Press Release  
 
 
     
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    
  March 28, 2017  
     
  MEREDA's 2017 Annual Real Estate Spring Conference is May 18th
"YIMBY"ism: YES in my Backyard - Why Development is Good
 
     
  This event will offer a big picture perspective of how development is good for our future, and the rationale around smart growth development.  MEREDA is pleased to welcome Jesse Kanson-Benanav - a Boston-area pioneer in the YIMBY movement who has been instrumental as a leader on the frontlines of this potential sea change in the conversation about development—for a discussion about its present status and implications for the future.  His perspective will be augmented by a panel of local professionals who will anchor this national trend in local context. 

Attendees can expect to gain insight into the near future of community conversations about development, learn how to get more people to think more globally about development, and what it means for the real estate industry more broadly.

Attendees will learn about some of the roadblocks and some of the successful strategies to navigate the land use and zoning regulations to successfully get to a “YIMBY”. Some of those strategies include understanding the interplay between a city’s comprehensive plan and zoning codes, and which land use tools are also legal implements for a successful project review. 

MEREDA will also recognize the Top Notable Projects for 2016 and will unveil the newest "MEREDA Index" number.  This metric measures the pulse of the state’s commercial real estate industry, including sale and lease activity, construction starts and other data, aggregated into one figure as an indicator of this important sector of Maine’s economy.

Join us on May 18th at the DoubleTree by Hilton in South Portland, beginning at 12 noon, for what is sure to be an eye-opening and informational event!  Registration and additional details are available at MEREDA.org. The early bird deadline ends May 11.

 
     
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