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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Grants to Help Businesses Sustain Outdoor Winter Operations Now Available

The City of Portland’s Winter Business Sustainability Grant Program (WBSG) is being launched today, November 19. Offering grants of up to $10,000, the Program’s purpose is to assist Portland businesses with the cost of maintaining a portion of their opera...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: November 19, 2020

City Working on Implementation of Recently Passed Citizen Initiative Ordinances

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City of Portland staff continue to work on the implementation of the five citizen initiative ordinances that were passed by Portland voters during the November 3 election. Staff has completed its legal review of Questions A (Minimum Wage), B (Facial Recog...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Council Gives Guidance on Two of the Recently Passed Referendum Questions Following Workshop

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The Portland City Council issued guidance on two of the five recently passed citizen initiative referendum questions following a November 10 workshop and executive session. The Council went into executive session to get guidance from the...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: November 4, 2020

City Staff Analyzing Impacts of Referendum Questions

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City of Portland staff will begin analyzing the impacts of the citizen initiative referendum questions that passed at the polls yesterday during the November 3, 2020 election. Questions A, B, C, D, and F passed according to the unofficial election results...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: November 2, 2020

City Sets Schedule for Remote Annual District Meetings

COUNCIL NEWS

The City of Portland’s annual district meetings will still be held this year, however remotely via Zoom. Mayor Snyder, City Councilors, the City Manager and staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions from the public.&n...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: October 21, 2020

City Statement Regarding Use of Joyce House as Temporary Emergency Shelter

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On October 19, 2020, the City of Portland announced it was finalizing its plans on a three-pronged approach to increase the amount of shelter beds available in Portland this winter in light of necessary COVID-19 precautions and the loss ...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Portland Finalizing Plans for Additional Shelter Space Ahead of Winter

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services (HHS) Department has been working diligently to prepare for the winter season and the anticipated impact on people experiencing homelessness. Staff is in the midst of finalizing its plan for shelter space...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: October 19, 2020

City Extends Outdoor Operations to Further Assist Businesses During Pandemic

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In order to continue helping local businesses through the pandemic, the Portland City Council approved a plan during its October 19, 2020 meeting to allow restaurants and retailers to continue to operate outdoors on private property, pub...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020 In Light of COVID-19

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020

While the City of Portland does not control or sanction Halloween activities or Trick-or-Treating, it does want to make sure that residents are aware of this year’s safety guidelines should families choose to participate in Halloween 2020. The City is enc...

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Additional Info... City Manager's Office
Posted on: September 30, 2020

Police Citizen Review Subcommittee Issues 2019 Annual Report

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The City's Police Citizen Review Subcommittee finalized its 2019 Annual Report during its September 9, 2020 meeting. 

The PCRS reviews Internal Affairs investigations of alleged officer misconduct to determine if they are fair, t...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Portland Harbor Dredge and CAD Cell Projects Fail to Receive Funding Under USDOT BUILD Grant Program

NEWS ALERT

After years of study, planning, design, and permitting work, the Portland Harbor Dredge and CAD project failed to make the list of approved projects announced by the US Department of Transportation under the $900 million Better Utilizing Investments Lever...

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Additional Info... City Manager's Office
Posted on: July 24, 2020

Ten Mixed-Income Housing Projects Totaling Almost 900 Units Currently in Pipeline

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Ten Mixed-Income Housing Projects Totaling Almost 900 Units Currently in Pipeline

City has not stopped working to create more affordable housing opportunities in Portland

In light of recent calls for the creation of more affordable housing in Portland, the ...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Council's Finance Committee Continues FY21 Budget Review Process on August 5, 2020

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The Portland City Council’s Finance Committee will continue its FY21 budget review process with a series of meetings starting on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM. The meetings will take place remotely via Zoom and can be live-streamed at www...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: July 7, 2020

City Hires Bob Fowler as New Public Health Director

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is pleased to announce it has hired Bob Fowler as the city’s new Public Health Director after an extensive search and interview process. For the last six years, Fowler served as the Executive Director at Milestone Recovery. ...

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Public Health Division City Manager's Office
Posted on: July 6, 2020

City Makes $500,000 Available for Rent Assistance for Portlanders Affected by COVID-19

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In response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City of Portland will make available up to three months of rent, and up to $250 in utility assistance to alleviate the housing burden for low income households that have lo...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Mayor Snyder & City Manager Issue Letter to Citizens and Businesses Regarding Reopening Plans

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Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Jon Jennings issued a letter to citizens and businesses today recapping the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and outlining its reopening plans. You can read it at the link below. 

