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

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Earth Day Indicator in Action

Did you know that Maine was the first state to enact a statutory target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions? Read our special Earth Day blog featuring the story of Nyle Systems and how they are putting data into action for the improvement of Maine’s environment, economy, and workforce.

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Join leaders from around the state in life- and career-changing experiential learning

Applications being accepted for the 2024-2025 classes of both Leadership Maine & ICL (Institute for Civic Leadership)



Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of both Leadership Maine & ICL! Hear alums from across the decades and in their own words on why the programs are so life- and career-changing.

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04 Jun

Cultural and Historic Preservation Webinar

What are you doing in your community to preserve your downtown, historic buildings, landscapes and the culture of your community? Join us for this quick learning opportunity to gain some practical tips and ideas for doing this work. MDC Advisory Council will be sharing the Preservation Tool Kit which they developed over the last year. If you are a Main Street this tool kit can help you meet Standard V of the National Main Street Accreditation Standards, however, the content is relevant to any community working on historic preservation.

23 Oct

Leadership in Action Breakfast: Projects of Passion – Volunteering & Mentoring in Community

7:30 – 10:00 a.m. A panel of Alums & volunteer organizations will share their passion for volunteering and mentoring, and the impact it has in their communities, on younger generations, and in their own lives. We will then hold space for alumni who lead these efforts around the state to meet in small groups & one-on-one with Alums interested in becoming volunteers and/or mentors.


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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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