Posted on: July 12, 2017

New Mobile & Online Platform Allows City to Raise Money for Portland Opportunity Crew

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The City of Portland recently began using a mobile and online platform to raise money for its panhandling-to-work pilot program, Portland Opportunity Crew. The City entered into an agreement with MobileCause to afford citizens the opportunity to support t...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: June 16, 2017

Effort Underway to Encourage Housing for Portland Workers

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Following the recent City Council approval of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan, there is an effort to address a key concern raised by many: producing housing that average Portland residents and workers can afford. City staff is working with the Planning ...

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Division 30 Information City Manager's Office
Posted on: June 1, 2017

Cruise Season Officially Underway; Portland to Welcome 103 Ships this Season

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The 2017 cruise season officially begins this Sunday with the arrival of the first large ship of the season, the Grandeur of the Seas, with 2,000 passengers and almost 800 crew. Portland welcomed six other small ships in May and two others are scheduled t...

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Portland's Waterfront City Manager's Office
Posted on: May 16, 2017

City Council Approves FY18 Municipal Budget

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$240 million budget emphasizes core city services, fulfills many priorities resulting in  2.6% property tax increase and a mil rate of $21.65

The Portland City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) municipal budget, which begins July 1, 201...

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Finance Committee City Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
Posted on: May 1, 2017

Final Review Schedule for FY18 School & City Budget

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The City Council’s Finance Committee is in the midst of reviewing the City Manager’s Recommended FY18 municipal budget. It has held meetings every Thursday during the month of April. Tonight, the Council will hold a public hearing about the budget during ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2017

City Hires Director of Office of Economic Opportunity & Workforce Diversity & Inclusion Specialist

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has recently hired two people to serve in key staffing posts. Julia Trujillo Luengo will start May 1st as the Director of the new Office of Economic Opportunity and Mandy Levine will start April 24 as th...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: April 5, 2017

City Manager Presents Recommended FY18 Budget to City Council

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Portland City Manager Jon Jennings presented his recommended municipal budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18), which begins July 1, 2017, to the City Council at its April 5 meeting. The $240 million budget results in a 2.5% combined property tax increase or $...

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Finance Committee City Manager's Office
Posted on: March 2, 2017

City Welcomes America East Women's Basketball Tournament to Portland

City officials are welcoming the America East Women’s Basketball Tournament to Portland beginning tonight when City Manager Jon Jennings will give welcoming remarks at the America East #SheRules Symposium, Voices of Women: Empowerment Through Sports, Stor...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: February 28, 2017

S&P Updates Credit Rating for Portland to AA+

The City of Portland received excellent financial news over the weekend. The Standard & Poor's Global Ratings ("S&P") raised its rating on Portland, Maine's general obligation (GO) debt up to 'AA+' from 'AA'. This elevates the City of Po...

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Finance Department City Manager's Office
Posted on: February 2, 2017

Portland Police Chief Honored as Police Chief of the Year by Maine Association of Police

Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck was named Police Chief of the Year by the Maine Association of Police (MAP) last Saturday during its 18th annual awards banquet. Chief Sauschuck received the David W. Pickering Chief’s Award.

Portland Officer Jeff Ha...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: January 25, 2017

Economic Development Comm to Hold Public Hearing on Possible Sale of City-Owned Properties

The Council’s Economic Development Committee will next meet on Tuesday, January 31 at 5:30 PM in the Council Chambers. The Committee’s agenda includes a public hearing to receive public comment on the possible sale of City-owned properties. The properties...

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Economic Development Committee City Manager's Office
Posted on: January 18, 2017

City Selects New Tax Assessor

City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce that selection of Christopher A. Huff as Portland’s new City Tax Assessor. The position became available following the retirement of Rick Blackburn, who served the City for 37 years. The Council will vote o...

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City Assessor's Office City Manager's Office
Posted on: January 12, 2017

Council to Consider Renaming Franklin Street in Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee will discuss a proposal at its January 17 meeting to rename Franklin Street in honor of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is proposed that the street would be known as Martin Luther Ki...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee City Manager's Office
Posted on: January 3, 2017

Treasury Office Now Opens at 8:30 AM

The City of Portland today announced that the City’s Treasury Office will now be open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday. Previously, the office opened at 9:00 AM.

“We’ve made this change as part of our ongoing effort to improve customer service and re...

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Treasury Office City Manager's Office
Posted on: November 16, 2016

City Honors Local Businesses with Economic Development Awards

Three local Portland businesses will be recognized by the City of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC) tomorrow evening at this year’s annual awards ceremony for their role in expanding the city’s economic vitality.

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: October 26, 2016

City Hosts Fundraiser on November 16 to Support Historic Art Collection

The City of Portland announced today that it is continuing its partnership with The Maine Project for Fine Art Conservation (Project MEAC) to complete the conservation of the first of the city-owned portraits and paintings on canvas. In 2013, the City ann...Read on...

City Manager's Office
Posted on: August 16, 2016

Rapport Selected to Help Track and Reduce Environmental Impact

The City of Portland recently signed an agreement with Rapport, a leading sustainability management platform, to provide environmental impact measurement, monitoring, and reporting for 50 city buildings including municipal offices and schools. The idea of...Read on...

City Manager's Office
Posted on: June 20, 2016

City Closes $2.3M Real Estate Sale to Advance Midtown Project

The City of Portland announced today that it has closed on the real estate for the Midtown development project to The Federated Companies for $2.3 million. The project will be a major catalyst to support the revitalization of the Bayside neighborhood with...Read on...

City Manager's Office