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. 

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Join us for Maine Rising: MDF’s 43rd Annual Meeting and Champion Awards Celebration

Come celebrate the individuals, businesses, organizations, and communities driving Maine’s economic recovery and systemic change toward equity and inclusion during this extraordinary time. Be inspired by our keynote speakers and re-connect with MDF members, partners, and friends from across the state.


Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program

MDF’s inaugural cadre of the Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program is featured in Volunteer Maine’s “Serve in Maine” blog. Worth every second of the 4-min read. Follow the inspiration and apply for the 2021-2022 cadre of Fellows. Deadline August 31.

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Alumni of ICL (Institute for Civic Leadership) describe how the program enables leaders to build a network of support and collective impact. Apply to ICL today!

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22 Sep

MDC Webinar – Annual Appeal: It’s That Time Again!

An annual appeal should be part of your fundraising plan every year. Join us to see how some of our downtown programs approach their annual appeals, and what they yield for results.

24 Sep

Maine Rising: MDF Annual Meeting & Champion Awards Celebration

Join us for a celebration of leaders, businesses, and communities who are driving Maine’s economic recovery and the systemic changes necessary for equity and inclusion. The event is virtual via Livestream. Event time is 8:45am – 11:00 a.m.


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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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