Mount Desert 365 is a community-based organization dedicated to promoting long-term economic vitality of the town of Mount Desert, Maine, through expansion of sustainable year-round residential communities and economic revitalization of commercial districts.


Fostering a sustainable year-round community while preserving its natural environment.


Community Sustainability

Community is at the heart of all we do. Beyond the place where we live, work, and raise our families, community is the connection with neighbors, a shared appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds us, and a sense of commitment towards mutual prosperity, communal health and well-being, and civic pride through engagement. We believe that a community that thrives 365 days of the year benefits all of us.

Protecting our Natural Environment

The mountains, waters, fields and woods that are an integral part of the community are precious assets that nurture us physically and spiritually. We have a responsibility to be good stewards and safeguard them for future generations.

Diversity Propels Innovation

A complex weave of people in the community creates a vibrancy that can enhance our best features – creativity, resourcefulness, and integrity. The coming together of people living among us year-round, part-time, or visiting briefly adds texture and color to the community and creates an interdependence that can’t be denied. We believe the knowledge, skills, talents and resources of each part of the community should be harnessed and lead to innovations for the benefit of all.

Inclusion is Essential

A shared vision of the community’s future, combined with focused energy, strategic collaborations, and careful use of resources will guide our decisions.

We Strive for Excellence

Building on the solid foundations of the generations before us to establish and preserve this community, we will endeavor to create opportunities to live and prosper that will stand the test of time.

Breaking News

Mount Desert Business Boot Camp & Pitch Competition: November 5-7, 2021

Mount Desert 365 and the Mount Desert Chamber of Commerce announce a call for applicants to join a Business Boot Camp, sponsored by Bar Harbor Bank & Trust. Designed and facilitated by College of the Atlantic professor Jay Friedlander, the Mount Desert Business Boot Camp will be held on November 5-7 in Northeast Harbor. This three-day program will culminate with a Pitch Competition to decide winners of the Judges’ and People’s Choice Awards worth $10,000.

The Business Boot Camp and Pitch Competition welcomes established businesses on MDI or those ready to launch, with special consideration given to year-round businesses. Interested parties can apply online at by midnight on Friday, October 8 or download and return the application form before 5pm on the 8th to be considered. Notice of acceptance to participating businesses will be given the following Wednesday, October 13.

Click here to read more about the event and to apply.

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