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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. 

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Heart of Biddeford Wins Main Street Resiliency Grant

Heart of Biddeford, one of MDF’s Maine Downtown Center communities, has been named a recipient of a Main Street Resiliency Grant from Main Street America. They will collaborate with Black Owned Maine to promote Black-owned businesses in Biddeford as they address the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19.

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Applications now being accepted for the 2021-2022 classes of ICL (Institute for Civic Leadership) and Leadership Maine. Watch Daniel and Marcia Minter, winners of the 2020 ICL Distinguished Alum Award, to hear why these programs are so career-and-life-changing. Apply today!

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15 Apr

Women Transforming Leadership: Tara Jenkins & Elizabeth Ross Holmstrom

Event time is 9am-12pm (via zoom) Conscious Capitalism and the Benefit Economy have been growing over the past 10 years, accelerated substantially by what happened in our world in 2020. These movements have dramatically changed the definition of business success and women are uniquely positioned to lead in these unprecedented times. Join us to learn about how the Benefit Economy, Conscious Capitalism and feminine leadership are combining to elevate humanity through business. This event is open to all.


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