Economic research

Maine Institute for Economic Research Announces Leadership

AUGUSTA – The Maine Economic Research Institute – following its announcement in April that it has restored its research and reporting on key state economic policies, legislation and the votes of state lawmakers – directors announced following and the president of the organization.

Clif Greim, PE, was elected Chairman of MERI’s Board of Directors. Greim is President of Frosty Hill Consulting and Chairman of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board of Educate Maine. He is also a member of the University of Maine Dean’s Advisory Council and sits on the University of Southern Maine Board of Visitors. Greim retired as president and CEO of architecture, engineering and planning firm Harriman in 2020.


Kimberly Lindlof, longtime president and CEO of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Central Maine Growth Council since 2014, was elected Vice Chair of MERI’s Board of Directors. Lindlof also serves on the boards of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Maine’s State Workforce Board, and the Kennebec Valley Tourism Council, as well as numerous community and economic development steering committees and advisory boards. His past board experience is extensive and includes the Maine Community College System.


Simon West, Director of Human Resources for the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, assumed the role of President of MERI. West holds an MBA from Thomas College and has worked in banking and finance since 2010. He is also treasurer of the Pine Grove Program, a nonprofit organization aimed at serving veterans and first responders.


MERI is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides information on the economic impact of state policies, legislative proposals, and the votes of state legislators. MERI’s goal is to improve economic policy development in Maine; and strengthen Maine’s business climate, competitiveness and overall economy. MERI’s research and reports, including legislators’ scores, are shared in MERI’s Roll Call publication at the end of each legislative session. These are the only objective research-based ratings in Maine that are determined by the impact of legislative policy on Maine’s economy.