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March 14, 2019 at 11:20 am · · Comments Off on Make Plans to Join MEREDA on April 10 to Learn About Portland’s Economic Growth in the East End Over the Last Ten Years

Make Plans to Join MEREDA on April 10 to Learn About Portland’s Economic Growth in the East End Over the Last Ten Years

Come learn about Portland’s economic growth in the East End over the last ten years, including the public-private sector partnerships which support it. In 2004, the Portland City Council approved a plan for the eastern waterfront of the city that proposed a new street grid, redevelopment of the old Portland Company site, and a mix of uses and buildings to integrate with the historic fabric of the area. Since that time, the City has completed new zoning for the area, and a new Comprehensive Plan that sets a framework for growth. Hear from City officials about how this work proceeded from planning, to action, to partnership, and how the City continues to work to manage the impacts of development through innovative strategies to manage mobility, parking and quality of life issues.

Make plans now to join MEREDA on April 10, 2019 from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Clarion Hotel in Portland.

About the Panelists:

Jeff Levine, AICP, has been involved with land use and economic development planning on the local and regional level for 20 years. In Portland, he has built a team that has led projects such as Portland’s Plan 2030; development of a form-based code for the India Street neighborhood; creation of an inclusionary housing ordinance and robust Housing Trust; and other changes to operations and local ordinances to promote a sustainable city. Before coming to Portland, he was the Director of Planning & Community Development for Brookline, MA, where he managed the completion of the town’s award-winning Comprehensive Plan and a public realm plan for the Route 9 corridor into Boston. Previously, he worked as the Director of Transportation & Long Range Planning for the City of Somerville, MA, and as a regional planner for the Cape Cod Commission. A New England native, he has been involved in a number of land use transformations, including the redevelopment of the Assembly Square district in Somerville; planning for the introduction of a new light rail transit line in Somerville; and redevelopment of John Kennedy’s boyhood church into a mixed-income housing development in Brookline. Jeff has also been involved in Metropolitan Planning Organizations in Boston, on Cape Cod, and in Portland. Jeff is an adjunct faculty member at the Muskie School of Public Service, and was previously an adjunct at Tufts University, at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and at the APA Planning Leadership Institute. He has a degree in economic development planning from the University of Minnesota and an undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University.

Greg Mitchell has over thirty-five years of economic development work experience in public and private sectors including non-profit organizations located in South Florida and throughout Maine. He has been the Economic Development Director for the City of Portland for ten years. His present work involves business recruitment and retention, advocacy of business interests in City government, marketing, lead negotiator with economic development projects and City real estate transactions.  Greg has degrees in business administration and economics from Norwich University and Florida Atlantic University.

Registering for this Event: Click here to Register Now

Your RSVP is requested by April 3, 2019. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted  to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after April 3, 2019.

Ticket Prices:

Members: $45 each | Non-Members: $55 each

Prices increase by $10 after April 3, 2019

MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Series is sponsored by Norway Savings Bank.

March 14, 2019 at 11:15 am · · Comments Off on The Future of Housing in Maine: Opportunity and Solutions

The Future of Housing in Maine: Opportunity and Solutions

On May 7th, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) will host an exciting, informative, and solutions-based presentation for anyone living or working in Maine. Housing is reaching a critical juncture here, and MEREDA’s members are at the forefront, finding ways to respond to existing and changing housing needs, and support responsible development. Our Spring Conference will focus on understanding the various ages and demographics needing housing and their impact on developing appropriate housing stock.

“Housing is a huge issue in Maine affecting individuals, businesses, and communities, and a constant subject of discussion among MEREDA members,” says Gary Vogel, MEREDA President. “We want to be part of the solution. So we’ve decided to focus an entire conference on this issue, to bring together industry leaders to collaborate and innovate on this important topic,” continues Vogel.

Headlining the event we have Lynn Fisher. Lynn, a Resident Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, will deliver a data rich baseline of information, encompassing national and regional trends. Martin Ditto, a Washington, D.C. developer deeply involved in the emerging national trend of Cohousing, will share success stories and his process for recognizing innovative housing solutions.

