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Posted on: September 25, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, September 25

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City News Round Up for Friday, September 25

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, September 28 at 5:30 PM for a workshop regarding an update on ...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

City Launches Campaign to Remind People to ‘Stay the Course’ to Prevent COVID-19 Spread

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The City of Portland launched a new campaign this week to remind people to ‘Stay the Course’ to prevent further COVID-19 spread. Residents, businesses, and visitors to Portland are encouraged to visit staythecourse.me for information r...

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Posted on: September 18, 2020

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

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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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Posted on: September 18, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, September 18

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City News Round Up for Friday, September 18

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, September 21 at 5:30 PM. 

 City Hall remains closed to...

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Posted on: September 18, 2020

Portland’s Public Health Division Teams Up to Provide Flu Vaccine Clinics This Fall

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The City of Portland’s Public Health Division, in collaboration with the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Northern Light Home Care & Hospice, Greater Portland Health, and MaineHealth Care at Home, announces the availability o...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

City Reminds Marijuana Businesses They Must Be Licensed to Operate

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he City of Portland’s marijuana ordinance that establishes the types of marijuana businesses that can be licensed to operate in the City went into effect on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The ordinance established the rules for both medical and adult...

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Posted on: September 16, 2020

Portland and South Portland Release Joint Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, One Climate Future

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The Cities of Portland and South Portland have released a draft of One Climate Future, a joint climate action and adaptation plan. One Climate Future is an innovative regional approach to climate action, bringing together two ci...

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Posted on: September 10, 2020

Mayor Appoints 13 Members to Racial Equity Steering Committee

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Mayor Kate Snyder announced the appointment of 13 members to the Council’s newly formed Racial Equity Steering Committee during its September 9, 2020 meeting. The Council established a Racial Equity Steering Committee as part of a resolution tha...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Portland Offers Enhanced Website Experience with Interactive Chat Feature

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In partnership with its website provider CivicPlus® and technology provider Frase, the City of Portland is launching a 45-day trial of a new chatbot feature for its municipal website. The chatbot will appear on the portlandmaine....

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Council’s September 9th Workshop to Discuss Marijuana Licensing

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The Portland City Council’s remote workshop set for Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 4:30 PM will now be held to discuss a marijuana licensing update. The workshop was previously scheduled to discuss the November 3 Election. The workshop will als...

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Posted on: September 11, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, September 11

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City News Round Up for Friday, September 11

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, September 14 at 5:30 PM for a workshop on the FY21 municipal budget and Election...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

City to Host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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City of Portland officials along with the Portland Fire Department and the Portland Police Department will join on Friday, September 11, 2020 for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial at Fort Allen Park. Fire Chief Keith Gautreau and Police Chi...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

TRAFFIC ALERT: Danforth Street Paving, September 9 through September 10

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Danforth Street between High and Vaughan Street will be paved starting September 9 and continuing through September 10. The work will be taking place during the day - 7:00 am - 5:00 pm. 

There will be traffic delays and noise due to this work. Pol...

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Posted on: September 4, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, September 4

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City News Round Up for Friday, September 4Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, September 14 at 5:30 PM. 

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil 2020

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Portland Public Health Division’s Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction Services Program recognizes International Overdose Awareness Day (August 31). International Overdose Awareness Day has been a key remembrance event for those who have ...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

City Simplifies Application Process & Increases Assistance Amount for COVID-Rental Assistance

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As a result of new guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Portland has streamlined the application process for the Rental Assistance Program. The City has also increased the amount of assistance available. The...

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, August 28

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Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, August 31 at 5:30 PM.

City Hall remains closed to the general public at this time. Staff continue to serve customers via em...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Deadline to Apply for Marijuana Retail Store Licenses is August 31

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Despite the ongoing litigation, the City of Portland is reminding the public that the deadline for businesses to apply for a marijuana retail store license in Portland is Monday, August 31, 2020. The applications are available on the City’s Busi...

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Posted on: August 21, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, August 21

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City News Round Up for Friday, August 21

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, August 31 at 5:30 PM.

City Hall remains closed to the general public at this time. S...

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Posted on: August 11, 2020

Council Seeks Applicants for Racial Equity Steering Committee

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The Portland City Council established a Racial Equity Steering Committee as part of a resolution that it passed at its July 13, 2020 Council meeting. The Committee will be tasked with developing recommendations to the City Council regarding the ways in wh...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

City Manager Presents Recommended FY21 Municipal Budget to Council’s Finance Committee

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Portland City Manager Jon Jennings will present his recommended FY21 municipal budget to the Council’s Finance Committee tonight during a remote meeting at 5:30 PM. Agenda and Zoom information can be found at www.portlandmaine.gov/agendas.&n...

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Posted on: August 14, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, August 14

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City News Round Up for Friday, August 14Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, August 31 at 5:30 PM. 

City Hall remains closed to the general public at th...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Council Limits Rental Housing Application Fees

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The Portland City Council approved a limitation on rental housing application fees during its August 3, 2020 meeting, which will be added to the City’s Code, Chapter 6, Buildings and Building Regulations, Section 223.1. The new ordinance prohibi...

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, August 7

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City News Round Up for Friday, August 7

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, August 10 at 5:30 PM to discuss and vote on a slate of Council appointees to the Cha...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, July 31

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City News Round Up for Friday, July 31

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, August 3 at 4:30 PM.  City Hall remains closed to the general public at this...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Members of Public Encouraged to Apply for Charter Commission Council Appointee

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The City Council’s newly created Charter Commission Ad Hoc Committee includes Mayor Snyder, Councilor Nick Mavodones, Councilor Pious Ali, and Councilor Tae Chong. 

The Ad Hoc Committee’s charge is to advance a slate of names f...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

Council’s Ad Hoc Committee to Discuss Charter Commission Appointees During First Meeting

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The City Council’s newly created Charter Commission Ad Hoc Committee will hold its first meeting today, Tuesday, July 28 at 4:00 PM via Zoom. Committee members include Mayor Snyder, Councilor Nick Mavodones, Councilor Pious Ali, and Councilor Ta...

