PORTLAND, Maine — The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the entity charged with redeveloping the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, is hosting the 2013 Base Redevelopment Forum beginning Wednesday at the Portland Harbor Hotel.
The two-day event is sponsored by the Association of Defense Communities, the country’s leading organization focused on military base redevelopment.
Nearly 150 industry leaders representing redevelopment communities from throughout the United States are scheduled to attend.
MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque, Loring Development Authority president and CEO Carl Flora and Maine Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner George Gervais are among those who will speak at the event. Attendees will tour the former Navy base, now called Brunswick Landing, on Thursday.
“Maine literally has a seat at the table in the ongoing redevelopment efforts at both Loring and Brunswick,” Gervais said in a release Wednesday. Gervais serves on the boards of both the Loring Development Authority and the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.
According to the release, the state of Maine has invested nearly $8 million in the redevelopment of Brunswick Landing, with those funds leveraging more than $100 million in private investment to date and nearly $33 million in additional federal funds.
“As a state we are committed to the successful redevelopment of both former bases at Loring and Brunswick,” Gov. Paul LePage said in the release. “Maine is an active partner in these redevelopment efforts, and it’s that public-private partnership that is so critical to attracting new investment and new jobs to Maine.”