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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MDF Commitment to Racial Equity.

The MDF Team is saddened and horrified by the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. The nationwide outrage over this brutal act has prompted a searing national confrontation with the continued legacy and realities of racism against Black Americans. It is a stark call for us all to confront how racism impacts our lives, our communities, and our work – and what we will do about it. Read our full Commitment on Racial Equity Message.

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! MDF is here 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. Read our full message on COVID-19.

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 Claude Rwaganje, Executive Director of ProsperityME.



See and hear why the Adult Ed System was MDF’s 2019 Champion of Education & Workforce Development award winner.

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16 Jul

GroundUp, a Web-Based Pro Forma for Real Estate Development – Hosted by MDF and The Governance Project

GroundUp simplifies the development process as a low-barrier tool to test the feasibility of potential projects. It is designed for both emerging developers and local municipalities exploring the financial performance of a real estate investment. Please join MDF and The Governance Project to see GroundUp demonstrated.

18 Sep

2020 Vision: Leading for Change in Maine’s Third Century

Join us for a virtual celebration of all the innovative leaders, businesses and communities who are driving economic improvement amidst the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, and who are leading the necessary systemic change to bring about racial equity.


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Kay Rand, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Angus King

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