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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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Posted on: July 24, 2020

City News Round Up for Friday, July 24

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City News Round Up for Friday, July 24

Please check our agenda center as Committees, Boards & Commissions continue to meet remotely. The Council meets next on Monday, July 27 at 5:30 PM.  

City Hall remains closed to the general public at this ...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

City Council to Hold Workshop on Monday, July 27

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The Portland City Council will host a remote workshop on Monday, July 27 at the end of its special meeting, which starts at 5:30 PM. The workshop will discuss issues related to those experiencing homelessness, Deering Oaks Park, and City Hall Plaza. The r...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Mayor Outlines Process for Establishing Charter Commission Members

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Mayor Kate Snyder and the Portland City Council will hold a special remote City Council meeting on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:30 PM for the purpose of voting on a resolution to create an Ad Hoc Committee. The Ad Hoc Committee’s charge would be t...

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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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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Portland Fire Promotes Angela Calvo to Divison Chief of EMS & Training

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On Sunday, July 19, 2020, Portland Fire Chief Keith Gautreau announced that the Portland Fire Department promoted Lieutenant Angela Calvo to Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Training. Calvo is the first woman to hold a Chief Officer ...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

City Continues to Serve Homeless People While Responding to Issues in Deering Oaks Park

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The City of Portland continues to compassionately serve people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, as follows:

  • The City is currently operating three (3) emergency shelters in accordance with CDC guidelines: the Oxford Street Shelter (OS...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

City Council Passes Resolution Establishing a Racial Equity Steering Committee

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The City Council passed a resolution at its Monday, July 13, 2020 meeting that establishes a Racial Equity Steering Committee to develop recommendations in response to systemic inequities. 

The original resolution can be read here. Councilors Spen...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Official Election Results for the July 14, 2020 Primary Election

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The official election results from the July 14, 2020 primary election are now available.  

See the official election results. 

See the unofficial referendum results.

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Peaks Island Ferry Landside Operations Study Public Meeting

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We Want to Hear From You!

What: Peaks Island Ferry Landside Operations Study Public Meeting

When: Thursday, July 16th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Where: On-line/Virtual Meeting - go to http://www.portlandmaine.gov/2638/Peaks-Island-Ferry-Landside-Operations-S for the li...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Portland Police Report Spike in Drug Overdoses

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There have been seven fatal and 79 non-fatal overdoses since May 1, 2020, with one fatal and nine non-fatal overdoses just in the past week alone. 

“There have historically been upticks in overdoses here in the city at this time of the y...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Voting Information for July 14, 2020 Election

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020 is Election Day for the State Primary and Municipal School Budget/Referendum Election. The City’s 11 polling locations will open at 7:00 A.M. and close at 8:00 P.M. Polling locations will look different -- booths will be s...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Councilor Pious Ali Denounces Violence Against Police Department

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Councilor Pious Ali held a press conference on Friday, June 10 to address recent violence against the Portland Police Department.

His remarks included the follow statements:

"Like many Portland residents, I was shocked waking up last Monday morning to ...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Mayor & Councilors Issue Statements Denouncing Violence Against Police Officers

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Mayor Kate Snyder and several members of the City Council issued statements today denouncing recent violence against Portland Police officers.

Mayor Kate Snyder said, “As we work together as a community toward equity, the dismantling of systemic...

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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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Posted on: July 7, 2020

City Seeks Public Input on Peaks Island Ferry Landside Operations Study

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The City of Portland is partnering with Casco Bay Lines to identify ways to improve the landside infrastructure on Peaks Island to enhance its safety, comfort and efficiency. This project, the Peaks Island Ferry Landside Operations Study, includes an effo...

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

City Hires Bob Fowler as New Public Health Director

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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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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Voting Information for the July 14, 2020 Election

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In-person early absentee voting is now underway for the July 14, 2020 State Primary and Municipal School Budget /Referendum Election. Voting is available during the City Clerk’s office hours -- Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M --...

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Posted on: June 27, 2020

City Alerts Businesses that COVID-19 Reopening Guidelines Must Be Followed

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The City of Portland is reminding businesses that they must follow the State’s COVID-19 reopening guidelines for operation. Following multiple reports of violations from the public, the City will have two code enforcement officers plus the polic...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

City Halts Implementation of Property Revaluation

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The City’s Assessor’s Office has officially announced it is halting implementation of this year’s citywide property revaluation until 2021 citing the unknown real estate market and fiscal implications of the COVID-19 pandemic...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

City Offers Additional Help to Small Businesses

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Learning from the first round of the City’s COVID-19 Loan and Grant Programs that were launched May 19th, with applications due on June 4th, a couple of unanticipated issues made certain categories of small businesses that were in need of help i...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Portland Farmer's Outdoor Market

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Portland Farmer’s Outdoor Market officially opened for the season on April 25 in Deering Oaks Park. View the changes made to the market in order to address public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic here.  

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

City’s Marijuana Businesses Ordinance Goes Into Effect

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The City of Portland’s marijuana ordinance that establishes the types of marijuana businesses that can be licensed to operate in the city went into effect on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The ordinance also establishes the rules of these businesses,...

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Posted on: June 10, 2020

City Introduces After-Hours Vehicle Registration

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The City of Portland will temporarily extend Treasury Department hours of operation beginning tomorrow, June 11, to ensure residents are able to register autos and boats in compliance with Governor Mills’ Executive Order 53-A.

The Department will...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Update to Expanded Outdoor Dining & Retail Pilot Program

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The City of Portland wants to update the public on several aspects of its expanded outdoor dining and retail pilot program. More than 80 businesses  have now been permitted as part of the program, and Dana, Wharf, Exchange (Fore to Middle and Mid...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

City Hosts Blood Drive on June 30

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The City of Portland is proud to sponsor our next blood drive with the American Red Cross on June 30th 2020 at Portland Ocean Gateway.

An estimated 38 percent of Americans are eligible to give blood or platelets, but of those, less than 10 percent actually...

