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Posted on: November 20, 2018

City Council Approves Changes to Short-Term Rental Rules

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The Portland City Council approved changes to its short-term rental rules during its November 19, 2018 meeting. Contrary to what was originally reported in the Portland Press Herald on November 20, individual property owners will still be able to register...

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City News
Posted on: November 20, 2018

Trash & Recycling Collection Reminder & Leaf Collection Update

trash and recycling collection alert

A reminder that there will be no trash and recycling collection on Thursday, November 22 and Friday, November 23 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Leaf collection will also not occur on those days,  and will not occur on November 20 and 21st due to t...

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Holiday Collection Schedule City News
Posted on: November 20, 2018

Citywide Parking Ban Declared Tuesday, November 20 at 10:00 PM

PARKING BAN IN EFFECT 2

A Citywide Parking Ban has been declared beginning Tuesday, November 20 at 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM Wednesday, November 21. Vehicles left on city streets after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense. 

 

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City News
Posted on: November 19, 2018

Council’s Health & Human Services and Public Safety Committee to Hold Public Hearing on November 27

Planning for New Shelter Services

The Portland City Council’s Health & Human Services and Public Safety Committee will meet next on Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers. The meeting will include a Committee discussion on the preferred model concept for how...

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City News
Posted on: November 19, 2018

Baxter Blvd. Closed from Preble Street Extension to Forest Avenue November 27 to November 29

traffic alert

Beginning Tuesday, November 27, 2018, Baxter Boulevard from Preble Street Extension to Forest Avenue will be closed to local traffic only. This closure is to facilitate the installation of a large storm water quality treatment device in the center of Baxt...

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City News
Posted on: November 19, 2018

Santa Claus Set to Visit the Portland Fire Museum

NEWS ALERT

Santa Claus will be visiting the Portland Fire Museum to meet with children for their Christmas wishes, sponsored by the Portland Veteran Firemen’s Association and the Portland Fire Department.

Christmas Village scenes have been built inside two ...

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Fire Department City News
Posted on: November 14, 2018

Update on Park Avenue Separated Bike Lane Project

park ave bike lane bollards out for winter

The Park Avenue bike lane bollards will be removed on Thursday, November 15 in anticipation for snow storm activity. The bollards will remain out for the entire winter, however, the bike lane will still be in effect. Cars should continue parking in the pa...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

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

woodfords corner public art

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 13, 2018

Official Elections Results for the November 6, 2018 Election

NEWS ALERT

The official election results for both the city and state races are now finalized for the November 6, 2018 election. 

Final totals can be viewed here

Precinct data can be viewed here

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Elections & Voting City News
Posted on: November 9, 2018

Spectrum Moves Public Access Programming to Channels 1301 and 1303

NEWS ALERT

Spectrum Cable has moved Portland Media Center's public access programming that used to be on Channels 2 and 5 to channels 1301 and 1303. Portland Public Schools channel 3 will become channel 1302. These assignments follow the PEG Media Acronym; P for pub...

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Portland Media Center City News
Posted on: November 2, 2018

Portland Parks Conservancy Names Executive Director

NEWS ALERT

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: November 9, 2018

Veterans Day Parade Scheduled for Sunday, November 11

veterans day

Veterans Day ceremonies in the City of Portland will be held on Sunday, November 11 and include the Veterans Day parade from Longfellow Square to City Hall at 10:30 AM, and the wreath laying ceremony at City Hall at 11:00 AM following the parade. ...

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City News
Posted on: November 8, 2018

Official Election Results Are Now Available for All City Races

NEWS ALERT

Official election results are now available for all city races. State results, included on this report, are still being finalized.

VIEW:

Official city candidate election results for November 6, 2018

Official city referendum election results for November 6, ...

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Elections & Voting City News
Posted on: November 7, 2018

Unofficial Elections Results for the November 6, 2018 Election

NEWS ALERT

Here are the unofficial elections results from the November 6, 2018 election for the City of Portland. 

Candidate Results

Referendum Results 

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: October 30, 2018

Portland Launches Enhanced Mass Notification Solution

stay connected

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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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: October 18, 2018

Workforce Housing Units in Portland For Sale & Rent

home funds CP

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 12, 2018

City to Offer Three Community Flu Clinics this Fall

Flu Shot Clinics 2018

The City of Portland's Public Health Division is once again working with VNA Home Health Hospice to hold community flu clinics this fall. Public Health officials encourage people to get the flu shot. No appointments are necessary. Please bring your insura...

