Rosie Vanadestine Joins Maine Development Foundation Team

HALLOWELL, Maine – July 11, 2019The Maine Development Foundation (MDF) is pleased to announce that Rosie Vanadestine has joined our team as Program Director I. In this role, Vanadestine will help manage, design and execute the various functions of MDF’s Maine Downtown Center (MDC) Program which serves as the state coordinator for the National Main Street Center and as a statewide resource for downtown revitalization.

“As a long-time member of MDC’s Advisory Council, Rosie has been an ardent advocate and community leader in our work to revitalize historic downtowns and expand their economic vitality,” says Anne Ball, Senior Program Director for MDF’s Maine Downtown Center. “We are thrilled to have Rosie join the MDF team and we look forward to her ideas and efforts to continue to enhance MDC offerings.”

Vanadestine brings to MDF extensive experience with economic and community development, revitalization, and historic preservation, and is well known for her integrity and coalition-building skills. She is currently a Norwex Independent Consultant. Prior to that, she served as Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments (KVCOG), and Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Bangor as well as similar roles with other municipalities across the state.

“This position speaks directly to my experience and passion for economic development,” says Vanadestine. ”I have been searching for a challenging career opportunity where I can use my skills to advance the State of Maine, local communities and the team I work with. MDC and MDF are the perfect fit!”

Rosie Vanadestine began her work with MDF on June 24th and can be reached at


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