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 lives

Join us Sept. 27th for Aspire: MDF’s 45th Annual Meeting & Champion Awards Celebration

Come be inspired by the people, businesses, and communities who are helping unlock Maine’s potential to thrive and prosper!

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There’s a place at the table for you! Be part of our work to build a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable Maine economy.

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Get fired up for our Sept. 27th Annual Meeting & Champion Awards Celebration in Bangor with this powerful tribute video to the 2022 Champion of Rural Economic Development Award winner and longtime MDF partner, Sunrise County Economic Council.

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28 Sep

Working Waterfront, Downtown, and Entrepreneurship

This working waterfront panel is being co-hosted by Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association and Maine Downtown Center. Maine’s working waterfronts and downtowns are both essential to the culture and economy of the state and they are both rife with opportunities for expanding businesses and starting new ventures. The panel will focus on what downtowns and working waterfronts communities mean to Maine, how one depends on the other, and where opportunities exist.

12 Oct

Increasing Inclusivity & Accessibility in Downtowns Webinar

Join us from 12:00-12:45PM for this webinar where we have an amazing line up of guests talking about physical inclusivity and accessibility. You will leave with examples of event check-lists and how you can do a thorough job of making your events more inclusive; community case studies of different groups working on making their community more inviting; and state and federal programs that can improve ADA access and other downtown features presented by Maine Department of Transportation.  


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July 2023 MDF Roundup

Read the July 2023 edition of our newsletter, MDF Roundup: News, Updates, Events Updates | July 2023

“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

Celebrate the people, businesses, and communities helping Mainers accomplish all they aspire to! Join us Sept. 27th in Bangor

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