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Posted on: May 22, 2017

Portland Fire Recognizes 43rd Annual National EMS Week - May 21st - 27th

National EMS Week

PORTLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZES 43rd NATIONAL EMS WEEK - “MAY 21ST – 27TH 2017

“Fire departments throughout America reflect this year’s EMS Week theme of ‘Always in Service’ by responding to those in need of emergency medical care,” said Acting U....

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Fire Department
Posted on: May 17, 2017

May 31 Public Meeting to Discuss Skatepark Expansion

Skatepark Draft Expansion Plan

The Portland Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department is hosting a public meeting to discuss the expansion of the existing skatepark at Dougherty Field. The meeting will be Wednesday, May 31, 5:30pm to 6:30pm at East End Community School in the cafet...

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Posted on: May 17, 2017

Portland School Budget Vote Set for June 13

School Budget Validation

The City Clerk’s Office announced today that Portland voters will be asked to approve the Portland Public School’s budget in a citywide referendum on Tuesday, June 13, 2017.  Maine’s School Administrative Reorganizat...

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City Clerk's Office
Posted on: May 16, 2017

City Council Approves FY18 Municipal Budget

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$240 million budget emphasizes core city services, fulfills many priorities resulting in  2.6% property tax increase and a mil rate of $21.65

The Portland City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) municipal budget, which begins July 1, 2017, d...

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Finance Committee
Posted on: May 15, 2017

Washington Ave Extension Road Work from May 16 - May 25

Washington Avenue extension between Lambert Street and Auburn Street will be under construction from May 16, 2017 through May 25, 2017. The City’s contractor will be performing reclaiming work on the road on May 16 in order to begin repaving on ...Read on...

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Congress Square Public Art Update at Wednesday, May 17 Public Meeting

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The Portland Public Art Committee will be providing updates from Sze Studio for the Congress Square Public Art Commission at the Art Committee’s next monthly meeting.  

Sze’s scope includes developing a concept for permanent public art...

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Public Art Committee
Posted on: May 11, 2017

Portland Fire Celebrates Graduation of Eight New Firefighters

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On Saturday, May 13th, the Portland Fire Department (PFD) will celebrate the graduation of eight new firefighters known as class 2017-24. Their graduation follows a rigorous eight-week advanced fire training drill school. Upon graduation, the graduates wi...

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Portland Fire
Posted on: May 10, 2017

City Enhances Access to Life-Saving Substance Use Outreach & Prevention Education

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between several departments and a local non-profit agency. On Tuesday, May 9, Portland’s Public Health Division, Fire Department, Oxford Street Shelter, and Milestone Foundati...

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Substance Use Prevention Program
Posted on: May 5, 2017

‘Sundays on the Boulevard’ Starts Again Sunday, May 7

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The fourth season of Sundays on the Boulevard will start this Sunday, May 7, 2017. Baxter Boulevard, with one of the best views in Portland, will once again be transformed into an urban oasis for bike riding, running, walking, skateboarding and other recr...

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Portland Police Offering $10,000 Signing Bonuses to Help Recruit New Officers & Telecommunicators

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The Portland Police Department is now offering $10,000 signing bonuses in an effort to help recruit new officers and telecommunicators in the Portland Regional Community Dispatch Center. The Department is looking to hire 10 new officers to start the Polic...

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Portland Police Department
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Portland Opportunity Crew Begins

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The City of Portland’s pilot program, Portland Opportunity Crew, begins today. The program will offer panhandlers the opportunity to earn money to clean up public areas. Workers will be picking up trash and beautifying parks and trails, primarily on the p...

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Portland Opportunity Crew
Posted on: May 1, 2017

Final Review Schedule for FY18 School & City Budget

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The City Council’s Finance Committee is in the midst of reviewing the City Manager’s Recommended FY18 municipal budget. It has held meetings every Thursday during the month of April. Tonight, the Council will hold a public hearing abou...

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

City to Unveil Bayside Adapts Design Challenge Submissions on May 3

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The City of Portland will display the Bayside Adapts Design Challenge submissions for judging and public viewing during an event at the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. 

