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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 MDF October 25th for Our 40th Anniversary Celebration, Leadership Alumni Summit and Annual Meeting

2018 is a milestone year for MDF and our Leadership Programs! We hope you will join us October 25th to celebrate MDF’s 40th Anniversary and the 25th Anniversary for both our Leadership Maine and ICL Leadership Intensive programs.

We invite all Alumni of both of our Leadership programs to join us for an afternoon Summit focused on professional development, networking and engaging leaders in ongoing, meaningful work. We hope you will also stay and participate in the evening celebrations.

We invite all MDF members to attend our traditional Annual Meeting.

And we invite all of our members, partners, Alumni, donors, policymakers and interested Mainers to our  evening celebration of the tremendous progress we have made over four decades in driving the Maine economy and improving the quality of life for all Mainers.

We would not be the trusted catalyst for this critical work without your support. We look forward to seeing you October 25th!

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Maine Downtown Center
Announces Annual Awards for
Outstanding Community
Revitalization Efforts

The Maine Downtown Center is pleased to recognize outstanding, innovative work and steadfast dedication to community revitalization with their annual, statewide Downtown Awards. The four awards were announced at a celebration luncheon held September 26th at the Governor Hill Mansion in Augusta. Read more



On On August 4, 1978 MDF officially went into business through a public-private, statutory mandate from then Governor Jim Longley and the Maine Legislature. The assignment: promote the Maine economy. The vision of the founding forces grew into today's focus on trusted research, leadership development, creative partnerships working on education and workforce development, revitalizing downtowns and innovative strategies in key sectors of the Maine economy.

A lot has changed in 40 years … but MDF’s priorities and commitment to driving economic growth in Maine so as to improve the quality of life for all Mainers remains constant.

Thank you for 40 years of positive impact. We look forward to our work together over the next 40 years!


Making Maine Work 2018 Report

Identifies Critical Economic and

Workforce Priorities

The long-anticipated Making Maine Work 2018: Critical Investments for the Maine Economy report is out. Compiled and issued collectively by MDF, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce (MSCC), and Educate Maine, the report reflects the input of hundreds of experts and the voices of more than 1,000 Maine business and professional leaders who took part in a comprehensive survey. They overwhelmingly identified Maine’s quality of life, quality of workforce, and natural resources as the most important factors supporting business retention and expansion. Making Maine Work 2018: Critical Investments for the Maine Economy offers five focused goals and 16 key recommendations around pressing economic issues that will encourage investment in Maine and ultimately grow the economy.

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Measures of Growth 2018 Update

MDF is pleased to release the Measures of Growth 2018 Update. It was produced by Maine Development Foundation in lieu of the regular, full annual report. For 25 years, this annual snapshot of major factors affecting the economy and the well-being of Maine people and communities has served as a tool to help focus policy, workforce, educational and civic efforts alike.

In total, Measures of Growth 2018 Update tracks 26 indicators that collectively support the idea that Maine’s quality of life depends upon a vibrant and sustainable economy, thriving communities, and a healthy environment. Past performance and current conditions inform the establishment of future benchmarks for each indicator that are aspirational, potentially attainable and against which we can measure our collective progress. (Read More)

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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