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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.

Positions at Maine Development Foundation