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Public Health Department 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

NEWS ALERT

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: October 5, 2018

Portland Seeks Tree for Monument Square

tree delivery

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 will be illuminated on Friday, November 23rd...

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City News
Posted on: October 3, 2018

Silver Bullet Recycling Containers Moving from Angelo's Acre by October 31

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The City’s Public Works Department will be removing the publicly accessible drop-off recycling containers currently located on Commercial Street in the Angelo’s Acre lot (441 Commercial Street) by October 31, 2018.

 

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City News
Posted on: October 10, 2018

Housing Committee Holds Public Hearing on Short-Term Rental Proposed Policy Changes

NEWS ALERT

The Portland City Council’s Housing Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, October 11 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers regarding proposed policy changes to Chapter 6, Article VI, Residential Rental Unit Registration Requirements as it a...

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City News
Posted on: October 9, 2018

Finance Committee Holds Public Hearing on Responsible Contracting Proposal

NEWS ALERT

The Portland City Council’s Finance Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 10 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers on Mayor Strimling’s responsible contracting proposal. The Mayor is proposing an amendment to strengthen t...

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City News
Posted on: September 28, 2018

City Seeks New Director of Oxford Street Shelter

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland will begin advertising today for a new director of the Oxford Street Shelter following the news that its current director, Rob Parritt, will be leaving his full-time role in mid-October. Parritt will continue to assist the City on a p...

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City News
Posted on: September 20, 2018

City Celebrates National Voter Registration Day with Voter Registration Drives at Two High Schools

vote

The City of Portland will celebrate National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 25 by conducting voter registration drives at two Portland high schools. 

“Our goal is to help our younger voters with information as to how to reg...

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City News
Posted on: September 19, 2018

Councilor Cook and City Staff Host Ludlow Pond Public Meeting - September 25 at 7:00 PM

You're Invited

The public is invited to join Councilor Kim Cook and City staff for a community discussion about Ludlow Pond. During this meeting you will hear about the history of the pond, current management practices, and changes made since the last public meeting, wh...

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City News
Posted on: September 18, 2018

Portland Hosts Autonomous Vehicle Public Forum - Join Us September 27 at 5 PM

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE forum graphic

The City of Portland will host a public forum on Thursday, September 27, 2018 to discuss its pilot project with INRIX, and hear from experts about the deployment of Highly Automated Vehicle (HAV) shuttles on public roads. The forum will be held from 5:00 ...

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City News
Posted on: September 21, 2018

City Manager Names Gautreau Permanent Fire Chief

firetruck

City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that he has named Keith Gautreau to serve as Fire Chief permanently. He had been serving as Interim Chief since April when former Chief Jackson retired. 

“I’ve been impressed with Chief...

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Fire Department City News
Posted on: September 21, 2018

Portland Fire Department Hosts Federation of Firefighters 55th Annual Convention; Parade on Sept 22

NEWS ALERT

On Saturday, September 22, the Portland Fire Department, in conjunction with the Maine State Federation of Firefighters 55th Annual Convention, will celebrate its 250th year of service to the citizens of Portland with a parade beginning at 10:00 AM.

The pa...

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City News
Posted on: September 13, 2018

City Celebrates Welcoming Week

welcoming week

For the second year in a row, the City of Portland will proudly celebrate Welcoming Week by hosting a series of interactive events beginning September 14th to recognize immigrant contributions to our community.  Welcoming Week demonstrates that i...

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City News
Posted on: September 13, 2018

Join Us for a Ribbon Cutting of the New Park Ave Separated Bike Lane Project - September 14 at 2 PM

You're Invited

City of Portland officials will celebrate the installation of the new Park Ave separated bike lane project with a ribbon cutting this Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the corner of State Street and Park Avenue. 

The streetscape project inc...

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City News
Posted on: August 27, 2018

Report Finds Foreign-Born Residents Contributed $1.2 Billion to Portland-Metro GDP in 2016

NEWS ALERT

Immigrants in the Portland, ME metro area contributed $1.2 billion to the area’s GDP in 2016 and paid $133 million in federal taxes and $62 million in state and local taxes, according to a new report by New American Economy (NAE), in partnership...

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City News
Posted on: August 16, 2018

Know a Great Business? Nominate Them for One of Our Awards!

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC), the City’s commercial loan and granting arm, are seeking nominations for their annual Economic Development Awards. This is the first year that nominations are being sought from...

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City News
Posted on: August 17, 2018

City to Host September 8 Community Forum to Discuss Homeless Services Center

news alert

The City of Portland is hosting a community forum to discuss the proposed homeless services center on Saturday, September 8th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine. 

