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    Tuesday Jan 29, 2013 | 10:43 am

    CBRE’s 2013 office market outlook

    Last week’s annual forecast conference of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association (MEREDA) saw the release of CBRE | The Boulos Company‘s annual office market survey for greater Portland. This year’s forecast extends the industry’s cautiously optimistic tone that’s been characteristic of the past few years. Granted, office vacancy rates are still relatively high compared to where they were before the recession. But tenants are finally taking advantage of […]

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    Friday Jan 25, 2013 | 5:07 pm

    On the Move: Week of January 21-25

    NEW FACES Karen Getchell joined Maine Community Health Options as manager of provider contracting. Getchell has more than 15 years of experience at Martin’s Point Health Care. Smita Sonti, MD, joined Martin’s Point Health Care at its South Portland Health Care Center. Dr. Sonti is board certified in family medicine. She previously worked at Second Street Family Practice in Auburn, part of the St. Mary’s Health System.   Ellen Jordan […]

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    Wednesday Jan 23, 2013 | 3:34 pm

    Electricity in New England is cheap — so why are electric bills expensive?

    We just posted a wire story about how New England’s wholesale electric prices are at their lowest levels in a decade — largely due to falling prices for natural gas, which is the dominant fuel source for the region’s power plants. The price of gas has fallen 20% in the past year, according to ISO New England, the overseer of the region’s high-voltage electric transmission lines and wholesale electricity markets. […]

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  • Tuesday Jan 22, 2013 | 4:35 pm

    Creative Portland launches new site to lure new residents, businesses

    This afternoon, at a public conversation between the Maine Arts Commission and the local Creative Portland Corporation, city officials and economic development officials are taking the wraps off a brand-new website whose goal is to connect creative-economy Portlanders and recruit more people and businesses to move to our city (disclosure: until last month when I joined the Press Herald, I worked on this site extensively as the editor of Creative […]

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    Friday Jan 18, 2013 | 3:46 pm

    On the Move: Week of January 14 – 18

    Blogger’s note: Welcome to the new Commercial Confidential blog! In addition to hosting updates from Maine’s business community and indicators from Maine’s economy, this will be the new online home for our weekly "On the Move" columns. As always, submit your workplace’s news of new employees, promotions, professional honors and milestones — with photos and LinkedIn URLs, if available — to business [at] pressherald.com. Thanks for reading! NEW FACES Martin’s […]

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  • Thursday Jan 17, 2013 | 3:54 pm

    Will higher cigarette taxes in Maine help New Hampshire?

    Today’s paper has a story from Kelley Bouchard about an effort to increase Maine’s cigarette taxes by $1.50 a pack (from the current $2 per pack rate). Advocates say that the tax hike would discourage the unhealthy habit and generate more funding for better health care. But new estimates from Michigan’s libertarian Mackinac Center for Public Policy indicate that such efforts might be undermined by our neighbors in New Hampshire. In […]

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