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MEREDA’S Annual Spring Conference - 50th to 1st: Ingredients of a Successful Economic Development Plan
How does Maine move to the top of Forbes Magazine's 'Best State to do Business' list? A primer from away.

November 30, 1999 - 8:00AM
to 12:00PM

Holiday Inn By the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME


Registration for this event is no longer available online. Please contact the MEREDA office at 874-0801 for more information.


This program has been approved for 3.00 hours of BROKER, APPRAISER, LEGAL, and ARCHITECT Continuing Education Credits.


About the Event:

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Continuing Education Credits: This program has been approved for 3.00 hours of BROKER, APPRAISER, LEGAL, and ARCHITECT Continuing Education Credits.

This year’s program will feature entrepreneur, angel investor, venture capitalist, author and philanthropist, Alan E. Hall as Keynote Speaker. Founder of Grow America, this national company aligns the partners, mentors and capital that entrepreneurs need to create and grow tomorrow’s successful companies. Alan lives in Utah, which has been recognized as one of the most business-friendly states in the US.  He will talk with us about the similarities and differences between the states of Maine and Utah and provide insights into how Maine might learn from Utah and one day make it to the top of Forbes Magazine’s ‘Best State to do Business’ List.

Following the key-note presentation by Alan Hall, a panel of leaders involved in economic development in Maine will explore the similarities and differences between Utah and Maine.  This lively discussion will seek to identify Maine’s strengths and opportunities, and provide ideas to advance its economy.

The audience will be invited to make suggestions on  what  Maine  can  do  to  advance  Maine’s  economy.  We will close by unveiling the newest MEREDA Index number.

MEREDA has also chosen the Top Notable Projects for 2013 and the recipients will be recognized at this event.

 

Agenda & Scheduled Speakers:

7:00 AM – 8:00 AM
Registration | Breakfast | Exhibitors                                                     

8:00 AM – 8:05 AM
Introductory Remarks
Drew Sigfridson, MEREDA president

8:05 AM – 8:20 AM
2013 Notable Project Awards

8:20 AM – 9:20 AM
Keynote Speaker, Alan E. Hall  - A primer from away.
Alan lives in Utah, which has been recognized as one of the most business-friendly states in the US.  He has a personal mission to create jobs and lift local economies and will talk with us about the similarities and differences between the states of Maine and Utah.  Alan will provide insights into how Maine might learn from Utah and one day make it to the top of Forbes Magazine's 'Best State to do Business' List.  

9:20 AM – 9:50 AM
Scheduled Break  - One-on-One with our Exhibitors

9:50 AM – 10:50 AM
Panel Discussion
Leaders involved in economic development in Maine will explore the similarities and differences between Utah and Maine.  This lively discussion will seek to identify Maine’s strengths and opportunities, and provide ideas to advance its economy.

Panelists Include:
· Moderator, Andrea Cianchette Maker, Pierce Atwood LLP
· Peter DelGreco, President/CEO , Maine & Company
· Kent Peterson, President/CEO, Fluid Imaging Technologies
· Josh Benthien, Real Estate Developer, Partner, Northland Enterprises 
· John Fitzsimmons, President, Maine Community College System
· John Everets, Chairman/CEO, The Bank of Maine
· Petur J. Petersen, Station Manager, Eimskip Portland

10:50 AM – 11:50 AM
Q&A with Local Panelists and Keynote Speaker
A facilitated question and answer session with all of the day’s presenters, including questions from the audience.

11:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Conclusion - Next Steps
The audience will be invited to make suggestions on what Maine can do to advance Maine’s economy.  We will close by unveiling the newest MEREDA Index number.

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Networking Reception




Continuing Education Credits:

This program has been approved for 3.00 hours of BROKER, APPRAISER, LEGAL, and ARCHITECT Continuing Education Credits.

 
News About This Event:

05/30/2014   MEREDA leads successful forum focused on ways Maine can become the best state for business   Release
 
05/25/2014   Our View - We can learn a lot from Utah’s development   Article
 
05/23/2014   It takes more than ‘good bones’ — Maine business leaders explore lessons from Utah’s economic success   Article
 
05/21/2014   For better business climate, Maine should look at Utah   Article
 
05/21/2014   Utah business leader offers economic development tips for Maine   Article
 
05/20/2014   Boosting Maine's Forbes' List Ranking: Biz Leaders Hash it Out   Article
 
05/20/2014   Conference discusses ways to help Maine's business climate   Article
 
05/13/2014   Awards on Tap for Maine's Best Commercial Development Projects   Release
 
05/07/2014   First-Ever Forum Set on Maine’s Status as Last Place for Business   Release
 
 
Materials Related To This Event:

Event Flyer   PDF
 
MEREDA Celebrates Real Estate Development by Recognizing Last Year’s Most Notable Commercial Development Projects   PDF
 
Ingredients of a Successful Economic Development Plan   Presentation
Alan Hall, Grow America    
 
 
 
     
     
     
   
 
 
 

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