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Maine Development Foundation

Empowering. Strengthening. Guiding.

The Maine Development Foundation (MDF) drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for Maine. MDF stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues.

We’ve Moved!

We’ve moved our offices to the historic Stevens Commons campus in Hallowell. Please be patient during our transition and we look forward to seeing you in our new digs.

MDF Announces the 2018 Champions of Economic Development and Distinguished Leadership Awards

MDF is pleased to recognize outstanding, innovative work and steadfast dedication to driving economic growth and improving the lives of all Mainers through the annual, statewide awards to Champions of Economic Development and for Distinguished Leadership.

“These five awards honor individuals, organizations and businesses who are involved day in and day out in innovative and critical work that is strengthening communities, growing our economy and expanding opportunities for all Mainers” says Yellow Light Breen, MDF’s President and CEO. “Their efforts represent actionable and scalable methods to ensure Maine continues to be a great place to live and work for decades to come.”

Congratulations to this year’s awardees:
2018 William F. King, Jr., Downtown Champion Award
Susan Lessard, Town Manager, Town of Bucksport,
& Brook Ewing Minner, Main Street Bucksport
2018 Champion of Education and Workforce Development
Johnny’s Selected Seeds
2018 Champion Economic Development for Innovation
Charlotte Mace, Executive Director, Biobased Maine
2018 ICL Distinguished Alumni Award
Jane Morrison
2018 Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award
Sawin Millet

For more on each award, read the full press release here.

Thanks For Joining Us October 25th For Our 2018 Leadership Alumni Summit and our 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Celebration

We want to thank the more than 360 members, partners, donors, alumni and friends who joined us October 25th at Brick South in Portland for our 2018 Leadership Alumni Summit and our 40th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Celebration.

We are thrilled that Alumni found the afternoon networking and professional development workshops engaging and inspiring. Huge kudos to the presenters from nine different organizations who are doing exemplary work around the state to grow Maine’s workforce by attracting and retaining skilled employees from key populations.

A big round of applause to the winners of our 2018 Champions of Economic Development Distinguished Leadership awards! You are shining examples of how to drive economic growth and improve the lives of all Mainers day in and day out.

To see a slideshow of photos from the day, click here.

Here's a look back on how much we've all accomplished together over four decades and perspective from the men and women who led the work:

MDF 40 Years video


Alumni Challenge Match Campaign

Calling all Alumni of our Leadership Development Programs! Bangor Savings Bank has issued a $40,000 Challenge Match to Alumni of our ICL Leadership Intensive and Leadership Maine Programs. The Deadline to contribute is December 31, 2018.

We know you are up to the Challenge! For more information and to contribute to our Alumni Annual Campaign click on the following links:

Leadership Maine Alumni
ICL Leadership Intensive Alumni

Thank you in advance for your support!



Revive Civility in Maine

MDF is partnering with the National Institute for Civil Discourse to launch Revive Civility in Maine. Learn more about the initiative here. Join us in making Maine even better at having the critical conversations that will move us forward economically, build community and strengthen leaders.

Read the press release: NICD Launches in Maine.

  What is MaineSpark?

MaineSpark is a 10-year commitment from Maine’s most influential education and business leaders to work together to ensure that Maine’s workforce is productive and competitive.

MaineSpark organizations connect people with the education, training, jobs, programs and resources needed to thrive in Maine’s robust and changing economy. MaineSpark is powered by a coalition of organizations—schools and universities, nonprofits and foundations, government agencies and businesses—with a common goal: by 2025, 60% of Mainers will hold education and workforce credentials that position Maine and its families for success. Learn more here. Click here to go to the MaineSpark website.

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