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Posted on: June 21, 2016

“The Stars and Stripes Spectacular” Set for July 4th

Next month, July 4th Portland’s “The Stars and Stripes Spectacular”, will be held at the Eastern Promenade Park. It is the 7th annual event for July 4th Portland, the largest 4th of July event north of Boston.

The schedule of events on the Eastern Pro...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 on ...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 21, 2016

Congress Square Public Art Finalists Announced

The Portland Public Art Committee is pleased to announce that four artists have been selected as finalists for the Congress Square Public Art Commission. The artists will be invited to Portland for interviews with the selection committee, a site visit, a...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
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 9, 2016

Two Upcoming Comp Plan Public Forums

Two upcoming forums on the Comprehensive Plan have been scheduled for members of the community to learn about recent survey results, hear about initial goals and strategies, provide input and share ideas. The forums will be held at 6:00 PM in two location...Read on...

Comp Plan Update
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 designe...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

Splash Pads Open For Summer Season - New Improvements Made to Deering Oaks Ravine

Looking for a place to cool off with the kids this summer? Make a splash at the Deering Oaks Ravine, which opened on May 28 with a newly repainted ravine floor that is properly textured for little feet. The Ravine features underground fountains and a wadi...Read on...

Playground Info
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

City to Host Special Housing Committee Community Discussion May 25

Over the past four months, the City Council's Housing Committee has been soliciting feedback from a wide range of stakeholders in a heightened effort to identify and address housing issues in Portland. The Committee has heard from a variety of individuals...Read on...

Housing & Community Development
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 16, 2016

May 16 Neighborhood Meeting to Discuss Upcoming Natural Gas Pipeline Work

NEUCO, the contractor for Unitil’s SURE project will begin replacement of the gas mains and service lines in the area between Congress Street, York Street, State Street and Center Street on or about Monday, May 16. Crews will begin work on Park Street and...Read on...

Posted on: May 11, 2016

Detailed FY17 Municipal Budget Process & Information

Detailed information regarding the FY17 municipal budget process can be found on the Finance Committee webpage.

Documents include the City Manager's Recommended Budget and the Finance Committee's Recommended Budget, which was approved unanimously 3-0 ...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 10, 2016

School Budget Referendum Results

The official results for the Portland Public Schools budget referendum can be seen here.

Mayor Ethan Strimling issued the following statement in reaction to the results:

"I'm very pleased the people of Portland have passed the school budget. The p...Read on...

City Clerk's Office
Posted on: May 6, 2016

Pavement Restriping Program to Begin May 9

The City is alerting the public that street and crosswalk restriping work is expected to begin the week of May 9th and will continue throughout the spring and summer. Weather is a factor as the painting work cannot occur when the street is wet or during ...Read on...

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 29, 2016

Third Season of Sundays on the Boulevard to Start Sunday, May 1

The third season of Sundays on the Boulevard will start this Sunday, May 1, 2016. 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 recre...Read on...

Sundays on the Boulevard
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: April 12, 2016

Porcupine Sculpture Stolen from Jetport Public Art Collection

The City of Portland is asking for assistance from the public in recovering a piece of public art that was recently stolen. The porcupine sculpture, part of Glimpse by Wendy Klemperer, was stolen from the grounds of the Portland International Jetport some...Read on...

Posted on: April 4, 2016

City Manager Jennings Releases Recommended FY17 Municipal Budget

Portland City Manager Jon Jennings will present his recommended municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17), which begins July 1, 2016, to the City Council at tonight’s meeting at 5:00 PM. The $236 million budget, which includes a 4.2% increase in City e...Read on...

Finance Committee
Posted on: April 4, 2016

Community Forum to Discuss Opiate Impact

A large crowd is expected at Ocean Gateway on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 to take part in a public conversation about opiate use and the impact it’s having on local communities. The event is sponsored by the City of Portland and the Maine Opiate Collaborati...Read on...

