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Posted on: November 7, 2019

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

You're Invited

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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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Sewer Rehabilitation - Elm Street - Temporary Lane Closure

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The City of Portland is utilizing trenchless technology to rehabilitate the sewer system in Elm Street. The existing sewer is made of vitrified clay pipe and was installed in 1926. It has several cracks, chips, and leaks that allow for extra water to ente...

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City News
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Emerald Ash Borer Emergency Order in Place

Ash Borer Quarantine Area

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)

construction work

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 25, 2019

Preble Street Sewer Separation Project

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Construction Status Update

Beginning Monday, October 28th, the City of Portland Department of Public Works Contractor, Sargent Corporation, will be working on the Preble Street sewer separation and water main construction. They will be working 24-...

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Posted on: October 25, 2019

Bridge Maintenance on I-295

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The Department of Transportation has hired Pike Industries to complete some pavement maintenance on four bridges on I-295 in Portland and South Portland. The work is scheduled to begin on Monday Evening, October 28, and will continue each night until comp...

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City News
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

NEWS ALERT

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

Western Promenade Autumn Leaves

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

You're Invited

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

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

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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

Monument Square Holidays

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: September 27, 2019

Traffic Alert: Fore Street, Eastern Prom, and Franklin Street

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Starting on Tuesday, October 8th, 2019, The Department of Public Works will begin conducting test pit utility explorations in Fore Street and the Eastern Prom Road between Mountfort and Morning Street and in Franklin Street between Marginal Way and Commer...

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City News
Posted on: October 4, 2019

Baxter Boulevard Closed Sunday, October 6 for Maine Marathon

Race Traffic Alert

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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City News
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 27, 2019

Traffic Alert: Fore and Franklin Street

traffic alert

Starting on Monday, September 30, 2019, The Department of Public Works will begin conducting test pit utility explorations in Fore Street between Mountfort and Morning Street and in Franklin Street between Marginal Way and Commercial Street.  Thi...

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City News
Posted on: September 20, 2019

Drive Less, Do More celebrates multimodal lifestyle in Portland

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Portland Downtown, the City of Portland, and local transit organizations are throwing a Launch Party for a new multimodal transportation marketing campaign – Drive Less, Do More – from 8am to 10am on Tuesday, September 24th in Monument Square. The celebra...

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City News
Posted on: September 13, 2019

Portland Harvest Festival at Deering Oaks Park on September 29

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Portland Harvest Festival is a non-profit event celebrating our city and the coming of Fall. Join Us, September 29, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, at Deering Oaks Park, for a time of food, live music and activities for the whole family! We will have games, free famil...

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City News
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: September 13, 2019

Portland Celebrates PARKing Day on Friday, September 20

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On Friday, September 20, Portland artists, businesses, activists, and citizens will participate in an international event called “PARK(ing) Day,” temporarily transforming downtown parking spaces into public parks and social spaces.

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City News
Posted on: September 20, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Fore and Hancock Street September 22

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Central Main Power Company in conjunction with Haugland Energy and Aceto Construction will be constructing a new electrical circuit on Fore Street to serve both the neighboring residential and commercial properties.  Construction will begin at th...

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City News
Posted on: September 6, 2019

City Celebrates Welcoming Week September 13 - 22

welcoming week

For the third year in a row, the City of Portland will proudly celebrate Welcoming Week by hosting a series of interactive events beginning September 14, 2019 to recognize immigrant contributions to our community. Welcoming Week demonstrates that in place...

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City News
Posted on: September 13, 2019

The City of Portland & Maine DEP Team Up to Monitor Air Quality

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The City of Portland and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection are teaming up to install an air quality monitor in the West End neighborhood. This means that Maine DEP will now monitor two sensors in Portland as the City has long had one locate...

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City News
Posted on: August 26, 2019

City Streamlines Annual Tax Billing Process - September Bills Delayed

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The City of Portland is streamlining the annual tax billing process to create greater efficiency and lower overall costs. Beginning with the FY20 tax bills, which will be mailed in early September 2019, residents will receive a single annual tax bill with...

