MEREDA Matters Podcast

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MEREDA Matters

The Real Estate Podcast with Insider Conversations You’ll Want to Hear!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/5″][vc_column_text][/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/5″][vc_column_text]Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall listening in on a conversation between Maine’s real estate industry leaders? You’re in luck – MEREDA now has a podcast: MEREDA Matters! This is not your typical Q&A session. This is a podcast that puts you in the room with the people who are driving responsible development in Maine. It’s dynamic and we don’t know where each conversation will go, but with MEREDA President Craig Young and other MEREDA members leading the conversation, you’re sure to learn something new each episode. MEREDA Matters gives you insider conversations that highlight the people, stories, and relationships behind the real estate and development deals in Maine. Listen to a new conversation each month!

“I’ve been a part of MEREDA for years, and what has always stood out to me is the people. At every MEREDA event, I always have a great conversation with someone. The MEREDA Matters podcast is about sharing those great, insider conversations. We rub elbows with these folks professionally, but what makes them excited to get up in the morning? What are they putting in their coffee? What matters most to them? Let’s get into it together!”

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Podcast Episodes

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Episode 7 – July 2023 – Next Up!

A conversation with Sonja Trauss, YIMBY Activist and Responsible Housing Advocate

Sonja Trauss, Executive Director of Yes in My Back Yard (YIMBY), sits down with MEREDA Vice President Shannon Richards and MEREDA President Craig Young for the seventh episode of MEREDA Matters – the podcast that puts you in the room with the people who are driving responsible development in Maine. Trauss lives in the Bay Area in California and shares her journey from high school math teacher to housing activist. What started as Trauss ranting with friends about the lack of housing in San Francisco evolved into two advocacy organizations, YIMBY and YIMBY law, with 18 employees and 43 chapters in 19 states. Trauss sees herself as an activist for the end user of housing developments – the housing consumer, and discusses her organizations’ approach to promoting housing creation with advocacy, organizing, and focused legal action that requires cities to honor their own existing zoning laws rather than create subjective barriers for housing creation. The group also discusses ways for people to get started as a housing activist such as the very effective action of calling elected officials and showing up to local planning board meetings to make a public comment in favor of housing.

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Episode 6 – June 2023 

Deirdre Wadsworth, President of Hardypond Construction, sits down with MEREDA Vice President Shannon Richards and MEREDA President Craig Young for the sixth episode of MEREDA Matters – the podcast that puts you in the room with the people who are driving responsible development in Maine. Wadsworth discusses the type of projects Hardypond specializes in, and how they are often completing renovations on buildings that are occupied. As one of three women in Maine to own a commercial construction company, Wadsworth talks about her journey from sweeping floors at the jobsite as a kid and hating construction to earning an MBA and taking over her dad’s company in her thirties. Wadsworth goes on to share her management style and how hiring a business coach was one of the best things she did when she decided she wanted to run Hardypond.

The group discusses the challenges in construction, such as material pricing and delays, and how this new norm requires a focus on scheduling and ordering materials upfront. The group also talks about how much has changed for women working in the industry over the last decade and why it’s so important to include women’s perspectives in development and construction.

What is one of the best books Deirdre has read recently? Listen to the conversation to find out!  https://mereda-matters.simplecast.com/[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1675376294135{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”32001″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text el_class=”podcast-header”]

Episode 5 – May 2023 

Brit Vitalius, President of Rental Housing Alliance (RHA) and Principal at Vitalius Real Estate Group, and Jessica James, Principal at Longfellow Communications, sit down with MEREDA Board Member Gary Vogel and MEREDA President Craig Young for the fifth episode of MEREDA Matters – the podcast that puts you in the room with the people who are driving responsible development in Maine.

Vitalius and James discuss the RHA’s Rent Control Amendment, a grassroots effort to enact a critical change to Portland’s rent control that would allow landlords to reset the rent in vacant units to market rate. The pair discusses how the amendment, which is on the upcoming June 13th ballot, would have a significant positive impact on both existing tenants and rental housing providers. Vitalius shares the history of the Rent Control ordinance in Portland’s elections and outlines some of its unintended consequences. For example, since the ordinance passed in 2020, many tenants have seen more rent increases as landlords try to keep pace with the market. James discusses the issue of having voters trying to parse complex policy and the burden it places on rental housing providers. Vitalius explains how the Rent Control Amendment will maintain all the current protections for tenants and argues it is what’s best for housing development in Portland. The group discusses the problems with the referendum process in Portland and finishes the discussion by urging people to get out and vote on June 13th.

Is it Brit or Jessica who enjoys a dirty vodka martini at the end of a busy day? Listen to the conversation to find out! https://mereda-matters.simplecast.com/[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1675376294135{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”31823″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text el_class=”podcast-header”]

Episode 4 – April 2023 

Our fourth episode with co-hosts Shannon Richards and Craig Young, features guests Catherine Culley, Partner and Co-Founder of Redfern Properties and  Erin Cooperrider,  Principal of NewHeight Group.

Erin and Catherine sit down with MEREDA Vice President Shannon Richards and MEREDA President Craig Young for the fourth episode of MEREDA Matters – the podcast that puts you in the room with the people who are driving responsible development in Maine. As two successful women in development who, together, have brought over 1,000 housing units to market, Cooperrider and Culley share how they started working in development and their experience working in a male-dominated field. Culley shares how she went from flipping her own house to working on some of the most substantial projects in the state of Maine, with 500 units currently under construction. For Cooperrider, after earning her degree in journalism she ended up in the development world after moving to Maine, eventually serving as the Development Director for Community Housing of Maine for 17 years.

Both women talk about their ambition and what they feel women bring to the table in the development world. Discussing their joint venture, the transformation of Mercy Hospital’s State Street campus, Cooperrider and Culley share how the project came together and their take on the impact of the new Inclusionary Zoning mandate.  Where is Catherine Culley and Erin Cooperrider’s favorite place to grab a bite to eat in Maine? Listen to the conversation to find out! https://mereda-matters.simplecast.com/[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1675376294135{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”31262″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text el_class=”podcast-header”]

Episode 3 – March 2023

Our third episode with co-hosts Craig Young and Paul Peck, featuring guests Dan Brennan of MaineHousing and Kevin Bunker of Developers Collaborative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1675376294135{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”30842″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text el_class=”podcast-header”]

Episode 2 – February 2023

Our second episode with co-hosts Craig Young and Paul Peck, featuring guests Scott Kelley and Karl Strand of Boyne Resorts.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1675376288474{padding-bottom: 25px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_single_image image=”30679″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” onclick=”custom_link”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”3/4″][vc_column_text el_class=”podcast-header”]

Episode 1 – January 2023

Check out our 1st Episode featuring Kevin French, Chairman, CEO, Landry / French Construction, Co.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]