Bringing these inspiring topics home to roost are Matt O’Malia, Hannah Pingree, and Dan Brennan. Matt, a design/build innovator and principal and co-founder of GO Logic, is developing a European insulation product using paper. His product will create savings in both construction and heating, create jobs here in Maine, and take advantage of a natural product we have in abundance. Hannah, newly appointed by Governor Mills as the Innovation Commissioner, will be speaking to Policy and will tell us how the state and federal government can help. Finally, Dan, with 25 years of experience at MaineHousing, will share his insight and knowledge of both policy and lending products exclusively for funding affordable housing development.

The conference format will be engaging, interactive, and conversational. There will be many opportunities for audience interface and questions. As a bonus to this year’s Spring Conference, we are offering ACCESS tickets, to a private cocktail party following the conference, where the conversations can continue in a small group setting.

The MEREDA Spring Conference will be held on May 7th from 12pm – 5pm. The next edition of the MEREDA Index will be unveiled and MEREDA will also recognize its 2018 Notable Projects Recipients at the event.

For more information, or to register for the conference, please click here.

February 22, 2019 at 3:00 am · · Comments Off on Mark Your Calendar to Join MEREDA for Breakfast on March 12 to Discover How the “Transformation of the Retail Experience” is Taking Shape in Maine

Mark Your Calendar to Join MEREDA for Breakfast on March 12 to Discover How the “Transformation of the Retail Experience” is Taking Shape in Maine

Rock Row is a transformative 110 acre mixed-use development thoughtfully designed to complement state-of-the-art architecture with the site’s unique natural features. Through careful planning, Rock Row in Westbrook, Maine combines healthy urban living, destination retail, modern workplaces, select and full service hotels, diverse entertainment, and chef-inspired dining in a fun, convenient and immersive experience.

Mark your calendar to join us for breakfast on March 12 from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM at the Holiday Inn By the Bay to discover how the transformation of the retail experience is taking shape in Maine.

About the Event:

March 12, 2019 – 7:30AM to 9:30AM

Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04101

Breakfast: 7:30 AM Program: 8:00 – 9:30 AM

About the Panel:

Josh Levy, Waterstone’s co-founding Principal, is actively involved in all facets of the company including site acquisition, permitting, and development, with a primary focus on Leasing for Waterstone’s 50+ shopping center portfolio and developing strategic leasing/development initiatives.

Before starting Waterstone, Josh served as Chief Operating Officer of a privately held real estate investment company and was responsible for company operations and its Massachusetts portfolio. A graduate of Boston College, Josh holds a Bachelor of Science degree and has pursued continued real estate education through MIT, Boston University, ICSC and CCIM. He has been a guest lecturer at both Harvard University and Boston College, and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, NH ICSC Next Generation Committee, Young President’s Organization, and Boston College TREK.  Josh is actively involved with the Dakshana Foundation in India and other local Boston organizations.

Trip Schneck is an industry-leading expert in specialty food, beverage (F&B) and entertainment procurement. Prior to the acquisition by Cushman & Wakefield, Trip, and his partner, Phil Colicchio, founded Colicchio Consulting where their work has given them a proven track record in the F&B industry in identifying, evaluating, conceiving, selecting, and contracting with food and beverage providers for food halls, hotels and shopping centers among other concepts. Since 2015, they have been at the forefront of “The Food Hall Movement”‘, advising property owners and universities on the critical need for intelligently programming communal spaces to include authentic food and beverage offerings, markets, beer gardens, rooftop experiences and thoughtfully curated Food Halls. In 2017, they expanded to include the development of live performance.

Registering for this Event:

MEREDA Member: $45 each  | Non – Member: $55 each
Register After March 5:  Member: $55 each  |  Non-Member $65 each

Your RSVP is requested by March 5, 2019. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after March 5, 2019.

This MEREDA Morning Menu Breakfast Event is Sponsored by Norway Savings Bank and Waterstone Properties.

Click here  for more information and to register.

February 19, 2019 at 8:00 am · · Comments Off on Join DevelopME for a “Lunch & Learn” Seminar titled “Building a Career In Real Estate”

Join DevelopME for a “Lunch & Learn” Seminar titled “Building a Career In Real Estate”

Join DevelopME on Thursday March 7, 2019 at the Portland Public Library from 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. for their latest Lunch and Learn event, “Building a Career In Real Estate” to hear three industry veterans answer questions about how they navigated their careers in the pine tree state. Josh Fifield of Clark Insurance will moderate the discussion and we will hear from Kim Twitchell, Maine Regional President at NBT Bank along with Roxane Cole, Managing Member/Commercial Broker at Roxane Cole Commercial Real Estate, and Erin Cooperrider, Partner at the New Height Group and Development Strategist at Community Housing of Maine.