The forum will begin with an overview of...

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Planning for a New Homeless Services Center City News
Posted on: August 12, 2018

City Launches “Ask the Plan Reviewer” Appointments on Tuesdays at City Hall

ask the plan reviewer

Starting August 14, the City of Portland's Permitting and Inspections Department will offer the opportunity for customers to meet with a Plan Reviewer for 30 minutes and ask questions. Appointments are available from 9 AM to 12 PM every Tuesday morning. A...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: August 9, 2018

Finance Committee Votes to Appropriate $2.11M of Property Sale Proceeds

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The City Council’s Finance Committee voted unanimously on Thursday, August 2 to appropriate $2.11M of property sale proceeds from the $3.3M sale of 0 Hancock Street. In August 2017, the City Council approved a $3.3 million sale of 48,000 square ...

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City News
Posted on: August 9, 2018

Park Avenue Separated Bike Lane & Streetscape Project Gets Underway

Under Construction

Over the next three weeks, the City of Portland’s Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin the installation of the Park Avenue Separated Bike Lane & Streetscape Project. This work is largely weather-dependent, but the goal is to complete ...

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City News
Posted on: August 8, 2018

Portland Girls Basketball Teams Kick Off 4-Game Tournament with Team from Japanese Sister-City

NEWS ALERT

On August 9th, opening ceremonies for the Portland portion of the sister-city sports exchange with Shinagawa, Japan will take place at 10 AM at the Portland Expo with 13-15 year old girls from the Portland travel team, the YES summer league team, and a te...

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Portland's Sister-Cities City News
Posted on: August 7, 2018

Ribbon Cutting for Children's Odyssey at Former Reed School on August 9

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Developers Collaborative will hold a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Children’s Odyssey at their newly renovated location on Thursday, August 9th, 2018, 3:30 PM, at the Reed School, 19 Libby Street in Portland.  Speakers at the event will i...

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City News
Posted on: July 26, 2018

New Temporary Public Art Coming to the Waterfront

TREAD temporary art

The Portland Public Art Committee announces a new temporary art installation by artist Andy Rosen called TREAD coming to the Eastern waterfront this summer.  TREAD is a temporary artwork comprised of two deer on stilts among the abandoned dock pi...

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City News
Posted on: July 25, 2018

More Community Based Solutions to Prevent Graffiti Available

Mike Lewis at Pearl St

The City of Portland is excited to announce that it is continuing two popular programs in order to prevent and remove graffiti and encouraging two other new resources. Following up on the effort to paint utility boxes in 2016, five additional utility boxe...

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City News
Posted on: July 19, 2018

City's Job Creation Grant Program Now Accepting Applications from Portland Businesses

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is once again launching a new round of the Business Assistance Program for Job Creation (BAP), and applications are now being accepted. The Program provides matching grants to Portland businesses for the creation of one or two full-ti...

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City News
Posted on: July 19, 2018

City Bans Plastic Straws in Clock Tower Cafe; Urges Other Businesses to Follow Suit

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The City of Portland has made the decision to ban plastic straws from the Clock Tower Cafe, located within City Hall, and is urging other businesses to follow suit. City Manager Jon Jennings made the decision at the July 18 Sustainability & Transporta...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee City News
Posted on: July 17, 2018

Portland One of Seven to Pilot New INRIX Autonomous Vehicle Platform

inrix graphic

The City of Portland is excited to announce it is one of seven cities and groups to pilot INRIX AV Road Rules, a platform that lays the foundation for the city to communicate with operators for safe and effective deployment of Highly Automated Vehicles (H...

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City News
Posted on: July 17, 2018

Chamber Businesses Give Portland Opportunity Crew a Boost

Text Crew Sign

The City of Portland is excited to announce that several donations have recently been received to support the continuation of the Portland Opportunity Crew, the City’s panhandling-to-work program. The Portland Community Chamber of Commerce has b...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: July 7, 2018

July 9 Community Forum to Discuss Sign Regulations

NEWS ALERT

The Department of Planning and Urban Development will kick-off the process for updating its sign regulations with a Community Forum on July 9th from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM in Rm 24 at City Hall. As part of the larger project of rewriting the City of Portland L...

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City News
Posted on: June 29, 2018

Housing & Community Development Accepting Housing Trust Fund Applications

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland’s Division of Housing and Community Development will accept applications as of July 1 for Housing Trust Funds used towards the development of affordable housing in the city of Portland.

For fiscal year 2018-2019, the City is ...