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City News
Posted on: September 3, 2019

City's Job Creation Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

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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: September 3, 2019

City Seeks Public Input on Integrated Water Resources Plan

Community Survey

The City of Portland’s Water Resources Division and the Portland Water District are seeking public input on a survey just released at their Integrated Water Resources Planning website, www.BluePortland.org. The survey’s goal is to coll...

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Posted on: September 6, 2019

City Council Asks Rock Row Developers to Address Concert Noise

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The Portland City Council has sent a letter to the Rock Row developers asking them to address concert noise and related issues at the Maine Savings Pavillion. Councilors Batson and Thibodeau co-authored the letter, which all members of the Council signed....

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

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 Wednesday, September 11, 2019 for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial at Fort Allen Park. Fire Chief Keith Gautreau and Police ...

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City News
Posted on: August 27, 2019

International Overdose Awareness Day Vigil

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Please join Portland Public Health’s Needle Exchange Program and its volunteer-based outreach team, I AM HERE, as they host Portland’s Sixth Annual Overdose Awareness Day Vigil. Accidental overdose has become the leading cause of death among Americans und...

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City News
Posted on: August 31, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Bolton Street closing, September 4 through September 5

traffic alert

Bolton Street will be closed for sewer manhole repairs, September 4 through September 5. Bolton Street will be open for local traffic only. Residents will be able to access their properties from either end. There will be signage to reflect the closure.&am...

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City News
Posted on: August 30, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Washington Ave To Eastern Prom September 3

traffic alert

On September 3, 2019 Milling (removal of asphalt) will be done on Washington Avenue between Walnut Street and Eastern Promenade. We expect the work to take less than a day. Traffic will be maintained but there will be no parking in this area from approxim...

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City News
Posted on: August 15, 2019

City Meets Deadline Thanks to Community Effort; Transitions 200+ Asylum Seekers into Housing

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland announced today that it has met its August 15 deadline of returning the Portland Expo back to its contractually obligated operations thanks to a community wide effort that was able to house more than 200 recently arrived asylum seeker...

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City News
Posted on: August 1, 2019

Commercial Street Operations & Master Plan Meeting August 13

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City & Partners to Host Upcoming Public Meeting for Commercial Street Operations & Master Plan. 

The City of Portland, PACTS and the MaineDOT are hosting a Public Meeting to review and get input on alternative transportation operations and...

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City News
Posted on: August 1, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Frost Street Closure August 13 through August 15

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Frost Street will be closed starting Tuesday, August 13 through Thursday, August 15 for work being done by PanAm to the railroad tracks. Local traffic will be able to get to their residence from Capisic Street, all other traffic will be re-routed. The str...

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City News
Posted on: July 19, 2019

Veranda Street Bridge Replacement Public Meeting August 13

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You are invited to a Public Meeting regarding the replacement of the MaineDOT Veranda Street Bridge. The meeting will be held at the East End Community Center, 195 North Street, August 8, 2019 at 6PM.For more information please contact MaineDOT Project Ma...

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Posted on: August 8, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Candlewyck and Starlight Road August 12 through August 13

traffic alert

Paving work will take place on Candlewyck Road, Candlewyck Terrace, and Starlight Road, and is expected to take two days. There will be limited to zero access and no parking allowed between the hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, A...

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City News
Posted on: August 8, 2019

City Announces Finalists to Create MLK Memorial in Portland

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The City of Portland announced today that three finalists have been selected from the RFQ phase to move forward to the RFP phase to create a memorial to honor Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Portland. The finalists are:  Robert Katz, Augusta,...

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Posted on: August 8, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Bedford Street, Monday, August 11

traffic alert

On Sunday Evening, August 11, 2019, the City will be closing Bedford Street as part of the Bedford Street Sewer separation project for roadway pavement installation. The closure will occur from August 11 at 5pm to August 12 at 8am. Shaw Brothers,...

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Posted on: August 2, 2019

Portland Announces New Social Services Director

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has hired Aaron Geyer as its Social Services Administrator. He assumed the role on July 31, 2019, and had been serving as the Interim Administrator for the last several months. Prior to that, Mr. Geyer h...