About the Panelists

Josh Fifield is currently a Senior Account Executive at Clark Insurance, a 100% Employee Owned Company headquartered in Portland ME, where he partners with businesses to offer customized commercial insurance solutions. Josh draws from over 15-years of experience in the insurance industry, having worked on both the agency side and carrier side as an underwriter at MEMIC. Josh serves as a director on MEREDA’s Board and co-chairs MEREDA’s Marketing & Membership committee. As a community leader, Josh serves as a director on the Maine Real Estate Development Association (MEREDA) Board and co-chairs MEREDA’s Marketing & Membership committee. He is also a board member for Portland Little League and Vice Chair for Town & Country Federal Credit Union.

Roxane Cole is an entrepreneur.  After graduating from the University of Maine at Orono she taught school briefly but found her strong interest was entrepreneurial ventures. At age twenty-five she founded and co-owned a chain of retail stores and a mail order business which she sold before entering the field of commercial real estate. In February 2010, after decades as a commercial broker, she founded the firm Roxane Cole Commercial Real Estate.  With her 30 years of experience as a commercial broker, Roxane has made an indelible impact on Maine’s real estate industry and MEREDA.  Roxane has been an active member of MEREDA’s Board of Directors since 2003, having served as president from 2006-2008 and recently received MEREDA’s 2018 President’s Award.

Erin Cooperrider is a partner at NewHeight Group, a Portland-based development firm and Development Strategist for Community Housing of Maine, a 25-year old non-profit affordable housing developer also based in Portland. In her work with NewHeight Group, Erin manages permitting, financing, and the construction process. During her tenure at CHOM, Erin helped to grow the organization’s asset base from $7 to more than $60 million. Before joining CHOM in 2002, Erin worked in commercial real estate development in Maine, and asset management and real estate development consulting outside of Maine. Erin was a co-founder of The Signal Group, a 23-year old real estate services company based in Portland, Maine. She serves on the Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. Erin received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her graduate degree from Stanford University.

Kim Twitchell, Maine Regional President at NBT Bank has approximately 30 years of experience in commercial banking in Maine, with the last 20 focused primarily in commercial real estate.  Kim started her career as a commercial analyst with Fleet National Bank in 1989 and spent 17 years with Fleet/Bank of America before joining TD Bank in 2006 as a senior lender and commercial real estate manager.  Kim joined NBT Bank in November 2014 as their Regional Commercial Banking Manager and is currently the Regional President for NBT’s Portland, Maine operation and is board member of MEREDA, Avesta Housing Development Corporation and Community Housing of Maine.


Registering for this Event

Your RSVP is requested by February 28, 2019. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted  to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after February 28, 2019.

Ticket Prices:

Members: $15 each | Non-Members: $25 ea
Prices increase by $10 after February 28, 2019

Click here to register for this event now.

January 29, 2019 at 8:16 am · · Comments Off on Four Real Estate Leaders Honored at the MEREDA Forecast Conference in Portland

Four Real Estate Leaders Honored at the MEREDA Forecast Conference in Portland

A record of nearly 1000 of Maine’s real estate professionals gathered on January 17 to hear experts give statewide economic projections at the Maine Real Estate & Development Association’s (MEREDA)’s annual Forecast Conference, sponsored by TD Bank, in Portland.

In addition to a daylong event featuring economic overviews by region and by industry, the 2019 MEREDA Forecast Conference included an awards ceremony to recognize four outstanding industry professionals, each selected for their contributions to MEREDA and, more generally, to the health of the Maine real estate market over the last several years.

Watch a video of MEREDA’s 2019 award winners.

From left to right: MEREDA President, Gary Vogel, Bev Uhlenhake, Noel Graydon, Roxane Cole, Senator Nate Libby, Vice President of Operations, Shelly R. Clark

Noel Graydon, of Kennebunkport, was selected for the Robert B. Patterson, Jr. Founders’ Award, for his significant contributions to the state’s real estate industry and stalwart support of MEREDA over the years.  An active member of MEREDA’s Board of Directors from 2009-2018, Noel also served on MEREDA’s Membership & Marketing Committee, and was recognized with MEREDA’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011. MEREDA is also appreciative of Noel’s and Norway Savings Bank’s involvement and support of MEREDA’s morning menu breakfast series over the past 13 years.

