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MEREDA's Morning Menu Breakfast Event - Parking for Successful Development: Threading the Needle

March 14, 2017 - 7:30AM
to 9:00PM

Portland Regency Hotel
20 Milk Street
Portland, ME

About the Event:

Buffet Breakfast: 7:30-8:00 am
Program: 8:00-9:00 am

Developments usually need parking. Whether provided on-site or nearby, many people drive to their destination and expect to be able to park when they get there. But parking is expensive. Surface spaces in the city can cost up to $10,000 each and structured parking can be over $25,000 a space. Parking can also take up land that could be used for additional net floor area or other amenities. So it's more important than ever to find that balance.

This event brings together professionals from the parking business, local government, and the development world to discuss parking. Should it be free or priced strategically? Should cities require parking or let the market handle it? What about alternatives to driving? Will self-driving cars reduce the need for parking? Join us on March 14th from 7:30 9:00 AM at the Portland Regency Hotel for an interesting discussion about a topic we often take for granted.

About the Panel:

Jeff Levine, AICP, has been involved with land use planning on the local and regional level for 20 years. Before coming to Portland, he was the Director of Planning & Community Development for Brookline, MA, where he managed the completion of the town's award-winning Comprehensive Plan and a public realm plan for the Route 9 corridor into Boston. A New England native, he has been involved in a number of land use transformations, including the redevelopment of the Assembly Square district in Somerville; planning for the introduction of a new light rail transit line in Somerville; redevelopment of John Kennedy's boyhood church into a mixed-income housing development in Brookline; and the redevelopment of the Bayside district in Portland.

Jim Bennett is a lifelong resident of Maine, grew up in Town of Lisbon and is currently City Manager in Biddeford, Maine. Jim has an impressive history of public service in Maine, starting his career at age 21 as an elected municipal official.  Over his 35 years of municipal service, the communities served have received a number of recognitions, including All-American City designation.  He was recently the president of ICMA and has been recognized by ICMA for several outstanding programs implemented under his direction as well as award the Manager of the Year by MTCMA. 

Jim's public service includes serving as the municipal manager for the communities Dixfield, New Gloucester, Old Orchard Beach, Westbrook, Lewiston, Sabattus and Presque Isle.  During his tenure in Lewiston (2002-2009), the community double in state valuation and experienced unparalleled growth in the downtown.  He was designated 2003 Manager of the Year by the Maine town & City Management  Association and received the 2006. 

Dan McNutt, Founder and Managing Partner of Unified Parking Partners (UPP) is a Maine native and graduate of the University of Maine Orono. Following a career in sales and marketing immediately following college, McNutt co-founded Unified Parking Partners with his partner Sam Medile of Annapolis, Maryland in 2012. Recognizing a need for focused parking management in the Portland ME market, UPP was able to bring effective management strategies, covering the needs of all parking verticals, including commercial garage and flat lot management; hospitality related parking management, event parking operations, and parking related monitoring and enforcement.  UPP has focused on automated equipment solutions, and has been extremely successful in bringing significant value to both their clients, as well as the communities that they operate in.

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