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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.

Hiring Workers from the Justice System: A Maine Downtown Institute

We hope you will join us on Wednesday March 20, 2019 for a Maine Downtown Institute in Rockland, Maine. Workforce can be a challenge in both small downtown businesses and other larger employers. Join us for an informative and inspiration session that will share experience, strategies and opportunities to recruit and train people returning to the workforce. Business owners, hiring managers, municipal leaders, economic and community development professionals and downtown revitalization leaders are encouraged to attend.


ICL Graduation

They have been to the mountaintop and they have seen the promise of leading the ICL way – with compassion, facilitation and collaboration. Come celebrate with the ICL Mt. Abram class as they graduate and head back into their work and communities with new purpose and skills. Join us Friday, April 5th at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth. For more information and tickets click here.

Applications Being Accepted for 2019-2020 Leadership Program Classes – Find Out More at an Upcoming Recruiting Briefing

You are a leader ... but are you up for the challenge? Applications being accepted for the 2019-2020 classes of both MDF's Leadership Maine and Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) programs.

To learn more and connect with the powerful, 1,800+ Alumni Network of these programs, join us for a Leadership Recruiting Briefing near you. See the complete schedule and register here.

Nominate a colleague or apply today.


MDF’s 2019 Annual Meeting – Save the Date!

Save the Date for MDF’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Champions of Economic Development Awards Celebration:

Friday, September 27, 2019
Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

Come be inspired as we celebrate the innovative and enduring work MDF, it’s partners, members and collaborators are doing to drive economic improvement and enhance the quality of life for all Mainers

Details, registration and ticket information coming soon.


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 has been extended to February 28, 2019.

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!


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.


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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