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Posted on: December 3, 2021

City News Round Up: Friday, December 3

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

City Reminds Residents of Winter Storm Operations Information

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

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City News
Posted on: December 2, 2021

Portland Pilots New Tool for Community Input

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The City of Portland is piloting a new tool to gather community input. Beginning Thursday, December 2, selected Portland residents may receive text messages from the public survey research platform FlashVote. 

City officials are collaborating on a...

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City News
Posted on: November 29, 2021

City Providing Free Masks for Portland Small Businesses

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Recognizing that small businesses continue to incur costs associated with providing masks to customers, the City of Portland is offering support by providing free supplies of face masks to small businesses in Portland that physically interact with the pub...

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Posted on: November 24, 2021

City News Round Up: Wednesday, November 24

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*To view this News Round Up in multiple languages click here to view in browser.City News Round Up: Wednesday, November 24We’re coming to you two days early as City Hall is closed on Thursday and Friday this week. We hope you have a wonderful Th...

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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Fore Street Closed -Between Hancock to St. Lawrence Street- Open to Local Traffic Only, for 5 Weeks

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Beginning on Monday, November 29, 2021, the City’s contractor, Gorham Sand and Gravel will be permitted to close Fore Street from Hancock Street to St. Lawrence Street for five weeks, during working hours, (open to local traffic only) in order t...

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City News
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Portland Harbor Dredge Application Not Selected for Federal Funding

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A collaboration -- of the City of Portland, City of South Portland, the Portland Harbor Commission and the Maine Department of Transportation-- to complete much needed dredge work at and around the piers, wharfs and marinas in Portland Harbor will be exte...

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City News
Posted on: November 23, 2021

City & Tandem Mobility Search for Bike Share Sponsor

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The City of Portland has entered into an agreement with Tandem Mobility, a bikeshare company with national experience, to launch a bike sharing system by the summer of 2022. Key to launching the system, the City, Tandem Mobility, and other partners are in...

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City News
Posted on: November 22, 2021

City Provides Memo Recapping November 2 Election & At-Large Council Race Recount

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The Portland City Clerk and Acting Corporation Counsel provided a memo to the City Council today recapping the November 2 Election and At-Large Council race recount. Given the circumstances surrounding the methods for determining the winner of the At-Larg...

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Posted on: November 19, 2021

City News Round Up for Friday, November 19

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*To view this News Round Up in multiple languages click here to view in browser.City News Round Up: Friday, November 19Please check our agenda center for the full schedule of upcoming Committees, Boards, and Commission meetings. The City Council&...

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Posted on: November 18, 2021

Traffic Alert: New Traffic Pattern - Somerset and Kennebec Streets

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The City’s Public Works Department announced a new traffic pattern on Somerset and Kennebec Streets beginning Thursday, November 18.  Kennebec Street has been realigned between Hanover Street and Preble Street, now intersecting with Som...

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Posted on: November 16, 2021

Tree to be Delivered to Monument Square This Thursday

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The City of Portland’s Arborist, Jeff Tarling, reports that this year’s tree – which is scheduled to be delivered to Monument Square on Thursday, November 18 – was found yet again by coincidence. The 40' Ba...

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City News
Posted on: November 15, 2021

City’s Annual District Meetings Begin November 17

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PORTLAND, Maine -- The City of Portland’s annual District Meetings start this week and will be held remotely during the months of November and December. Mayor Snyder, City Councilors, Interim City Manager Danielle West, and staff will be availab...

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City News
Posted on: November 10, 2021

Following Recount, Rodriguez Declared At-Large City Council Winner

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Following a recount that began on November 9th at Ocean Gateway, Roberto Rodriguez has been declared the winner of the At-Large City Council race. The declaration of the final result came after both candidates and their teams completed the manual recount ...

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Posted on: November 8, 2021

Official Election Results for November 2, 2021 Election

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Official election results for the November 2, 2021 election are now available:

View official election results. 

View official referendum question results. 

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City News
Posted on: November 4, 2021

City Determines Winner of At-Large Council Race in Public by Lot

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Today the Portland City Clerk determined the winner of the At-Large Council race in public by lot after the ranked-choice instant runoff resulted in a numeric tie between candidates Brandon Mazer and Roberto Rodriguez. City Clerk Katherine Jones and Elect...

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City News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

City Announces Update Regarding Results of At-Large Council Race

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The City of Portland is updating the media and the public regarding the outcome of the At-Large City Council race. After working through the process for tabulating ranked choice ballots outlined in the City’s Charter with the assistance of Elect...

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City News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

Unofficial Election Results for November 2, 2021

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Unofficial results for the November 2, 2021 election are now available. 

View unofficial municipal election results.

View ranked choice voting runoff results for At-Large Council race. (This race resulted in a tie. For info on how a winner will be ...

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City News
Posted on: November 1, 2021

City Reminds Citizens of Street Maintenance Parking Restrictions

PARKING ALERT

The City of Portland is reminding citizens who live or park on the peninsula that compliance with overnight (and in some areas daytime) street maintenance parking restrictions is crucial. Street sweeping operations and regulations have been in effect sinc...

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City News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

City to Host Deering’s Corner Roundabout Ribbon Cutting Celebration November 8

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On Monday, November 8, at 3:30 PM, the City of Portland will host a ribbon cutting for the new Deering’s Corner Roundabout to celebrate both the collaborative effort of the public works project as well as the recently completed public art instal...

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City News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

Election Day Information for November 2, 2021

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Election Day Information 

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 is Election Day. The City’s 11 polling locations will open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM. Voters are encouraged to wear a mask or face covering when voting. 

