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

Mental & Behavioral Health: Indicator in Action

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month we explore Measures of Growth data on mental & behavioral health in Maine, how it intersects with the Maine economy as a whole, and highlight a program helping teens address and overcome challenges.

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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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13 Sep

MDF’s 46th Annual Meeting & Champion Awards Celebration

How are individuals, businesses, and communities making Maine a magnet for young workers & their families? Join us for MDF’s 46th Annual Meeting & Champion Awards Celebration and find out! This year’s event is a breakfast festivity and will serve as a kickoff to the 2024 Magnetize Maine conference, hosted by Uplift LA in conjunction with MDF’s Realize Maine Network.

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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