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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.

AMPLIFY Challenge Match Campaign 2017

What is the AMPLIFY Challenge Match Campaign?
The AMPLIFY Challenge Match Campaign is a fundraising effort led by the Maine Development Foundation that resulted from a generous anonymous gift of $75,000 and a challenge to MDF by the donor to raise matching funds. Subsequently, Bangor Savings Bank – an MDF Champion Circle member - made a $25,000 leadership gift to the campaign to match the next $25,000 raised two-for-one, upping the total goal to $100,000 if we are successful!

AMPLIFY Challenge Match Funds will enable MDF to:
- Dedicated resources for communications and alumni engagement of the 1,000+ Leadership Maine Alumni
- Create a new and improved MDF website
- Enhance MDF’s presence to create awareness of and participation in Leadership Maine and other MDF programs

Are you ready to match?


Maine Forest Economy
Maine Development Foundation will assist with an integrated, multi-agency Economic Development Assessment Team, known as an EDAT, established by the U.S. Department of Commerce to assist Maine’s forest products industry in the wake of several mill closures. MDF will work with local community and business leaders to facilitate series of meetings to address the economic development challenges facing the state’s forest-based economy

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Quarterly Economic Report: Water Quality in MaineDowntown Institute - Norway - March 17

Get results for your downtown by engaging your town council, state legislature and national reps. Learn from seasoned officials what tactics work best to get the attention of elected bodies. Hear about the extraordinary steps Norway took to reclaim its Main Street anchor building, the Norway Opera House. Meet the members of the Downtown Alliance of Maine and get briefed on issues that matter to your downtown!

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Upcoming Events

2017 Maine Downtown Institute
March 17th

March 17, 2017
Topics: Norway Gets Proactive / Lobbyists' Playbook / Downtown Alliance of Maine

Maine Active Community Environments (ACE) Workshops
March 28, 2017
An introduction to active communities tools, funding, and success stories. Teaching community members, volunteers and professionals to build places where people of all ages and abilities can have an active lifestyle.

Champion Circle Members

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