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. 

We are stronger together! MDF is here for you during the COVID-19 pandemic and our collective work toward racial equity.

MDF is here as a partner and connector 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 continue to be as a steadfast, non-partisan partner. Read our full Commitment on Racial Equity Message and 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 Jen Fullmer, U.S. Air Force Colonel, Ret., and Executive Director of Boots2Roots

Hear the Keynote Address from MDF’s 2020 Annual Meeting by Chanel Lewis, Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion at IDEXX. Lewis shares her vision for how Maine can be a leader and model of diversity, equity and inclusion, and how each of us can personally and professionally engage in this work.

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01 Oct

Leadership in Action Symposium: Engaging in the Economic Recovery Plan

Panel discussion with key members of the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee on the Committee’s recommendations, implementation and ways MDF leadership alumni and members can engage in meaningful ways. The discussion will be followed by action-oriented breakout room sessions on how to engage in key sectors including Hospitality, Education & Workforce, Infrastructure, Innovation, Healthcare/Nonprofits/Childcare & Support Services, and Manufacturing & Natural Resource-Based Industries.

14 Oct

MDC Workshop: Locable’s Step-by-Step Marketing 3-4-5™ Framework

Join us for Locable’s step-by-step Marketing 3-4-5™ Framework on October 14th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Zoom. This workshop will transform how you approach marketing and make you more effective through real-world examples and simple step-by-step guidance.


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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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