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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.

Westbrook  Designated as a National Main Street Community

Walk down Bridge Street in Westbrook and you will tempted by aromas of gastropubs, one-of-a kind local works by Maine artisans at boutique shops, and nearby parks where the kids can let pent-up energy out. It is a far cry from a decade ago when Westbrook was dismissed as a shabby mill town.

It is the culmination of years of efforts by a group of dedicated individuals, business owners, and civic leaders to revitalize and strengthen Westbrook’s downtown district and economy. As a result Westbrook has been designated as a National Main Street community. They are the tenth Maine city or town which MDF has helped achieve this prestigious recognition  through its Maine Downtown Center program. 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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