|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|May 07, 2014|
|First-Ever Forum Set on Maine’s Status as Last Place for Business
Expert to join business, municipal and real estate professionals to discuss how to catapult Maine from last to first on Forbes Magazine’s "Best States to Do Business" list
|PORTLAND, Maine – Heads rolled recently when Forbes Magazine listed Maine as the worst state in which to do business. But, until now, public and private leaders from the business, real estate, and municipal realms had yet to meet or collaborate on the topic. Today, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) announced that it will host a forum on May 20th, in Portland, to discuss this very issue. The event will be a gathering of Maine’s top professionals and will focus on the ingredients of creating a successful economic development plan.
“Maine’s economy is showing signs of growth, but we want to build on current momentum and ensure it is sustainable and more robust,” said Drew Sigfridson, president of MEREDA in making the event announcement. “Attendees will gain new insights and have a unique opportunity to take part in ongoing dialogue that MEREDA is having with policymakers to build a successful economic plan for the state.”
Renowned economist Alan Hall will serve as keynote, while well-known Mainer Andrea Cianchette Maker will facilitate a conversation with panelists and attendees on how Maine might be able to catapult to the top of the list.
Hall is a business leader from Utah, which is the state that Forbes ranked at the top of its list, completely opposite from Maine’s ranked status. Hall will discuss the similarities and differences between Maine and Utah, as well as provide suggestions on how Maine can advance its ranking.
A panel of Maine leaders will seek to synthesize Hall’s advice, identify Maine’s strengths and opportunities and provide ideas to advance its economy. Maker will encourage audience participation, and has been tapped with bringing feedback to Maine’s top elected and appointed officials.
“Registration is open for this exclusive event,” said Shelly Clark of MEREDA. “This is a hot topic and seats will go quickly.”
Discount admission available for many. Click here to register for the event.
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