Strengthening our Community Leadership Network in Midcoast Maine


"MLA forced me to become a better leader -- I was pushed out of my comfort zone and had to work really hard to accomplish the goals of our group."

"I felt fortunate to be a part of MLA.  Seeing what a great area we have and the potential when collaboration is pursued is invigorating."

The Midcoast is a unique region, rich with spirit, creativity, and tradition.  As a community, we need to nourish its promise. 


Midcoast Leadership Academy brings together emerging and established  leaders, sharpening current skills, developing new ones, broadening understanding of pertinent community issues, building  networks, and forming the relationships necessary to sustain a strong Midcoast community leadership base.

Modeled after successful community leadership programs held throughout the country, MLA was created to further develop the skills of existing and emerging leaders, expanding their capacity to positively guide the future of our Midcoast communities.


Each program year, a select group of individuals is thoughtfully chosen from Knox and Waldo Counties through an application process which aims to provide diversity of thought, knowledge, and experience within the class. Our inaugural program class graduated in 2007, and we are proud to be building a strong tradition, positively impacting the economic and cultural quality of life here in Midcoast Maine.