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City News
Posted on: July 25, 2019

Portland Names New Police Chief

NEWS ALERT

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 24, 2019

EMERGENCY NO PARKING ON PARK AVE AND STATE STREET EXTENSION

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In order to allow for Public Works to complete the long-line street painting, there will be no parking on Park Avenue tomorrow night, Thursday, July 25 from 11:00 PM until 7:00 AM on Friday, July 26.  This ban affects Park Ave from High Street to...

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City News
Posted on: July 18, 2019

City Response to Governor Mills' General Assistance Rule Change

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Following the City’s update yesterday on its efforts to transition the asylum seekers at the Portland Expo to temporary and long-term housing opportunities, Governor Mills today announced that Maine DHHS is pursuing changes to the eligi...

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City News
Posted on: July 17, 2019

Update on Phase Two for Asylum Seekers at Portland Expo

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland continues to house between 200-250 asylum seekers at the Portland Expo, and has processed 350 individuals since June 9. Over the last several weeks, City staff have focused their efforts on finding temporary and long-term housing oppo...

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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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City News
Posted on: July 12, 2019

City to Host Dedication Ceremony for New Shade Structure at Will's Playground on Eastern Prom

NEWS ALERT

The City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department is pleased to announce that it will hold a dedication ceremony for its newly constructed shade structure on Saturday, July 13 at 10:00 AM. Made possible by a grant from the American Academ...

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City News
Posted on: July 12, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Intersection of Cumberland and Forest Avenue Utility Construction

traffic alert

NEUCO, the contractor for Unitil’s SURE project, has begun replacement of the gas mains and service lines at the intersection of Cumberland and Forest Avenue. The detour will direct all outbound traffic at Congress to High Street, which will lea...

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City News
Posted on: July 1, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Pleasant Street, Tuesday, July 2

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On Tuesday, July 2, between 6 AM to 5 PM. Paving operations on Pleasant Street from High to Center Street will limited access and no parking for the day. Local traffic will be given access during the closure. The work is being done to finish out the 2017 ...

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City News
Posted on: June 19, 2019

Pianos in the Squares Returns Friday, June 28

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A few of Portland’s well-traveled squares are about to get more colorful and musical with the return of Pianos in the Squares.

Pianos in the Squares is a project of the City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department, Portland Downtown, and Friends of...

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City News
Posted on: June 19, 2019

City Announces Update on Asylum Seeker Transition Plan

NEWS ALERT

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 28, 2019

Nine Newest Portland Firefighters Set to Graduate June 29, 2019

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 The Portland Fire Department is hosting a Fire Academy Graduation for the nine newest members of the Portland Fire Department. 

The graduates include: 

Austin Cantara of Biddeford, Adam Capponi of Gorham, Bartley Foley of Portlan...

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City News
Posted on: June 21, 2019

Straw Ban Proposal Discussed at June 19 Committee Meeting

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On Wednesday, June 19, the Sustainability and Transportation Committee took up a proposal by Councilor Brian Batson to ban the distribution of plastic beverage straws in the city of Portland. Straws made of non-plastic materials including paper, metal, an...

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City News
Posted on: June 17, 2019

City Manager Selects Kristen Dow for Health & Human Services Director

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City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that his recommendation for the City’s next Health and Human Services Director is Kristen Dow. Dow had been serving as the Interim Director since February. Her selection goes before the full City Council for appro...

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Health & Human Services Department City News
Posted on: June 14, 2019

The City Honors 13 New Businesses for Being "Age-Friendly"

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

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Posted on: June 12, 2019

City Responds to Influx in Asylum Seekers

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: June 14, 2019

Island Shuttle Bus Schedule

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The shuttle bus for island residents looking to get between Casco Bay Lines and remote on-street parking on Marginal Way begins June 15 for the summer. To be able to park in these on-street spaces on Marginal Way, you must have an island residential permi...

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Portland Shuttle Schedule City News
Posted on: June 10, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Pleasant Street, Thursday June 13

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On Thursday, June 13, milling operations will close, and detour a portion of Pleasant Street from Park to High Street.  Park Street to High Street will be closed and detoured for half the day, and a portion from High Street to Center Street will ...

