We can move mountains.

MDF curricula and training prepares leaders of all types to adapt to ever-changing challenges and opportunities.

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Creating vibrant downtowns

MDF’s Maine Downtown Center Program serves as a statewide resource for preservation-based downtown revitalization.

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Unbiased data can inform the future

MDF’s multi-sector, non-partisan methods of collecting and testing data then sharing it across our network is why we’re one of the most trusted sources of economic data in Maine.


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There’s a place at the table for you!

MDF encourages you to join the conversation and make a real difference in determining Maine’s future. 

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Catalyze. Strengthen. Guide.

MDF is a non-partisan, statewide driver of sustainable economic growth in Maine. We connect people, decision-makers, and communities through trusted research, leadership development, and creative partnerships to stimulate new ideas, solve problems, and improve the lives of all Mainers. 

Lead Now!

MDF’s new slate of virtual leadership development programs starts November 19th. Register now for offerings designed to help you navigate uncertainties, strengthen communities, and implement recovery plans in response to COVID-19 and in the pursuit of racial equity

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Leadership Bicentennial Blog: Celebrating 200 Years of Leadership that Continues to Shape Maine

In celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial and 200 years of leadership that continues to help shape our state, members of Leadership Maine’s Baskahegan Class Team Gold interviewed leaders from around the state. Read about their journeys – including who in Maine’s history has been an inspiration for them!.

Read about the leadership journey of Travis Mills, President, Travis Mills Foundation

Hear Laurie Lachance, President of Thomas College and Co-Chair of the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee, give remarks on the Committee’s progress and ways we can all engage in efforts to stabilize and rebuild Maine’s economy amidst the ongoing pandemic.

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29 Oct

FOR/Maine Morning Coffee Virtual Series – Part 3

Join us for three morning, one-hour seminars in October on mill town turnaround strategies and tools.

05 Nov

Leadership in Action Symposium: OK Boomer/Back Off Zoomer and Everyone in Between – Best Practices for Leading Across Generations

Join us for a panel discussion on grappling with a workforce that spans four generations: Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Y (Millennials), and Gen Z. What are the best practices for understanding differing mindsets, work styles, and communication styles of workers born in different eras so your team functions well as a unit? We will hear from leaders doing this work every day, and offer workshop-style training during breakout sessions that you can apply in your organization.


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Kay Rand, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Angus King

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