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Posted on: June 7, 2020

Mayor and City Councilors Hold Press Conference to Discuss Recent Demonstrations

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Mayor Kate Snyder and members of the Portland City Council held a press conference today at City Hall to discuss the recent demonstrations in Portland. They expressed support for the peaceful protests, the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as a commitm...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

City Council Issues Proclamation Condemning Racism and Honoring Arbery, Taylor and Floyd

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Mayor Snyder and the Portland City Council issued a proclamation at their June 1, 2020 City Council meeting condemning racism and honoring Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

PROCLAMATION CONDEMNING RACISM AND HONORING AHMAUD ARBERY, BREONNA T...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Portland Police Issue Open Letter to the Community

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An Open Letter to Our Portland Community from the Portland Police Department:

The Portland Police Department’s values are Integrity, Leadership and Service. These values guide us well as we go about our mission...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Multiple Businesses Damaged and Twenty-Three Arrested

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The Portland Police Department assisted with what began as a peaceful demonstration starting around 7:00 PM on Monday night and ended with the arrest of 23 people.

“As I’ve said before, the City of Portland and the Portland Police Depar...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

City Updates Public on Phased Reopening Plan

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The City of Portland is updating the public on its phased reopening plan so citizens can plan how to take care of various municipal transactions. City employees will be returning to City Hall and City buildings on Monday, June 1. However, the majority of ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Parking Enforcement & Purple Trash Bags Back in Effect June 1

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The City of Portland wants to make sure citizens are aware that enforcement of parking meters and times zones as well as the requirement to use purple pay-as-you-throw trash bags will be back in effect on June 1, 2020.

Parking Enforcement:  

  • All en...
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Posted on: May 18, 2020

City Offers Help to Small Businesses During Pandemic - Launches Three Grant & Loan Programs

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The City of Portland launched three emergency business assistance programs after receiving City Council approval of the programs at its May 4, 2020 meeting and final funding for them at its May 18, 2020 meeting.

The programs include the Business Assistanc...

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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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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Portland’s Fourth of July Fireworks Cancelled

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Portland is cancelling the Fourth of July fireworks celebration, typically held on the Eastern Promenade. City Manager Jennings was forced to make the decision because large social gatherings are not permitted and...

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Posted on: May 12, 2020

City Proposes Plan to Assist Restaurant & Retail Businesses with Reopening

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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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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Council Approves Three COVID-19 Business Loan and Grant Programs

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The Portland City Council voted at its May 4, 2020 meeting to approve three business loan and grant programs designed by the Portland Development Corporation and the City’s Economic Development Department in response to the COVID-19 pan...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Riverside Golf Course to Reopen May 5 to Walking Only

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In light of Governor Mills’ announcement that golf courses will be able to open with restrictions under the first phase of reopening the State starting May 1, the City of Portland has approved Riverside Golf Course to open for golf starting Tues...

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Posted on: May 1, 2020

Public Health Division to Provide Virtual Trainings in May

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With National Drug Take Back Day Postponed, the City of Portland Public Health Division is providing educational materials and virtual Narcan (naloxone) trainings throughout the month of May.

Beginning next week, the Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduc...

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Posted on: April 29, 2020

Portland Updates Stay at Home Guidance Based on Governor Mills' April 28 Announcement

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In light of Governor Janet Mills’ April 28 announcement regarding her stay-at-home extension and safe and gradual plan to restart Maine’s economy, City officials want people and businesses in Portland to know that they should plan to f...

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

City Manager Releases Recommendations for FY21 CDBG Allocations

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City Manager Jon Jennings released his recommendations to the City Council for FY21 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding today. More information is available on the City’s CDBG webpage. The City Council will hold two public hearings ...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

City Council Extends Stay at Home Emergency Order Until May 18

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The Portland City Council voted to extend the Stay at Home Emergency Order until May 18, 2020 at its April 27th meeting. The emergency order also includes a number of amendments including:

  • A temporary program to pay $1,000 to the owner of a non-ow...
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Posted on: April 17, 2020

City Clarifies Non-Essential Business Rules & Calls Emergency Council Workshop for April 20

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The City of Portland is seeking to clarify its rules for non-essential businesses related to the City’s emergency Stay at Home order, and as a result the Portland City Council will hold an emergency remote workshop on Monday, April 20 at 5:30 PM...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

City Releases FAQ for Businesses in Portland Related to Stay at Home Order

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At its Tuesday, April 14 meeting, the Portland City Council discussed and approved an order Replacing the List of Essential Services in the Proclamation Declaring a Continued State of Emergency and Requirement to Stay Home (Order 156). To assist businesses...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

City’s Volunteer Shopping Program for Elders Set to Begin April 20

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The City of Portland’s Office of Elder Affairs has created a temporary volunteer program to provide grocery shopping and food delivery to elderly Portland residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is intended to help people aged 65 or ...

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

City Council to Reschedule April 13 Remote Workshop & Meeting to April 14

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The Monday, April 13 City Council workshop and meeting will be rescheduled to Tuesday, April 14 due to concerns regarding connectivity because Portland is currently under a Wind Advisory from 12 PM until 10 PM tonight with wind gusts up to 51mph. Out of a...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

Portland Celebrates National Telecommunicators Week

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Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. In light of COVID-19, this group of professionals is under greater than usual pressure and anxiety for the first responders and citize...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Office of Elder Affairs Temporary Volunteer Program

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The Portland Office of Elder Affairs will implement a temporary volunteer serviceto provide grocery shopping and food delivery to elderly Portland residents whomay have difficulty accessing food during the Coronavirus pandemic. The serviceis intended to s...
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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Virtual Events in the Portland Arts Community

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Creative Portland announces a virtual events calendar to foster arts community bonds and to stay socially connected while physically apart. The calendar can be accessed on the First Friday Art Walk landing page of the Creative Portland website. Arts organ...