Following review by the judging panel, the s...

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

City & Harbor Commission Make Progress on Dredging Solution, Select CAD Cell Site Location

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The City of Portland and the Portland Harbor Commission, working with a team of consultants from Stantec, Apex, and Campbell Environmental Group, have identified a primary site for evaluating a potential confined aquatic disposal cell (CAD Cell) in Portla...

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Two Upcoming Public Meetings for Portland-South Portland Smart Corridor Plan

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The cities of Portland and South Portland are jointly conducting a study of the transportation, land use and economic development issues of the corridor that stretches from Morrill’s Corner in Portland to Bug Light Park/Southern Maine Community ...

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Smart Corridor Website
Posted on: April 20, 2017

Ahead of Earth Day, Council Committee Announces Goal of Getting City to 100% Clean Energy by 2040

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Ahead of Earth Day, City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, Chair of the Sustainability & Transportation Committee, is offering a resolution for Council consideration, supporting the goal of achieving 100% clean energy for municipal City operations by 2040....

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee
Posted on: April 12, 2017

Portland Celebrates Community Development Week April 17-22 with Series of Site Tours

CD Week 2017

In celebration of National Community Development Week April 17 - 22, 2017, the City of Portland and its partner organizations invite the media and public to attend a series of site tours around Portland. The tours will offer an inside look into the partne...

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Community Development Block Grant Program
Posted on: April 10, 2017

Public Health Hosts Overdose Recognition & Response Training

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In response to community concern surrounding opioid-related overdoses, the City of Portland’s Public Health Division will be hosting an Overdose Recognition and Response training on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Attendees will learn the signs and symptoms of ...

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Public Health - Substance Use Prevention
Posted on: April 6, 2017

City Hires Director of Office of Economic Opportunity & Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Specialist

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has recently hired two people to serve in key staffing posts. Julia Trujillo Luengo will start May 1st as the Director of the new Office of Economic Opportunity and Mandy Levine will start April 24 as th...

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Posted on: April 5, 2017

City Manager Presents Recommended FY18 Budget to City Council

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Portland City Manager Jon Jennings presented his recommended municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), which begins July 1, 2017, to the City Council at its April 5 meeting. The $240 million budget results in a 2.5% combined property tax increase or $...

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Finance Committee
Posted on: March 30, 2017

Portland Unveils Redesigned Website

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has unveiled a redesign of its website. The site, still found by going to www.portlandmaine.gov, includes a more modern and clean design with new quick keys that will improve customer service and provide...

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Posted on: March 28, 2017

City Partners with Grace Street Recovery Services for Additional Resources at India Street Clinic

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Grace Street Recovery Services in order to offer additional substance use resources at the India Street Health Center. Grace Street operates medication assisted treatment and recovery ...

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India Street Public Health Center
Posted on: March 28, 2017

City Proclaims March 10 to be ‘Konbit Sante Day’ in Portland in Honor of 15th Anniversary

In honor of Konbit Sante’s 15th anniversary, Mayor Ethan Strimling and the Portland City Council are proclaiming March 10, 2017 to be ‘Konbit Sante Day’ in the city of Portland. Mayor Strimling and Councilor Jill Duson will p...

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Posted on: March 28, 2017

City Releases Additional Federal HOME Funds for Rental Housing Rehab Projects

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On Friday, March 10, 2017, the City of Portland released a Supplemental HOME Funds Application. These funds are specifically targeting projects that can use the funds in the near future. Both large and small rental property owners should consider applying...

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Housing & Community Development
Posted on: March 28, 2017

Dr. Kolawole Bankole Named New Public Health Director

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has named Dr. Kolawole Bankole, MD, MS, MBA, as the city’s new Public Health Director. After an extensive search process, Dr. Bankole, who has been with the City’s Public Health Divis...

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Public Health Division
Posted on: March 24, 2017

Section of Woodford St Closed to all but Local Traffic Beginning March 28

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On Monday, March 27, the City’s contractor, D&C Construction, will begin the installation of a new storm drain into Woodford Street at the intersection with Clifton Street. Clifton Street (Melrose to Woodford) will be closed to all but local resident ...

