Buffet Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:00 AM
Program: 8:00 – 9:00 AM
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 individually and through MEREDA to influence the outcome of issues that could impact their business. Additionally, MEREDA continues to propose policy changes to improve the real estate development environment in Maine in big and small ways, helping to pave the way to your business success. Come to this session to learn more about how to be informed about the issues that matter, and how to engage effectively individually and through MEREDA to influence the outcome of those issues of import.
MEREDA is well-known and well-respected in Augusta for representing commercial real estate interests. Our Legislative Committee and Public Policy Counsel work together closely during Legislative sessions to protect your real estate business interests, and to advance them.
MEREDA will be assembling a panel of members and legislators to take part in this forum. Additional details will be posted here as they become available. In the meantime, make plans to join usfor breakfast on September 10, 2015 from 7:30 – 9:00 AM at the Clarion Hotel in Portland to hear more about how we do it, as well as how you can easily remain abreast of policy developments and become more involved.
Meet our Panelists:
Senator Nathan Libby grew up in a working class family in central Maine. He was fortunate to receive substantial need-based scholarships to attend Bates College, where earned a degree in
history and economics. He fell in love with Lewiston-Auburn and made it his home after graduating. He and his wife Andrea purchased and rehabbed an apartment building where they now live.
He has served on the City Council since 2011 and in the Maine House of Representatives since 2012. In 2014, he was elected to the Maine State Senate representing the city of Lewiston. He serves as the ranking member of the Taxation Committee and the State and Local Government Committee. Outside of the Legislature, Nate works as an economic development consultant and landlord in the Lewiston-Auburn area.
Andrea Cianchette Maker, Partner and Government Relations Practice Group Leader at Pierce Atwood, LLP provides governmental relations services in Maine and in Washington, DC with Maine's Congressional delegation. She is proud to be engaged as Public Policy Counsel for MEREDA. Her practice includes lobbying, business development and state government contracts bidding and relationships. Substantively, she focuses on economic development, health care, education and workforce development issues. Andrea is adept at building coalitions and developing effective stakeholder relations, as well as helping clients create personal relationships with key policy and decision makers. Her sensible, proactive and direct approach is refreshing and empowering in the complex and sometimes perplexing public policy arena. She operates in a manner that enhances the credibility and reputation of her clients. Committed to creating a strong and vibrant State of Maine, Andrea enjoys working with clients and organizations to strengthen Maine's economy.
Having spent her career in the State of Maine, Andrea has developed strong and personal relationships with countless Maine policy makers, business people and association leaders. She has been active with many Maine non-profit organizations, most notably the Susan L. Curtis Foundation.
Amy Volk is the State Senator for District 30, which includes most of Buxton, most of Scarborough, and all of Gorham. Prior to being elected to the Senate, she served two terms in the Maine House as the Representative for House District 127, coastal Scarborough.
Currently, Senator Volk serves as the senate Chair of the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee (LCRED). She also serves as a member of the Judiciary Committee and chairs the Citizens Trade Policy Commission. During her past legislative service, Senator Volk has been a member of the Governor’s State Workforce Investment Board as well as the lead Republican member of LCRED. LCRED’s jurisdiction includes the Department of Labor and the Department of Economic and Community Development. Within these departments are the Office of Professional and Financial Regulation, Maine State Housing Authority, the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), and the Maine Office of Tourism.
In addition to her legislative service, Senator Volk is a member of the worship team at The Rock Church, has served as the Board Secretary of the Root Cellar for many years, and is the volunteer Board President for Maine Connections Academy, a statewide virtual charter school. Senator Volk also donates her time with Scarborough Softball Boosters and Scarborough Cheering Club.
Senator Volk resides in Scarborough with her husband, Derek, the President of Volk Packaging Corporation, a third-generation family business. They have four children.
Michael Hulsey, has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1992, presenting for affordable housing management and development, non-profits and Public Housing Authorities. Mike has been the Executive Director of the South Portland Housing Authority (SPHA) and the South Portland Housing Development Corporation (SPHDC) since 2009. He currently oversees both operations and development activities, the latest of which is a 44-unit low income tax credit property for the elderly, Ridgeland Gardens, occupied this month.
Mike is a member of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, and a member of Rotary since 1999.
Mike was CFO of Westbrook Housing from 2001 to 2009, on the SPHA Board of Commissioners and SPHDC Board of Directors 1999-2008. Mike resides in South Portland, with his wife Sarah and four children.