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Posted on: December 2, 2016

City Council Inauguration on Monday, December 5 at Noon

On Monday, December 5, 2016 during a special noontime city council meeting, newly elected Councilors Pious Ali (At-Large) and Brian Batson (District 3) will be sworn-in during the inauguration ceremony. They will both serve a three-year term. The City wil...

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City Council
Posted on: December 2, 2016

Portland Jetport to Host Summit Project Veterans Memorial

Beginning on December 4, 2016 and continuing through the holiday season into mid-January 2017, the Portland Jetport is honored to host The Summit Project Honor Case. The case will be on public display on the 3rd floor of the Jetport. 

The public is in...

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Portland Jetport
Posted on: December 1, 2016

Do You Know Snow? You Should! Make Sure You're Prepared.

Despite the warmer than usual November temperatures, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information as we head into December. The Department of Public Works is gearing up for the winter season, in which they care for more t...

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Snow Ban Info
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 23, 2016

Santa Visits the Portland Fire Museum Next Four Saturdays

Santa will be visiting the Portland Fire Museum on the next four Saturday’s to meet with children for their Christmas wishes. Sponsored by the Portland Veteran Firemen’s Association and the Portland Fire Department, parents can bring their child...

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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Committee to Review Council Rules in Two Meetings During Week of November 28

The Portland City Council’s Rules Committee will be meeting twice next week to review and discuss Council Rules ahead of the next session which begins on December 5, 2016. The Committee is Chaired by Mayor Ethan Strimling and committee members include Cou...

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Posted on: November 17, 2016

Portland Police & US Marine Corps Reserves Partner for Toys for Tots Campaign

The Portland Police Department is partnering with the US Marine Corps Reserves this holiday season to accept donations for Toys for Tots! Donation boxes will be located at Police Headquarters at 109 Middle Street and at the Munjoy Hill Community Policing ...Read on...

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...Read on...

Comp Plan Update
Posted on: November 28, 2016

Upcoming Public Meeting to Discuss Connecting Peninsula Pathway to Off-Peninsula Neighborhoods

This first public meeting for the Bayside to Portland Transportation Center Pathway Design Project will be held to gather public input regarding overall pathway alignment preferences and issues and opportunities for neighborhood connectivity of the pathwa...

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Posted on: September 29, 2016

Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Bag Collection Extended Until December 3

UPDATE: Deadline for curbside leaf collection has been extended until December 3. The City's Fall Curbside Leaf Pickup program will begin Monday, October 24, 2016 and will continue through Friday, November 18, 2016.

IMPORTANT! The leaves MUST be in ...Read on...

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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

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: October 31, 2016

Annual District Meetings Scheduled Throughout November

The City of Portland’s annual district meetings will be held throughout the city in November. The Mayor, City Councilors, and City staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions from the public. These meetings are the public’s...Read on...

Annual District Meetings
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: 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...

Additional Info...
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: November 7, 2016

Council to Consider Six Month Moratorium on Retail Marijuana Establishments During Nov 7 Meeting

City Councilors Ed Suslovic and Belinda Ray plan to introduce a non-agenda item during the November 7 regular City Council meeting for the Council to consider a proposed six month moratorium on retail marijuana establishments and social clubs. The meeting...Read on...

Posted on: October 28, 2016

Celebratory Tour of Capisic Pond Enhancement Project Set for November 5

City of Portland officials will host a celebratory tour of the Capisic Pond Enhancement Project, which is almost complete, on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 10:00 AM. District 3 City Councilor Ed Suslovic will be on hand as well as representatives from the...Read on...

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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 20, 2016

City Launches New Round of Façade Improvement Program Funding

The City of Portland’s Economic Development Department is launching a new round of the Façade Improvement Program. This time the program is targeting commercial storefronts on Washington Avenue (from Congress to Fox Street) and St. John Street (from Congr...Read on...

Application Information
Posted on: October 6, 2016

Free Workforce Development Conference on October 26 at USM

The City of Portland is hosting a one-day free and open to the public economic and workforce development conference -- “Economic Necessity: Workforce Development and Immigrant Integration, A Day of Learning and Discussion” -- on October 26, 2016 from 8:00...Read on...

