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Maine Development Foundation


Leadership Intensive

Leadership Intensive is an experience-based, skill development curriculum for managers and professionals of public, private and nonprofit organizations. The 14-day program spans 8 months from September to April. It includes an Outward Bound component in the beautiful Maine woods. The program also features a community project that implements learned tools and skills in a real issue facing our community. Learn more.

Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative

Formed in 2016, The Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative is a collaborative effort by forest product industry and community stakeholders to reinvigorate Maine’s forest economy and ensure that Maine’s rural communities prosper. The forest products industry has a long and proud heritage in Maine, and remains a significant economic driver in the state’s economy. At the same time, rapid marketplace changes have led to the closure of six pulp and paper mills in recent years, with profound impacts on Maine’s rural communities. As global markets shift, new ideas and strategies are needed to keep Maine’s forest economy strong and ensure the state’s rural communities prosper. The Maine Forest Economy Growth Initiative is supported by the Maine Development Foundation, through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. Learn more.

Leadership Maine

Leadership Maine is a premier experiential leadership program where participants learn firsthand about the critical issues facing Maine through an intensive behind-the-scenes program that provides access to the key community and business leaders. Learn more.  

Maine Downtown Center

The Maine Downtown Center works with downtowns across the state in their revitalization efforts and fosters downtown development that is dynamic and community-based. Learn more.

Maine Economic Growth Council

The Maine Economic Growth Council is a non-partisan group established to develop a long-range economic plan for the state and the annual Measures of Growth report on the Maine economy. Learn more.

Next Step Maine Employers' Initiative

The Next Step Maine Employers’ Initiative provides Maine's public and private employers with technical assistance, resources, and training opportunities for providing educational support services to employees, as well as statewide recognition for taking steps to support college degree and certificate achievement for their employees.
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Policy Leaders Academy

The Policy Leaders Academy is a non-partisan educational program for Maine legislators on the Maine economy designed to provide a clear understanding of Maine’s dynamic and regional economies and the impact of public policy decisions on the economy.  Learn more.


REALIZE!Maine raises awareness of opportunities for young people (age 20-40) to realize their professional and personal aspirations in Maine, and connects them to social, civic, and career opportunities throughout the state. Learn more.

Grants to Green Maine

Grants to Green Maine, a partnership between the Maine Community Foundation, Maine Development Foundation, and Efficiency Maine, provides environmentally focused knowledge and funding to strengthen nonprofits. Learn more.

Making Maine Work Report Series

The Maine Development Foundation and Maine State Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present Maine’s Labor Shortage: New Mainers and Diversity. The report continues the strategic focus of both organizations on the quantity and quality of Maine’s workforce. Learn more.



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“The Maine Development Foundation is one of the most important and effective non-profit voices in Maine advocating for economic and social progress in our great State. Investing in the Foundation is investing in the future of Maine.” - Kevin Hancock, President, Hancock Lumber Company


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