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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

Portland Fire Participates in Sea Dogs’ First Responder Appreciation Night

The Portland Fire Department will be participating in Norris Inc.’s First Responder Appreciation Night tomorrow, Friday, July 22, at 7:00 PM, at the Portland Sea Dogs game as they take on the Binghamton Mets. Norris Inc. and the Sea Dogs will be celebrati...Read on...

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

City Seeks Citizens to Complete Internet Services Survey

The City of Portland is asking residents and businesses to complete a survey on their current internet services. The survey, which will only take a few minutes to complete, will help the City and network developers plan for potential improvements to inter...Read on...

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: July 11, 2016

Patriots Alumni Host Free One-Day Football Clinic

The New England Patriots and its Alumni Club present “Football for You” a free, one-day camp coached by former Patriots players being held July 11 at Fitzpatrick Stadium. Registration starts at 11:30 AM with the camp starting at 12:30 PM. Lunch is held at...Read on...

Football For You Info
Posted on: July 5, 2016

Council to Vote to Refer Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance to Energy & Sustainability Comm

The City Council is scheduled to vote at its Wednesday, July 6 meeting on an item to refer the proposed Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance to the Energy & Sustainability Committee so it can review and provide a final recommendation on the issue to...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 30, 2016

Fire Danger Likely High Over July 4th Weekend - Plus Reminder that Fireworks are Prohibited

The Portland Fire Department wants to make citizens and visitors aware of the fire danger in the State of Maine. The Maine Forest Service is reporting that the fire danger in Zone 1 is currently Moderate with the expectation of it moving to High over the ...Read on...

Outdoor Burning Info
Posted on: June 28, 2016

City Hosts Two Public Forums to Discuss Comp Plan on June 29 and 30

The city wants to hear from you! Help shape the future of Portland and come out for one of two community forums to discuss the Comprehensive Plan. ?The City of Portland is undertaking the creation of a new Comprehensive Plan to ensure consistency with the...Read on...

Comp Plan Update
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

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 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: 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 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: 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: 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...