Free Registration Here
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 28, 2016

Councilor Thibodeau Submits Housing Proposal in Advance of September 28 Housing Committee Meeting

Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, one of the five Housing Committee members, released his own housing proposal to address housing insecurity today in advance of tonight’s committee meeting at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers. His proposal includes a 90-day notice p...Read on...

Posted on: September 27, 2016

Housing Committee Chairs Present Proposal to Address Housing Insecurity Issues

The Chairs of the Portland City Council’s Housing Committee, Councilor Jill Duson (Chair) and Councilor David Brenerman (Vice-Chair), will present a set of proposals to address housing insecurity issues to the full Committee at its Wednesday night meeting...Read on...

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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 23, 2016

Committee Recommends Portland Become First City in Maine to Require Benchmarking of Buildings

The City Council’s Energy & Sustainability Committee voted Wednesday night, 2-1, in favor of the proposed Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance, recommending that it be sent for a vote of the full Council. The proposal is for an ordinance that wo...Read on...

Draft Ordinance
Posted on: September 14, 2016

Reconstruction of City Hall's Myrtle Street Entrance Ramp Starts September 21

Removal and reconstruction of the Myrtle Street entrance ramp to City Hall is scheduled to begin September 21, 2016. During construction the Myrtle Street entrance will be closed. Temporary ADA access will be installed at the front of City Hall. The com...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: August 26, 2016

Mayor Strimling to Host Neighborhood Office Hours in September & October

Beginning September 13th, Mayor Ethan Strimling will hold office hours at businesses in neighborhoods around the city. Dubbing the effort "Strimling on the Street," the meeting times are designed to engage Portland residents as they go about the...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 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 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 25, 2016

Portland to Host International Stormwater Management Conference Next Week

The International Low Impact Development Conference, a three-day event held in a different city around the country each year, will take place in Portland from August 29-31 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. The conference is attended by 300-500 engineers, reg...Read on...

Posted on: August 23, 2016

City to Host Police Citizen Review Subcommittee Informational Meeting August 24

The City of Portland will host an informational meeting - open to the public - regarding the Police Citizens Review Subcommittee on August 24, 2016 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at City Hall in Room 209. Police Chief Michael Sauschuck, Kelly McDonald, the chair of ...Read on...

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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: August 1, 2016

Portland Seeks New City Tax Assessor; Rick Blackburn Set to Retire After 37 Years

The City of Portland is currently seeking a new tax assessor as Rick Blackburn is set to retire at the end of this month following 37 years of outstanding and meritorious service to the residents of Portland. Applications for the City Tax Assessor positio...Read on...

Tax Assessor Job Description
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: July 14, 2016

City Seeks Expansion of Bike Corral Program - New One Installed on Washington Avenue

The City of Portland is asking for business, non-profit and neighborhood sponsors to help expand its successful bike corral program. Current sponsors include local businesses such as Arabica Coffee and the Thirsty Pig that signed up in the 2014 and 2015 ...Read on...

Bike Corral Application
Posted on: July 21, 2016

Energy & Sustainability Committee Sends Ocean Avenue Solar Proposal to Full Council

On Wednesday, July 20th, the Council’s Energy and Sustainability Committee heard a presentation and accepted public comments on the proposed plans to build a solar array at the former Ocean Avenue Landfill site. The Committee voted unanimously 3-0 to forw...Read on...

Energy & Sustainability Committee Info
Posted on: July 19, 2016

New 21+ Age Requirement to Purchase Tobacco Goes Into Effect Tomorrow in Portland

On June 20, 2016, the Portland City Council voted in favor of raising the Minimum Legal Sale Age (MLSA) for tobacco products referenced in Chapter 17, Article V of City of Portland Code of Ordinances, from 18 to 21 years of age. The change goes into effec...Read on...

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 16, 2016

India Street Public Health Center is Open with Regular Hours

The India Street Public Health Center, located at 103 India Street, is still open with regular hours for the needle exchange, STD clinic, Positive Health Care (until December 2016), and the Portland Community Free Clinic. For details about a specific serv...Read on...

India Street Public Health Center
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 9, 2016

City Receives $10,000 to Support Reduced Tobacco Use

The City of Portland’s Public Health Division is pleased to announce that its Family Health Program’s Maternal and Child Health Program has been awarded $10,000 by the Maine Chapter of the March of Dimes (MOD) through funding from Anthem Blue Cross Blue S...Read on...

