Past Events

01Oct
2020

Leadership in Action Symposium: Engaging in the Economic Recovery Plan

Location: Zoom

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.
23Sep
2020

Small Scale Development Workshop

Location: Online workshop

In this two-day workshop we will take a big picture view of neighborhood-based development to help attendees analyze what makes a good project, how a building makes money, and how small developers interact with the broader ecosystem of professionals in the built environment.
18Sep
2020

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

Event time is 8:30 - 11am. 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.
20Aug
2020

Leadership Alumni Networking Gathering (cancelled)

Location: Waterfront Park, 81 Railroad St., Bangor

13Aug
2020

Leadership Alumni Networking Gathering (cancelled)

Location: Bug Light lawn, Greenbelt Pathway, South Portland

Come connect, network and laugh with your ICL & LM classmates and other alums. Friends and family welcome!
10Aug
2020

Maine Downtown Center Workshop – Fundraising and Finance with Kathy La Plante from the National Main Street Center

Location: Virtual workshop

Maine Downtown Center members are invited to join us and Kathy La Plante from the National Main Street Center for a ZOOM session to discuss their fundraising and finance plans and policies.
30Jul
2020

Leadership in Action Symposium: Projects of Passion During COVID-19, Racial Equity Efforts and Staycations

Location: Zoom

Join MDF member and Alumni businesses and organizations for an action-oriented panel discussion and breakout workshops on how we can band together during the challenges and opportunities of COVID-19, racial equity efforts and this summer of Staycations. We will use the newly developed Project of Passion Resource Guide compiled with input from our more than 1800 Leadership Maine and ICL Alumni as a tool for action and engagement in these efforts.
16Jul
2020

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

Location: Webinar

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.
18Jun
2020

MDC Webinar with Locable: Marketing Main Street Online

Location: Webinar

Please join us on Thursday, June 18 at 1pm for a free webinar to learn more about Locable, and their Marketing 3-4-5™ approach.
10Jun
2020

Mitigating the Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Rural Areas – Hosted by Brookings

On Wednesday, June 10, the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking at Brookings will host a conversation exploring how hyperlocal rural organizations are working to mitigate the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the ground.
04Jun
2020

Leadership Alumni Reunion & Summit – Postponed

Location: Wavus Camps

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are postponing the Leadership Alumni Reunion & Summit scheduled for June 4-5. We are working to schedule it in the Fall. Stay tuned for info and registration links!
02Jun
2020

Restaurants in Recovery – Hosted by Main Street America

Location: Free webinar

Join this webinar presented by Streetsense for an in-depth look at the concerns for your district's restaurants - from cash flow to messaging and social distancing guidelines.
25May
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruiting Briefing

Location: Video Conference

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 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.
18May
2020

National Main Street Conference 2020 – Canceled

National Main Street Conference, Dallas, Texas.
14May
2020

Design in COVID-19 Response and Recovery – Hosted by Main Street America

Location: Webinar

This free webinar will focus specifically on how design solutions can support small businesses' economic recovery and personal safety for the community-at-large. Plus, we will explore how design incentives, resources, and funds can be expanded, shifted, and messaged in order to best meet the current needs of the district.
08May
2020

Leadership Maine Graduation – Postponed

Location: Migis Lodge, South Casco, ME

Celebrate with the Baskahegan class on Friday, May 8 2020, at Migis Lodge, South Casco, ME.
04May
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruiting Briefing

Location: Video Conference

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 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.
01May
2020

COVID-19 MDF Leadership Alumni Listening and Strategy Session

Location: Zoom

We are stronger together! Join us for a Listening and Strategy session to share the challenges you are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, share best practices and adaptations you are employing to weather the crisis, and strategize with other alums about how lead through the recovery once the health crisis has subsided. 
27Apr
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruiting Briefing

Location: Video Conference

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 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.
24Apr
2020

