Bridges, Broadband, & Roads:  MEREDA to Host Spring Conference on What the Infrastructure Bills Means for Maine

On May 24, 2022, the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) will host a dynamic and forward-looking conference on how the recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act will affect Maine’s economy. Facilitating a multifaceted discussion, MEREDA’s Spring Conference brings together a line-up of exciting speakers and panelists to explore the impact this influx of federal money will have on our state.

“There are so many industries that will be touched by the Infrastructure Bill. The scale of opportunity and the scale of effort that will be required is astonishing,” says MEREDA President Joshua Fifield. “From important policy discussions to a look at where the rubber will actually meet the road, our Spring Conference brings together industry leaders and offers an opportunity for us to do a deep dive into this important topic.”

MEREDA will host keynote speakers Commissioner Heather Johnson from the Department of Economic and Community Development and Dale Doughty, Director of Planning at the Maine Department of Transportation. The conference will also include an economic impact presentation from Dr. Charles Colgan, a Senior Research Advisor at Maine Center for Business and Economic Research and former State Economist of Maine.

Complementing these presentations, the stage will later turn to a moderated discussion with four in-state experts who will share their perspectives. Panelists will include Scott Jason of Cianbro Construction, Michael Stoddard of Efficiency Maine, Greg Payne from the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, and Kerem Durdag of GWI Broadband. The panel will be moderated by Brain Curley, Architect and Director of Design and Construction at MaineHealth.

MEREDA will also unveil its 2022 MEREDA Index, which is underwritten by Eaton Peabody and supported by Katahdin Trust Co., MaineHousing, and XPress Copy; as well as recognize its 2021 Notable Project recipients at the Spring Conference. The conference will be held in accordance with  current CDC safety guidelines at The Holiday Inn By the Bay from 1pm to 5pm on Tuesday, May 24. A virtual attendance option is also available. In-person broker, appraiser, and architect attendees are eligible for Continuing Education Credits. This event is sponsored by NBT Bank, Cianbro, Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure, Efficiency Maine, Mainebiz, Maine Magazine, Premium Parking, Pierce Atwood, Sevee & Maher Engineers, People’s United Bank, Tangram 3DS, Redstone, Perkins Thompson, and AAA Energy Service Co.. For more information, or to register for the conference please visit

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