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. 

Healing to Live and to Lead: A Women Transforming Leadership Session with Lisa Sockabasin. Thurs. Mar. 18th, 9 a.m. – Noon

Lisa Sockabasin, Dir. of Wabanaki Public Health Division, Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness, and colleagues will share data and stories to make meaning of the past & present to create a wholistic model for Tribal healing.  She will also share a model for leadership, one rooted in her indigenous culture, that is about lifting others and giving away power.

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“What Owners Need to Know About Maine’s Economic Growth” – MDF President and CEO, Yellow Light Breen, Featured on Fast Forward Maine Podcast

How does Maine’s economy stack up against other states? There are plenty of factors to look at – from wages to entrepreneurship, the cost of doing business to broadband access – MDF’s Measures of Growth report considers a wide variety and rates them all. Fast Forward Maine talked with MDF’s CEO, Yellow Light Breen, for a breakdown of the report’s findings

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Need some inspiration? Watch our Jan. 28th virtual Maine Downtown Center Annual Awards celebration and learn how standout individuals and communities are innovating, connecting, and rising above the challenges of this time.

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18 Mar

Women Transforming Leadership: Tribal Health and Leadership

Join us for a workshop with Lisa Sockabasin of Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness. Event time is 9am-12pm (via zoom). This event is open to all.

26 Mar

Innovating for Growth: Setting the Stage for Seeing the Future

Featured Speaker: Dr. Todd Gabe will discuss the keys to economic development, where Maine stands according to these important metrics, and how the state can enhance its ability to innovate for economic growth. Dr. Gabe is a Professor of Economics at the University of Maine, where he teaches and conducts research on a broad range of topics related to state and local economic development. Event time is 9am-12pm (via zoom). This event is open to all.


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Kay Rand, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Angus King

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