Category Archives: Business

Repeal and Replace The 3% Tax Surcharge

 “Keep Maine Competitive” is a coalition of business & trade associations currently working to REPEAL the 3% TAX SURCHARGE resulting from the November 2016 Question 2 referendum. Maine’s business community supports an increase to education, but the funding mechanism needs … Continue reading

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How to speed up the Commercial Real Estate Appraisal process

by Mark L. Plourde, MAI, Maine Valuation Company When the parties of interest in a commercial real estate transaction finally reach agreement, and financing is a component of the deal, why does it then take so long to get a … Continue reading

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2017 Greater Portland, Maine Industrial Market Snapshot

by Justin Lamontagne, CCIM, Partner | Broker, NAI The Dunham Group A “healthy” market is a catchy and common term to describe the current state of the Greater Portland industrial sector. But our experience suggests that the market is only … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s Morning Menu Breakfast Event – The State of Senior Living In Maine

The nature in which we address the care and housing of our seniors has evolved in recent years.  Developers, architects, builders, and healthcare providers have all seen the shift in the way we care for Maine seniors makes a drastic, … Continue reading

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Save the Date: MEREDA’s Annual Spring Conference – ‘YIMBY’ism: YES in my Backyard – Why Development is Good

MEREDA’s Annual Spring Conference – ‘YIMBY’ism: YES in my Backyard – Why Development is Good In recent years, many American cities and towns have witnessed a renaissance, with destination cities in particular seeing dramatically increased interest.  Typically, the impacts of … Continue reading

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Succession Planning with an Employee Stock Ownership Plan

by Eric D. Altholz, Vice Chair of Verrill Dana’s Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group and A. Robert Ruesch, Chair, Chair of Verrill Dana’s Construction Law Group According to the National Center for Employee Ownership, there are roughly 7,000 true … Continue reading

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Home Building’s ‘Elephant in the Room’ … a manifesto from operations guru George Casey.

Without innovation, today’s home building business models risk extinction by George Casey, CEO of Stockbridge Associates, LLC Over the past several weeks, I have had the opportunity to attend a variety of fall industry conferences: the Urban Land Institute (ULI) … Continue reading

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5th Anniversary ‘Strikes for Scholars’ Bowl-a-Thon Fundraising Event

MEREDA is proud to host its 5th Annual “Strikes for Scholars” Fundraising Event at Bayside Bowl in Portland on May 4, 2017.  “Strikes for Scholars” supports scholarships for Maine students pursuing studies in building trades, architecture, construction, engineering or a business program at a Maine … Continue reading

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Keys to an Effective Environmental Risk Management Program (ERMP)

By Donald McFadden, C.G., Director of Environmental Services, St.Germain Collins Managing environmental risk in commercial real estate (CRE) lending can be challenging. Although it’s something the lending community has been doing for decades, it has historically been viewed as unnecessary … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s Morning Menu: Vibrant Housing Choices in Maine: Dynamics of the Value Proposition

Every community needs a continuum of housing choice, both small and inexpensive, to large and more expensive – for rent and for sale. A range of choices allows for healthy diversity in the resident population, with accommodations appropriate for old and … Continue reading

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