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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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Creating vibrant downtowns

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 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. 

Leadership in Action Breakfast

Topic: Mental Health in the Workplace
Date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Location: Mariner’s Church Banquet Center, 368 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
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Maine Downtown Center Launches $640,000 REvitalizeME Grant Program

Starting Dec. 1, 2019, MDF’s Maine Downtown Center will accept applications for $640,000 in matching grants for development, pre-development and energy efficiency projects through the REvitalizeME Program. Find out if your community is eligible, how to apply and more.

Read all about it!  REvitalizeME

Celebrate Maine Forest Products Week!

See and hear why Steve Schley, Chair of the FOR/Maine (Forest Opportunity Roadmap) Coalition, is MDF’s 2019 Champion of Rural Economic Development award. Steve is a passionate, dedicated collaborator and gifted facilitator who ensures all parties are heard and engaged in the process of diversifying and growing Maine’s forest economy.

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04 Dec

Maine Downtown Institute: Engaging Communities in Difficult Conversations

We will define public engagement, explore the need for engagement (particularly dialogue based interactions in local communities and downtowns), share principles of civility and provide opportunities to practice engaging in difficult conversations.

11 Dec

Leadership in Action Breakfast

The World Health Organization defines a healthy workplace as one “where workers and managers actively contribute to the working environment by promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees.” This includes supports for managing stress, anxiety, depression and other factors that can impact an employees life, career and productivity. We will hear from a panel of experts on best practices.


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