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Posted on: April 7, 2020

Annual Spring Curbside Collection of Leaf Bags/Yard Waste Will Be Held April 27 - May 8

Curbside Leaf Yard Waste Collection

The annual curbside collection of leaf bags/yard waste will be held Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 8. The leaves must be in large, paper biodegradable leaf bags that can be purchased at most hardware stores. Place the biodegradable leaf bags curbsid...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

City Closes All Back Cove Trail Parking Lots During Stay At Home Emergency Order

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The City of Portland is closing all parking lots associated with the Back Cove Trail due to the high usage of the trail and overcrowding concerns in light of the State of Maine and the City’s Stay at Home emergency orders requiring that individu...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Mayor Snyder Adds Tenant & Landlord Resources to City’s COVID-19 Webpage

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Building off of the City Council’s March 30th approval of an Emergency Order, Mayor Kate Snyder has compiled a comprehensive list of resources available to tenants and landlords in light of COVID-19. The Emergency Order requests landlords in Por...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

City Delays New Value Notices for 2020 Revaluation Project

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As the COVID-19 situation continues to unfold, the City has made the decision to delay the Value Change Notices that were scheduled to be sent to all taxpayers in May. Notices will be sent at a future date to be determined.

“Given the unknowns wi...

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

DPW Solid Waste Putting Non-essential Residential Programs On Hold

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, with the exception of weekly curbside trash and recycling collection, ALL Public Works Solid Waste Programs at Riverside Recycling Facility are on hold until further notice. In support of the current State of Emergen...

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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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Posted on: April 1, 2020

City Council to Hold Emergency Remote Workshop on April 1 at 5:00 PM

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The Portland City Council will hold an emergency remote workshop on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM. The City Manager requested the workshop to discuss the City’s shelter operations.

The workshop will be conducted remotely using Zoom. Instruc...

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Posted on: April 1, 2020

Mayor Snyder Issues Statement in Response to Governor Mills' Stay at Home Order

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The following is a statement from Portland Mayor Kate Snyder in response to the stay at home order that Governor Mills issued for the state of Maine

“I’d like to thank Governor Mills for enacting these extra mandates to furth...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City Council Votes to Extend Stay at Home Emergency Order Until April 27

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The Portland City Council voted tonight to extend the State of Emergency and Stay at Home order until April 27. The vote extends the Emergency Order originally issued by the City Manager on March 24 and replaces it with this Emergency Order

The ...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

India Street Clinic to Resume Clinical Services & Needle Exchange Program

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The India Street Public Health Center will resume its clinical services and Needle Exchange Program on Monday, March 30. This comes after a two week closure due to widespread staff exposure to COVID-19. The City had no other choice but to cease operations...

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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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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Dept. of Environmental Protection (DEP) Reminds Mainers Of What Not To Flush

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Properly functioning sewer systems are extremely important for the protection of public health and to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19).To help keep these systems functioning properly, the Department of Environmental Protection is re...

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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 unt...

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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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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Social Services Office Closed To The Public

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For the safety of the public, our 196 Lancaster Street location will be closed to public entry until further notice. The window under our awning to the left of the office entrance is open for clients to drop off documents and our staff will continue to as...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Mayor Snyder Issues Guidance to Keep People Housed During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Portland Mayor Kate Snyder issued the following guidance to help keep people housed during the COVID-19 pandemic given the need for safe housing during this public health and economic crisis. The courts are currently closed at this time and no evictions a...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

City Exempts Stores from Charging Five-Cent Fee for Single-Use Carry Out Shopping Bags

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Portland City Manager Jon Jennings issued an emergency proclamation on Friday, March 20, 2020 that exempts stores from having to charge the five-cent fee for single-use carry out shopping bags. The proclamation is in place until April 30, 2020 an...

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Posted on: March 20, 2020

City Committed to Caring for Homeless Populations During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The City of Portland has been working on the front lines in direct contact with its most vulnerable community members for more than 30 years with one of the most dedicated and professional staffs. Each and every decision the City makes is with their best ...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

City Announces Temporary Changes to Parking Enforcement In Light of Ongoing Pandemic

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Last Friday, March 13, Portland’s City Manager directed the Parking Division to no longer issue parking tickets for time zones and expired meters for the foreseeable future. Enforcement will continue for illegal parking, which includes blocking ...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Governor Mills’ New Executive Order Expands & Extends Portland’s Emergency Proclamation

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In light of the action Governor Janet Mills took today in response to the evolving COVID-19 global pandemic, the Portland City Council’s emergency remote meeting scheduled for March 19 to consider extending the 5-day emergency proclamation that ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

City Announces Curfew for Establishments & Other COVID-19 Recommendations

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Portland City Manager Jon Jennings announced today he is instituting a mandated curfew for establishments where groups gather from 6:00 AM to 2:00 AM on Tuesday, March 17-18 and then daily from 8:00 PM until 2:00 AM on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sat...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City Officials Provide Update on Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

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As things continue to rapidly evolve with the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Snyder, City Council members, and City Manager Jon Jennings held a press conference on Friday to provide the public and media with the latest information related to the number of ...

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Posted on: March 13, 2020

City Cancels Events at Merrill Auditorium, Portland Expo & Ocean Gateway

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland has decided to cancel all events scheduled for the next 30 days at Merrill Auditorium, Portland Expo and Ocean Gateway in order to help practice social distancing in order to reduce the number of large gatherings and help slow the spr...

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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 News
Posted on: March 12, 2020

City Cancels March 16 Council Meeting & Suspends All Public Meetings

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Out of an abundance of caution and for preventative reasons only, the Portland City Council is cancelling its March 16 meeting and March 23 workshop. Both will be rescheduled at dates to be determined.  

Additionally, the City is suspending all co...

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City News
Posted on: March 5, 2020

City Clerk Releases Official Results from March 3 Election

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The City Clerk has posted the official results from the March 3 Presidential Primary, Special State and Municipal Referendum Election. 

View the Presidential Primary results here.View the Referendum results here.  

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City News
Posted on: March 2, 2020

Finalist for MLK Memorial to Present Redesign Proposal

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One finalist will present their redesign proposal for a memorial to honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the public and the MLK Memorial Selection Committee during a meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday, March 3, at 5:30 PM in Room 209 of City Hall.&n...

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City News
Posted on: January 29, 2020

City to Offer Weekly Overdose Response Trainings & Naloxone

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The City’s Public Health Division recently merged the Substance Use Prevention and Needle Exchange programs to form the Substance Use Prevention and Harm Reduction Services program. The program, coordinated by Zoe Brokos, will continue to provid...

