Maine Development Foundation awards community leaders during annual meeting

Published: Sep. 27, 2023 at 5:23 PM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - A non-profit organization that focuses on the growth of businesses and communities in Maine held their annual meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor.

This year they added something different to the agenda and included a Champion Awards Celebration.

The Maine Development Foundation called on community leaders from all over the state to discuss the future of Maine’s businesses, communities, and prosperity.

MDF seeks to connect people, instruct individuals on leadership, and create partnerships to embark on new ideas.

This year they connected with the creator of the Hopeful Project, who created a powerful aluminum sign that spreads positivity around seven states.

“As an artist I’m really flattered that a piece of art that I created will work outside of the art world and into the business community and become relevant to communities, to developers that become a significant participant in the mainstream development idea concept,” said Charlie Hewitt.

The theme of the annual meeting aligned with the non-profits mission.

Aspire: Unlocking the potential of Maine to thrive and prosper.

“We try to shine a bright light on what we’re doing now and what we can be doing as a state to really create lasting prosperity for all Mainers,” said Yellow Breen, CEO of MDF.

There were many organizations that presented their work and reasons why their services were needed in Maine, like the Teens to Trails non-profit.

A teen who participated in the program shared her message about how community leaders helped create an experience that bettered her mental health.

If you want to learn more about the work of MDF, you can go to their website.