Category Archives: Advocacy

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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MEREDA Makes Recommendations to City of Portland’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Policy

Drew Sigfridson, SIOR | Principal/Designated Broker CBRE | The Boulos Company | Brokerage Services  / President of MEREDA  Last fall, MEREDA provided members of the City of Portland’s Housing and Community Development Committee with recommended changes to the City’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) … Continue reading

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MEREDA Needs Your Support – Site Law Public Hearing Wed. March 20, 2013

This session, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) asked Senator James Boyle to introduce legislation that would promote practicality in Maine’s Site Location and Development Law.  This bill would add to existing Site Law exceptions by allowing an … Continue reading

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MEREDA Makes Great Strides Advancing Legislative Initiatives during 125th Legislative Session

We are excited to report that we made some great strides advancing our legislative initiatives during the 125th 1st Regular Legislative Session.  Check out the latest article in Mainebiz featuring our Legislative Committee Chair, Gary Vogel. http://www.mainebiz.biz/news48220.html

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Wrapping up the Legislative Session and Looking Forward to Fall Events

Our Spring Conference is behind us, we’re still waiting for the sun to shine, and MEREDA is wrapping up one of our must successful legislative sessions ever.  We believe we will end the session with updates, clarifications, and new laws … Continue reading

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