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Maine Development Foundation

About Us

The Maine Development Foundation (MDF) is a private, non-partisan membership organization that drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for the State of Maine. MDF's strategic focus is a productive workforce. We believe that a productive worker is one that is educated, healthy, innovative, and engaged in their community and the economy.

MDF stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues by:

  • Empowering leaders
  • Strengthening communities
  • Guiding public policy with trusted economic research

Created in statute in 1978, MDF is a unique and trusted non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. MDF works statewide across all sectors.

MDF Members

MDF membership of over 250 represents private companies, educational institutions, municipalities, government agencies, and non-profit organizations throughout the state. MDF provides a common ground for leaders to discuss and act on issues affecting Maine's economy.

MDF Board of Directors

The MDF Board of Directors is comprised of no less than fifteen business people, educators, government officials and community leaders, who are elected each year from among MDF's members.

MDF Staff

MDF has a staff of professionals overseeing program and research responsibilities. Additionally, MDF makes extensive use of volunteers, loaned executives and consultants in delivering its work.

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Phone 207-622-6345

“MDF is a special creature of state law enabled to bring private sector thinking and experience to state government planning and program implementation. There is no other entity like it.”- Kay Rand, Managing Director, Bernstein Shur Government Solutions LLC


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