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MEREDA’s 2018 Annual Spring Conference – Workforce Challenges – How Innovation Can Help

May 16, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

About the Event:

Registration: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Program: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Networking: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Real estate is Maine’s second most important driver of GDP and, thus, crucial to our economic health. But, with an aging population and fewer skilled crafts workers, how can the industry find workers to keep pace, never mind positioning for growth? With an older infrastructure, record low unemployment, mounting regulatory hurdles, and a high demand for lifestyle properties, Maine faces considerable challenges.

MEREDA is pleased to open the day with a presentation about the economic and demographic composition of this important Maine industry. We will then have a wide-ranging conversation from a leading national expert about how firms can embrace new technologies (such as drones, robotics, and 3D printing) and methodologies (such as LEAN principles, hiring and training strategies, work culture) to attract labor, meet quality benchmarks, and position our industry—and Maine—for growth.

Our panel of local experts will share their perspectives on how Maine is dealing with these issues.

Attendees Will:

  • Gain insight into the impact new innovative techniques have on the labor shortage and on the real estate industry.
  • Learn about the demographic conditions that exist within the real estate industry; who’s leaving it, who’s joining it, the hiring and retention challenges. Also being discussed will be forecasts and outlooks on specific occupations and skill sets.
  • Learn about what new opportunities exist for people coming into the industry, and how our communities and state will change as these new technologies enter the mix.

Join us at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland on May 16th for what is sure to be an eye-opening and informational event!


Registering for this Event:

Registration Fees before May 10th* (per person):

  • Members: $85.00
  • Non-Members: $125.00
  • Non-Profit Rate: $55.00
  • Students: FREE**
  • Municipal Officials & Employees: FREE**
  • Legislators & Agency Employees: FREE**

* Prices increase by $15 after May 10th

** MEREDA is pleased to provide subsidized admission for students and municipal officials. Call MEREDA at (207) 874-0801 for details.

Materials Related to the Event:

Videos from this Event:

MEREDA Index Unveil

Keynote Address – John Dorrer, Labor Economist and Workforce Analyst

MEREDA’s 2017 Notable Project Recipients

MEREDA’s 2018 Spring Conference Panel Discussion