Based on your res...

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City News
Posted on: October 28, 2021

City Updates Public Regarding School Board At-Large Race

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The City of Portland is aware of some recent questions circulating about the continued candidacy of Sarah Thompson for the At-Large School Board seat. Although Ms. Thompson has indicated in recent news stories that she has withdrawn from the race, the Cit...

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City News
Posted on: October 27, 2021

City’s Social Services Division Moves to 39 Forest Avenue

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The City of Portland is reminding the public that its Social Services division and General Assistance program located at Lancaster Street is moving to 39 Forest Avenue on Thursday, October 28. City staff will begin serving clients out of the new location ...

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City News
Posted on: October 27, 2021

October is National Fire Prevention Month

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October is National Fire Prevention Month and Portland Fire Officials want to take this opportunity to stress the importance of having working smoke alarms in your home. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides the following tips regarding...

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Posted on: October 26, 2021

*New Date* Join Mayor Snyder on October 28 for the Next Mayor's Monthly Zoom

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Members of the public are invited to join Mayor Snyder for her next Mayor's Monthly Zoom on Thursday, October 28 at 12:00 PM. There is no formal agenda, come hear updates from the Mayor as well as an open Q&A session with the public.

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Posted on: October 25, 2021

City to Host Congress Square Redesign Public Forum

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The City of Portland will host a public forum for the Congress Square Redesign on Saturday, November 6, 2021, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM, at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel, Longfellow Room (157 High Street). The forum will include a welcome introduction f...

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City News
Posted on: January 20, 2021

Racial Equity Steering Committee to Accept Written Public Comments

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The City of Portland's Racial Equity Steering Committee (RESC) would like to learn about the public’s concerns, ideas, and recommendations regarding how the City of Portland addresses public safety and racial equity. RESC has hosted two...

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City News
Posted on: October 22, 2021

FRIDAY NEWS ROUND UP FOR OCTOBER 22, 2021

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 City News Round Up: Friday, October 22Please check our agenda center for the full schedule of upcoming Committees, Boards, and Commission meetings. The City Council’s next regular meeting is on Monday, Novemb...

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Posted on: October 12, 2021

New Round of Business Assistance Grants & Relaunch of Modified Microenterprise Grant

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The City of Portland is launching a new round of the Business Assistance Grant Program for Job Creation with grants of $10,000 per full-time job created, up to $20,000 per business. The purpose of this program is to create jobs for low/moderate income ind...

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Posted on: October 8, 2021

FRIDAY NEWS ROUND UP FOR OCTOBER 8, 2021

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Posted on: October 8, 2021

City Seeks New Director of Public Health

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The City of Portland announced today that it is seeking a new Public Health Director following the news that the current director, Bob Fowler, is resigning effective November 3 to pursue other professional and personal opportunities. Current Health & ...

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City News
Posted on: October 4, 2021

The Search is On! Portland Seeks Tree for Monument Square

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Portland Downtown and the City of Portland are seeking the next “perfect tree” to grace Monument Square this holiday season. Residents and property owners who wish to donate a tree are encouraged to submit the tree for consideration at...

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City News
Posted on: September 30, 2021

Absentee Voting Information for November 2 Election

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In-person absentee voting will begin on Monday, October 4, 2021 in Room 24 of City Hall. The public must enter City Hall on Myrtle Street, and masks are required. Regular hours are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The external ballot drop box wi...

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City News
Posted on: September 29, 2021

Corporation Counsel Danielle West Nominated to Serve as Interim City Manager

COUNCIL NEWS

Mayor Kate Snyder and the City Council announced today they are nominating Portland’s Corporation Counsel, Danielle West, to serve as Interim City Manager once City Manager Jon Jennings departs on November 1, 2021. West’s nomination will be voted on durin...

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City News
Posted on: July 18, 2017

City Begins Urban Forest Inventory in Portland

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 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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Posted on: October 1, 2021

Maine Marathon Street Closures in Effect Sunday, October 3

Race Traffic Alert

Several streets in and around Baxter Boulevard, including the full length of the Boulevard, will be closed to motorists this Sunday, October 3 to make way for 3,400-plus Maine Marathon participants.

Mayor Kate Snyder will join and welcome the group which i...

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City News
Posted on: September 28, 2021

Reminder from the City’s Parking Division

PARKING ALERT

The City of Portland is reminding citizens who live or park on the peninsula (and Nathan Clifford area) that the overnight (and in some areas daytime) street maintenance parking restrictions go back into effect on October 1.

When cars do not move, City str...

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City News
Posted on: September 28, 2021

CDBG Funding Process Begins in October

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The federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is designed to help non-profit organizations start or expand innovative and creative programs that serve the needs of low-income Portland residents. The City of Portland receives approximately $...

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City News
Posted on: September 28, 2021

Updated Health and Safety Requirements for City-Owned Event Facilities

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The City of Portland announced today an update to its safety protocols for events at its indoor facilities due to the rise of the highly contagious Delta variant across the state and nation. These changes will go in effect on October 4, 2021 and will cont...

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City News
Posted on: January 15, 2021

Friday News Round Up for January 22, 2021

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Posted on: September 24, 2021

Police Chief Clark Stepping Down November 1

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City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that Portland Police Chief Frank Clark is stepping down as of November 1 to take another job opportunity, and he has accepted his resignation. Jennings has tapped Assistant Chief Heath Gorham to serve as Acting Ch...

