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 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?

To see which program is right for you and for more info 
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Maine Downtown Center Launches $640,000 REvitalizeME Grant Program

MDF’s Maine Downtown Center is accepting 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

How MDF Works to Meet Maine’s Shifting Economic and Workforce Needs

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28 Jan

Maine Downtown Center Webinar

Please join us for our first Maine Downtown Center webinar of 2020. Fundraising events can be successful because they engage new volunteers, are easy to plan and implement, or raise a lot of funds. We will present some best practices for small organization fundraising efforts and share some successful events currently being used by our downtown organizations statewide. Registration is required and the webinar will be recorded.

31 Jan

Maine Downtown Center Workshop

The Facilitator Training workshop will provide people with an introduction to facilitation for public engagement. Participants will be introduced to the role of the facilitator, facilitation techniques and skills, and will focus on interactive activities to practice facilitation skills. Practice facilitation will include facilitating small group dialogues and addressing challenging scenarios.


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