MEREDA’s 2018 Annual Real Estate Spring Conference “Workforce Challenges: How Innovation Can Help”

resizedReal estate is Maine’s second most important driver of GDP and, thus, crucial to our economic health. But, with an aging population and fewer skilled crafts workers, how can the industry find workers to keep pace, never mind positioning for growth? With an older infrastructure, record low unemployment, mounting regulatory hurdles, and a high demand for lifestyle properties, Maine faces considerable challenges.

Join the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA) on May 16, 2018 at the Holiday Inn By the Bay in Portland for a discussion about workforce challenges and how innovation can help at its 2018 Annual Real Estate Spring Conference. MEREDA is pleased to open the day with a presentation about the economic and demographic composition of this important Maine industry, followed by a wide-ranging conversation from a leading national expert about how firms can embrace new technologies (such as drones, robotics, and 3D printing) and methodologies (such as LEAN principles, hiring and training strategies, work culture) to attract labor, meet quality benchmarks, and position our industry-and Maine-for growth.

A panel of local experts will share their perspectives on how Maine is dealing with these issues.

Attendees Will:

  • Gain insight into the impact new innovative techniques have on the labor shortage and on the real estate industry.
  • Learn about the demographic conditions that exist within the real estate industry; who’s leaving it, who’s joining it, the hiring and retention challenges. Also being discussed will be forecasts and outlooks on specific occupations and skill sets.
  • Learn about what new opportunities exist for people coming into the industry, and how our communities and state will change as these new technologies enter the mix.

MEREDA will also recognize the Top Notable Projects for 2017 and will unveil the latest edition of the “MEREDA Index” supported by SMRT Architects Engineers. This metric measures the pulse of the state’s commercial real estate industry, including sale and lease activity, construction starts and other data, aggregated into one figure as an indicator of this important sector of Maine’s economy.

APPROVED for 3.0 Hours of Real Estate Broker, Appraiser, Architect & Legal Continuing Education Credits. 

About the Event: 

MEREDA’s Annual Real Estate Spring Conference
“Workforce Challenges: How Innovation Can Help”

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Holiday Inn By the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME

Event Schedule

Registration | Exhibits
12:00 – 1:00 PM

1:00 – 5:00 PM

5:00 – 6:00 PM

Registering for this Event:

MEREDA Member: $85 each  | Non – Member: $125 each
Non-Profit Rate: $55.00 | Students: FREE**
Municipal Officials & Employees: FREE**
Legislators & Agency Employees: FREE**

* Prices increase by $15 after May 9th

** MEREDA is pleased to provide subsidized admission for students and municipal officials. Call MEREDA at (207) 874-0801 for details. 

MEREDA’s 2018 Annual Real Estate Spring Conference is sponsored by NBT Bank, Trane, Ducas Construction, Eaton Peabody, People’s United Bank, AAA Energy Services Co., Pierce Atwood, LLP, PDT Architects, Mainebiz, ReVision Energy, RPF Environmental and Sevee & Maher Engineers, Inc. 

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