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Posted on: September 24, 2021

First Parish In Portland Dedicates Newly Accessible Building

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Mayor Kate Snyder and Steve Bromage, executive director of the Maine Historical Society, will join on September 28 at 1:30 pm in the dedication of major accessibility and media enhancements installed in the City’s historic Congress Street church, First Pa...

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City News
Posted on: September 20, 2021

Mayor & City Manager Wish Councilor Thibodeau Best of Luck in His New Endeavor

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Following the news that Councilor Spencer Thibodeau is stepping down from his Council District 2 seat to take a job in the Biden-Harris Administration at the U.S. Department of Energy, Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Jon Jennings would like to wish him...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Portland City Clerk Named Clerk of the Year

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The Maine Town and City Clerk’s Association (MTCCA) today announced that Portland City Clerk Katherine Jones received the Clerk of the Year Award. Each year, the award recognizes the professional service and dedication by a municipal clerk to hi...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

City Issues RFP for Historic Preservation Impact Study

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The City of Portland is inviting proposals from qualified consultants to complete a Historic Preservation Impact Study. Since 1990, the City of Portland has had a robust Historic Preservation program, created to recognize, preserve and enhance Portland&am...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

City Launches Broad Sustainability Initiative to Reduce Use of Fossil Fuels

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The City of Portland is launching a broad sustainability initiative to reduce the use of fossil fuels citywide. The City’s program, Electrify Everything!, would partner with a vendor to provide residents and businesses with solar panels and home...

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Posted on: September 10, 2021

City Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate New Americans During Welcoming

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The City of Portland will celebrate Welcoming Week by featuring its second We Are Portland Recipes for Welcoming initiative.

The City is proud to be a part of Welcoming Week, which is demonstrating that in places large and small, rural and urban, people of...

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Posted on: September 9, 2021

City Proposes Bridge Program to Support Property Tax Relief for Low-Income Seniors

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City of Portland staff is proposing a “bridge program” to provide property tax relief for low-income seniors until the State’s new tax deferral program (LD1638) takes effect. The City has been working hard to educate the publ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

MAJOR TRAFFIC ALERT - I-295 Exit 7 Closures Begin September 13

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The final phase of the I-295 Exit 7 (Franklin St) closures will begin Monday, September 13th. All Exit 7 ramps, northbound and southbound will be closed.  The intersection of Marginal Way and Franklin Street will be closed in al...

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City News
Posted on: September 7, 2021

City to Host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

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City of Portland officials along with the Portland Fire Department and the Portland Police Department will join on Saturday, September 11, 2021 for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial at Fort Allen Park. Fire Chief Keith Gautreau and Police C...

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Posted on: September 1, 2021

TRAFFIC ALERT - Ocean Avenue and Baxter Boulevard Traffic Impacts

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The next phase of the City’s Back Cove West Storage Conduit project is starting September 7. This critical infrastructure project is part of the City’s efforts to reduce combined sewer overflow into Portland’s harbor. The next phase includes the closure o...

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Posted on: September 1, 2021

TRAFFIC ALERT: Auburn and Sanborn Street Area

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The traffic signal controller at Auburn and Sanborn St was damaged in a car accident. Repairs will begin tomorrow at this time we are not sure how long it will be down as an entire cabinet has to be built. This intersection will be a 4 way stop until repa...

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City News
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Deadline Extended for Community Health Improvement Survey

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The City of Portland’s Public Health Division encourages all those who live, learn, work and play in Portland to complete the 2021 Community Health Improvement Survey. To help ensure as many members of the public as possible share their input, t...

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City News
Posted on: August 27, 2021

City’s Forestry Crew Hits New Milestone During Tree Planting Season

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The City of Portland’s Forestry Crew hit a new milestone this year by planting a whopping 201 new trees during tree planting season, a season that generally takes place between May and June. During this time, the forestry crew usually plants an ...

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

Barron Center Achieves Five-Star Medicare Rating

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The City of Portland is thrilled to announce that the Barron Center, the City’s 219-bed long-term skilled rehabilitation facility, has earned a five star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS created the Five-Star Qua...

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

Additional Baxter Boulevard Traffic Impacts Starting September 7

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The next phase of the City’s Back Cove West Storage Conduit project is starting September 7. This critical infrastructure project is part of the City’s efforts to reduce combined sewer overflow into Portland’s harbor. The nex...

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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Jennings Selects Anne McGuire to Serve as Assistant City Manager

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City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce he has selected Anne McGuire to serve as the new Assistant City Manager for the City of Portland. The City began a search process for the position earlier this spring following the resignation of the prior ...

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Posted on: August 19, 2021

New Youth-Led Mural in Woodfords Corner

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For the second consecutive summer, Portland Public Health's Tobacco Prevention team was proud to serve as a host site for Gateway to Opportunity (G2O), a summer program coordinated through Maine Youth Action Network (MYAN). The objective of G2O i...

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City News
Posted on: August 16, 2021

City Selects Vendor for Pilot Bike Share Program

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Following a Request for Proposals earlier this year, the City of Portland has selected Tandem Mobility to plan and launch a pilot bike share program in Portland in June of 2022. 

Tandem Mobility proposes to deliver and operate a turnkey pilot bike...

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City News
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Deadline Extended - City Seeks Applicants for Vacancies on Several Boards & Committees

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The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. The vacancies are listed below. Additional information is available on the Boards & Committees vacancies page or by calling 207-874-8677.&...

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Posted on: August 6, 2021

Portland Public Health Launches Community Health Improvement Survey

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The City of Portland’s Public Health Division is pleased to announce that it is seeking input for its Community Health Improvement Plan. Portland Public Health invites and encourages all those who live, work, learn, and play in Portland to complete the 20...

