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Maine Development Foundation

Empowering. Strengthening. Guiding.

The Maine Development Foundation (MDF) drives sustainable, long-term economic growth for Maine. MDF stimulates new ideas, develops leaders, and provides common ground for solving problems and advancing issues.

Join Us For a Celebration of Leadership in Maine!

We hope you will join us on January 31st when MDF, Lift 360 and Maine Association of Nonprofits hold a joint celebration breakfast, “A Vision for the Future of Leadership in Maine.”

You will hear from executives at all three organizations on the current state of leadership development in Maine and their collaborative vision of how various leadership development programs will continue to support and enhance leaders across the state in the future. To register and for more information click here.

MDF Adds Leadership Intensive Program to Offerings

The Board of Directors of Lift360 – formerly known as the Institute for Civic Leadership - has announced that the organization will transition its Leadership Intensive program to Maine Development Foundation. MDF will immediately begin recruiting for the 2018-2019 program, which is scheduled to begin in September. MDF will offer it in addition to the Leadership Maine program, and will continue to operate the programs separately as each offers unique leadership development opportunities, are structured to achieve different goals, and have unique potential to grow and thrive in the marketplace. Read the full press release from Lift360.

Revive Civility in Maine

MDF is partnering with the National Institute for Civil Discourse to launch Revive Civility in Maine. Learn more about the initiative here. Join us in making Maine even better at having the critical conversations that will move us forward economically, build community and strengthen leaders.

Read the press release: NICD Launches in Maine.

  What is MaineSpark?

MaineSpark is a 10-year commitment from Maine’s most influential education and business leaders to work together to ensure that Maine’s workforce is productive and competitive.

MaineSpark organizations connect people with the education, training, jobs, programs and resources needed to thrive in Maine’s robust and changing economy. MaineSpark is powered by a coalition of organizations—schools and universities, nonprofits and foundations, government agencies and businesses—with a common goal: by 2025, 60% of Mainers will hold education and workforce credentials that position Maine and its families for success. Learn more here. Click here to go to the MaineSpark website.

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Upcoming Events

Leadership in Action Breakfast
January 31, 2018
A Vision of the Future of Leadership in Maine Mariners Church Banquet Center, 368 Fore Street, Portland, ME Hosted by: Lift360, Maine Development Foundation and Maine Association for Nonprofits Speakers: Marcia Sharp, Lift 360; Yellow Breen, MDF; Jennifer Hutchins, MANP Cost: $15

Maine Downtown Institute: Skill Builder Series
February 15, 2018
9:00 to 12:30 Bath Savings Institute Community Room, 105 Front Street, Bath Pricing: $29 Main Street/Network program community member/MDF member, $34 Public registration

Champion Circle Members

Amtrak Downeaster Bangor Savings BankFairPoint Communications

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Saint Josephs College

University of New EnglandThe Jackson Laboratory