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Water Resources Department
Posted on: March 2, 2017

City Welcomes America East Women's Basketball Tournament to Portland

City officials are welcoming the America East Women’s Basketball Tournament to Portland beginning tonight when City Manager Jon Jennings will give welcoming remarks at the America East #SheRules Symposium, Voices of Women: Empowerment Through Sp...

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Posted on: February 28, 2017

S&P Updates Credit Rating for Portland to AA+

The City of Portland received excellent financial news over the weekend. The Standard & Poor's Global Ratings ("S&P") raised its rating on Portland, Maine's general obligation (GO) debt up to 'AA+' fro...

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Finance Department
Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Unveils Final Draft of Portland’s New Comprehensive Plan

The City’s Department of Planning and Urban Development is pleased to release a final draft of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. This final draft plan is based on work that began in 2015 and included an extensive public engagement pro...

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Comp Plan Documents
Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Urges Landlords to Apply for Lead Hazard Program Funds to Increase Child Safety in Apartments

The City of Portland is urging landlords to apply for lead hazard program funds to increase child safety in apartments. In June 2015, the Maine legislature lowered the state’s childhood lead poisoning standard down to 5 micrograms per deciliter ...

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Housing & Community Development
Posted on: February 15, 2017

Snow Removal Assistance for Elderly & Disabled Residents

The City of Portland would like to encourage citizens to help their neighbors who are physically unable (elderly and disabled) to clear their sidewalks. Elderly and disabled residents who need help with removing snow from sidewalks should contact the City...

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Office of Elder Services
Posted on: February 6, 2017

City Hosts February 15 Job Fair to Increase Workforce Diversity

The City of Portland is hosting a job fair to help increase the diversity of its workforce on Wednesday, February 15 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Merrill Rehearsal Hall, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland. Attendees can learn about current job opportunities as wel...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: February 2, 2017

Jetport Sets All-Time Passenger Record - 1.78 Million Passengers Use Facility in 2016

The Portland International Jetport (PWM) today announced an all-time record year for traffic, with 1,785,649 passengers in 2016.  The achievement surpasses 2015’s total of 1,728,746 passengers – an increase of 3.2%.  ...

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Portland International Jetport
Posted on: February 2, 2017

Portland Police Chief Honored as Police Chief of the Year by Maine Association of Police

Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck was named Police Chief of the Year by the Maine Association of Police (MAP) last Saturday during its 18th annual awards banquet. Chief Sauschuck received the David W. Pickering Chief’s Award.

Portland Officer J...

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Posted on: January 25, 2017

Economic Development Comm to Hold Public Hearing on Possible Sale of City-Owned Properties

The Council’s Economic Development Committee will next meet on Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers. The Committee’s agenda includes a public hearing to receive public comment on the possible sale of City-owned proper...

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Economic Development Committee
Posted on: January 18, 2017

City Selects New Tax Assessor

City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce that selection of Christopher A. Huff as Portland’s new City Tax Assessor. The position became available following the retirement of Rick Blackburn, who served the City for 37 years. The Council w...

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City Assessor's Office
Posted on: January 12, 2017

Council to Consider Renaming Franklin Street in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee will discuss a proposal at its January 17 meeting to rename Franklin Street in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is proposed that the street would be known as Martin...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee
Posted on: January 12, 2017

School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee to Host January 19 Public Hearing

The City Council’s School Facilities Ad Hoc Committee will host a January 19 public hearing following six months of review by the Committee. The public hearing will take place from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM in Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City ...

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

Mayor Outlines Policy Direction in Second State of the City Address

Mayor Ethan K. Strimling delivered his second State of the City address on January 9, 2017. The address focused heavily on the city’s strengths as well as the policy directions the Mayor would like to implement to meet existing challenges. It wa...