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Posted on: August 5, 2021

Substantial Community Transmission of COVID-19 in Cumberland County

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The City of Portland is alerting the public to the fact that Cumberland County is now listed as having substantial community transmission of COVID-19. Given this, Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Jon Jennings are recommending that everyone wear...

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Posted on: August 4, 2021

City Alerts Public to CDC’s Newly Issued Eviction Ban

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is alerting the public that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new eviction moratorium that temporarily halts evictions in counties with heightened levels of community transmission through O...

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

City Seeks Public Feedback on Using ARPA Funds

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The City of Portland’s Finance Committee received a presentation from Finance Director Brendan T. O’Connell regarding the use of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that Portland is receiving during its July 22, 2021 meeting. The...

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Posted on: August 3, 2021

Portland to Celebrate Opening of New Futsal Court

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An opening ceremony will be held for the newly constructed Futsal Court at Fox Field on Thursday, August 5, from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. The event will feature remarks by Mayor Kate Snyder, City officials, neighborhood groups, as well as a futsal demonstrati...

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Posted on: July 30, 2021

City Council to Hold Emergency Meeting Monday, August 2

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The Portland City Council will hold an emergency meeting via Zoom on Monday, August 2, 2021 at 5:00 PM to discuss an order declaring a limited emergency in order to continue to conduct remote meetings in accordance with State law and its recently adopted ...

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City News
Posted on: July 29, 2021

Various City Boards & Commissions to Hold Emergency Meetings Tomorrow

NEWS ALERT

Various City of Portland boards and commissions will hold emergency meetings tomorrow to discuss adopting remote participation policies. 

These meetings include:

  • Fish Pier, Friday, July 30 at 9:00 AM
  • Portland Development Corporation, Friday, July 30...
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City News
Posted on: July 22, 2021

Outside Firm Completes Internal Investigation Related to Protest Response

NEWS ALERT

The outside firm the City of Portland hired to conduct an independent investigation related to the Portland Police Department’s response to a protest in June 2020 has completed its work and submitted a final report. The City hired CliftonLarsonA...

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Posted on: July 22, 2021

Portland Charter Commission plans public hearing July 28

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Portland Charter Commission plans public hearing July 28

PORTLAND -- The Portland Charter Commission will hold an online public hearing July 28, 2021, at 6 p.m., to gather opinions and suggestions from city residents about their work.

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

Nomination Papers Available for November 2021 Election

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The City Clerk’s Office is reminding Portland residents that nomination papers are available for several seats that are open for the November 2, 2021 Election. The deadline to return is no sooner than August 9, 2021 at 9:00 PM and no later than August 23,...

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Posted on: July 16, 2021

Friday News Round Up for July 16, 2021

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Posted on: July 14, 2021

Portland Among Top 10 Places to Live in U.S.

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For the first time, Portland has been recognized by the prestigious U.S. News and World Report as one of the “10 Best Places to Live in the U.S.”, which cited the City’s safety and small business and creativ...

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Posted on: July 2, 2021

Revaluation Notices Sent Out to Property Owners

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The Assessor’s Office today announced that revaluation notices were sent out in the mail on July 2, 2021 as part of the City’s Revaluation Project. Property owners should receive them in the mail throughout the coming days.

The project, a...

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Posted on: April 22, 2019

City Manager Presents Recommended FY20 Municipal Budget

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

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

Sundays on the Boulevard Route Change

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Sundays on the Boulevard route change starts this Sunday, June 27, 2021. The route change is due to work starting June 24 on Baxter Boulevard from Payson Park to Vannah Ave (previous traffic advisory.) From June 27 through October 10, the only section of ...

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Posted on: July 1, 2021

Portland to Host Fireworks Only Display for Fourth of July

July 4th Fireworks information

After having to cancel last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Portland is pleased to announce it will host a fireworks only display for the Fourth of July this year. The display will be held on Sunday, July 4, in its usual spot on the Eastern...

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Posted on: June 25, 2021

Friday News Round Up for June 25, 2021

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Posted on: June 17, 2021

Baxter Boulevard Traffic Impacts Begin June 24

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Baxter Boulevard will be closed from Payson Park to Vannah Avenue starting June 24, 2021. This first phase of closure is scheduled to last for the next three months. The closure is necessary for the City to complete work on the Back Cove West Sto...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Charter Commissioners to Hold First Meeting June 28

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The first organizational meeting of the Charter Commissioners will be held Monday, June 28, 2021 at 6:00 PM. The meeting will be conducted remotely via Zoom. Agenda materials and remote access instructions can be found by visiting www.po...

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Posted on: June 15, 2021

Updated Energy Code Goes Into Effect July 1, 2021

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The 2021 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will go into effect in Portland on July 1, 2021. This will affect new residential and commercial construction, as well as many expansions and renovations of existing structures. Portland will be the f...

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Posted on: June 8, 2021

Official Elections Results for the June 8, 2021 Special Municipal Election

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The official election results for the June 8, 2021 Special Municipal Election are now available. 

Charter Commissioners

School Budget Referendum

The winners of the four At-Large Charter Commission seats following the ranked choice runoff are:

  • Marphee...
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City News
Posted on: June 8, 2021

City to Host Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for James A. Banks, Sr. Portland Exposition Building

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The City of Portland will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 4:00 PM to officially commemorate the renaming of the Portland Expo as the James A. Banks, Sr. Exposition Building. City officials, members of the Banks family, and Por...