With a banking career spanning over 40 years, Noel has worked in both commercial and retail banking and held executive positions in regional and community banks across New England.  Most recently, Noel has served as Regional Vice President of Commercial Lending for Norway Savings Bank and is responsible for the bank’s commercial lending in Southern Maine.

Noel is also active in his community as a youth hockey coach and firefighter.  He has been with the Kennebunkport Fire Department for the past 25 years where he serves as the district chief.

This year’s President’s Award went to Roxane Cole of Falmouth, in recognition of her significant contributions on MEREDA’s behalf.

With her 30 years of experience as a commercial broker, Roxane Cole of Roxane Cole Commercial Real Estate has made an indelible impact on Maine’s real estate industry and MEREDA.  Roxane has been an active member of MEREDA’s Board of Directors since 2003, having served as president from 2006-2008. Her leadership was instrumental in her work on Portland’s Business Diversity Task Force, where she was able to help create consensus and craft a workable ordinance.  For her contributions, she received MEREDA’s 2009 Public Policy Award.  Roxane’s strong support of MEREDA continues—from participating on MEREDA’s public relations search committee to providing commentary for the current edition of the MEREDA Index—Roxane will always step up to help.

Roxane has also served the Portland community over the years in various roles such as: past Chair of the Greater Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, past president of Portland’s Rotary Club, founding board member of the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors, and as a founding board member of the University of Southern Maine Foundation.

Senator Nate Libby, of Androscoggin County, received MEREDA’s Public Policy Award for his significant impact on public policy changes to benefit responsible real estate development and ownership in Maine.

As an advocate for responsible development, home ownership, and reasonable regulation, Senator Libby has distinguished himself as a champion of the issues that matter most to MEREDA. He has demonstrated a willingness to engage with members of the development community, respond to the concerns of the industry, and serve as a tireless advocate.

During his 6 years of service in the Maine Legislature, Senator Libby has sponsored, co-sponsored and supported numerous pieces of legislation of interest to our association, including bills to clarify and simplify the permitting process at the state and municipal levels. He has, in fact, sponsored several bills that were drafted by MEREDA’s public policy committee, and he has worked closely with us to help secure their passage.  In addition, he has sponsored legislation to expand the Maine New Markets Tax Credit, fund the Maine Historic Tax Credit program, fund housing for seniors and support the Tax Increment Financing program.  As a former property manager and a consultant in the economic development community, Senator Libby truly exemplifies the value of a citizen’s legislature, bringing his every day experiences and practical knowledge to the development of public policies for the state of Maine.

Senator Nate Libby currently serves as the Majority Leader in the Maine Senate, having previously served one term in the House and two terms in the Senate, including as Assistant Minority Leader.

Bev Uhlenhake, of Brewer, received MEREDA’s Volunteer of the Year Award for enthusiastically sharing her time and energy and passions with the organization.

Bev has served on MEREDA’s Board since 2012 and has been an essential partner helping MEREDA grow its presence in the Bangor area.  From helping to organize and emcee our Bangor-area events, participating as a speaker at several of MEREDA’s annual conferences, participating on the Public Policy Committee, to contributing to our Developer Roundtable session which helped shape MEREDA’s upcoming legislative agenda—Bev continually devotes her skills and her enthusiasm to help MEREDA and its mission to promote responsible development in the state of Maine.

A broker at Epstein Commercial Real Estate, Bev works in all sectors of the commercial market and has brokered a range of sales, leases, and build to suits for local and national clients.  Bev is currently serving her second term as Mayor of the city of Brewer, where she has been on the city council since 2013.  She also serves as the Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Bangor and is involved in a number of other statewide and local organizations including the Brewer Business Alliance. Bev also ran for the Maine State Senate in 2018.

Next, MEREDA will recognize notable projects from the last year in Maine commercial real estate. That awards ceremony is scheduled as part of the organization’s spring conference, on May 7, 2019.