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City News
Posted on: June 24, 2018

City Offers Training on New Online Permitting & Planning Submission System

NEWS ALERT

The City’s Planning and Urban Development Department, Permitting and Inspections Department, and Department of Public Works invite the public to attend an informational training session on July 11, 2018 to learn about Citizen Self-Service (CSS)....

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CSS Application Info City News
Posted on: June 22, 2018

Council's Housing Committee Meets Wednesday, June 27 - Public Comment Taken on Two Agenda Items

NEWS ALERT

The City Council’s Housing Committee will next meet on Wednesday, June 27 at 5:30 PM in Room 24 of City Hall. The Committee will be reviewing and providing a recommendation to the City Council on the following items:

  1. HOME Affordable Housing Devel...

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City News
Posted on: June 21, 2018

City Unveils Recommendation for Location of New Homeless Services Center

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is pleased to unveil the recommendation for the location of a new homeless services center, based on extensive input from staff and the public. The new services center will replace the adult emergency shelter currently located on Oxfo...

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HHS and Public Safety Committee City News
Posted on: June 22, 2018

Renovation of Allen Avenue Fire Station to Begin This Fall

firetruck

Construction to renovate the Allen Avenue fire station is slated to begin this fall following a fire at the station last October. City officials have been working over the last several months on the new design, including touring other newly built fire sta...

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Fire Department City News
Posted on: June 20, 2018

City Honors Adele Masengo Ngoy on World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day

In honor of World Refugee Day, the City of Portland is recognizing the contributions and resilience of those forced to flee from their homelands due to violence, persecution, or natural disasters, and is celebrating the vibrant refugee and immigrant commu...

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City News
Posted on: June 15, 2018

Parking in Portland Just Got Easier - Portland Launches Mobile Parking App

Passport Parking app

Parking in Portland just got easier!

Portland, say hello to the most convenient way to pay for parking – the PassportParking® app! What are the benefits of using PassportParking?

  • Pay on the go:
    • Pay quickly and securely with your ph...
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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: June 11, 2018

Finance Committee Meets June 14 - Public Hearing on Proposed Portland Downtown Expansion

NEWS ALERT

The City Council’s Finance Committee will meet next on Thursday, June 14 at 5:30 PM in Room 209. The meeting’s agenda includes discussing Portland Downtown’s budget and proposed district expansion. The meeting includ...

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City News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

June 14 Public Meeting for Park Avenue Protected Bike Lane Project

news alert

On Thursday, June 14, 2018, the City's Department of Public Works will hold a public meeting for the Park Avenue Protected Bike Lane Project. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria at King Middle School at 92 Deering Avenue from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.&nb...

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City News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

Join Us for Park & Play This Summer At a Park Near You!

portland parks and play

Join the Portland Parks & Recreation “Play Specialists” as they visit a park near you! They’ll have fun stuff with which to play and they’ll also have fun stuff to do. 

It’s free and open to the public – just stop on by and join in the fun! Lo...

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City News
Posted on: June 5, 2018

Mayor Strimling to Host Neighborhood Office Hours Over Next Several Months

news alert

Beginning Wednesday, June 6, Mayor Ethan Strimling will hold office hours at businesses and schools in neighborhoods around the city and outside on City Hall Plaza for what’s known as "Strimling on the Street." The meeting times are de...

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City News
Posted on: June 1, 2018

Council's Housing & Economic Development Committee to Hold Joint Meeting on June 5

NEWS ALERT

The Council's Housing Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. The committee will be making HOME funding recommendations for rental housing development projects for:

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City News
Posted on: May 30, 2018

Council to Hold June 4 Workshop Ahead of Regular Council Meeting

news alert

The Portland City Council will hold a workshop on June 4, 2018 at 4:00 PM ahead of its regularly scheduled Council meeting at 5:30 PM that evening. The workshop, which will be held in Council Chambers, will involve a presentation on the proposed Munjoy Hi...

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City News
Posted on: May 18, 2018

City Partners Up to Provide Free Immigrant Entrepreneurship Workshops in June

news alert

An Immigrant Entrepreneurship Workshop series is being offered throughout June by the City of Portland to assist New Mainers with starting a business. The workshop will cover the pros and cons of owning your own business, the steps needed for start-up, th...

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City News
Posted on: May 15, 2018

City Receives Additional $150,000 in CDBG Funds

news alert

City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce that the City received $150,457 in additional Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) federal funding than it expected for FY19. Per Council action from April 18, the City is increasing the following items...