COVID-19 MDF Member Listening and Strategy Session

Location: Zoom

We are stronger together! Join us for a Listening and Strategy session to share the challenges you are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, share best practices and adaptations you are employing to weather the crisis, and strategize with other members about how we will recover together once the health crisis has subsided. 
22Apr
2020

Historic Tax Credit Basics for Towns, Building Owners, and Investors

Location: Webinar

Join us at this informative event for a comprehensive review of the use of federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, including a focus on the Small Projects Rehabilitation Credit as a downtown revitalization tool.
20Apr
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruiting Briefing

Location: Video Conference

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 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.
13Apr
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruiting Briefing

Location: Video Conference

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 Leadership Programs (ICL and Leadership Maine) is now open. This year's application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2020. Join us for a virtual recruiting briefing to learn why our ICL and Leadership Maine programs are career-and-life enhancing.
08Apr
2020

Leadership in Action Breakfast – Cancelled

Location: Bangor Savings Bank Dirigo Conference Room, 5 Senator Way, Augusta

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are cancelling the Leadership in Action Breakfast scheduled for April 8 on the topic of managing across generations. We know there is a lot of interest in this topic and are working to bring this professional development opportunity to you at a future event. Stay tuned!
03Apr
2020

Institute for Civic Leadership Graduation – Postponed

We are postponing the graduation celebration for the current ICL Bigelow Classthat was scheduled for April 3 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will have information and registration links when we are able to reschedule the lunch. Stay tuned!
30Mar
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruitment Briefing

Location: Video Conference

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 Leadership Programs (ICL and Leadership Maine) is now open. This year's application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2020. Leadership program recruitment briefings are being held around the state. For more information about the leadership programs, please go to https://www.mdf.org/leadership-development/
25Mar
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruitment Briefing – Cancelled

Location: Rising Tide, 103 Fox Street, Portland, Maine

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 Leadership Programs (ICL and Leadership Maine) is now open. This year's application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2020. Leadership program recruitment briefings are being held around the state. For more information about the leadership programs, please go to https://www.mdf.org/leadership-development/
23Mar
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruitment Briefing

Location: Video Conference

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 Leadership Programs (ICL and Leadership Maine) is now open. This year's application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2020. Leadership program recruitment briefings are being held around the state. For more information about the leadership programs, please go to https://www.mdf.org/leadership-development/
18Mar
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruitment Briefing – Cancelled

Location: LA Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 415 Lisbon St #100, Lewiston, ME 04240

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are cancelling the Leadership Program Recruiting Briefing scheduled for March 18 at Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce. Please join us for one of the many virtual Recruiting Briefings we've scheduled through the end of April.
18Mar
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruitment Briefing – Cancelled

Location: Bangor Savings Bank, 24 Hamlin Way, Bangor, Maine

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic we are cancelling the Leadership Program Recruiting Briefing scheduled for March 18 at Bangor Savings Bank in Bangor. Please join us for one of the many virtual Recruiting Briefings we've scheduled through the end of April.
16Mar
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruitment Briefing

Location: Video Conference

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 Leadership Programs (ICL and Leadership Maine) is now open. This year's application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2020. Leadership program recruitment briefings are being held around the state. For more information about the leadership programs, please go to https://www.mdf.org/leadership-development/
05Mar
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruitment Briefing

Location: Preti Flaherty, One City Center, Portland Maine

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 Leadership Programs (ICL and Leadership Maine) is now open. This year's application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2020. Leadership program recruitment briefings are being held around the state. For more information about the leadership programs, please go to https://www.mdf.org/leadership-development/
04Mar
2020

Maine Downtown Institute

Location: Belfast Free Library, 106 High St, Belfast ME 04915

"The Story Matters: Telling Our Story In A Compelling Way" is a panel discussion curated and moderated by Robin McIntosh, program director of Midcoast Leadership Academy. The panel discussion will be followed by a branding presentation and exercise led by Robert Dietz, Principal of Pica brand, strategy, and design.
02Mar
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruitment Briefing