Maternal & Child Health Program
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: June 2, 2016

City Manager Announces New Public Works Director

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has selected Christopher C. Branch, P.E., to serve as its next Public Works Director. The City Council is slated to vote on his appointment at its June 6 meeting. If he is approved, he will begin work on...Read on...

Public Works Department
Posted on: May 27, 2016

Porcupine Sculpture Donated to Jetport

The Portland International Jetport today announced that June LaCombe has made a generous donation to the Jetport, restoring a popular sculpture piece on the Jetport access road. Ms. LaCombe has donated a porcupine sculpture by artist Wendy Klemperer to re...Read on...

Portland International Jetport
Posted on: May 18, 2016

Portland Honored with 'Playful City' Designation

Portland is being honored with a 2016 Playful City USA designation for the first time! Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Playful City USA is a national recognition program that honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playab...Read on...

Playful City USA
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
Posted on: April 15, 2016

City Allocates Additional Resources for Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program

Responding to the increasing pressures that tenants are experiencing with the city’s rental housing market, Portland City Manager Jon Jennings allocated an additional $25,000 for the Tenant Based Rental Assistance (TBRA) program on April 11, 2016. The TBR...Read on...

Housing & Community Development
Posted on: April 14, 2016

Mayor & Council Seek to Restrict Staff Travel to States with Discriminatory Legislation

Mayor Ethan Strimling and the entire City Council plan to introduce a resolution at the April 25, 2016 meeting asking the City Manager to restrict travel to states, such as North Carolina and Mississippi, that enact discriminatory legislation against the ...Read on...

Posted on: March 11, 2016

Riverside Golf Course Hires Abby Spector as New Pro

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has hired PGA member and seven time women’s Maine State Amateur Champion, Abby Spector, to serve as the new Golf Pro at the Riverside Golf Course. Spector will run Riverside’s junior golf program, adult ...Read on...

Riverside Golf Course
Posted on: March 10, 2016

Forest Avenue Rezoning - UPDATE

UPDATE: The Neighborhood Mtg. to be held tonight will be held at MERRILL AUDITORIUM, REHEARSAL HALL, MYRTLE STREET. PLEASE ENTER THE BUILDING ON MYRTLE STREET.

Dear Neighbor,

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting to discuss the City of Portland...Read on...

Posted on: March 8, 2016

New HIRE Program Gets GA Clients Out of Poverty and Into Self Sufficiency

The City of Portland’s new HIRE -- Helping Individuals Regain Employment -- program is working to get General Assistance (GA) recipients who are stuck in a cycle of needing emergency assistance out of poverty and into self sufficiency. The program identif...Read on...

Social Services Division
Posted on: February 29, 2016

Preservation Plans Underway for Fort Gorges

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that Fort Gorges will be receiving some much needed attention in the very near future. The City, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Friends of Fort Gorges are embarking on a public-private partnership to impro...Read on...

Posted on: February 26, 2016

S&P Updates Credit Rating Outlook for Portland to "Positive", Reaffirms 'AA' Rating

The City of Portland received some great financial news yesterday. The Standard & Poor's Ratings Services ("S&P") updated their outlook for the City from "stable" to "positive" and affirmed their 'AA' long-term rating...Read on...

Budget & Financial Info
Posted on: February 2, 2016

Mayor Delivers State of the City

Mayor Ethan Strimling delivered his first State of the City address last night during a special City Council meeting. The address highlighted the Council’s committee goals for the year and outlined the Mayor’s vision for his four-year term. When creating ...Read on...

Mayor's Office - Read Full State of the City
Posted on: January 13, 2016

New Temporary Locations for Silver Bullet Recycling Containers

The City’s Public Works department will be temporarily relocating the publicly accessible drop-off recycling containers currently located on Somerset Street to two new locations on Friday, January 15. Four of the “silver bullet” containers will be placed ...Read on...

Trash & Recycling Info
Posted on: December 2, 2015

Portland Launches New Program to Help Address Opioid Addiction Epidemic

The City of Portland, through the Portland Police Department, is launching a new initiative to help address the significant increase in drug overdoses and deaths in the community. Maine, along with the rest of the nation, is experiencing a public health c...Read on...

Posted on: November 13, 2015

City Releases RFP Seeking Fiber Optic Connectivity for New Canco Road Facilities & Open Network

Update: RFP due date/pre-proposal meeting are postponed to a future as-yet unknown date.