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Posted on: June 7, 2021

City Opens Troubh Ice Arena as Cooling Center

HEAT ADVISORY

The City of Portland has opened Troubh Ice Arena at 225 Park Avenue as an official cooling center for the rest of today, Monday, June 7, until 4:00 PM and on Tuesday, June 8 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Masks are required inside. The public is welcome to come...

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

Voting Information for June 8 Municipal Election

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 is Election Day for the Special Municipal Election for the Charter Commissioners and School Budget Referendum. The City’s 11 polling locations will open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM. Polling locations will look the same ...

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Posted on: June 4, 2021

Portland to Host Fireworks Only Display for Fourth of July

July 4th Fireworks information

After having to cancel last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Portland is pleased to announce it will host a fireworks only display for the Fourth of July this year. The display will be held on Sunday, July 4, in its usual spot on the Eastern...

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City News
Posted on: June 2, 2021

FEMA Mobile Vaccination Unit is coming to Portland

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FEMA’s mobile vaccination clinic is coming to Portland! This is a drop-in clinic – no appointment necessary! 

Date: Thursday, June 10th – Sunday, June 13th, 2021 

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursd...

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Posted on: May 27, 2021

City Issues RFP for Bike Share Program in Portland

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The City of Portland is looking for companies interested in providing design, marketing, operation, and maintenance of a bike share system in Portland. The City anticipates the first year of the program being a provisional pilot period with possible exten...

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Posted on: May 24, 2021

Join Mayor Snyder on May 27 for the Next Mayor's Monthly Zoom

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Members of the public are invited to join Mayor Snyder for her next Mayor's Monthly Zoom on Thursday, May 27 at 4:30 PM. There is no formal agenda, come here updates from the Mayor as well as an open Q&A session with the public.

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Posted on: May 21, 2021

City Updates COVID Safety Requirements for Visiting City Hall & City Buildings

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Following announcements last week by federal and state officials, the City of Portland has updated its COVID safety requirements for employees and the public who visit City buildings. Effective Monday, May 24, the City will no longer require temperatures ...

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Posted on: May 14, 2021

May 18 Meeting to Discuss Recommendation for Homeless Services Center Developer & Land Swap with DOT

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The Council’s Housing & Economic Development Committee (HEDC) will discuss City staff’s recommendation for a developer to create a new Homeless Services Center (HSC) as well as a proposed land swap exchange with MaineDOT during its...

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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Parks Department Prepares to Treat Limited Browntail Moth Infestation in Deering Oaks Park Next Week

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After a survey of the trees within Deering Oaks Park found that a majority have Browntail Moth nests, the City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department will be treating the infested trees with an organic insecticide through ground sprayin...

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Posted on: May 13, 2021

City of Portland Assessor’s Office Announces Slight Delay in Revaluation Notices

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The City of Portland’s Assessor today announced a slight delay in the expected timeframe for sending out notices of new assessed values to all property owners as part of the City’s Revaluation Project. Originally anticipated to be mail...

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Utility Work in Brighton Avenue Set to begin on Monday, May 17

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Beginning Monday, May 17, 2021, the City’s contractor, DDI Construction, will begin work in Brighton Avenue between Rand Road and Capisic Street as part of the Brighton Avenue Sewer Separation Project. Motorists should expect delays when driving...

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Posted on: May 6, 2021

Portland Public Health to Offer COVID-19 Vaccine at India Street Health Center

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Portland Public Health will be offering the COVID-19 vaccine at its 103 India Street location starting next week, with the single dose Janssen vaccine from Johnson & Johnson available.  

The vaccine will be made available to the general public...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

City Receives Three Proposals in Response to Homeless Services Center RFQ/P

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The City of Portland received three development proposals in response to the Request for Qualifications/Proposals the City issued to support construction of a new Homeless Services Center (HSC). City staff is currently reviewing the proposals and hope to ...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

Council’s Finance Committee Votes to Recommend Lower FY22 School Budget Increase

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The Portland City Council’s Finance Committee held a joint City/School budget meeting last night, Thursday, April 29, 2021. During the meeting, the Committee voted 3-0 to recommend a $1.48 million reduction in the Portland Board of Education&...

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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Portland Farmers’ Market Prepares For Temporary Move to Payson Park

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Portland’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department has been working closely with the Portland Farmers’ Market to find a temporary home while Browntail Moth Caterpillars are most problematic within Deering Oaks Park. Payson Park w...

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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Absentee Voting Now Underway for June 8 Special Municipal Election

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Absentee voting is now underway for the June 8 Special Election. You can request your absentee ballot or visit Merrill Auditorium for early in-person absentee voting. The last day to request an absentee ballot is Friday, June 4, 2021. Ballots must be retu...

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Posted on: April 27, 2021

Racial Equity Steering Committee Presents Full Report to City Council

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The Racial Equity Steering Committee presented its full report to the City Council during the Council's April 26, 2021 meeting. To read the full report, click here.

The Committee presented its findings after meeting weekly since September 2020. Th...

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Posted on: April 26, 2021

City Manager Presents Recommended FY22 Municipal Budget

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Portland City Manager Jon Jennings will present his recommended FY22 municipal budget to the City Council tonight during a remote meeting at 5:00 PM. Agenda and Zoom information can be found at www.portlandmaine.gov/agendas.

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

City to Launch Food Composting Program on Earth Day

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On Earth Day, April 22, the City of Portland is kicking off a year-long food composting pilot program, which will provide residents with five convenient locations to drop off food scraps.  

