This event has been approved for 3.30 hours of LEGAL, 3.00 hours BROKER continuing education credits, and 3 AIA (Architect) Learning Units.
Experts project that far from being dead or dying, cities are the new hotbeds for development, redevelopment and creative approaches that account for limited resources and changing ways of doing business. MEREDA again brings together interesting national and local planning experts who think about large scale urban issues. This year's Spring Conference will engage us on how to re-set and re-focus on we think about the American city. This event will help real estate professionals understand better the trends that are quickly changing our established patterns of development and investment, pulling back from the “fringe suburbs” and in to the more dense, pedestrian-friendly city centers that were neglected and abandoned starting in the 1950s. This conference is virtually a must for real estate professionals to better understand what is facing Maine cities, and what other urban areas around the country are doing to creatively address the re-urbanization of America.
Lara Hodgson is a nationally recognized speaker at industry conferences on innovative thinking that can reshape our infrastructure and our communities. Co-founder of Insomnia, an Atlanta-based firm specializing in investment, development and management of complex and innovative “world-changing” projects, Lara will share tools and techniques that will enable session participants to “think outside the box” and to reframe challenges as opportunities.
Land use strategist, teacher, developer, researcher and author, Christopher Leinberger of the Brookings Institute and the president of LOCUS, a national transit-oriented development advocacy organization, will outline the pent up market demand for walkable urban development in small and mid-sized cities throughout the US and what Maine could learn. He will particularly focus on how to create the pre-conditions, including overlay zoning, place strategy and management and approaches to financing walkable urban projects and infrastructure.
Complementing our keynote speakers will be distinguished Maine-based experts:
Patrick J. Venne, Esq., JD/MCP – Land Use Attorney, Planner, Author
Read Patrick’s latest article in Portland Monthly Magazine – Sim City - February / March 2012
John M. Rohman, P.E., CID – Maine Certified Interior Designer – Professional Engineer
Alex Jaegerman, Planning Division Director, City of Portland
All speakers will make a presentation as well as participate in a panel discussion with Leinberger and Hodgson.
The conference will be held on May 17, at the DoubleTree by Hilton (formerly the Wyndham Portland Airport Hotel) in South Portland from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., with question and answer sessions, presentations and time to talk to other local business owners and developers. A networking reception will be held after the program between 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.
More than a dozen exhibitors will also be on hand showcasing their products and services.