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City News
Posted on: June 10, 2019

Health & Human Services June 11 Meeting will Discuss Community Support Fund

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The Portland City Council’s Health & Human Services and Public Safety Committee will discuss the policies surrounding the Community Support Fund during its June 11 meeting. It is expected that the Committee will vote on a recommendation to forward to ...

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City News
Posted on: June 6, 2019

Friday, June 21, Grand Trunk Cemetery Public unveiling of interpretive sign by Jack Vreeland

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The Friends of the Grand Trunk Cemetery announce the public unveiling of the new interpretive sign, a gift from the City of Portland, with contributions from several donors to the project.A Remembrance Ceremony will precede the Unveiling on Friday afterno...

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Posted on: May 31, 2019

Absentee Voting Now Underway for June 11 School Budget Referendum Election

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In-person absentee voting at City Hall is now underway for the June 11 FY20 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. This is for any resident...

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City News
Posted on: May 22, 2019

Preble Street Sewer Separation & PWD Water Main Project Phase 2

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On May 28, 2019 City sewer separation and PWD water main replacement work on Preble St from Marginal Way to Cumberland will begin with the erection of signs and saw cutting of pavement.

Starting June 3, 2019 Preble St between Marginal Way and Kennebec St. ...

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Posted on: May 30, 2019

Thames Street Extension Weekend Work Sunday, June 2

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On Sunday, June 2, 2019, the City of Portland’s contractor, D&C construction, will be working to install water main as part of the Thames Street Extension project.  The work being completed on Sunday requires a shutdown of the water main syst...

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City News
Posted on: May 31, 2019

Public Meeting to Discuss Traffic Change at Vannah, Woodford & Clifton Streets

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The City of Portland is inviting the public to join the Parks, Recreation and Facilities and Public Works Departments along with the Friends of Woodfords Corner and the Back Cove Neighborhood Association for a public meeting to discuss a traffic change to...

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City News
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: May 28, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Brighton Avenue Utility Construction

traffic alert

NEUCO, the contractor for Unitil’s SURE project, has begun replacement of the gas mains and service lines in the area of Brighton Ave. Construction starts at Taft Ave and move towards Stevens Ave and will affect neighborhoods in-between as well....

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City News
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Update: FY20 Municipal Budget Approved by City Council

FY20 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

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

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

  • an additional $50,000 for the Community Support...
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Finance Committee City 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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City News
Posted on: May 23, 2019

Portland Announces Finalists for Police Chief

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has narrowed down its search for a new police chief to three finalists. The candidates were evaluated today by an outside assessment center. The finalists will be invited to be interviewed by several pan...

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City News
Posted on: May 23, 2019

Woodford Street Sewer Separation Update

paving alert

The Department of Public Works would like to update you on the status and activities regarding the above referenced project. The contractor, D&C Construction, will be returning to the street in the weeks after Memorial Day to complete their list of it...

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Posted on: May 16, 2019

Portland One of Two Cities in Maine Selected for Partnership to Increase Resiliency

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City of Portland officials announced today the planned unveiling of High-Water Mark (HWM) signs placed across the city to increase awareness of flood risk. The HWM signs emphasize how high the water has risen or could rise during weather related events an...

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City News
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 14, 2019

Deering Oaks Park Browntail Moth Infestation Treatment

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Portland’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department has been monitoring the condition of oak trees in Deering Oaks Park and is gearing up to take care of a limited infestation of browntail moth. Following the lead of several midcoast commun...

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City News
Posted on: May 16, 2019

2019 Cruise Season Officially Gets Underway

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The 2019 cruise season officially began today with the arrival of the first big cruise ship, the Norwegian Dawn, with 2,224 passengers and 1,000 crew members. Portland will host two other large cruise ships in May with the arrival of the Grandeur of the S...

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City News
Posted on: May 16, 2019

Arts-based Community Development Investment for Portland

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The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter has announced 57 awards totaling $4.1 million supporting projects across the nation through the NEA’s Our Town creative placemaking grant program. Creative Portland, the ...