January 9, 2019 at 3:26 pm · · Comments Off on MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event “Opportunity Zones: Bangor Edition – What you Need to Know to Take Advantage of this Opportunity in Real Estate and Beyond”

MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event “Opportunity Zones: Bangor Edition – What you Need to Know to Take Advantage of this Opportunity in Real Estate and Beyond”

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a bi-partisan tax incentive program based on economically distressed Opportunity Zones.  Investors in Qualified Opportunity Zone businesses now have the ability to defer, and to some extent eliminate, recent capital gain income, by properly investing their gain proceeds.  Gov. LePage has designated 32 Opportunity Zones in Maine ranging from Saco to Madawaska, which opens the door for real estate developers pursuing projects in these designated areas to tap into a whole new group of tax savvy investors.

Join MEREDA for breakfast on February 26 from 7:30 AM – 9:00 AM at the Hollywood Casino Bangor to learn more about these complicated new rules.  Panelists  Andy Smith and Nelson Toner will offer insights about how the legislation will impact the real estate industry and the tax advantages available to investors in Opportunity Zone projects.

About the Event:

February 26, 2019 – 7:30AM to 9:00AM

Hollywood Casino Bangor
500 Main Street
Bangor, ME 04101

Breakfast: 7:30 AM Program: 8:00 – 9:00 AM

About the Panel:

For more than 30 years, Nelson Toner has practiced law at Bernstein Shur providing tax planning, estate planning and business succession planning to individual and business clients.  Prior to working at Bernstein Shur, Nelson worked in the tax department at the Boston office of Grant Thornton, an international accounting firm during the halcyon days of pre-1986 real estate syndications.  Nelson gives many local and state seminars, including a regular presentation at the Maine Tax Forum each autumn, and for many years taught Estate and Gift Tax at the Maine Law School.  He also writes the S Corporation column for the Journal of Passthrough Entities, a national tax publication.

Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Trinity College (Hartford), a JD  degree from Case Western Reserve University, and an LLC in taxation from Boston University.

Andrew Smith is a principal at Baker Newman Noyes, specializing in assisting his clients with practical advice and creative solutions to their most challenging business issues, including tax efficient structures for business transactions; fixed asset analysis; succession planning; and tax deferral and reduction strategies. He also works with real estate clients of all sizes on cost segregation studies, like-kind exchanges, and historic rehabilitation credits. In addition to serving clients, Andy is also actively  involved in the firm’s college recruiting initiatives, having begun his career at the firm in 1997 as an intern and leads the tax department’s Multi-Generational Business group.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with concentrations in accounting and finance, from the University of Maine, Orono.

Registering for this Event:

MEREDA Member: $25 each  | Non – Member: $35 each
Register After February 19:  Member: $35 each  |  Non-Member $45 each

Your RSVP is requested by February 19, 2019. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after February 19, 2019.

This MEREDA Morning Menu Breakfast Event is Sponsored by the City of Bangor and Bangor Savings Bank.

Click here for more information and to register.

January 7, 2019 at 10:07 am · · Comments Off on MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event “Everyone Needs an Affordable Home: Building on Housing Solutions That Work”

MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event “Everyone Needs an Affordable Home: Building on Housing Solutions That Work”

Safe, affordable housing is a basic human need. It can lower stress, bolster health and reduce transiency, enabling children to perform better in school, adults to retain jobs, and neighbors to feel connected and safe. Unfortunately, Maine is experiencing a fundamental mismatch between its housing stock and its housing needs, and that mismatch is creating enormous problems for our families and our state’s economic well-being. For tens of thousands of Mainers, the price, quality, size and location of the homes available to them are simply out of synch with their needs and resources. This housing market failure affects wide swaths of Mainers, but seniors on fixed incomes, people with disabilities, and lower-wage workers are particularly affected. Come hear a panel of experts in the housing policy field present the latest data on Maine’s affordable housing crisis, its impact on Maine people, and a major new initiative being considered by the state Legislature to increase the rate of production of affordable homes statewide.

Join MEREDA for breakfast on February 7 from 7:30 AM – 9 AM at the Portland Regency Hotel for a panel discussion with experts in the housing policy field. Amy Cullen from The Szanton Company will moderate the conversation as our panelists present the latest data on Maine’s affordable housing crisis, its impact on Maine people, and a major new initiative being considered by the state Legislature to increase the rate of production of affordable homes statewide.

About the Event:

February 7, 2019 – 7:30AM to 9:00AM

Portland Regency Hotel
20 Milk Street
Portland, ME 04101

Breakfast: 7:30 AM Program: 8:00 – 9:00 AM

About the Panel:

Amy Cullen is a development officer at The Szanton Company, where her responsibilities include financial analysis, performing due diligence on potential sites for projects, completing financing applications, and coordinating with lenders, attorneys, architects, contractors and others on all aspects of The Szanton Company’s development projects. Amy also serves as the President of Saco Falls Management, where she is involved with the planning, implementation, marketing and operating strategies for a variety of properties in Maine and New Hampshire.

