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Regional Program – Paying for Growth: The Role of TIF and Value Capture in Maine and Beyond

January 22, 2019
3:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Drummond Woodsum
84 Marginal Way, Suite 600
Portland, ME 04101 United States
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Join us in Portland, Maine on January 22nd to learn how cities looking to grow in a fiscally sustainable manner can capture some of the new investment taking place through tools such as Tax Increment Financing (TIF). This session will look at how TIF works in Maine, and how it is similar and different from other forms of value capture.

  • How can private developers and investors use value capture tools to help make their projects better while funding needed infrastructure?
  • What changes could the new Governor and legislature consider to increase effective use of these tools?


Featured Panelists:

Anthony Flint, Senior Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Anthony is engaged in writing and research on a variety of topics related to sustainable cities, including the financing of infrastructure, building climate resilience, the regeneration of post-industrial cities, and affordable housing. A contributor to the Lincoln Institute’s magazine Land Lines and author of the feature Mayor’s Desk, he recently published the article The Hidden Costs of TIF, expanding on the Lincoln Institute report Improving Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for Economic Development. He is also correspondent at The Atlantic’s CityLab and The Boston Globe, and writes for The New RepublicMetropolis, Next CityArchitect magazine, Planning magazine, Planetizen, and many other publications.




Joan Fortin, Shareholder & Director of Attorney Recruiting, Bernstein Shur
Joan is a shareholder at Bernstein Shur in Portland, Maine.  She has extensive experience working with Maine’s tax increment financing (TIF) program over the past 20 years, during which time she has assisted private developer clients and public municipal clients in creating a wide variety of economic development partnerships all over the state of Maine. For full bio click here




Gregory N. L’Heureux, CPA, Finance Director, City of South Portland
Greg is responsible for the financial stewardship of South Portland, including overseeing and managing capital and operating budgets, financial investments and reporting, procurement, debt management, assessing, and information technology.  He has extensive experience in TIF districts having worked on dozens for a multitude of communities. Prior to joining the City of South Portland, Greg brought twelve years of experience leading the finance departments in the Town of Freeport, Maine and the City of Bath, Maine. Greg is extremely active in the government accounting profession.  He was President of the Maine GFOA as well as President and long-term Board member of the New England States GFOA.  Greg currently is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Maine Municipal Employees Health Trust.



Moderator: Jeff Levine, AICP, Director,
Planning & Urban Development Department, City of Portland
Jeff has been involved with land use planning on the local and regional level for 20 years. In Portland, he’s been involved with Portland’s Plan 2030; development of a form-based code for the India Street neighborhood; creation of an inclusionary housing ordinance and robust Housing Trust; and other changes to operations and local ordinances to promote a sustainable city. Before coming to Portland, he was the Director of Planning & Community Development for Brookline, MA, the Director of Transportation & Long Range Planning for the City of Somerville, MA, and a regional planner for the Cape Cod Commission. A New England native, he has been involved in a number of land use transformations, including the redevelopment of the Assembly Square district in Somerville; planning for the introduction of a new light rail transit line in Somerville, and redevelopment of a Brookline church into a mixed-income housing development.


Thank You To Our Host:




 Member Non-Members
Private Sector $30 $40
Public Sector/Nonprofit $25 $35
Young Leader (under 35) $20 $30
Student (full time) $15 $20

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