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Posted on: February 22, 2017

Evergreen Cemetery Woodlands - Forest Management Project Begins

The Evergreen Cemetery Forest Management project began this week. Crews mobilized equipment to Evergreen Cemetery over the February 18 weekend in preparation. Equipment access to Evergreen Cemetery woods is via Brentwood Street Gate.    

Trail ac...

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Forestry Division
Posted on: February 15, 2017

Public Hearing on Renaming Franklin Street Moved to February 28

Tonight's City Council Sustainability & Transportation Committee meeting, which was to include a public hearing on renaming Franklin Street in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been postponed due to the winter storm. The Committee will no...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee
Posted on: February 14, 2017

Workforce Diversity Job Fair Postponed to March 7

The City of Portland is postponing its Workforce Diversity Job Fair due to the next winter storm slated to arrive Wednesday evening. The job fair, originally slated for February 15, is to help increase the diversity of the City's workforce. It will now be...

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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 3, 2017

City Seeking Additional Members for City Manager’s Disability Advisory Committee

The City is currently seeking people with disabilities and who reside within the city of Portland and/or represent an area organization serving people with disabilities to serve on the City Manager's Disability Advisory Committee. Applications ar...

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Portland Disability Advisory Committee
Posted on: February 16, 2017

Portland Water District Issues Boil Water Order for Portion of Munjoy Hill

Due to a water main break on Preble Street in Portland, the Portland Water District has issued a Boil Water Order for a portion of Munjoy Hill: Northeast of Sheridan Street. Please visit the Portland Water District link at the bottom for a map of the impa...

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Portland Water District Website
Posted on: February 10, 2017

Council Committee Hosts Public Hearing Wednesday on Renaming Franklin Street

The City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 15 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers on renaming Franklin Street in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is proposed that...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee
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 9, 2017

February 9 Finance Committee Meeting Cancelled Due to Winter Storm & City Hall Closing at 12PM

Due to the winter storm and City Hall closing at 12:00 PM, tonight's Finance Committee meeting has been cancelled. The meeting's agenda was to include a discussion of the school bond and the CIP budget. 

"In light of today's Nor'Easter storm, whi...

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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: February 2, 2017

Mayor Joins AHA's Wear Red Day at City Hall to Celebrate 14 Years of Saving Women's Lives

In celebration of the 14th National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling are holding a press conference at Portland City Hall on Friday, February 3 at 10:30 AM. The AHA is asking all women to help Maine Go ...

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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 3, 2017

February 3 First Friday Art Walk Includes Re-Opening of Portland Museum of Art & Free Street Closure

The February 3 First Friday Art Walk will feature the re-opening of the Portland Museum of Art. The PMA, in close collaboration with the Friends of Congress Square Park, METRO, Creative Portland, and the Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau, has ...

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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 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 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: 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 11, 2017

Council’s Housing & Finance Committees Meet This Week

The City Council’s Housing and Finance Committees will hold their first meetings of the year this week. The Housing Committee meets January 11 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers and the Finance Committee meets January 12 at 5:00 PM in Room 209. 

The...

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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: December 22, 2016

Portland Readies Ice Skating Ponds in Time for Winter School Break

The City of Portland’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department is pleased to announce the latest ice skating report for the ponds it maintains throughout the winter season. City staff hope citizens will get out and enjoy these offerings, e...

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Parks Department
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 22, 2016

Portland’s LEAAP Program Gets Support from Charity New Year's Eve Gala

Portland’s Law Enforcement Addiction Advocacy Program will get a boost in the new year thanks to the support of proceeds from a New Year’s Eve charity gala at Boone’s Fish House & Oyster Room. 

The City’s LEAAP program, whi...

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Police Department
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: 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: 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

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.

“I want to congrat...Read on...

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: 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 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 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: 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 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 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: 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...