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City News
Posted on: May 2, 2018

Maine Med to Begin Construction on Visitors Parking Garage Addition; Congress St Detour Begins May 7

Congress Street DETOUR

 Maine Medical Center, in conjunction with the City of Portland, will detour traffic away from Congress Street between Forest and Weymouth streets for eight weeks starting May 7.

The detour will accommodate a large construction crane needed to add...

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City News
Posted on: May 14, 2018

Portland’s Public Health Division to Co-Host Community Health Fair

news alert

On Thursday, May 17, staff of the Public Health Division will co-host a community health fair with members of Maine Medical Center’s Nursing Professional Excellence Council. This event will take place during National Prevention Week (May 13-19), an&nb...

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City News
Posted on: May 14, 2018

Economic Development Committee to Hold Portland Downtown Expansion Public Hearing

NEWS ALERT

The City Council’s Economic Development Committee will hold a public hearing tomorrow night, May 15 at 5:30 PM in Room 209, to discuss the proposed expansion of the Portland Downtown business improvement district. This item was on the Committee&...

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City News
Posted on: May 1, 2018

First Annual Spring Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Bag Collection Coming May 7, 2018

Curbside Leaf Yard Waste Collection

The City of Portland announces the 1st annual Spring Curbside Leaf & Yard Waste Bag Collection will occur for two weeks only from May 7th through May 18th, 2018.

Important: The leaves must be in the large, paper biodegradable...

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Curbside Leaf Collection City News
Posted on: April 26, 2018

City Announces $33,000 Contribution to Housing Trust Fund from Short-Term Rental Registrations

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it will be contributing almost $33,000 to the Housing Trust Fund from short-term rental registration fees. The Housing Trust Fund is used to fund affordable housing projects throughout the city. This is the...

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City News
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Fifth Season of Sundays on the Boulevard to Start May 6

sundaysonblvdCP

The fifth season of Sundays on the Boulevard will start Sunday, May 6, 2018. Baxter Boulevard, with one of the best views in Portland, will once again be transformed into an urban oasis for bike riding, running, walking, skateboarding and other recreation...

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City News
Posted on: April 25, 2018

2018 Cruise Season Officially Gets Underway with Arrival of Artania

2018 Cruise Ship Season

The 2018 cruise season officially began today with the arrival of the Artania with 1,200 passengers and more than 500 crew members. Portland will see two other ship visits in April and nine ships in May before really kicking into high gear over the summer...

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City News
Posted on: April 24, 2018

Capisic Brook Survey Project Begins Week of April 23

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland and surrounding municipalities have been impacted by the recent preliminary release of proposed flood maps revisions prepared for FEMA. During the review of the proposed flood maps it was determined that many of the culverts and bridg...

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City News
Posted on: April 19, 2018

City Joins Partners to Unveil New Public Space Recycling Containers

public recycling containers

On Saturday, April 21, as part of the Green Neighbor Family Fest at Deering High School, City officials and representatives from Recycling Partnership, L.L. Bean, Sappi North America, and Catalyst will unveil new public space recycling containers. These u...

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City News
Posted on: April 18, 2018

Council Committee to Host Public Hearing on Proposed Earned Paid Sick Time Ordinance

NEWS ALERT

The City Council’s Health & Human Services and Public Safety Committee will meet next on Tuesday, April 24 at 5:30 PM in Room 24. The meeting’s agenda will include a public hearing for Mayor Strimling’s proposed earned pa...

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City News
Posted on: April 17, 2018

Age-Friendly Portland Launches Business Recognition Program

age friendly portland

The Age-Friendly Portland Steering Committee launched a new voluntary program this month to help local business owners become more sensitive to the needs of older customers and receive recognition for efforts to make their business more “age-friendly” and...

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City News
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 News
Posted on: April 12, 2018

Bedford Street Sewer Separation Project Begins Construction April 16

traffic alert

The Bedford Street Sewer Separation project, which will separate the existing combined sewer in the street to a separate sanitary sewer and a separate storm water drain, will begin construction work the week of April 16. The sanitary sewage will continue ...

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City News
Posted on: April 10, 2018

City Manager Presents Recommended FY19 Municipal Budget to City Council

FY19 Municipal Budget

Portland City Manager Jon Jennings presented his recommended municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19), which begins July 1, 2018, to the City Council at its April 9, 2018 meeting. The $247 million budget results in a 2.6% city-side property tax rate i...

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City News
Posted on: April 5, 2018

Portland Files Lawsuit in Cumberland County Superior Court Against Opioid Manufacturers

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland filed a lawsuit today in Cumberland County Superior Court against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs in response to the substantial impact, including the loss of lives, that the opioid epidemic has had on the Portland ...