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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

EMERGENCY training exercise

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: May 13, 2019

City Unveils Parklet Outdoor Dining Options

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The City of Portland has unveiled “parklet” outdoor dining options for businesses that do not have the appropriate amount of space on sidewalks or public parks abutting their establishment, but have adequate space for safe outdoor dining in a parking spac...

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City News
Posted on: May 6, 2019

Towing Alert: Park Avenue Spring Cleaning

PARKING ALERT

Towing will occur tonight & next week for any cars that do not adhere to emergency no parking signs

The Department of Public Works will be performing spring cleaning work along the Park Avenue Separated Bike Lane. Crews will tackle one side tonight and...

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City News
Posted on: May 8, 2019

Road Closures for Marginal Way Area on May 11

traffic alert

On Saturday, May 11, from 6 AM to 12 PM, the intersection of Preble Street Ext and Marginal Way will be closed. Preble Street Ext between Marginal Way and Somerset Street will be closed May 11 from 12 PM until 5 PM.

Traffic on Elm Street will be able to tu...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: May 6, 2019

Pavement Restriping Program Begins May 6, 2019

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Please be advised that street and crosswalk restriping work will begin Monday, May 6, and will continue throughout the spring. Crews will be working the daytime hours to take advantage of the warmer temps so the new paint can dry quicker. Weather is a fac...

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City News
Posted on: April 16, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Free Street Utility Construction

traffic alert

NEUCO, the contractor for Unitil’s SURE project, will begin replacement of the gas mains and service lines in the area of Free St. on May 6th. Construction will start at Center St. and move towards High St. and is expected to take approximately ...

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City News
Posted on: April 18, 2018

Age-Friendly Portland Launches New Online Application

age friendly portland

The Age-Friendly Portland Committee launched a new voluntary program in 2018 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&rd...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: May 1, 2019

Employer Forum on Immigrant Workforce Thursday, May 2

portland news

The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Portland Office of Economic Opportunity and Catholic Charities Maine are proud to announce a collaborative event “Maine’s Untapped Talent: Our Immigrant Workforce” to be held on Thur...

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City News
Posted on: May 20, 2019

Memorial Day Parade Information for Monday, May 27

memorial day

There are two great events happening in Portland on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. Morning parade at 10:30 AM from Longfellow Square to Monument Square and afternoon parade at 2:00 PM in Deering Center from the Longfellow School to Evergreen Cemetery in co...

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City News
Posted on: April 29, 2019

Police Participate in May 11 Gun Give Back Program

NEWS ALERT

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 24, 2019

Updated Schedule for Finance Committee Review of FY20 Recommended Budget

FY20 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

Over the next several weeks there will be nine additional meetings on the FY20 City and School budgets in addition to the six which have previously been held. At last night's Finance Committee meeting, the Committee was unable to complete discussion on th...

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City News
Posted on: April 22, 2019

FY20 Municipal Budget Currently Under Review by Council

FY20 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

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

Finance Committee Meetings...

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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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Finance Committee City News
Posted on: April 16, 2019

TRAFFIC ALERT: Danforth Street Utility Construction

traffic alert

NEUCO, the contractor for Unitil’s SURE project, began replacement of the gas mains and service lines in the area of Danforth St. between Vaughan St. and State St. Construction started on April 15th and is expected to take approximately eight we...

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City News
Posted on: April 12, 2019

Portland Receives Small Business Friendly Community Award

NEWS ALERT

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

portland news

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

NEWS ALERT

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 27, 2019

Preble Street Extension Closure Set for April 5 -7

TRAFFIC CONTROL w Phase 1 PREBLE ST.

The ongoing construction of the Preble Street Sewer Separation project will require the closure of Preble Street Extension from Friday, April 5th at 9 PM through Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 PM. The closure will allow the City’s contractor to install a deep ma...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: March 29, 2019

City Celebrates National Public Health Week April 1 - 7

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland’s Public Health Department is celebrating National Public Health Week April 1 - 7 and invites the public to join in. 

Help kick off the week by taking a "tour" of Portland’s Public Health Division to see all they hav...