Greg Payne is the Director of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, a diverse association of more than 135 private and public-sector organizations committed to ensuring that all Mainers are adequately and affordably housed. He is also a developer of affordable rental homes at Avesta Housing, a non-profit housing agency based in Portland. Greg has more than 20 years of experience on issues related to housing and homelessness, and currently serves as the chairman of the board of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Jess Maurer is the Executive Director of the Maine Council on Aging, a broad, multidisciplinary network of more than 75 organizations, businesses and community members working to ensure we can all live healthy, engaged and secure lives as we age in our homes and in community settings. In this role, she advances statewide public policy initiatives, provides leadership within Maine’s aging network and supports Maine’s Legislative Caucus on Aging. Her areas of specific focus include housing, transportation, workforce, “aging in place” and care across all settings.

Dana Totman is the President & CEO of Avesta Housing, a nonprofit affordable housing provider with 45+ years of experience as a leader in affordable housing development and property management in southern Maine and New Hampshire. He has led Avesta through significant growth over the past 18 years, with a focus on staff leadership, cultivating partnerships and opportunities, and organizational change. Dana’s career has focused on nonprofit and government management and leadership, specializing in guiding organizations through significant change.

Rick McCarthy is the Managing Director of Eaton Peabody Consulting Group, the government relations and economic development affiliate of Eaton Peabody. Prior to joining Eaton Peabody Consulting Group, Rick served as Chief of Staff to several Maine Senate Presidents. He is recognized in the State House as a skilled consensus builder who is well versed on the major public policy issues of the day. His experience in state and federal budget and finance is particularly strong, along with the topics of transportation, housing, and early care and education.

Registering for this Event:

MEREDA Member: $45 each  | Non – Member: $55 each

Register After January 31:  Member: $55 each  |  Non-Member $65 each

Your RSVP is requested by January 31, 2019. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after January 31, 2019.

This MEREDA Morning Menu Breakfast Event is Sponsored by Norway Savings Bank. 

Click here to register now.

December 17, 2018 at 11:12 am · · Comments Off on Maine’s Leading Real Estate Experts to Gather for Economic Analysis of Industry on January 17th in Portland

Maine’s Leading Real Estate Experts to Gather for Economic Analysis of Industry on January 17th in Portland

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, nearly 900 of the state’s leading real estate experts will gather in Portland at MEREDA’s Annual Forecast Conference and Member Showcase sponsored by TD Bank.  Real Estate continues to be a significant driver of the Maine economy and the MEREDA Forecast Conference provides an opportunity for industry luminaries to share their insight with peers on the health of and challenges faced by their industry. In addition, MEREDA will unveil the MEREDA Index at the conference, a key economic indicator measuring the pulse of the real estate industry.

“We are now in our 5th year of generating the Index and it continues to provide informative analysis that becomes more and more meaningful for our industry,” said Gary Vogel, president of the board of MEREDA and an attorney at Drummond Woodsum.

“While the Index is regarded as a great tool, the Forecast Conference is an event where the important conversations happen—we gather some of our industry’s best minds in one place to reflect on and discuss the trends and factors influencing real estate of all types in Maine,” continued Vogel.

MEREDA’s Annual Forecast Conference is geared towards builders, developers, brokers, attorneys, architects, engineers, municipal leaders, bankers, and accountants.  Continuing Education credits are available for brokers, attorneys, architects, and appraisers.

According to Shelly Clark, MEREDA’s Vice President of Operations, MEREDA’s Forecast Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland from 9am to 5pm.  Registration is available at MEREDA.org and is expected to sell out.

MEREDA’s Annual Forecast Conference is sponsored by TD Bank.

MEREDA’s upcoming edition of the MEREDA Index is sponsored by Eaton Peabody, Benchmark Residential & Investment Real Estate, Katahdin Trust Company, Reger Dasco Properties, Redstone, and XPress Copy.