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State of the City Address - Full Text
Posted on: January 6, 2017

Health & Human Services Committee Meets January 10 to Discuss Goals for Upcoming Year

The City Council’s Health & Human Services Committee will hold its first meeting of the year on January 10 at 5:30 PM in Room 209. The Committee will discuss its goals and work plan for the upcoming year and also receive a presentation from ...

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Agenda & Back up Material
Posted on: January 3, 2017

Treasury Office Now Opens at 8:30 AM

The City of Portland today announced that the City’s Treasury Office will now be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Previously, the office opened at 9:00 AM.

“We’ve made this change as part of our ongoing effort to impro...

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Treasury Office
Posted on: December 21, 2016

City Successfully Transfers Ryan White Grant to Greater Portland Health

City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that the City has received notice from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration that they have transferred the Ryan White Grant from the City of Portland to Gr...

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Posted on: December 8, 2016

Reiche School Improvements to be Unveiled December 14

 City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau and the City of Portland will host a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM to unveil the improvements that were made to the Reiche Elementary School and Community Center. The City’s Faci...

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Posted on: December 1, 2016

City Announces Bayside Adapts - Climate Resilience Planning for the Bayside Neighborhood

The City of Portland announces the beginning of Bayside Adapts, a planning and community engagement exercise to discuss ways to make Bayside a more resilient community in the face of climate change. A community forum on December 14 will be the launch of t...

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Posted on: November 21, 2016

EDC Committee to Discuss Potential Office of Economic Opportunity & Immigrant Integration

For the last eight months, the Portland City Council’s Economic Development Committee has sought to determine whether the City should establish an office focused on integrating immigrants into our local economy in order to ensure that Portlanders have acc...Read on...

Economic Development Committee
Posted on: November 18, 2016

City Releases Initial Draft Elements of New Comp Plan

The City’s Planning & Urban Development Department is pleased to release the initial draft elements for the City’s new comprehensive plan document entitled Portland's Plan. These elements were drafted over the past year, with input from more than 40 s...

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Comp Plan Update
Posted on: November 18, 2016

Portland Selected to Participate in Nationwide NLC Resilience Program

The National League of Cities (NLC) and the Wells Fargo Foundation recently announced that the City of Portland was selected to participate in the Leadership in Community Resilience Program (LCRP). Initially announced in March 2016, the LCRP program will ...Read on...

Posted on: November 16, 2016

City Honors Three Local Businesses with Economic Development Awards

Three local Portland businesses will be recognized by the City of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC) on November 17 at this year’s annual awards ceremony for their role in expanding the city’s economic vitality.

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Posted on: November 16, 2016

Moody - Wilson - Beckett Sewer Separation Project to Begin in December

Re: Moody – Wilson – Beckett Sewer Separation Project November 8, 2016
RE: Start of construction project.

The Portland Department of Public Works would like to inform you that the Moody-Wilson Sewer separation and Beckett Street Sewer Replacement proj...Read on...

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Posted on: November 15, 2016

City Settles Lawsuit with DHHS Over General Assistance Reimbursement

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has settled a lawsuit with the Maine Department of Health & Human Services regarding the retroactive withholding of more than $1.3 million in General Assistance reimbursement from the City for the pe...Read on...

Posted on: October 26, 2016

City Hosts Fundraiser on November 16 to Support Historic Art Collection

The City of Portland announced today that it is continuing its partnership with The Maine Project for Fine Art Conservation (Project MEAC) to complete the conservation of the first of the city-owned portraits and paintings on canvas. In 2013, the City ann...Read on...

Posted on: October 21, 2016

Work Begins on Fort Gorges on October 24

The City’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department will temporarily close Fort Gorges to public access on Monday, October 24, 2016 for a construction project (weather permitting). The Fort will re-open to the public again on the following day. As usua...Read on...

Posted on: October 6, 2016

CDBG Funding Process for Portland Non-Profits Begins October 10

The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to help non-profit organizations start or expand innovative and creative programs that serve the needs of low-income Portland residents.

“It is my hope that we will receive innov...Read on...

