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. 

Maine Downtown Center Virtual Annual Awards and Celebration

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 8:30 – 10:00am

Please join us for the MDC’s Virtual Annual Awards and Celebration featuring keynote speaker Stacy Mitchell, Co-Director of the Institute for Local Self Reliance. She will share why independent small businesses are so important to Maine, our downtowns, local culture and sense of place. We will continue the tradition of honoring standout downtown projects and individuals with three awards.

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Leading Through Uncertainty – Begins Jan 13th

MDF is here to help you meet the moment as you navigate the complexity of problem solving and decision making during increasingly uncertain times. Join peers from across Maine for this cohort-based program that meets regularly over seven months.

Wed., Jan. 13 – Thurs., June 10

Alumni and Member Discounts apply!

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MDF President and CEO, Yellow Light Breen, and members of the Maine Economic Growth Council present the 2020 Measures of Growth Report.

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15 Jan

Policy Leaders Academy: Building Budget Consensus in Challenging Times

A three-part presentation on the Maine State Budget. This forum is for legislators only and is free of charge. Time is 8:00-9:30am via Zoom.

21 Jan

Women Transforming Leadership: Mozella Perry Ademiluyi

Event time is 9am-12pm (via zoom) Mountains are the perfect metaphor for life, representing the peaks and valleys, the summits and rigors of the journey. Summiting Mount Kilimanjaro at 19,340 feet gave Mozella an EXTREME real-world experience of ‘failure and success’–and taught her how to help her clients tap the power and resources within themselves to overcome challenges and step up to empowered ACTION. As part of MDF’s Women Transforming Leadership, Mozella will introduce her Tackling Challenges model and we will apply it to a big challenge / opportunity for Maine. This event is open to all.


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Kay Rand, Former Chief of Staff, Governor Angus King

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