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City News
Posted on: March 26, 2019

City Hires New Director of Oxford Street Shelter

portland news

The City of Portland has hired Sara Fleurant to be its next director of the Oxford Street Shelter. Ms. Fleurant has worked for the City of Portland for nine years now in a variety of roles. In her new role, she will be responsible for managing the adminis...

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City News
Posted on: March 26, 2019

Portland Jetport to Host Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Forum

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The Portland International Jetport and the Housing, Purchasing, and Public Works Departments of the City of Portland are offering an open house and workshop for small area companies interested in becoming a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) on April...

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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 15, 2019

Portland Disability Advisory Committee Creates PSAs and Co-Hosts Speaker Series

portland news

Members of the Portland Disability Advisory Committee (PDAC) recently created three public service announcements (PSAs) that share their personal insights about living with a disability and challenge many misconceptions about individuals with disabilities...

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City News
Posted on: March 12, 2019

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

ask the zoning staff

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 12, 2019

USM Roundabout Public Art Meeting - March 21, 2019

NEWS ALERT

The Portland Public Art Committee (PPAC) announces a public meeting on Thursday, March 21 on the topic of artwork selection for the new roundabout on Brighton Avenue.  The meeting will focus on the art component of the project and will include a ...

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City News
Posted on: March 12, 2019

Public Health Nurses Host Spanish Story Time for Families with Kids Up to 5 Years Old

You're Invited

The City of Portland Public Health's Maternal and Child Health Nurses are now offering a Story Hour in Spanish at their “Baby Hub" time. This is a free to the public month-long series beginning March 19 on Tuesday afternoons from 2-3 pm at the Reiche...

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City News
Posted on: March 8, 2019

City Manager Releases Recommendations for FY20 CDBG Allocations

NEWS ALERT

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: January 22, 2019

City Manager Announces Plans for Police Chief Search

NEWS ALERT

City Manager Jon Jennings today announced that the City will be conducting a national search for its next Police Chief.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit applications to the city beginning next month and following a review of submissions, selec...

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Police Department City News
Posted on: March 1, 2019

MDOT Hosts Public Meeting to Discuss Veranda Street Bridge Replacement

NEWS ALERT

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

NEWS ALERT

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: February 22, 2019

Police Department's Community Survey Available Until March 8!

Community Survey

The Portland Police department wants to remind residents and business owners that there is still time to complete the community survey launched on January 30. The survey about crime and overall safety in the city will help the Police Department in its cri...

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City News
Posted on: January 22, 2019

Tyler Technologies to Conduct Property Reassessment for Portland

news alert

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

NEWS ALERT

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: January 31, 2019

City Issues RFP for Bike Share Program in Portland

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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Portland is looking for companies to pilot a bike share program in Portland. The City has issued a Request for Proposals for the design, marketing, operation, and maintenance of a dockless bike share system for...

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City News
Posted on: January 3, 2019

Inaugural Concert to Showcase Portland's Performing Arts Gems at Merrill Auditorium

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Creative Portland and its co-promoters The City of Portland, The Crewe Foundation & David E. Shaw in association with concert sponsors Knack Factory, Coffee by Design, The Press Hotel, Bayside Bowl & State Theatre present HEAR, HERE!  An ...

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Hear Here City News
Posted on: January 23, 2019

Park Ave Overnight Parking Restrictions Back in Effect

PARKING ALERT

The City of Portland would like to remind residents that the overnight parking restrictions along Park Avenue for street maintenance have returned now that construction of the bike lane is complete. Signs have been re-installed and Parking Control Officer...

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City News
Posted on: January 15, 2019

Mayor Strimling Gives Fourth State of the City Address

NEWS ALERT

Mayor Ethan K. Strimling delivered his fourth State of the City address on January 14, 2019 in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The address focused heavily on the city’s strengths and recent successes as well as the policy goals the Mayor would like to s...

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Mayor's Office City News
Posted on: January 11, 2019

Developer Pulls Portland Waterfront Hotel Proposal

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland announced today that the development team Fisherman’s Wharf Portland, LLC has submitted a request to the Portland Planning Board to amend its current application for a conditional rezoning at 184 Commercial Street. The amend...