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City News
Posted on: February 21, 2020

2019 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign

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The City of Portland is proud to announce that it hired seven veteran employees as part of the 2019 Maine Hire a Vet campaign. In total during the 2019 campaign, 283 veterans were hired in Maine. The veterans hired by the City of Portland are now working ...

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City News
Posted on: February 14, 2020

City Council to Discuss Opportunity for Portland to Join Solar Consortium

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The Portland City Council will discuss an opportunity for the City to join a renewable energy consortium at its Wednesday, February 19, 2020 Council meeting. Joining the consortium would help achieve several of the City’s climate action goals an...

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Posted on: February 6, 2020

Absentee Voting Begins in Portland

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Citizens can begin requesting absentee ballots by mail, phone or in person and vote absentee in person in the City Clerk’s Office, Room 203, City Hall for the upcoming March 3, 2020 election. The March 3 election consists of a state primary, pre...

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Posted on: January 30, 2020

Police Citizen Review Subcommittee Hosts Informational Meeting

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The City’s Police Citizen Review Subcommittee will host an informational meeting - open to the public - regarding the Police Citizens Review Subcommittee’s work on Wednesday, February 12 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the Library at P...

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City News
Posted on: February 4, 2020

City Awards Funds to 11 Community Partners from Asylum Seeker Donations

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce it has awarded 11 community partner organizations with more than $140,000 as part of an initial round of funding from the asylum seeker donations the City received. The funds are reimbursement for the assistance...

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Posted on: January 28, 2020

City Manager Presents FY2021 Recommended CIP Budget

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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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Posted on: January 28, 2020

Portland Launches Natural Helpers Program

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The City of Portland’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) is honored to announce the inaugural cohort of the Natural Helpers program. Forty-five (45) community leaders from 18 different countries of origin applied to serve as helpers. Fifteen ...

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Posted on: January 27, 2020

Councilor Duson Appointed to Serve on National League of Cities’

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Portland City Councilor Jill Duson has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2020 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) federal advocacy committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC&rsquo...

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Posted on: January 15, 2020

Portland Neighborhood Volunteers Needed

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The Age-Friendly Portland Steering Committee is looking for volunteers willing to shovel snow for an elderly neighbor this winter. Neighborhood volunteer coordinators are also needed, to help match Portland residents aged 65+ with local volunteer groups a...

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City News
Posted on: November 22, 2019

City Planners Seek Feedback on ReCode Portland Effort

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The City of Portland’s Planning & Urban Development Department is pleased to announce that it is now seeking feedback from the public on the first four draft articles of its ReCode Portland effort. The effort is the first rewriting of the Ci...

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City News
Posted on: January 14, 2020

Public Health Department Releases Inaugural Health of Portland Report

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The City of Portland’s Public Health Division is pleased to share the inaugural Health of Portland Report (HOP). The HOP provides a wide variety of descriptive information about the health status and factors influencing Portland residents. For e...

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Posted on: December 1, 2019

City Reminds Residents of Winter Storm Operations Information

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In advance of what appears to be the first significant snow storm of the season, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information. The Department of Public Works is ready for the winter storm season, in which they care for mo...

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Posted on: January 14, 2020

Councilor Pious Ali Elected to National League of Cities

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Portland City Councilor Pious Ali has been elected to serve on the National League of Cities (NLC) 2020 Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council. These councils provide space for local leaders to connect with other municipal officials represent...

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City News
Posted on: January 3, 2020

Portland Trails & City of Portland Create Accessible Trail in Canco Woods for Nearby Seniors

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In the fall of 2019, Portland Trails made significant upgrades to a trail in Canco Woods to create the first wheelchair-accessible forested trail in Portland. With support from the City and generous funding from an AARP Community Challenge grant, Portland...

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Posted on: January 8, 2020

Portland Police Recognized for Mental Health Response

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that the Portland Police Department is the second police agency in the state of Maine to have been recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as having attained the requirements of th...

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Human Trafficking Awareness Day of Remembrance and Resiliency

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In celebration of the strength and resiliency of people who have experienced human trafficking, the City of Portland and Preble Street Anti-Trafficking Services are partnering to host Human Trafficking Awareness Day of Remembrance and Resiliency....

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City News
Posted on: December 20, 2019

Rebecca Gagnon Named New Barron Center Administrator

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has hired Rebecca Gagnon as the new Administrator of the Barron Center, the City’s skilled rehabilitation/nursing and long-term care facility. The Barron Center has provided skilled nursing and...

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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Firefighters Receive New Boots, Thanks to Grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

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The Portland Fire Department distributed its new boots to firefighters at Bramhall Fire Station, 784 Congress Street, on Friday, December 13 at 1:00 PM. The new boots are thanks to a grant from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. 

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City News
Posted on: December 11, 2019

City Seeks Nominations for Boards and Committees Vacancies

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The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. The vacant positions are described below. Deadline for submission is December 28, 2019. Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to Appointme...

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City News
Posted on: December 10, 2019

City Honors Five Local Businesses at Annual Business Awards

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Five local Portland businesses/organizations will be recognized on Wednesday, December 11 by the City of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC) at this year’s annual awards ceremony for their role in expanding the city’s economic vitality...

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City News
Posted on: December 13, 2019

Barron Center Opens Short-Term Skilled Rehabilitation Unit

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that the Barron Center has now reopened its short-term skilled nursing unit. Patients of the unit can expect high quality skilled nursing care and outstanding post-acute rehabilitation services; including physic...

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City News
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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Posted on: December 9, 2019

Public Meeting - Overset Road and Hope Street Parking

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Representatives with the City of Portland will be presenting and seeking public input on neighborhood concerns about parking associated with use of the Portland trails access to the Presumpscot River in the Overset Road/ Hope Street Neighborhood. This is ...

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City News
Posted on: November 26, 2019

City Launches Application Process for Community Partner Reimbursements from Asylum Seeker Donations

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce it has launched an application process for community partners to request reimbursement for the assistance they provided while the City managed an unprecedented influx of asylum seekers this past summer. The City...

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City News
Posted on: November 19, 2019

Portland Earns a 94 on Human Rights Campaign’s MEI 2019 Scorecard

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The City of Portland is proud to announce that it earned seven extra points this year on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Municipal Equality Index (MEI), with a total score of 94, the highest score in Maine. The City has now increased its score...