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City News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

City Releases Federal HOME Funds for New, Affordable Rental Housing Projects

news alert

On Friday, March 30, 2018, the City of Portland released the annual HOME Affordable Housing Development Application. These funds are targeted for projects that will create new, affordable rental housing. Development projects should create rental housing u...

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City News
Posted on: April 2, 2018

Portland's Public Health Division Celebrates National Public Health Week April 2-8

national public health week

The City of Portland’s Public Health Division believes everyone deserves to live a long and healthy life in a safe environment. To achieve this, we must tackle the causes of poor health and disease risk among individuals and within our communiti...

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City News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Washington Avenue Sewer Separation Work Begins April 2

traffic alert

The City of Portland’s contractor, D&C Construction, will begin work April 2 on a sewer separation project within Washington Avenue, and Walnut, North, and Madison Streets, to reduce combined sewer overflow in Back Cove, and comply with EPA ...

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City News
Posted on: March 23, 2018

Fire Department Gets Ready to Celebrate 250th Anniversary

Fire 250 Anniversary

The City of Portland’s Fire Department is getting ready to reach a milestone on March 29, 2018 with its 250th anniversary. Fire Department officials will hold a media event on Thursday, the 29th at 11:00 AM to observe the official anniversary an...

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City News
Posted on: March 21, 2018

Police Assign Full-Time Officer to Oversee Ongoing Recruitment Efforts

now hiring

As part of the Police Department’s ongoing recruitment efforts, Chief Michael Sauschuck has assigned Officer Kate Phelan to be the new Recruitment Officer. This is a temporary, but full-time position for the duration of the Department’...

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City News
Posted on: March 20, 2018

Public Health Nurse Practitioner Honored as Maine Recipient of National Award

news alert

Peggy Akers, who has been a nurse practitioner for the City of Portland’s Public Health Division since 1995, has been chosen as the Maine recipient of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2018 State Award for Excellence. 

Duri...

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City News
Posted on: March 15, 2018

Affordable Homeownership Opportunity Available in Portland's West End

one joy

The new OneJoy development located at One Joy Place in the West End offers the City's first affordable housing inclusionary development unit for homeownership. OneJoy is a 12 unit one-bedroom complex and unit 1A has been designated for sale as a workforce...

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City News
Posted on: March 7, 2018

Grant Applications for Portland Economic Development Plan Projects Due March 30

NEWS ALERT

Non-profit organizations and City of Portland departments are now welcome to apply for grant funding from the Portland Economic Development Plan Implementation Program (PEDPIP). The current round of applications is due no later than March 30, 2018 at 3:00...

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City News
Posted on: March 14, 2018

Police to Hold Community Conversations Regarding Body Camera Pilot Program

NEWS ALERT

The Portland Police Department will hold two community conversations next week to discuss the body camera pilot program. The first meeting will be held Wednesday, March 21 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM at Deering High School in the Cafeteria, and the second meeting...

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City News
Posted on: March 5, 2018

Live-Streaming of Council Committee Meetings Begins Tuesday, March 6

Live Stream Council Committee Meetings

The City of Portland is excited to announce that it will begin live-streaming broadcasts of all Council Committee meetings starting with the Economic Development Committee on Tuesday, March 6 at 5:30 PM. All live-stream feeds can be found on the City’s we...

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Posted on: March 2, 2018

City Funds $36,000 Toward Third Oldest African American Meeting Housing in the Country

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The City of Portland recently granted $36,000 to the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian Meeting House non-profit toward the restoration project that aims to preserve and revitalize this important part of Maine’s history and the cultural heritag...

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City News
Posted on: February 28, 2018

City Manager Releases Recommendations for FY19 CDBG Allocations

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City Manager Jon Jennings released his recommendation to the City Council for FY19 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 regarding t...

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City News
Posted on: February 16, 2018

City Selects Members for Office of Economic Opportunity Advisory Team

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The City recently selected members to serve on the Office of Economic Opportunity’s Advisory Team in order to help guide its direction and core priorities.

The Advisory Team will advise the City and Office of Economic Opportunity on the strategic...

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Posted on: February 14, 2018

Committee to Discuss Embarking on Collaborative Climate Action Planning Process with South Portland

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The City Council’s Sustainability and Transportation Committee will discuss embarking on a collaborative climate action planning process with the City of South Portland tomorrow night, and will consider recommending an ambitious goal to reduce g...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee City News
Posted on: February 9, 2018

Two Upcoming Listening Sessions for Munjoy Hill Related to Zoning & Land Use

Feedback Requested

 The City of Portland and City Councilor Belinda Ray announce two listening sessions to be held as part of the evaluation of zoning and land use tools on Munjoy Hill.