“Food scraps and other organic materials make u...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Portland Artists Brighten Downtown Street Closures

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The City of Portland joined forces with Creative Portland to beautify the recently installed street closure barricades on several streets downtown. Creative Portland hired five local artists to add creative and friendly arts messaging on the barricades, w...

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Posted on: April 20, 2021

Portland Land Bank Commission Conserves Open Space on Rand Road

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The Portland Land Bank Commission announced the acquisition by the City of Portland of a 27-acre forested parcel along Rand Road near outer Congress Street, from the Avangrid Foundation. This land has been a high priority open space parcel for several yea...

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

Mayor’s Next Monthly Zoom is April 27

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Join Mayor Kate Snyder for her monthly zoom in which constituents can get recent updates from the Mayor and discuss any issues. Monday, April 27 at 4:00 to 5:PM 

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

City Hires Deputy Director for HHS Department

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce it has hired Tina Pettingill to serve as the City’s first Deputy Director of the Health and Human Services Department. This is a new position in the Department and Ms. Pettingill will work with the Dir...

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Posted on: April 13, 2021

Council’s HHS & Public Safety Committee to Take Public Comment

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The Council’s Health and Human Services & Public Safety Committee, which has its regular monthly virtual meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 13 at 5:30 PM, has added a public comment session to the agenda in regards to the HHS Facility agenda it...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Join Us on April 14 for a Community Development Forum - We Need Your Input

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Join us on April 14, 2021 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm to discuss our five-year housing and community development plan. No need to know details of the plan to be involved, we will be going over that and providing more details during our discussion. The primary go...

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

TRAFFIC ALERT: Preble Street at Baxter Boulevard Traffic Impacts

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The ongoing work on Preble Street will move into the intersection of Baxter Boulevard beginning April 13. Access to northbound Baxter Boulevard will be restricted.  A detour will be established sending traffic to Forest Avenue. Baxter Boulevard s...

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Major Traffic Alert: I-295 Exit 7 (Franklin St) ramp

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The next phase of the I-295 Exit 7 (Franklin St) ramp closures will begin Monday, April 12. Currently, the southbound off ramp is closed. Starting April 12, the northbound off ramp will be closed, and then on April 19, all on and off ramps will be closed ...

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Posted on: April 2, 2021

Friday News Round Up for April 2, 2021

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Posted on: April 2, 2021

City’s Outdoor Dining & Retail Program Begins

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The City’s outdoor dining and retail program begins April 5 with the closure of several downtown streets. The program allows retailers and restaurants to apply to expand into public spaces, including closed streets, parklets, the public right-of...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

Portland's Assistant City Manager Steps Down for Health Reasons

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Portland's Assistant City Manager Heather Brown announced today that she is stepping down from her role due to health reasons. She has been on medical leave since June. Brown will not be able to return to work full time until next year and as such steppin...

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Posted on: March 31, 2021

City Manager Pushes FY22 Budget Presentation to April 26 Meeting to Allow for Final ARP Guidance

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City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that he is pushing back his FY22 municipal budget presentation, originally slated to be given during the City Council’s April 5 meeting, in order to confirm guidance from the U.S. Treasury Department reg...

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Posted on: March 30, 2021

City Manager Releases FY22 CDBG Funding Recommendations

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City Manager Jon Jennings released his recommendations to the City Council for allocating the FY22 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, and supplemental CARES ACT funding. The City Council will hold two remote public hearings regarding this f...

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

Friday News Round Up for March 26, 2021

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Posted on: March 23, 2021

Congress Square Intersection Getting a Redesign

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The Congress Square intersection is getting a facelift. Phase one of the redesign will reconfigure the intersection of Congress, High, and Free streets to improve traffic operations and safety, improve pedestrian accessibility, upgrade signal equipment, a...

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Posted on: March 18, 2021

Portland and South Portland Police Undertake Proactive Comprehensive Analysis of Policing Activities

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The cities of Portland and South Portland are embarking on a comprehensive and historical analysis of their respective police departments’ arrests, summonses, citations and uses of force to ascertain whether either of the departments have engaged in dispr...

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Posted on: March 18, 2021

Portland Mayor & Council Denounce Recent Hate Incident

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Mayor Kate Snyder and the Portland City Council are denouncing a hate incident committed against an Asian American woman and her family on Monday, thanking the Portland Police Department for its swift work in apprehending the individual responsib...

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Friday News Round Up for March 12, 2021

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

TRAFFIC ALERT: I-295 Exit 7 Ramp Closures Begin March 15

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The City’s Back Cove South Storage Facility project is entering its next phase of work, which is to connect the existing utilities (new or replaced) within the intersection of Marginal Way and Franklin Street to the new storage tanks under the Preble Stre...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Friday News Round Up for March 5, 2021

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

City Details Outdoor Dining & Retail Program for 2021-2022 Season

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In order to continue helping local businesses through the pandemic, the City is updating its outdoor dining and retail permitting program, which will be in effect from April 2021 to April 2022. The program allows retailers and restaurants to apply to expa...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

Independent Firm Begins Solicitation of Public Information Related to June Protest

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Clifton Larson Allen LLP (CLA), the firm hired to conduct an internal affairs investigation related to the Portland Police Department’s response to a protest held in June 2020, is now soliciting feedback from the public as part of an effort to p...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Friday News Round Up for February 26, 2021

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Request for Qualifications/Proposals for the new Homeless Services Center

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The Request for Qualifications/Proposals for the new Homeless Services Center, which was approved by the Housing & Economic Development Committee, is now advertised on the City’s website. Proposals will be accepted until 3:00PM on Tuesday, A...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

City Seeks Applicants for Vacancies on Several Boards & Committees

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The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. The vacant positions are described below. Additional information is available on the City’s website or by calling 207-874-8677. Deadline for submissio...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Portland Police Department Makes Three New Hires

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The Portland Police Department is pleased to announce that it has recently made three new hires for the following positions:  Alternative Response Liaison, Substance Use Disorder Liaison, and Media and Community Relations Liaison. The Alternative...