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City News
Posted on: November 26, 2019

4-Miler Road Race on Thursday and Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday

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More than 1,500 runners are expected to take part in the 38th  Thanksgiving Day 4-Miler road race in Portland on November 28 starting at 9:00 AM and resulting in multiple road closures. The kids run begins at 8:30 AM. 

The following roads...

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City News
Posted on: November 19, 2019

44th Annual Great American Smokeout

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November 21, 2019 is the 44th Annual Great American Smokeout. Since 1976, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout, a national public awareness event encouraging people to quit smoking, even if it is just for one day. 

Qu...

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Posted on: November 19, 2019

Tree to arrive in Monument Square

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The tree that signals the start of the holiday season in Portland will arrive in Monument Square on Thursday, November 21 around 9:00am.

Crews from the Forestry Section of Portland’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department will prepare the ...

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City News
Posted on: November 15, 2019

Washington Avenue New Signal Equipment

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Due to systems testing and installations along Washington Avenue and Auburn Street today, November 15 through Monday, November 18, in association with new signal equipment, motorists will experience a delay along the corridor. The work is part of the inst...

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City News
Posted on: November 15, 2019

Winter Storm Reminders

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The City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information. The Department of Public Works is ready for the winter storm season, in which they care for more than 560 lane miles of road, and the City’s Parks & Facilities D...

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Posted on: November 15, 2019

City to Test Extended Hours in Treasury Office

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The City of Portland, in an effort to better serve its customers, is testing new operating hours for the Treasury Office. Beginning November 20, the office will stay open until 6:30 PM twice a month in December, January, February, and March. The Treasury ...

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City News
Posted on: November 7, 2019

Three Finalists for MLK Memorial in Portland to Unveil Designs to the Public on November 14

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The three finalists chosen to move forward to the RFP phase to create a memorial to honor Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Portland will present their final designs during a November 14 meeting. The finalists include Robert Katz, Augusta, ME; TJD&A...

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City News
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Emerald Ash Borer Emergency Order in Place

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In early October, a single adult emerald ash borer was recovered from a trap which was deployed by the City of Portland in cooperation with the Maine Forest Service in Payson Park.  The city is responsible for over 600 ash trees and thousands of ...

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Posted on: October 29, 2019

Overnight closures of Warren Avenue and turnpike mainline stoppages (10/30 & 10/31)

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On Wednesday, October 30 and Thursday, October 31, 2019, Warren Avenue in Portland will be closed overnight for the removal of structural steel on the northbound bridge that carries turnpike mainline traffic over the city street. The closures are...

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City News
Posted on: October 28, 2019

Public Health Division’s Minority Health Program Receives $20k Grant

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The City of Portland Public Health Division’s Minority Health Program is pleased to announce that the Maine Health Access Foundation has awarded it $20,000 grant to assist efforts in increasing the number of Portland residents enrolled in the Ma...

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City News
Posted on: November 5, 2019

Important Election Day Information for Tuesday, November 5

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Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2019, and all local polling places are open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. Voters can check online to locate their polling place by visiting www.portlandmaine.gov/elections. Portland residents can register to vote on electio...

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Posted on: October 24, 2019

National Drug Take Back Day

National Drug Take Back Day

Please visit any of these sites to safely dispose of expired or unused/unwanted medications. The disposal service is FREE and anonymous. Please note that needles, asthma inhalers, and illicit drugs are not accepted.

ACCEPTING VAPING DEVICES & CARTRIDGE...

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City News
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Council Reschedules Joint Economic Development & Health and Human Services Committee Meeting

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The Portland City Council has rescheduled its joint Economic Development and Health & Human Services and Public Safety Committee meeting for Tuesday, November 26 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers. The meeting, which will focus on proposed retail marijuan...

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Posted on: October 23, 2019

City Re-Launches Façade Improvement Program

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The City of Portland’s Economic Development Department is re-launching the Façade Improvement Program. The Program is focused on commercial storefronts on Washington Avenue (from Congress Street to Gould Street Common) and St. John St...

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Posted on: October 18, 2019

City Opens Two Emergency Warming Shelters for Residents Still Without Power

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The City of Portland is opening two warming shelters for those residents who are still without power and need a warm place to visit, charge electronics, or sleep overnight. The warming shelters will be located at the Reiche Community Center at 166 Bracket...

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City News
Posted on: October 16, 2019

Fall Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Collection Will Be Held Monday, October 28 - Friday, November 22

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that fall curbside leaf and yard waste bag collection will occur October 28 - November 22.  

Important: The leaves must be in the large, paper biodegradable leaf bags that can be purchased at most hardwa...

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Posted on: October 10, 2019

City to Host Commercial & Residential Forums Regarding Revaluation Process

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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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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Portland Continues to Create Housing for All Age & Income Groups Despite Market Obstacles

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2,300 housing units approved from 2014 - August 2019;Report outlines remaining challenges and issues

City of Portland staff issued a draft of its 2019 biennial housing report ahead of the Housing Committee’s October 9 meeting, in which the report...

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Posted on: October 7, 2019

The Search is On! Portland Seeks Tree for Monument Square

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Donors can submit their tree for consideration at portlandmaine.com/tree 

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year again. Portland Downtown and the City of Portland are seeking the next “perfect tree” to grace Monument Square. The tree wil...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Baxter Boulevard Closed Sunday, October 6 for Maine Marathon

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Baxter Boulevard will be closed to motorists this Sunday, October 6 to make way for 3,500-plus Maine Marathon participants. The Baxter Boulevard closure for the Maine Marathon will be in effect from 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM from Preble Street to Washington Aven...

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Posted on: October 4, 2019

Straw Ordinance Will Go to City Council for Vote

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On Wednesday, September 18th, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee approved the proposed Straw Ordinance 3-0 and the vote will now go before the full Council. The proposed ordinance utilizes a phased approach to discourage, and then ban the use...

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City News
Posted on: October 4, 2019

Portland Fire Museum to Celebrate 17th Annual Open House

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On Saturday, October 12, 2019, the Portland Veteran Firemen’s Association and the Portland Fire Department will be holding the 17th annual Open House at the Portland Fire Museum, which is located in the 1837 firehouse at 157 Spring Street from 1...