“These listening sessions will provide an opportunity for elected offi...

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City News
Posted on: February 14, 2018

Upcoming Public Meetings to Learn About Potential Redevelopment of POT Building on Maine State Pier

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City of Portland staff will be holding public outreach sessions for various stakeholder groups and the public at large to discuss the potential plans for the redevelopment of the Portland Ocean Terminal building on the Maine State Pier. Staff will be atte...

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Economic Development Committee City News
Posted on: February 9, 2018

Congress Square Public Art Project Selected to Receive $30,000 Grant

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National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced more than $25 million in grants as part of the NEA’s first major funding for fiscal year 2018.  The City of Portland, partnering with the Portland Public Art Committee an...

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City News
Posted on: February 8, 2018

Barron Center Achieves National Recognition as Top Performing Skilled-Nursing Facility

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The City of Portland’s Barron Center was recently identified as a top performing skilled nursing facility by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). Each year, The ACHCA recognizes top performers with the Eli Pick Facility Le...

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City News
Posted on: February 2, 2018

City & Jetport Celebrate Grand Opening of Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit

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The City of Portland and the Portland International Jetport will celebrate the grand opening of the new Tuskegee Airmen exhibit at the Jetport on Wednesday, February 7 at 10:00 AM. The exhibit, part of a Black History Month celebration, will honor the Tus...

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City News
Posted on: January 26, 2018

Proposed Housing Policy Initiatives - Public Feedback Requested!

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The Housing Committee would like your feedback on the list of potential housing policy initiatives outlined in the 2017 Housing Report. These initiatives culminated from ideas gathered in 2016 from four public input meetings which led to more than 135 pol...

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Housing Committee City News
Posted on: January 29, 2018

Coming to Your Neighborhood: Increased Efficiency and Safety

LED streetlights coming soon

Starting January 29, 2018, the City of Portland will will begin replacing all of its streetlights with new, energy-efficient LED light fixtures. LED streetlights offer several advantages over older lighting technologies:

  • Energy Efficient -- LED lights can ...
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LED Streetlight Conversion Progress City News
Posted on: January 23, 2018

City’s Public Health Director Presents Vision to Council’s Health & Human Services Committee

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The City’s Public Health Director, Dr. Kolawole Bankole, outlined his vision and goals for the future of the department during last night’s Health & Human Services Committee meeting. Dr. Bankole envisions a responsive public health...

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Public Health Department City News
Posted on: January 10, 2018

Council Approves Pesticides Ordinance

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On Wednesday, January 3, the Portland City Council unanimously approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of synthetic pesticides on most City and private property. The ordinance will go into effect for City properties in July 2018 and for private properti...

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City News
Posted on: December 27, 2017

Trailhead Closure for Sewer Separation Project

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Trailhead closure for Rowe Avenue sewer separation project

PORTLAND, Maine -- As part of the City of Portland's storm drain installation work, access to Portland Trails' Fore River Sanctuary via Hillcrest Avenue is closed starting today until the end of Fe...

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City News
Posted on: November 21, 2017

City Reminds Residents of Winter Storm Operations Information

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Despite the fact that there’s no snow on the ground yet, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information as we head into December. The Department of Public Works is gearing up for the winter season, in which they c...

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City News
Posted on: November 20, 2017

Short-Term Rental Registration Deadline Approaching

STR Registration Reminder

The City of Portland is currently accepting registrations for short-term rentals. Current operators of all short-term rentals can come and register at City Hall. The City Council approved an ordinance on April 26, 2017 that requires short-term rental unit...

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Posted on: November 13, 2017

City Launches "Ask the Code Officer" Appointments on Thursday Mornings

Ask the Code Officer

Starting November 16, the City of Portland's Permitting and Inspections Department will offer the opportunity for customers to meet with a Code Enforcement Officer for 30 minutes and ask questions. Appointments are available from 9 am to 12 pm every Thurs...

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Permitting & Inspections City News
Posted on: November 7, 2017

Official Election Results for the City of Portland

NEWS ALERT

The official election results have been verified by the City Clerk for the City of Portland November 7, 2017 election.  