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

Friday News Round Up for February 19, 2021

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

City of Portland Seeks Resettlement Coordinator to Assist Families at Family Shelter

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The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services Department is seeking a Resettlement Coordinator to assist families who are experiencing homelessness at the City’s Family Shelter, many of whom have recently arrived in Maine and are ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

City Launches Third Round of Free PPE Give-A-Way to Portland Businesses

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The City of Portland is launching a third round of free PPE Give-A-Way for Portland’s small businesses.  

In an effort to aid the small business community, the City is pleased to offer its third round of free personal protective equipment (PPE) su...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

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Posted on: February 5, 2021

City Selects Firm to Conduct Internal Investigation Related to Protest Response

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The City of Portland has selected Clifton Larson Allen LLP (CLA) to conduct an internal affairs investigation related to the Portland Police Department’s response to a protest held in June 2020. The goal of the investigation is to ensure the int...

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Posted on: February 2, 2021

Yellow Zone Parking Ban Declared Tuesday, February 2

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The City of Portland has declared a Yellow Zone Parking Ban for Tuesday, February 2 at 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM Wednesday, February 3. This Yellow Zone Parking Ban replaces the Citywide Parking Ban that was originally declared for Monday and Tuesday night...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Citywide Parking Ban Declared TONIGHT

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A Citywide Parking Ban has been declared beginning TONIGHT, Monday, February 1 at 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM Wednesday, February 3. Vehicles left on City streets after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense. 

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Portland Celebrates Graduation of the 2021 Natural Helpers Cohort

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The City of Portland’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) is honored to announce the graduation of its second cohort of the Natural Helper program. Twelve individuals, representing eight countries of origin, from Angola to Peru, successfully c...

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

City Updates Public Regarding COVID-19 Efforts

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The City of Portland is updating the public today on its efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, manage outbreaks, and provide vaccination opportunities. The City’s public health campaign, StaytheCourse.me, continues to offer educational informa...

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

Nomination Papers for Charter Commissioners Available February 1

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The City Clerk’s Office is alerting Portland residents that nomination papers will be available for the Charter Commissioner seats on February 1, 2021. The deadline to turn in the nomination papers is March 29, 2021.

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Portland City Council Denounces Recent Hate Crimes

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Mayor Snyder and all members of the Portland City Council are denouncing a string of recent hate crimes in which residents in Portland and South Portland received dangerous and threatening hate letters in their mail on January 5 and January 7. The letters...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

City Launches Second Round of Free PPE Give-A-Way to Portland Businesses

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The City of Portland is launching the second round of free PPE Give-A-Way to Portland businesses.  

In an effort to aid the small business community, the City is pleased to offer its second round of free personal protective equipment (PPE) supplie...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

Mayor Snyder Releases Statement in Response to Violence in Washington, D.C.

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Portland Mayor Kate Snyder today released the following statement in response to the violence that occurred  in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Capitol. 

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Posted on: January 5, 2021

City Extends Outdoor Operations

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 In order to continue helping local businesses through the pandemic, the Portland City Council approved an extension of the City’s emergency proclamation as well as outdoor dining operations through May 10, 2021. This will allow restaur...

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Posted on: December 22, 2020

Fire Department Urges Caution Ahead of Holiday Weekend

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As the upcoming holiday weekend approaches, the Portland Fire Department anticipates an increase in city residents cooking at home as they follow the recommended CDC Guidelines while trying to celebrate during the pandemic. 

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Posted on: December 22, 2020

City of Portland Awarded Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Portland for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year e...

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Posted on: December 21, 2020

City Issues Reports on Housing, Economic Development & Marine Economy

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The Portland City Council received several reports during its December 21, 2020 Council meeting. Related to the City’s housing efforts, marine and waterfront economy, and economic development achievements. 

The former Housing Committee w...

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Posted on: December 21, 2020

Public Health Staff Remind Residents About Safe Holiday Gatherings

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Portland’s Public Health Division is reaching out to wish all a happy and healthy holiday season and to provide you with some tips for celebrating safely, amidst unprecedented rates of COVID-19 in Maine:

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Yellow Zone Parking Ban Declared Friday, December 18

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A Yellow Zone Parking Ban has been declared beginning tonight at 10:00 PM Friday, December 18 through 6:00 AM Saturday, December 19. Vehicles left on City streets within the yellow zone after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense.

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

City Council Holds Remote Goal Setting Session

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On Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM the Portland City Council will host a remote workshop for a Goal Setting Session. The meeting will take place via Zoom. Agenda and access info can be found here

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

City's Forestry Crew Works to Remove Invasive Trees on Western Prom

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The City’s Parks, Recreation & Facilities Department has been working on invasive tree removal improvements on the Western Promenade as outlined in the recent Western Prom Master Plan. Currently, City Forestry crews have two work areas, the ...

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Posted on: December 17, 2020

Citywide Parking Ban Declared TONIGHT

PARKING BAN IN EFFECT

 A Citywide Parking Ban has been declared beginning TONIGHT, Thursday, December 17 at 10:00 PM through 6:00 AM Friday, December 18. Vehicles left on City streets after 10:00 PM can be towed at the owner’s expense. 

