Policy Leaders Academy

Experiential training for Maine’s legislators

Policy Leaders Academy is a non-partisan educational program of the Maine Development Foundation for Maine Legislators on the Maine economy. This program has delivered high quality, objective and non-partisan experiential training to legislators since 1985. The program is open and free for all Maine Legislators.

Program participants learn about the fundamentals of the Maine economy and the factors that drive long-term growth. Participants learn how their public policy decisions affect the growth and investment strategies of Maine’s for-profit businesses and organizations. They learn this through interacting directly with business, non-profit, education and community leaders throughout Maine.

Policy Leaders Academy is a program of the Maine Development Foundation, with strong financial and personnel support from several prominent Maine foundations and organizations committed to a prosperous and thriving state.

Our partners include:

  • Maine Legislative Council
  • Maine Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Maine 
  • Maine Community Foundation
  • Maine Health Access Foundation
  • Educate Maine
  • University of Maine System

2020 Policy Leaders Academy Events

Maine Development Foundation is pleased to offer the following learning opportunities for all legislators during the Second Session of the 129th Maine Legislature.

Maine’s Statewide Economic Plan – Breakfast Forum

Thursday, January 16, 7:15 – 9:00 a.m., Senator Inn, 284 Western Ave., Augusta
Join us for an up‐to‐date discussion on the status and implications of Maine’s Statewide Economic Plan, led by Heather Johnson, Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development. The Statewide Economic Plan has been under development for the past year by a diverse group of stakeholders appointed by Governor Mills. Its findings and recommendations will help shape policy discussions and legislation on workforce development, infrastructure, business climate and regulation, education, research and development, and innovation. This forum is for legislators only and is free of charge. A full breakfast is included.

Read the full 10-Year State Economic Development Strategy

Maine’s State‐Based Health Insurance Marketplace – Breakfast Forum

Thursday, January 23, 7:15 – 9:00 a.m., Senator Inn, 284 Western Ave., Augusta
The health insurance landscape in Maine is changing. In November 2017, Maine voters passed a referendum directing the state to expand MaineCare. That expansion is now underway and in the coming months Maine must make important decisions on implementation. A key question concerns creation of a state‐based marketplace on the federal platform. This forum is designed to create a common understanding of the implications of creating such a marketplace and to explore the opportunities and potential impacts of this transition for both the private health insurance marketplace and the MaineCare Program.

Please join us for a discussion with Jeanne Lambrew, Commissioner of DHHS, and Eric Cioppa, Superintendent of the Bureau of Insurance; and Michelle Probert, Director of the Office of MaineCare Services, followed by observations from a Legislative Reactor Panel and a facilitated discussion.  This forum is for legislators only and is free of charge. A full breakfast is included.

View the Power Point presentations from this event:

Bus Tour through Knox and Waldo County

Wednesday, January 29, Depart State House at 7:45 a.m., return by 5:00 p.m.

Waldo and Knox Counties are a microcosm of rural Maine, home to thriving legacy businesses, as well as new, innovative undertakings. Join us for a closer look at this region through the eyes of the adults and young people who live and work here. Stops will include the Mid‐Coast School of Technology in Rockland, French & Webb or Front Street Shipyard (TBD) boat builders and a walking tour in Belfast, and Robbins Lumber in Searsmont. The bus tour will focus on the strengths and challenges of the region, the investments necessary to sustain and increase economic growth, and how the new Statewide Economic Plan might help guide strategic planning in the Midcoast area. The bus tour is for legislators only and is free of charge. Lunch is included.

“The 2019 3-day bus trip proved that as Mainers we can create so much when given resources and inspiration. I’m grateful for the chance to have made meaningful connections with so many hardworking, visionary people – not just the leaders of our tours and talks, but also my fellow Legislators, hailing from all parties and parts of our state, joking, chatting, and eating lunch alongside me on the bus.” 

State Representative Vicki Doudera (D-Rockport)