The full results can be found here:

Official 2017 Election Results 

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Elections & Voting City News
Posted on: October 24, 2017

City to Soon Operate Temporary Day Shelter Services at Oxford Street Shelter

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The City of Portland will soon operate day shelter services at the Oxford Street Shelter on a temporary basis until the planning for a new one-story shelter with on-site services is approved and the new shelter is operational. This means that the shelter ...

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Health & Human Services City News
Posted on: October 16, 2017

City Seeks to Increase Efficiency, Innovation & Safety with Use of LED Street Lighting

LED streetlights

The City Council will review and discuss a proposal at its October 16 meeting to convert street lights in Portland from metal halide and high pressure sodium to LED technology, which has long been a goal of the Council and City in order to reduce costs, e...

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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: October 11, 2017

Oxford Street Shelter Receives National Alliance to End Homelessness Innovation & Excellence Award

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that the National Alliance to End Homelessness awarded the Oxford Street Shelter as one of its recipients for the 2017 Innovation and Excellence Awards. The Alliance’s Annual Awards Ceremony honors tho...

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Social Services Division City News
Posted on: October 10, 2017

Council's Economic Development Committee Sends TIF Policy Amendments to Council

NEWS ALERT

The City Council’s Economic Development Committee unanimously approved sending proposed amendments to Portland’s Tax Increment Financing Policy to the full Council with a recommendation for approval. The EDC reviewed a number of propos...

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Economic Development Committee 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 19, 2017

Traffic Update: Woodford's Corner Work Shifts to Underground Utilities

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A $5.65 million reconstruction project on a portion of Forest Avenue in Portland will shift to a new phase of work this week. 

Shaw Brothers, the lead contractor on this project, is completing the temporary water work and connections.  Re...

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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

Upcoming Community Conversations to Prepare for Implementation Phase of Comprehensive Plan

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City Planning staff is hitting the streets over the next few weeks to meet with neighborhood associations about first steps for implementation of the new Comprehensive Plan, Portland’s Plan 2030. These "Community Conversations"...

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Land Use Code Rewrite Info City News
Posted on: September 19, 2017

Patrons Oxford Insurance Hosts Open House at New Portland Technology Park Headquarters

Portland Technology Park

Patrons Oxford Insurance held an open house in its new headquarters at the Portland Technology Park on Thursday, September 7th. The company moved into the 2-story, 19,000 square foot office building this summer just as soon as it was complete. This is the...

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City News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

Council’s HHS Committee to Discuss New Shelter Design & Planning & Host Public Hearing on 9/12

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The City Council’s Health & Human Services Committee will once again discuss the design and planning for the new emergency shelter during its September 12, 2017 committee meeting. The meeting will take place at 5:30 PM in the State of Maine ...

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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: September 1, 2017

Public Health Division Receives $100,000 Grant to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

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The City of Portland Public Health Division’s Minority Health Program is pleased to announce that the Maine Cancer Foundation has awarded it with a two-year, $100,000 grant to assist the efforts in increasing colorectal cancer screening rates an...

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City News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Portland Unveils New Recycling App to Help Residents Stay in the Know

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The City of Portland is making it even easier for residents to stay connected about trash collection and recycling with the new Recycle Portland web-tool and mobile app powered by ReCollect. Never miss your waste collection day again and easily find out w...

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Recycling Info City News
Posted on: July 27, 2017

City Poised to Select Development Proposal for Thames Street Property

WEX Rendering

The City of Portland is poised to select the chosen development proposal for the sale of a 48,000 square foot portion of the City-owned Thames Street property located along the city’s Eastern Waterfront. The City’s Economic Development...

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Economic Development Committee Agenda Center 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
Posted on: May 5, 2017

Portland Police Offering $10,000 Signing Bonuses to Help Recruit New Officers & Telecommunicators

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The Portland Police Department is now offering $10,000 signing bonuses in an effort to help recruit new officers and telecommunicators in the Portland Regional Community Dispatch Center. The Department is looking to hire 10 new officers to start the Polic...

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Portland Police Department City News
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Portland Opportunity Crew Begins

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The City of Portland’s pilot program, Portland Opportunity Crew, begins today. The program will offer panhandlers the opportunity to earn money to clean up public areas. Workers will be picking up trash and beautifying parks and trails, primarily on the p...

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Portland Opportunity Crew City News
Posted on: April 20, 2017

Ahead of Earth Day, Council Committee Announces Goal of Getting City to 100% Clean Energy by 2040

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Ahead of Earth Day, City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, Chair of the Sustainability & Transportation Committee, is offering a resolution for Council consideration, supporting the goal of achieving 100% clean energy for municipal City operations by 2040....

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee City News