November 2, 2018 at 1:59 pm · · Comments Off on MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast – Workforce Development: A Conversation with Labor Economist, John Dorrer, and Chief Executive Officer of Associated General Contractors of Maine, Matt Marks

MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast – Workforce Development: A Conversation with Labor Economist, John Dorrer, and Chief Executive Officer of Associated General Contractors of Maine, Matt Marks

Building the next generation of skilled workers is a national challenge. Maine can be a leader in its approach to building a trained workforce with your help!

Join MEREDA for Breakfast in Biddeford at Pepperell Mill Campus on November 29th for a conversation with Labor Economist John Dorrer and Matthew Marks, CEO of the Associated General Contractors of Maine.

Recruiting and training a highly skilled workforce are key to industry growth and profitability -we must meet the challenge.

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About the Event:

November 29, 2018 – 7:30AM to 9:00AM

Pepperell Mill Campus
40 Main Street
Biddeford, ME

Buffet Breakfast: 7:30-8:00 am
Program: 8:00-9:00 am

About the Panelists:

John Dorrer is a labor economist and workforce analyst who has been tracking Maine workforce and labor market issues for over 40 years.  Dorrer has worked at the local, state and national level in a variety of leadership, executive and technical roles, including Chief Workforce Strategist, Maine Community College System, Senior Advisor at Georgetown University, Center on Education and the Workforce, Director of Labor Market Research at Jobs for the Future in Boston, Acting Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor, Director, Center for Workforce Research and Information at the Maine Department of Labor, Deputy Director, Workforce Development Programs at the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington D.C.

John has held many appointments to multiple national and state panels, boards and study groups including Public Policy Advisory Committee, Boston Federal Reserve Bank, Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission and Maine Economic Growth Council, Trustee, Mid-Coast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) 2011-2015 and currently, serves as Board Member, Maine Center for Economic Policy, Coastal Enterprises Inc.(CEI), Research Committee, Maine Economic Focus Initiative and Alfond Leaders Advisory Committee.

Matthew Marks, a native of South Portland, Maine, was selected as the Chief Executive Officer of the Associated General Contractors of Maine in August 2012. In 2008 he joined AGC Maine as the Chief Operations Officer. As the COO he managed the regulatory issues for the Chapter. He is a graduate of University of Southern Maine’s Applied Technical Leadership Program. In 2013, he was selected as the University of Southern Maine’s Applied Sciences Alumnus of the Year. Matt served on various active committees including the Maine Dig Safe Advisory Board, AGC Maine Education Foundation, Aquatic Resources Management Strategy Steering Committee, and the Southern Maine Community College Building Division Advisory Board. Prior to joining AGC Maine he was employed by a diversified family business that included construction, fuel, transportation and property development.

Registering for the Event:

Your RSVP is requested by November 22, 2018. Payment is expected at the time of registration. No refunds will be granted  to anyone who registers, but fails to attend or who cancels after November 22, 2018.

Ticket Prices:

Members: $45 each | Non-Members: $55 ea
Prices increase by $10 after November 22

Visit www.mereda.org to register

November 1, 2018 at 8:00 am · · Comments Off on Maine Real Estate & Development Association Appoints Rick Flagg of Norway Savings Bank to Board of Directors

Maine Real Estate & Development Association Appoints Rick Flagg of Norway Savings Bank to Board of Directors

The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) has announced that Rick Flagg of Scarborough, Regional Vice President of Commercial Lending for Norway Savings Bank has been appointed to its Board of Directors.

Rick was born and raised in Eastport, Maine and attended Eastport Elementary School and Shead High School before receiving his degree in Economics from the University of Maine at Orono.

After college he moved to Southern Maine to begin a career in the banking industry.  After a brief stint with Fleet Bank, he worked a number of years for Maine Bank and Trust before becoming a commercial lender with Norway Savings Bank.  He’s been with Norway Savings Bank for 17 years and is currently a Regional Vice President of Commercial Lending.

Rick has served on a number of boards over the years including Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development (MCED) and Risk Management Association (RMA) where he is a past president.

“Norway Savings Bank has been a longtime supporter of MEREDA and we are pleased that Rick has decided to join us on the board, as well as participate on MEREDA’s Membership & Marketing Committee.  We look forward to his active participation as we work to further MEREDA’s mission throughout the State”, commented Shelly R. Clark, Vice President of Operations for MEREDA.

For further information, please contact MEREDA’s Vice President of Operations, Shelly R. Clark at 207-874-0801 for visit www.mereda.org.