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City News
Posted on: January 2, 2019

Portland Chamber & Office of Economic Opportunity Collaborate on Strategic Plan to Aid New Mainers

portland of opportunity

The Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Portland Office of Economic Opportunity have created a strategic plan to help foster a strong sense of belonging in every aspect of city life and a meaningful inclusion and connectivity between our raciall...

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City News
Posted on: December 31, 2018

Portland's Disability Advisory Committee to Host Art Exhibition January 7 - 18

You're Invited

The Portland Disability Advisory Committee cordially invites the public to attend Perspectives, an art exhibition composed of work created by The Art Department and Publication Studio at Portland City Hall from...

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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

NEWS ALERT

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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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: December 21, 2018

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

NEWS ALERT

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

NEWS ALERT

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: December 14, 2018

City Reminds Residents of Winter Storm Operations Information

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After getting off to an earlier than usual snow storm season, the City would like to remind residents of winter storm operations information as we head into the new year. The Department of Public Works is ready for the winter storm season, in which they c...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: December 12, 2018

City & ReVision Energy to 'Flip the Switch' on Ocean Avenue Solar Array on December 18

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The City of Portland and ReVision Energy will celebrate the completion of the solar array on the Ocean Avenue Landfill on Tuesday, December 18 at 9 AM.  The array, comprised of 2,816 solar panels spread over 4 acres, will produce 1.2 million kilo...

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City News
Posted on: December 12, 2018

City Wins Record Judgment Against Non-Responsive Landlord

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland received a decision from the Maine Supreme Judicial Court upholding a record favorable judgment today against a non-responsive landlord in City of Portland v. Sulan Chau. The Law Court upheld the lower court ruling that imposed penalt...

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City News
Posted on: December 11, 2018

City Staff Proposes 180-Day Moratorium for Central Waterfront Zoning District

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is proposing to institute a 180-day moratorium on most non-marine development within the Waterfront Central Zone (WCZ) in response to significant overburdening of parking, traffic control and waterfront resources in that zone. If adop...

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City News
Posted on: November 30, 2018

Join Us for a Community Dialogue for the Commercial Street Operations & Master Plan

Feedback Requested

The City of Portland, in collaboration with the Greater Portland Council of Governments and engineering consultant WSP USA, Inc., will host a Community Dialogue on Tuesday, December 11 from 6 PM to 8 PM in the Rines Auditorium of the Portland Public Libra...

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City News
Posted on: December 3, 2018

City Hosts Annual District Meetings

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The City of Portland’s annual district meetings will be held throughout the city during the first two weeks of December. The Mayor, City Councilors, City Manager and staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions fro...

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City News
Posted on: December 3, 2018

City & Development Corporation Honor Four Local Businesses on December 6

NEWS ALERT

Four local Portland businesses/organizations will be recognized on December 6 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 ...

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City News
Posted on: November 29, 2018

Bramhall Square to Shine this Winter with New Pandora Lights - Join Us December 3 at 7PM

NEWS ALERT

Thanks to a new public-private partnership between the City of Portland, Maine Medical Center, and the Parkside Neighborhood Association, Bramhall Square will be adorned with Pandora lights this winter. The first annual Light Up Bramhall Square&a...

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City News
Posted on: November 27, 2018

Spectrum, City Promote Digital Literacy with Coding for Change Event on Thursday, November 29

NEWS ALERT

More than two dozen low-income families and teens will learn valuable digital-literacy skills to help them succeed in today’s digital economy during a Coding for Change event on Thursday, Nov. 29, presented by Spectrum, the City of Portland, the...

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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 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: 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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Additional Info... City News
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

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: 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: 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 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: 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 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

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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

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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: 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 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: 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: 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 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 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 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-fri...

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

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

abyssinian meeting house

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 16, 2018

City Selects Members for Office of Economic Opportunity Advisory Team

NEWS ALERT

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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Additional Info... City News
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

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

news alert

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: 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

Tulips

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: 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

Kids playing soccer with buildings in the background

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