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MDF curricula and training prepares leaders of all types to adapt to ever-changing challenges and opportunities.

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MDF’s Maine Downtown Center Program serves as a statewide resource for preservation-based downtown revitalization.

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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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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. 

Be the leader you know you can be! Applications being accepted for MDF’s Leadership Maine and ICL 2020-2021 classes

MDF offers two of Maine’s premier leadership development programs, Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) and Leadership Maine. Each offers unique career-and-life-changing skills and tools through hands-on, interactive curricula. Are you up for the challenge?

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02 Mar

2020 Leadership Program Recruitment Briefing

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 Leadership Programs (ICL and Leadership Maine) is now open. This year’s application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2020. Leadership program recruitment briefings are being held around the state. For more information about the leadership programs, please go to https://www.mdf.org/leadership-development/

04 Mar

Maine Downtown Institute

“The Story Matters: Telling Our Story In A Compelling Way” is a panel discussion curated and moderated by Robin McIntosh, program director of Midcoast Leadership Academy.


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Joanna Crispe Joins MDF Team

HALLOWELL, Maine – February 13, 2020 – Maine Development Foundation (MDF) is thrilled to announce that that Joanna Crispe has joined our…

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