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Additional Info... City Manager's Office
Posted on: May 12, 2020

City Proposes Plan to Assist Restaurant & Retail Businesses with Reopening

NEWS ALERT

In conjunction with Governor Mills’ Restarting Maine’s Economy plan, which outlines the gradual stages of reopening, the City of Portland has put together a proposed plan that includes temporary street closures and permitting changes t...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: April 1, 2020

City of Portland Opens Additional Shelter for Clients Needing Quarantine Space

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The City of Portland has opened an additional shelter for clients needing quarantine space in light of positive COVID-19 cases. The quarantine space is located at the James A. Banks, Sr. Exposition Building. The City is working with the Maine Department o...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: March 26, 2020

City Council to Host Remote Meeting on Monday, March 30 at 5:00 PM

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On Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00 PM, the Portland City Council will conduct its first virtual workshop and meeting using emergency legislation, Sec. G-1 MRSA §403-A, that allows cities and towns to conduct meetings online. The meeting includes ...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Portland Issues COVID-19 Related Updates for City Services

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The City of Portland is issuing the following updates related to the COVID-19 response and resources.

City Hall & City Buildings Closed to External Visitors Until April 13

City Hall and all City buildings will now remain closed to external visitors unti...

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Additional Info... City Manager's Office
Posted on: March 24, 2020

City Announces Stay at Home Emergency Order Effective Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 PM

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City Announces Stay at Home Emergency Order Effective Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 PM

Restricts all non-essential personal and business services

Mayor Kate Snyder and Portland City Manager Jon Jennings announced today at a 3:00 PM press conference that the C...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: March 3, 2020

City of Portland Following CDC Guidelines Regarding Coronavirus Precautions

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The City of Portland is actively engaged and monitoring guidance from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Maine CDC regarding Coronavirus COVID-19 preparations and precautions. The City’s emergency management team is...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: January 28, 2020

City Manager Presents FY2021 Recommended CIP Budget

NEWS ALERT

The Finance Committee will begin its discussion of the City Manager’s Recommended FY21 Capital Improvement Plan budget the Finance Committee’s January 28 meeting

The CIP presents the City’s capital needs in the curr...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: December 6, 2019

Portland Youth Council Set to Begin Its Work

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The City of Portland has set the membership for the Portland Youth Council, which will connect, engage, and empower Portland's diverse youth population through government and civic participation. The Youth Council consists of 13 youth who reside in Portla...

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Additional Info... City Manager's Office
Posted on: October 10, 2019

City to Host Commercial & Residential Forums Regarding Revaluation Process

You're Invited

Commercial property owner forum on November 1 at 11:30 AM - Residential property owner forum on November 25 at 5:00 PM

As part of the City’s revaluation process, the Assessor’s Office will be hosting two upcoming forums to furt...

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Additional Info... City Manager's Office
Posted on: June 14, 2019

Volunteer & Donation Information to Support Asylum Seekers

Volunteer and Donation Information

Thank you to those who have expressed a wish to volunteer your time and services in helping us as we support asylum seekers arriving in Portland. Thanks to our friends at the United Way of Greater Portland, we now have a coordinated and secure way to acce...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: June 12, 2019

City Responds to Influx in Asylum Seekers

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland, in response to an influx in asylum seekers from the southern US border, has activated an emergency operations center and additional emergency shelter at the Portland Expo. Since Sunday, June 9, the City has received roughly 100 new a...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Update: FY20 Municipal Budget Approved by City Council

FY20 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Update:  The City Council approved the FY20 Municipal Budget during its May 20, 2019 meeting. 

The final FY20 budget includes the following changes from the City Manager's Recommended budget.

  • an additional $50,000 for the Community Support...
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Finance Committee City Manager's Office
Posted on: May 15, 2019

City Seeks Interested Applicants to Create MLK Memorial in Portland

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The City of Portland announced today that it is seeking qualifications from interested applicants for the creation of a memorial to honor Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Portland. The RFQ is available here and interested applicants have until June 26 ...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: April 22, 2019

FY20 Municipal Budget Currently Under Review by Council

FY20 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

The City Council’s Finance Committee is in the midst of reviewing the City Manager’s Recommended FY20 Municipal Budget. Upcoming Council and public review of the budget will take place at the following times:

Finance Committee Meetings All meetings are in R...

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Finance Committee City Manager's Office
Posted on: April 22, 2019

City Manager Presents Recommended FY20 Municipal Budget

FY20 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Portland City Manager Jon Jennings presented his recommended municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20), which begins July 1, 2019, to the City Council at its April 8 meeting. The $263.4 million budget results in a 2.9% city-side property tax rate incre...

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Finance Committee City Manager's Office
Posted on: April 12, 2018

City Announces Members of Portland Disability Advisory Committee

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is pleased to announce the members of the Portland Disability Advisory Committee (PDAC), which advises the City Manager on issues of importance to people with disabilities and also recommends policies, practices, and legislation in ma...

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City Manager's Office