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

Measures of Growth Indicator in Action: Racial Income Equity

Our latest Indicator in Action blog post focuses on Racial Income Equity and features the story of Macon Bollings Allen, a Mainer who was the first Black person in the entire U.S. to be admitted to the Bar and practice as a licensed attorney.

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Nominate a deserving alumni classmate/colleague for our highest leadership awards

Nominations are being accepted for this year’s ICL Distinguished Alum Award & Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award. Deadline is March 22.

Nominate for ICL Distinguished Alum Award

Nominate for Kenneth M. Curtis Award


SEA Maine (Seafood Economic Accelerator), an initiative MDF is proud to staff, is spuring economic growth, market and workforce development, and greater resiliency in Maine’s seafood economy. Meet the fisherpeople, innovators, and community leaders fueling the resurgence in this inspiring video. “This is SEA Maine” video

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03 Apr

2024 MDC Board Roles and Responsibilities

A strong board of directors is built upon clear understanding of basic roles and responsibilities. This session will provide an overview of a board’s primary legal duties, important responsibilities and essential roles in governing the organization and stewarding its mission. Participants will: -Understand why we join boards -Clarify the roles of the board and its responsibilities -Discuss strategies for building and sustaining an effective board

12 Apr

ICL 30th Anniversary Elephant Class Graduation

Gather with classmates, colleagues, friends, and family to celebrate our 30th Anniversary Eagle Class graduation.


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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

Help identify the next cohort of ICL – nominate a deserving colleague today

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