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Posted on: September 30, 2019

Baxter Boulevard Closed Sunday

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Baxter Boulevard will be closed to motorists this Sunday, October 6 to make way for 3,500-plus Maine Marathon participants. The Baxter Boulevard closure for the Maine Marathon will be in effect from 5:00 AM to 3:00 PM from Preble Street to Washington Aven...

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Posted on: September 20, 2018

UPDATE - MANDATORY CDBG APPLICANT MEETING

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Our office has received many requests to change the date and time of the Mandatory Meeting for a variety of reasons. We are able to accommodate a time change, but due to limited large meeting space applicants will only have 4 weeks to complete their appli...

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City News
Posted on: September 27, 2019

Washington Avenue Sewer Separation Project – NOTICE OF PAVING

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Washington Avenue Sewer Separation Project – NOTICE OF PAVING 

Paving on Washington Avenue from Eastern Prom Road to Oxford Street is currently scheduled for Wednesday, October 2, 2019 and October 3, 2019.  Paving on North Street from Mel...

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City News
Posted on: September 23, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Forest Avenue, Bedford Street Intersection

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On Saturday morning, September 28, 2019, the City’s contractor, Shaw Brothers Construction, will be reducing Forest Avenue to one lane in the inbound and outbound direction from 7am to 7pm.  The lane closures are required to install pavement with...

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

City Public Health Officials Warn of Vaping Dangers

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As reports of vaping-related illnesses increase, Maine has enacted a law banning vaping on school grounds. On September 19, LD 152 took effect. The statute, “An Act to Prohibit the Possession and Use of Electronic Smoking Devices on School Grounds” comes ...

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City News
Posted on: July 25, 2019

Portland Names New Police Chief

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City Manager Jon Jennings has chosen Frank Clark to become Portland’s next Police Chief following an extensive search and review process. Clark has been with the South Portland Police Department since 1988, and is currently a Lieutenant. He has ...

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City News
Posted on: July 26, 2019

Join Us As We Kick Off the Maine Bicentennial in Deering Oaks Park

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Governor Janet Mills will join Mayor Strimling, City officials, and members of the Maine Bicentennial Commission to launch the commemoration of the State of Maine bicentennial on Tuesday, July 30 at 2:30 PM in Deering Oaks Park. The Portland event, one of...

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City News
Posted on: July 10, 2019

Revaluation Project Update – Apartment and Commercial Property Valuation

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This City is currently undergoing a city-wide revaluation of all real property. This effort will culminate in new assessments for all properties for the Fiscal Year 2021 assessment roll.Tyler Technologies, the firm that has been hired to assist in perform...

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Posted on: June 19, 2019

City Announces Update on Asylum Seeker Transition Plan

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PORTLAND, Maine -- Ci ty Manager Jon Jennings today announced an update related to the City’s efforts on a transition plan to house asylum seekers. The City is incredibly thankful to those who have offered assistance during this emergency situation. Some ...

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City News
Posted on: June 14, 2019

Donation & Volunteer Information to Support Asylum Seekers

Volunteer and Donation Information

6/17/19 UPDATE:  For those wishing to volunteer, we thank you. The United Way of Greater Portland has received enough volunteer inquiries at this point, and is busy working to process the volunteer requests. Please wait to receive your volunteer ...

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City News
Posted on: June 12, 2019

City Responds to Influx in Asylum Seekers

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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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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Portland Hosts Water Resources Infrastructure Tour of Back Cove on June 6

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On June 6, as part of our celebration of Clean Water Week (June 2 – June 6, 2019), the City in collaboration with the Portland Water District is sponsoring a guided walking tour around Back Cove.  The tour will highlight a few of the ma...

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City News
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Update: FY20 Municipal Budget Approved by City Council

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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 News
Posted on: May 22, 2019

City Announces Improvements for Island Residents

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The City of Portland is announcing today several improvements for island residents in order to assist with parking, transportation, access and boarding of the ferry, and infrastructure improvements near the ferry dock on Peaks Island. These improvements a...

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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 News
Posted on: May 16, 2019

Portland Police to Participate in Regional Active Shooter Training at Deering High Saturday, May 18

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The Portland Police Department will participate in a regional active shooter training at Deering High School, 370 Stevens Avenue, this Saturday, May 18, 2019. Those in the area will see increased activity around Deering High and Longfellow School starting...

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City News
Posted on: April 29, 2019

Police Participate in May 11 Gun Give Back Program

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The Portland Police Department is excited to participate in a gun give back program on May 11, 2019. The event offers an opportunity for the community to become a safer place by offering people a way to safely dispose of unwanted firearms and ammunition.

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City News
Posted on: April 22, 2019

FY20 Municipal Budget Currently Under Review by Council

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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...

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Finance Committee City News
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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Posted on: April 12, 2019

Portland Receives Small Business Friendly Community Award

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that the U.S Conference of Mayors and its Partner America Program selected Portland to receive the Inaugural 2019 Partner America Small Business Friendly Community Award. According to the US Conference of Mayors...

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City News
Posted on: April 10, 2019

City Manager Selects Heather Brown to Serve as Assistant City Manager

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City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce he has selected Heather Brown to serve as the new Assistant City Manager for the City of Portland. The City conducted a search process for an Assistant City Manager to replace Michael Sauschuck, who left to...

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City News
Posted on: April 5, 2019

Digital Imaging for Revaluation Project Begins Monday, April 8

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On Monday, April 8, 2019, the City of Portland will start the street-level digital imagery part of the 2019 Revaluation Project. The City has contracted Tyler Technologies to digitally photograph the exterior of every property in the city and validate add...

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City News
Posted on: March 15, 2019

City Selects New Director of IT & New Director of Innovation and Performance Management

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City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce that he has selected Hanna Pickering to serve as the next Director of Information Technology and Lena Geraghty to serve as the first Director of Innovation & Performance Management. Ms. Pickering&rs...