Location: Video Conference

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 Leadership Programs (ICL and Leadership Maine) is now open. This year's application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2020. Leadership program recruitment briefings are being held around the state. For more information about the leadership programs, please go to https://www.mdf.org/leadership-development/
11Feb
2020

Maine Downtown Center Free Webinar Series

Please join us for our February webinar. Pocket Parks are small downtown parks, usually a ¼ acre or less. They create space for people to gather, relax, and enjoy the outdoors. They can be permanent or temporary. We will present some best practices for approaching the design, building, and programming of pocket parks and lots of Maine examples.
31Jan
2020

Maine Downtown Center Workshop

Location: Augusta City Hall, 16 Cony Street, Augusta, ME

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 conduct interactive activities to practice facilitation skills. Practice facilitation includes facilitating small group dialogues and addressing challenging scenarios.
29Jan
2020

2020 Leadership Program Recruitment Briefing

Location: 181 Main Street, Presque Isle, Maine 04769

Recruitment for the 2020-2021 Leadership Programs (ICL and Leadership Maine) is now open. This year's application deadline is Monday, April 13, 2020. Leadership program recruitment briefings are being held around the state. For more information about the leadership programs, please go to https://www.mdf.org/leadership-development/
28Jan
2020

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.
11Dec
2019

Leadership in Action Breakfast

Location: Mariner's Church Banquet Center, 368 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101

The World Health Organization defines a healthy workplace as one "where workers and managers actively contribute to the working environment by promoting and protecting the health, safety and well-being of all employees." This includes supports for managing stress, anxiety, depression and other factors that can impact an employees life, career and productivity. We will hear from a panel of experts on best practices.
11Dec
2019

Building Downtown Networks that Foster Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Location: Margaret Chase Smith Library, Skowhegan, Maine

The Maine Community Foundation and Maine Downtown Center have invited the National Main Street Center to present this workshop. Participants will leave the day with: an understanding of the process to develop entrepreneurial ecosystems, having identified assets and partners, and will look at their role in entrepreneurship as it relates to overall downtown and community economic development and transformation. There is no charge for this workshop and it is open to any community or downtown.
04Dec
2019

Maine Downtown Institute: Engaging Communities in Difficult Conversations

Location: Johnson Hall, 280 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine

We will define public engagement, explore the need for engagement (particularly dialogue based interactions in local communities and downtowns), share principles of civility and provide opportunities to practice engaging in difficult conversations.
14Nov
2019

Realize Maine Network Annual Showcase

Location: Bangor Savings Bank, 5 Senator Way, Augusta

Looking to attract and retain young people to your organization and community? Or recruit and engage volunteers to organize and participate in networking/professional development groups for young professionals? This year's Showcase will feature an interactive discussion and regional group presentations of 2019 highlights, lessons learned, and 2020 goals. It's a GREAT opportunity to make new connections and learn from others.
08Oct
2019

Maine Downtown Center Webinar

Downtown Surveys - Data that Drives Decisions
27Sep
2019

Maine-Ovation! MDF’s 2019 Annual Meeting and Champions of Economic Development Awards Celebration

Location: Cross Insurance Center, Bangor

Come be inspired as we celebrate the innovative and enduring work MDF, its partners, members and collaborators are doing to drive economic improvement and enhance the quality of life for all Mainers.
10Sep
2019

Maine Downtown Center Webinar

Join us for a quick learning opportunity to see how two communities used different approaches to do community visioning to inform their downtown work. We will highlight Gorham and Bucksport approaches.
24Jul
2019

Leadership in Action Breakfast

Location: University of Maine, Buchanan Alumni House, 4 Munson Road, Orono, ME 04473

Creating a New Normal in the Workplace: Solutions and Best Practices in the #Metoo Era
25Jun
2019

2nd Annual Statewide Convening of the MaineSpark Navigator Network

Location: Ramada Inn Convention Center, Lewiston

MaineSpark's Navigator Network will come together for its 2nd Annual statewide convening.
06Jun
2019

