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 though trusted research, leadership development, and creative partnerships to stimulate new ideas, solve problems, and improve the lives of all Mainers. 

2019 Measures of Growth Report

MDF is pleased to release the 2019 Measures of Growth Report.  Now in its 25th year, this annual snapshot of major factors affecting the economy and the well-being of Maine people and communities has served as a tool to help focus policy, workforce, educational and civic efforts alike. Read all about it here.

Leadership in Action Breakfast

Creating a New Normal in the Workplace: Solutions and Best Practices in the #Metoo Era

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Location: Orono

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How MDF Leadership Development Programs Catalyze Careers and Lives – Applications Being Accepted

Hear from alumni of MDF’s ICL (Institute for Civic Leadership) Program about the life-and-career-changing experience, the power of the Alumni Network, and why you should consider applying.

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24 Jul

Leadership in Action Breakfast

Creating a New Normal in the Workplace: Solutions and Best Practices in the #Metoo Era

27 Sep

2019 Annual Meeting and Champions of Economic Development Awards Celebration!

Come be inspired as we celebrate the innovative and enduring work MDF, its partners, members and collaborators are doing to drive economic improvement and enhance the quality of life for all Mainers. Register now, and take advantage of Early Bird Savings through July 19!


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“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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