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

Applications Being Accepted for 30th Anniversary 2023-2024 ICL & Leadership Maine Classes

Sure you’re a leader but are you up for the challenge? Apply for ICL or Leadership Maine today, hone skills to meet the moment, and harness the power of our 2000+ statewide Alumni Network.

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Economic Indicator in Focus: Racial Income Equity

In honor of Black History Month, we invite you to dig into the data behind this month’s Economic Indicator in Focus, Racial Income Equity, and what it will take for Maine to reach this goal.

Indicator in Focus 



See and hear how MDF Member organization, Spruce Mountain Adult Education, led by ICL Cadillac Class Alum Robyn Raymond, is a critical force in building the workforce Western Maine needs, and improving the lives of individuals, families, and entire communities! No wonder they are the winner of our 2022 Champion of Education & Workforce Development Award.

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03 Apr

2023-2024 Leadership Program Recruiting Briefing

Recruitment for the 2023-2024 Leadership Programs (ICL and Leadership Maine) is now open. Join us for a virtual recruiting briefing to learn why our ICL and Leadership Maine programs are career and life enhancing. Alumni of both programs are strongly encouraged to join us and bring a friend or colleague whom you would like to nominate. No cost to attend. (via Zoom)

14 Apr

ICL Doubletop Class Graduation Luncheon

Gather with classmates, colleagues, friends, and family for this year’s ICL Doubletop Class graduation. Enjoy making new connections and re-kindling old ones as we celebrate leadership in Maine.


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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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