Category Archives: Advocacy

YIMBYers extol the virtues of development

MEREDA conference offers big picture perspective of Why Development is Good The Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), the state’s leading organization advocating for responsible real estate development, convened a conference last month entitled, “Yes-In-My-Backyard: Why Development is Good.” … Continue reading

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The Trend Toward Car-Free Cities Is Picking Up Speed

By Blueprint, presented by CBRE When you think about it, car-free cities shouldn’t seem like such a radical idea. Cities, after all, have been around for thousands of years, while cars date back just a century or so. And yet, … Continue reading

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Need Continuing Education Credits? MEREDA’s 2017 Annual Spring Conference has them!

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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MEREDA’s Morning Menu: Maine Legislative Update: MEREDA’s top policy initiatives and how you can help!

Every year, the Maine Legislature and Governor consider over a thousand bills, and chances are high that some of them threaten to impact your business.  Savvy business leaders today stay informed of the current issues, and know how to engage … Continue reading

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MEREDA Thanks Its Valued Members

During this Thanksgiving season, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) pauses to thank our over 300 members who employ thousands of Maine citizens and invest millions of dollars in the Maine economy each year.  MEREDA is the only … Continue reading

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MEREDA’s Year in Review 2015 -2016

By MEREDA’s Immediate Past President, Michael O’Reilly, Bangor Savings Bank Since its inception, MEREDA has continued to make progress on behalf of the development community addressing the challenges and issues relating to Maine’s real estate activities.  MEREDA’s strength has always … Continue reading

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Greater Portland, Maine Industrial Market Snapshot

By Justin Lamontagne, CCIM, Broker, NAI | The Dunham Group For those of us in the business, the continued drop in vacancy rates is astounding. But the data doesn’t lie, and confirms what we’re feeling on a day-to-day basis. For … Continue reading

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MEREDA Endorses Question 2 on Statewide Ballot, Opposes Question 2 in Portland

MEREDA Endorses Question 2 on Statewide Ballot MEREDA supports Question 2 on the statewide ballot, theSenior Affordable Housing Bond. This bond would authorize the sale of $15 million in general obligation bonds, to be used in combination with more than … Continue reading

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The First Regular Session of the 127th Legislature was exciting and eventful. Read on for a review of the highlights.

By Andrea Cianchette Maker, Government Relations Attorney, Pierce Atwood LLP, and Public Policy Counsel to MEREDA Governor Elected with a Strong Vote Last November Governor LePage was re-elected by a larger margin than expected, securing his second term which started … Continue reading

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MEREDA Sponsored Bill, LD 695 Signed into Law

MEREDA’s Legislative Committee and Legislative Counsel are pleased to report that  LD 695, An Act to Amend the Site Location of Development Law, sponsored by Senator James Boyle (D – Gorham), has been signed into law by Governor LePage as … Continue reading

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