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Posted on: October 21, 2016

City Warns of Phone Scam

The City of Portland is warning residents of a phone scam of which it was made aware today by the Secretary of State's Office. Some residents have received phone calls stating that the City Clerk's Office is calling and asking for the last four digits of ...Read on...

City Clerk's Office
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: September 29, 2016

Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Bag Collection Begins October 24th

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 the large, paper biodegradable leaf bags that can be purchased at most hardware st...Read on...

Additional Info...
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 13, 2016


The Portland Fire Department will be conducting several Fire Prevention activities during the month of October. National Fire Prevention Week this year is October 9th - October 15th. This year’s theme is “Don’t wait check the Date” Replace smoke alarms ...Read on...

Posted on: October 7, 2016

Forest Avenue Bicycle & Transit Network Improvements Underway

Forest Avenue corridor modifications have begun between Woodford's Corner and Morrill's Corner and will continue over the next two weeks.

On-street parking is now limited to the Baxter Woods area between Hartley St and 865 Forest Avenue. Existing pavem...Read on...

Additional Info...
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...

Additional Info...
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 22, 2016

City & Dept. of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife Asking Citizens to Report Dead Birds

The City of Portland and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is asking the public to report any dead birds they may find in the Portland area by calling 207-592-0605.

Over the past three weeks, 36 dead juvenile herring gulls were coll...Read on...

Posted on: September 16, 2016

Congress Square Redesign Team & Artist to Visit Portland for Storefront Workshop October 4 - 6th

The Congress Square redesign team, WRT, and artist Sarah Sze will be in Portland for a Storefront Workshop to develop design concepts from October 4 through October 6.

How the public can participate: Each evening from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM there will be a...Read on...

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 13, 2016

Stroudwater Fore River Bridge Resurfacing Project Starts September 15

The Maine Department of Transportation will begin the Stroudwater Fore River Bridge resurfacing project on outer Congress Street on Thursday, September 15. The project will replace the deteriorated wearing surface so that the bridge remains stable. The co...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 11, 2016

Register Now for the Next R.A.D. Training Class - Classes Start September 6

The next R.A.D. (rape aggression defense) Training class starts on September 6th. Classes will be held on September 6, 8, 13 and 15 from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, and on the 17 from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The deadline to register is August 31. Registration can be ...Read on...

RAD Training Registration Form
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...

Additional Info...
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 26, 2016

July 28 Baxter Woods Pond Project Public Meeting Postponed

The City of Portland Public Works Department would like to inform you that the Neighborhood Meeting that was scheduled to discuss the Baxter Woods Pond project on July 28, 2016 has been postponed indefinitely. The City is currently in the process of evalu...Read on...

Water Resources Department
Posted on: July 22, 2016

Grant Applications Now Available for Non-Profits Seeking Economic Development Matching Funds

Non-profit organizations wishing to seek grant funding from the next round of the Portland Economic Development Plan Implementation Program (PEDPIP) need to apply by September 30, 2016 at 3:00 PM. PEDPIP provides non-profits and the City with matching gr...Read on...

Guidelines & Grant Application
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: July 11, 2016

Portland Leaders Join Together to Make a Commitment to Peace

Portland leaders will join together on July 12 at 5:30 PM to make a commitment to peace. The City of Portland and Reverend Kenneth Lewis, pastor at the Green Memorial AME Zion Church, will host a community gathering with various city, community, and reli...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2016

City Clerk Reminds Residents that Nomination Papers are Now Available

The City Clerk’s office is reminding residents that nomination papers are now available for the following open municipal seats: City Council District 3, City Council At-Large, School Board District 3, School Board At-Large (2 seats), Peaks Island Council...Read on...

November Municipal Election Info
Posted on: June 29, 2016

City’s Successful Street Sweeping Program Collects 1,000+ Tons of Debris to Protect Casco Bay

Cleaner streets = a cleaner bay. The City of Portland's successful street sweeping program has collected a total of 1,108 tons of debris thus far in calendar year 2016 from across the city. This collection is critical to protecting the Bay and Portland’s...Read on...

Water Resources Department
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: May 16, 2016

Official State Primary Election Results

Official state primary election results from the June 14 election can be found here.

Posted on: June 10, 2016

City Announces Open Call for Public Art on Utility Boxes

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

Utility Box Art Application
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 27, 2016

City Establishes New Space for Art Vendors During Large Cruise Ship Visits

The City of Portland, in order to ensure a safe and successful cruise ship season, is establishing a new space for art vendors to sell their wares on days when cruise ships are scheduled to be in port with more than 1,000 passengers. The Waterfront Market...Read on...

Cruise Portland
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: May 12, 2016

Congress Square Redesign Project Selected to Receive $25,000 Grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced 64 awards totaling $4.3 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town program. The City of Portland, partnering with the Portland Public Art Committee and the Fr...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
Posted on: May 3, 2016

2016 Cruise Season Begins this Sunday, May 8

The 2016 cruise season begins this Sunday with the arrival of roughly 1,100 passengers aboard the Balmoral. The City’s port will host 76 cruise ship visits this year with, for the first time, more than 100,000 passengers between May and October. The 76 sh...Read on...

Cruise Portland
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 24, 2016

City Working with Bay Ferries to Continue Portland-Yarmouth Ferry Service

City officials announced today that they are in negotiations with Bay Ferries for Portland to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia service now that Canadian officials announced a vessel has been secured. Details regarding the 2016 departure schedule have yet to be final...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


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.

Posted on: October 28, 2011

Website Personalization Now Available!

By clicking “Log In” on the MyPortland bar at the top of the screen, users may create a login for the site or use their Facebook profile to access MyDashboard. Once logged in, visitors can choose the modules, features and keywords that they’d like to see ...Read on...