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Organization

Maine Development Foundation

Contact Information

2 Beech St
Hallowell, ME 04347

(207) 622-6345

Focus Areas

  • Community & Nonprofit Development

The Maine Development Foundation (MDF) is a non-partisan, statewide public-private organization with individual, corporate, non-profit and government agency members from across the state. We work to drive sustainable economic growth and improve the lives of all Mainers through trusted research, leadership development and creative partnerships that connect businesses, policymakers, educators, community leaders and other non-profits. Read More

  • About Us
    MDF’s Maine Downtown Center Program serves as a statewide resource for preservation-based downtown revitalization and serves as the state coordinator for the National Main Street Center’s Main Street Program. Established in 1999, the Program’s mission is to advance economic development in Maine downtowns using the nearly 40-year-old Main Street Four-Point Approach®. The approach is considered one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation for vibrant, healthy downtowns. The Maine Downtown Center currently has 10 nationally designated Main Street Maine programs and 17 state designated Maine Downtown Affiliate programs and works with scores of other communities on revitalization and improvement efforts.
  • Our Impact
    The Maine Downtown Center, (MDC) develops and delivers statewide trainings on downtown revitalization, reaching approximately 350 people per year. MDC also provides annual assessments and ongoing direct technical assistance to staff, volunteers, community members and partners in each of the designated programs. MDC also serves a statewide resource for downtown revitalization.

    Reinvestment statistics are collected quarterly from Maine's 10 nationally accredited Main Street designated communities. This data shows that the program has resulted in nearly 2,000 new jobs, more than 400 new businesses, over 1,000 building rehabilitations, over 400 new housing units, and a ROI of over $20 for every dollar spent.

Maine Development Foundation Programs

Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program

The Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program is a new initiative of the Maine Downtown Center. Five AmeriCorps members will be placed in five different Maine communities with a host Main Street or Downtown Affiliate organization. As Maine contends with the impacts of COVID-19 in addition to its existing economic and community development challenges, the Main Street Fellows will be integral to developing systems and strategies for a more resilient future. A central focus will be on increasing social capital, creating more welcoming and equitable communities, and sharing new mindsets and models needed for our communities to thrive. The Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program provides support for selected, eligible Maine communities by: - Strengthening capacity for economic and community development through asset identification and development, strategic planning and implementation, social capital building. - Assisting in local research, planning, education, and technology projects. The Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program provides support for the Main Street Fellows by: - Offering enriching professional development opportunities for recent college graduates including training in: National Main Street’s Four Point Approach to community development, project management, grant writing, storytelling, personal finance, anti-racism, and volunteer recruitment and retention. - Building professional experiences and networks for Fellows looking to live and work in Maine. How does the Main Street Fellows AmeriCorps Program work? Main Street Communities and Downtown Affiliates apply to MDF with a community-supported project that would benefit from the focus of a Fellow for a year. MDF recruits AmeriCorps members with an interest in Maine, downtowns, and community resilience. Selected AmeriCorps members interview with selected Main Street Communities and Downtown Affiliates to ensure a good fit. AmeriCorps members move into their new community, receive onboarding and ongoing training as Fellows cohort. Fellows receive supervision and mentorship from both their host organization and MDF. Fellows will be in service from October 15, 2020, to August 30, 2021.

Featured Positions
Main Street Fellow