. The Hispanic Chamber conducts a variety of activities which include: advocacy, direct technical business services, referrals to other business services, networking sessions, business luncheons, trade shows, and scholarship awards. Last year, the Hispanic Chamber served over 100 local Latino owned businesses and awarded $80,250.00 in scholarships to Latino students throughout Oregon and S.W. Washington. The local Hispanic Chamber is the largest in the northwest.

U.S. Bancorp (NYSE:USB), with assets of $195 billion, is the 8th largest financial services holding company in the United States. The company operates 2,199 banking offices and 4,575 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking, brokerage, insurance, investment, mortgage, trust and payment services products to consumers, businesses and institutions. U.S. Bancorp is home of the Five Star Service Guarantee which assures customers of certain key banking benefits and services or customers will be paid for their inconvenience. U.S. Bancorp is the parent company of U.S. Bank. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.


CONTACT:          U.S. Bank Media Relations
                  Teri Charest, 612-303-0732
                  Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
                  Gale Castillo, 503-807-0101

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