Build Maine 2019

Location: Royal Oak Room & Iron Horse Court, 1 Bates Street, Lewiston

05Jun
2019

Build Maine 2019

Location: Lewiston Public Library, 200 Lisbon Street, Lewiston

Build Maine 2019 Workshops
22May
2019

MaineSpark Summit 2019

Location: Kennebec Valley Community College, Harold Alfond Campus, Hinckley

MaineSpark Coalition leaders from across our state who are diligently working to reach Maine’s workforce goal of 60% by 2025 will come together on May 22nd to discuss MaineSpark’s progress toward the goal thus far, and how to further braid together work being done in a more impactful way. In attendance will be leaders from education, business, philanthropy, nonprofits, and government all invested in this work.
10May
2019

Leadership Maine Graduation

Location: Migis Lodge, 30 Migis Lodge Road, South Casco

Join MDF in celebrating the graduation of the LM Allagash class
22Apr
2019

Maine’s Emerging Leaders: The How & Why of Values-Driven Business

Location: Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04101

The 2019 Timothy B. Hussey Leadership Institute for emerging leaders will bring together more than one hundred young professionals from Maine's business, nonprofit, government and academic communities for a day-long conversation on doing well while doing good – the “how and why of values-driven business.”
05Apr
2019

ICL Graduation

Location: Woodlands Club, Falmouth, Maine

They have been to the mountaintop and they have seen the promise of leading the ICL way – with compassion, facilitation and collaboration. Come celebrate with the ICL Mt. Abram class as they graduate and head back into their work and communities with new purpose and skills. Join us Friday, April 5th at the Woodlands Club in Falmouth.
03Apr
2019

Leadership Recruiting Briefing for Leadership Program Classes – Lewiston

Location: LA Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, 415 Lisbon Street, Suite 100, Lewiston, Maine

02Apr
2019

Leadership Recruiting Briefing for Leadership Program Classes – Bethel

Location: Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce, 8 Station Place, Bethel, Maine

29Mar
2019

Magnetize Maine Summit 2019

Location: Hilton Garden Inn Auburn Riverwatch, 14 Great Falls Plaza, Auburn

This Magnetize Maine Summit will highlight how companies and employees alike can increase collaboration, creativity, and connectivity in the workplace to help keep younger employees actively engaged in their industry.
25Mar
2019

National Main Street Now Conference

Location: Seattle, WA

Convened annually, the Main Street Now Conference showcases implementable best practices, time-tested solutions and innovative ideas from our national network of practitioners, as well as those in adjacent fields who share in the goal of creating economic and social prosperity in downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.
22Mar
2019

Leadership Recruiting Briefing for Leadership Program Classes – Brewer

Location: Beacon Health, 43 Whiting Hill Road, Brewer, Maine

Recruitment briefing time 7:30 - 9:00 am; alumni gathering from 9:00 -10:00 am.
20Mar
2019

Hiring Workers From the Justice System: Maine Downtown Institute

Location: University of Maine Augusta Rockland Center; 91 Camden Street - 4th Floor, Rockland, ME

Join us for an informative and inspirational session that will share experience, strategies and opportunities to recruit and train people returning to the workforce.
04Mar
2019

Leadership Recruiting Briefing for Leadership Program Classes

You are a leader ... but are you up for the challenge? Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 classes of both MDF's Leadership Maine and Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) programs. Leadership Program Recruiting Briefings are being held around the state March 4th, 2019 - April 3rd, 2019. We will gather Alumni together for an hour immediately following each briefing to connect, collect your thoughts on Alumni engagement and share news regarding the year ahead.
31Jan
2019

Leadership in Action Breakfast 2019

Location: Mariner’s Church Banquet Center, Portland, ME 04101

We hope you will join us on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 for our next Leadership in Action Breakfast, “Creating a New Normal in the Workplace: Solutions and Best Practices in the #Metoo Era.”

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