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Barron Center Recognized for Innovative Wheelchair Biking Program

The City's Barron Center recently received the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA) 2016 Celebrating Excellence in Innovation Award during a recognition ceremony held at the Augusta Civic Center. The awards, which were presented by Maine’s First Lady Ann...Read on...

Posted on: September 30, 2016

Portland Police Officers to Carry Narcan

In further response to addressing the opioid epidemic in Portland, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck today announced that the Police Department has instituted a new policy for all regularly assigned patrol officers to be equipped with narcan. Every officer h...Read on...

Posted on: September 23, 2016

City Clerk Honored with Award at Secretary of State’s State Elections Conference

Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap presented Portland City Clerk Kathy Jones with the prestigious Lorraine M. Fleury Award at the beginning of the second day of the Maine State Elections Administration Conference at the Sunday River complex in Newry on Sep...Read on...

Posted on: September 9, 2016

Portland Police & Maine Leadership Institute Announce SEALSFit “9”

The Portland Police Department and the Maine Leadership Institute are pleased to announce that the ninth class of Portland-area high school students to participate in SEALSFit will begin meeting this month. SEALSFit is an intensive seven week experiential...Read on...

Posted on: September 7, 2016

Mayor Strimling Adds Arts to the Chamber

Mayor Ethan Strimling recently announced a new endeavor, called "Arts in the Chamber," which will be a part of Portland City Council meetings beginning on Wednesday, September 7th at 5:00 PM. The effort, which will highlight Portland poets, art...Read on...

Posted on: August 23, 2016

Congress Square Public Artist Selected

The Portland Public Art Committee is pleased to announce that the artist Sarah Sze has been selected for the Congress Square Public Art Commission. Ms. Sze, originally from Boston and who has family ties in Maine, was chosen especially for her use of col...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
Posted on: August 16, 2016

Rapport Selected to Help Track and Reduce Environmental Impact

The City of Portland recently signed an agreement with Rapport, a leading sustainability management platform, to provide environmental impact measurement, monitoring, and reporting for 50 city buildings including municipal offices and schools. The idea of...Read on...

Posted on: August 9, 2016

City Selects Five Artists for Utility Box Project

The City of Portland Police Department and the Portland Public Art Committee, in conjunction with generous donations from NBT Bank and Port Property Management, announced an open call for artists back in June to submit their proposed designs for enhancing...Read on...

Posted on: July 21, 2016

Portland Receives Federal Funding for Healthy Homes

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has been awarded $1,568,592 in Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program funding and $246,275 in Healthy Homes Supplemental funding. The City will use the funding to help address lead hazards in 80 ...Read on...

Housing & Community Development
Posted on: June 21, 2016

Portland Announces New Director of Permitting & Inspections Department

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has selected Michael A. Russell to lead its new Department of Permitting & Inspections. The City Council voted to approve his appointment at its June 20 meeting. He will begin working in his new role...Read on...

Posted on: June 20, 2016

City Closes $2.3M Real Estate Sale to Advance Midtown Project

The City of Portland announced today that it has closed on the real estate for the Midtown development project to The Federated Companies for $2.3 million. The project will be a major catalyst to support the revitalization of the Bayside neighborhood with...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2016

City Removes Exclusion for Transgender Health Care Services from Employee Health Plan

The City of Portland announced today that the Council will vote on a resolution (see attached) during Monday’s Council meeting to remove the exclusion for transgender health care services from its employee health plan. The resolution is sponsored by Mayor...Read on...

Posted on: June 3, 2016

Congress Square Redesign Team Selected

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that WRT (Wallace Roberts & Todd) of Philadelphia has been selected as the design team for the Congress Square Redesign project. The WRT team also includes urban horticulturalist Patrick Cullina, graphic des...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
Posted on: May 17, 2016

City Council Approves $236 Million FY17 Municipal Budget

The Portland City Council approved the FY17 municipal budget at its May 16, 2016 meeting. The $236 million budget will result in a 2.3% combined property tax increase resulting in a mill rate of $21.11. Thanks to many positive budget drivers, including a ...Read on...

Finance Committee