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City News
Posted on: March 12, 2019

City Launches "Ask the Zoning Staff" Appointments on Thursdays at City Hall

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Starting on March 14, the City of Portland’s Permitting and Inspections Department will offer the opportunity for customers to meet with a Zoning Staff member for 30 minutes to ask questions. Appointments are available from 9 AM to 12 PM every T...

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City News
Posted on: March 8, 2019

City Manager Releases Recommendations for FY20 CDBG Allocations

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City Manager Jon Jennings released his recommendations to the City Council for FY20 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding today. More information is available on the City's CDBG webpage. The City Council will hold two public hearings r...

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City News
Posted on: March 1, 2019

MDOT Hosts Public Meeting to Discuss Veranda Street Bridge Replacement

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Please join the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) at a formal public meeting to discuss the replacement of the Veranda Street Bridge, which carries I-295 over Veranda Street. Located 0.24 of a mile northerly of Route 1, Portland.

Representative...

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City News
Posted on: February 22, 2019

First Public Meeting for Integrated Water Resources Plan to be Held Feb 27

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The Portland Department of Public Works Water Resources Division is holding its first public information meeting for the City’s Integrated Water Resources Management Plan on Wednesday, Feb. 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the DPW Training Room at...

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City News
Posted on: January 22, 2019

Tyler Technologies to Conduct Property Reassessment for Portland

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The City of Portland’s Assessor’s Office has announced that it has retained Tyler Technologies CLT Appraisal Services™ to conduct a multi-year reassessment project for the City of Portland. The project will start in 2019 and ...

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Assessor's Office City News
Posted on: January 7, 2019

India Street STD Clinic Now Offers Online Appointment Scheduling

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Patients can now make appointments online for the India Street STD Clinic. Click here to book now. 

Limited appointments are offered on Tuesday afternoons followed by drop-in hours (first come, first serve).

Thursday is now all appointments. If app...

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City News
Posted on: December 31, 2018

City Names Waterfront Working Group Members to Address Key Issues During Six-Month Moratorium

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The City of Portland today announced the members of its new Waterfront Working Group, which will work intensely over the next six months to address key issues during the time the non-marine use expansion moratorium is in place for the Waterfront Central Z...
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Posted on: December 21, 2018

Public Input Sought for City's Integrated Water Resources Management Plan

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The Portland Department of Public Works Water Resources Division is holding its first public information meeting for the City’s Integrated Water Resources Management Plan on Thursday, January 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the DPW Training Room a...

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City News
Posted on: December 17, 2018

New Development Impact Fees Go Into Effect December 19, 2018

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In November 2018, the Portland City Council voted to adopt an impact fee ordinance for all new development projects. The new rules and regulations go into effect on December 19 and apply to all building permit applications submitted following this date. T...

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City News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Woodfords Corner Public Art Installed - Join Us for "Tree Lighting" on November 15

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The City of Portland and the Portland Public Art Committee would like to invite the public to attend a “tree lighting” ceremony on November 15 to celebrate the installation of new public artwork, Luminous Arbor, by local artist Aaron T...

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City News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Portland Parks Conservancy Names Executive Director

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The Portland Parks Conservancy is excited to announce that it has named Nan Cumming to serve as its first Executive Director. The Conservancy was launched by Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. in early 2018 to help support the numerous parks, trails, open spac...

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City News
Posted on: October 30, 2018

Portland Launches Enhanced Mass Notification Solution

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The City of Portland officially launched an enhanced version of its mass notification services via www.portlandmaine.gov/stayconnected. The new solution, provided through CivicPlus’ CivicReady system, has significantly improved the way in which ...

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Posted on: October 18, 2018

Workforce Housing Units in Portland For Sale & Rent

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Know someone looking to buy a home in Portland? Did you know the City’s Planning & Urban Development Department works with developers to make some of their new homes priced for average incomes? 

Right now there are three condominium ...

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City News
Posted on: October 11, 2018

NEW Interactive Map of Evergreen Cemetery

Evergreen Cemetery Interactive Map Portland, Maine 04103

We are excited to offer a new interactive map of Evergreen Cemetery. This interactive map will allow you to search for loved ones and the many famous burials at Evergreen Cemetery. Searching can be done by name, age and other parameters. Click here to acc...

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City News
Posted on: October 9, 2018

Portland Earns Six Extra Points on Human Rights Campaign's MEI 2018 Scorecard

Municipal Equality Index

The City of Portland is proud to announce that it earned six extra points this year on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Municipal Equality Index (MEI), with a total score of 86, the highest score in Maine, and an increase of 11 points since 201...

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City News
Posted on: October 9, 2018

City Hall Now Accepts US Passport Applications

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that Portland City Hall now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM t...

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City News
Posted on: April 12, 2018

City Announces Members of Portland Disability Advisory Committee

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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 News
Posted on: October 16, 2017

Mayor Strimling Joins Coalition of 134 Mayors to Launch 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign

10 minute walk campaign

 Mayor Strimling and the City of Portland’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department has joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching an historic “10-mi...

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Portland's Parks Department City News
Posted on: September 21, 2017

New Digital Parking Citation Management Software Begins September 22

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The days of handwriting parking citations are over for the City of Portland. Passport, an industry leader in parking enforcement and citation management software, has launched its citation management platform for the city. The new tickets will begin appea...

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Parking Department City News
Posted on: September 12, 2017

Portland One of 25 Communities Selected for Gateways for Growth Challenge Award

Portland Welcomes You

The City of Portland is one of 25 communities chosen by the New American Economy and Welcoming America to receive the Gateways for Growth award, which helps local governments, businesses, and civic leaders develop concrete strategies to integrate immigran...

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Office of Economic Opportunity City News
Posted on: September 6, 2017

City Joins Forces with Elliotsville Plantation to Create Parks Conservancy

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The City of Portland and Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. are pleased to announce their ongoing collaboration to create a conservancy in Portland that supports municipal parks, trails, and open spaces. A six-member steering committee, which includes a repres...

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City News
Posted on: July 18, 2017

City Begins Urban Forest Inventory in Portland

UFIA

 Today, the City of Portland and the USDA Forest Service’s Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program began an urban inventory of trees, green space, and ground cover on public and private land for the greater Portland metropolitan area...

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Parks Department City News