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 continuing our work and we are here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MDF is here as a partner and connector during the COVID-19 crisis for members, leaders, legislators, communities, businesses, and organizations. We regularly update our website/social media channels to highlight resources and ways Mainers are supporting Mainers.

And as we have for 42 years, we will continue to be here for you as a steadfast, non-partisan support for leaders and communities on the road to economic recovery once the health emergency has subsided.

Together with you, we continue our mutually impactful work uninterrupted.  Our work is perhaps more important now than ever, as is constantly assessing how we can adapt to meet emerging needs. While MDF’s physical office in Hallowell is closed to external visitors, we can all be reached by email and phone so please keep in touch! 

COVID-19 Resources and Quick Links

For more information on community and business resources, programming updates, events, leadership development and other ways to stay involved/participate in our work, visit the corresponding section of our website:

Resources for Small Businesses and Communities

Leadership Development


Trusted Research

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. 

We are stronger together! Join us for a COVID-19 Listening & Strategy Session

We want to hear from our partners, members and alumni about the challenges you are facing due to COVID-19, and share best practices for adapting as well as strategies for the economic recovery ahead.

Friday, April 24, 10 a.m. – Noon

Friday, May 1, 2-4 p.m.

Leadership Bicentennial Blog: Celebrating 200 Years of Leadership that Continues to Shape Maine

In celebration of Maine’s Bicentennial and 200 years of leadership that continues to help shape our state, members of Leadership Maine’s Baskahegan Class Team Gold interviewed leaders from around the state. Read about their journeys – including who in Maine’s history has been an inspiration for them!.

Read about the leadership journey of Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation Tribal Ambassador



MDF CEO Yellow Light Breen featured on “207” newsmagazine on efforts to close Maine’s workforce gap

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02 Jun

Restaurants in Recovery – Hosted by Main Street America

Join this webinar presented by Streetsense for an in-depth look at the concerns for your district’s restaurants – from cash flow to messaging and social distancing guidelines.

04 Jun

Leadership Alumni Reunion & Summit – Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are postponing the Leadership Alumni Reunion & Summit scheduled for June 4-5. We are working to schedule it in the Fall. Stay tuned for info and registration links!


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Kay Rand, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Angus King

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