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. 

2021 Annual Appeal Underway

We need your support! Be a part of improving Maine’s economy in more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable ways.

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REvitalizeME Gen 2 Grants – Apply Today

MDF’s Maine Downtown Center is thrilled to offer REvitalizeME Gen 2 grants totaling $660,000 in matching funds for development, pre-development and energy efficiency projects in 22 communities associated with the Center.

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Watch Tae Chong’s Keynote Speech to our Sept. 24 event, “Maine Rising: MDF’s 43rd Annual Meeting and Champion Awards Celebration”. Tae explores how Maine individuals, communities, and businesses can respond, adapt, and rise out of the challenges of the pandemic, and make the changes necessary to build an equitable, sustainable Maine workforce through a 5-step approach of Recruiting, Hiring, Retaining, Researching, and Reaching Out.

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15 Dec

MDC Webinar – Municipal Partners: How to Work with Staff and Elected Officials

In this session we will be sharing how downtown organizations can work most effectively with municipal staff and elected officials.

15 Dec

Light Up Leadership: An Alumni Holiday Celebration

Time for some laughter and good cheer! Join your fellow ICL and Leadership Maine alums for a Holiday Celebration.


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MDF Elects 2021-2022 Board of Directors

Hallowell, Maine— October 13, 2021 — The Maine Development Foundation (MDF), a statewide, nonpartisan, and data-driven nonprofit that connects people…

“MDF is a special creature of state law, enabled to integrate private sector thinking and experience with state government planning and data. There is no other entity like it.”

Kay Rand, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Angus King

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