Overdose Prevention Project
Posted on: March 25, 2016

City Announces Congress Square Redesign Finalists

The Planning & Urban Development Department is pleased to announce that four design teams have been selected as finalists for the Congress Square Redesign project. Of the 12 submissions received for the design contract, four will proceed to round two of t...Read on...

Congress Square Redesign Project
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 22, 2016

New Parking Rules at Evergreen Cemetery Go Into Effect April 4, 2016

City Manager Jon Jennings, after consultation with district city councilors, the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery, and neighborhood residents and business owners, has decided to designate the entrance road to Evergreen Cemetery as a no parking zone from Mond...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Portland Disability Advisory Committee Announces New Co-Chairs & City Support Staff

After a span of transition, the City of Portland introduces the Portland Disability Advisory Committee with Co-chairs, Renée Berry-Huffman and Karen Perry. Committee members include representation from Alpha One, Disability Rights Center, The Iris Network...Read on...

Disability Advisory Committee Information
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

City Manager Releases FY17 CDBG Recommendations

City Manager Jon Jennings has released his recommendations for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017. The CDBG Allocation Committee, which is comprised of four external community m...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 on general obligation (GO) bonds. An ...Read on...

Budget & Financial Info
Posted on: February 23, 2016

Portland Police Assist with Vehicle Removal Effort on Peaks Island

For some time now, the residents of Peaks Island have expressed concerns about vehicles that appear to be abandoned or unserviceable on the Island. At a recent Peaks Island Council meeting, residents expressed a desire to have the vehicles removed, howeve...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2016

City Receives National Honors for Achievements in Preventing Childhood Obesity - Ranks #1 in Country

The National League of Cities (NLC) recognized the City of Portland for the recent completion of key health and wellness goals for Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties (LMCTC). LMCTC is a major component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s comprehensive Let’...Read on...

Additional 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 27, 2016

City Names New Fire Chief

City Manager Jon Jennings is recommending David Jackson to be the next Portland Fire Chief. Mr. Jackson has served as the Acting Chief of the department since October 20, 2015. The City Council will vote on the appointment at its February 1, 2016 meeting....Read on...

Fire Department
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: January 11, 2016

New Substance Abuse Disorder Liaison Hired to Run LEAAP Program

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has hired Oliver G. Bradeen as the new Substance Abuse Disorder Liaison to run the LEAAP Program, which was recently announced to help address the significant increase in drug overdoses and deaths in the...Read on...

Posted on: December 8, 2015

Landlord Registration Process Now Open - Fee Due by January 1, 2016

Following the creation of the Housing Safety Office, the City is now ready to launch the rental housing registration process, which requires landlords to register their rental properties and pay a $35 fee per unit by January 1, 2016. The form can be found...Read on...

Housing Safety Office
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: November 12, 2015

Caring for An Older Adult? Need a Break? Let the Barron Center Help!

Caring for an older adult? Need a break? Let the Barron Center help with its Adult Day Programs, which offer a lower-cost alternative to in-home care, with the added benefit of socializing with friends. There are two separate programs - one designed espec...Read on...

Posted on: September 14, 2015

City Hires Housing Safety Administrator

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has hired Art Howe as its Housing Safety Administrator, who will oversee the city’s new Housing Safety Office. He will begin work on September 28. The City Council approved the creation of the office on ...Read on...

Posted on: September 10, 2015

City Announces New Blue Trash Bag Amnesty Policy

The Portland City Council approved a new amnesty policy for blue trash bags at its meeting last night. Citizens can continue to use them until they no longer have any. Previously, the blue trash bags were only to be accepted through October 4, 2015.

...Read on...

Purple Trash Bags Info
Posted on: September 10, 2015

Citizens Can Now Pay Property Taxes Online

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that citizens can now pay property taxes online via MuniciPay using a credit card or an electronic check payment. Any account that is current and not past due can pay real estate, personal property, and downtown...Read on...

Pay Property Taxes Online
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...