Industrial Landscape Changes - A Panel Discussion

    November 19, 2020
    2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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    As changes to the uses in traditional industrial space accelerates, access and availability to these spaces across Greater Portland and Maine is tightening.  Once plentiful industrial and warehouse spaces have largely been converted to office and commercial uses like restaurants and bars, while our world-renowned breweries have created substantial demand for brew-ready industrial space. With traditional industrial needs growing, and options shrinking, business owners need to get creative. Throwing a curveball into these already notable challenges? The change in cannabis regulation in the state of Maine, which means marijuana grow entities are now also competing for the same, very limited, space. What does all of this mean for the future of Maine’s premier food, beer, and traditional manufacturing, and how can the A/E/C industry prepare for potential changes in how industrial space is developed and utilized?

    Join us to learn more from our panel of experts to learn what the future holds for investment and development of new industrial spaces in our region. Moderated by Maine’s leading industrial broker, Justin Lamontagne, the panel brings together diverse perspectives from all areas of this timely conversation. 

    About our Moderator:

    Justin Lamontagne, CCIM, SIOR - NAI The Dunham Group
    Justin Lamontagne joined NAI The Dunham Group in 2011. In 2016, he earned Partnership in the firm and, in 2019, was named Designated Broker. He has worked in commercial real estate since 2006 and has successfully brokered transactions in all sectors of commercial real estate, specializing in industrial, office and investment properties. Justin's services and expertise include: Industrial & Office Buyer/Tenant strategic planning, site searches and representation; Industrial and Office Seller/Landlord strategic planning and representation; and Commercial property valuation and real estate consulting. In 2013, Justin was named the Maine Commercial Association Realtor of the Year. In 2015, he earned the prestigious CCIM accreditation, an international membership comprised of the world's top commercial real estate professionals.  In 2017 he earned the Society of Industrial & Office Realtor’s (SIOR) designation, a global network of only 3,000 industry leaders. In doing so, he became the 5th broker in the state of Maine to carry both CCIM & SIOR honors. Annually, Justin is the author of NAI The Dunham Group’s Greater Portland Industrial Market Survey, a comprehensive study and inventory of the local industrial market.

    About our Panelists:

    Josh Benthian, Partner/CEO - Northland Enterprises
    Josh is the Chief Executive Officer and partner at Portland-based developer, Northland Enterprises.  Northland specializes in tenant-driven build-to-suit projects in the industrial and office sectors.   Josh has led the acquisition and development of over $100 mm of manufacturing, office, retail and adaptive reuse projects including the 79,000 sf Harvey Performance manufacturing facility currently under construction in Gorham. His previous developments include complex historic renovations of the Baxter Library in Portland and the #1 Mill in Sanford, the redevelopments of Century Tire in Portland, and the Kennebec Journal newspaper facility in Augusta.  Josh has relevant first-hand experience in complex alternative financing sources, including New Markets Tax Credits, Historic Tax Credits, and Tax Increment Financing.  Josh graduated from Colgate University in 2001 with a degree in philosophy and lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife Kate, son Jack, and daughter Maggie.

    Erik Gunderson, Director - Maine Office of Marijuana Policy
    In his role as Director of the Maine Office of Marijuana Policy, Erik oversees a newly-created agency of state government that is responsible for all aspects of licensing, regulation, and oversight of Maine’s medical use of marijuana and adult use marijuana programs. He is no stranger to public service and marijuana policy, having been at the heart of Maine’s recreational legalization efforts since it was first passed by voters. Prior to joining Governor Janet Mills’ Administration, Erik served as a Policy Advisor in the Office of the Speaker of the House. In his capacity as Policy Advisor to Speaker Sara Gideon, he served as her chief liaison to the Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee, the committee which wrote the law for Maine’s adult use marijuana industry. A Bangor native, Erik now lives in Portland with his wife, Erin, and daughter, Ainsley. Erik holds a B.A. from the University of Maine.

    Lisa Martin, Executive Director - Manufacturers' Association of Maine
    Lisa G. Martin is executive director of the Manufacturers’ Association of Maine and has 20+ years in economic, workforce and business development. Lisa currently sits on the Maine Technology Institute Precision Manufacturing Board, University of Maine, Advanced Manufacturing Center-Board of Advisors, The Maine Policy Center Board of Advisors, the Robotics Institute of Maine Executive Board, CEI Capital Management Board, and is an Alumni of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Mu Class. Lisa holds a BA from University of Southern Maine, a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development (CED) from New Hampshire College and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Lisa lives in her home town of Portland.


    • Panel and Q&A: 2pm-3:30pm


    Online registration will close at 3pm the day before the event. 



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