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

City’s Family Shelter Receives Generous Donation

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The City of Portland’s Family Shelter received a generous donation from a Portland landlord last week. Mohammed Kargar, who owns several rental properties in Portland, wanted to increase his giving this year in light of the pandemic and its impact on peop...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Racial Equity Steering Committee to Host Public Comment Sessions

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The City’s Racial Equity Steering Committee will be hosting remote public comment sessions to solicit feedback on the ways that the City interacts with area agencies and organizations in the name of public safety. The Committee is interested in ...

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Posted on: December 8, 2020

Portland Finalizes Shelter Spaces for Winter

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The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services (HHS) Department has continued working diligently to ready emergency shelter beds for the winter season in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the anticipated impact on people experiencing homele...

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Posted on: December 7, 2020

City Seeks Applicants for Vacancies on Several Boards & Committees

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The City Clerk is seeking applications for several vacancies on various boards and committees. The vacant positions are described below. Additional information is available on the City’s website or by calling 207-874-8677. Deadline for submissio...

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Posted on: December 4, 2020

City Releases Implementation Info for Recently Passed Citizen Initiative Referendum Ordinances

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The City of Portland today released implementation information for the five citizen initiative ordinances that were passed by Portland voters at the November 3 election. 

The City’s implementation plan follows the letter of the ordinances (known a...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

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

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

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

USCIS to Welcome 20 New Citizens Today; Portland Police Officer to Take the Oath

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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will welcome 20 new citizens at the USCIS Portland field office Friday. USCIS Portland Field Director Cindy Lembarra will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the candidates. Portland Police Chief Frank Clark will...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Council Approves New Leash Rules for Baxter Woods

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On October 5, 2020, the City Council approved new leash rules for Baxter Woods. The full leash rules for all City properties can be found in Chapter 5 of the City Code.

After two years of public discussion at the Parks Commission, the Sustainability and Tr...

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Posted on: September 18, 2020

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

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

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Council Limits Rental Housing Application Fees

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

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Members of Public Encouraged to Apply for Charter Commission Council Appointee

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

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

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

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

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

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

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

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

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

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

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Mayor Outlines Process for Establishing Charter Commission Members

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

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

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

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

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

City Council Passes Resolution Establishing a Racial Equity Steering Committee

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

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

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Portland Police Report Spike in Drug Overdoses

NEWS ALERT

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

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

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

City Hires Bob Fowler as New Public Health Director

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

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Posted on: June 27, 2020

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

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

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

City Halts Implementation of Property Revaluation

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

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

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

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

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

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

City of Portland Following CDC Guidelines Regarding Coronavirus Precautions

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

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Posted on: March 5, 2020

City Clerk Releases Official Results from March 3 Election

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

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

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

City Awards Funds to 11 Community Partners from Asylum Seeker Donations

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

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Posted on: January 28, 2020

City Manager Presents FY2021 Recommended CIP Budget

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

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

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City News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

City Reminds Business Owners of Plastic Straw Ordinance

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The City of Portland is reminding business owners of its ordinance that prohibits the distribution of plastic straws. Beginning April 1, 2020, restaurants and other food establishments were able to provide customers with a plastic straw by request only. A...

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City News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

City of Portland Committed to Providing Essential Public Health Services

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The City of Portland’s commitment to providing essential public health services through its Needle Exchange Program remains strong as evidenced by the number of clients it serves and the services it offers seven days a week, in two locations wit...

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City News
Posted on: October 10, 2019

City to Host Commercial & Residential Forums Regarding Revaluation Process

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

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

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Posted on: October 28, 2021

Voting Information for November 2, 2021 Election

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The City Clerk is reminding residents that in-person early absentee voting will end on October 28, 2021. The Clerk's Office will remain open until 7:00 PM on the 28th. To in-person absentee vote or request your absentee ballot, visit the Clifford Richards...

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City Clerk
Posted on: January 20, 2021

Mayor Snyder Acknowledges Historic Inauguration Day

COUNCIL NEWS

Portland Mayor Kate Snyder today acknowledged Inauguration Day 2021 by congratulating President Biden and Vice President Harris. Tonight’s City Council meeting includes a Proclamation Recognizing January 20, 2021 as Inauguration Day.

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City News
Posted on: January 15, 2021

Friday News Round Up for January 15, 2021

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The Friday News Round Up for January 15, 2021 is now available. To sign up to receive this info directly via email and/or text message, visit www.portlandmaine.gov/stayconnected or text 'Join CityNews' to 30890

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Posted on: September 19, 2019

City Public Health Officials Warn of Vaping Dangers

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

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City News
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Update: FY20 Municipal Budget Approved by City Council

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

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

  • an additional $50,000 for the Community Support...
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Finance Committee City News
Posted on: January 13, 2021

Mayor Kate Snyder to Speak at Opening of New 51-Unit Apartment Building in Bayside

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The redevelopment of Portland’s Bayside neighborhood will reach another milestone Thursday, January 14, 2021 with Portland-based developer The Szanton Company opening the doors of Furman Block. The new development features 51 mixed-income, age 5...

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City News
Posted on: April 22, 2019

FY20 Municipal Budget Currently Under Review by Council

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

Finance Committee Meetings...

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Finance Committee City News
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Traffic Alert: New Traffic Pattern - Somerset and Kennebec Streets

The City’s Public Works Department announced a new traffic pattern on Somerset and Kennebec Streets beginning Thursday, November 18.  Kennebec Street has been realigned between Hanover Street and Preble Street, now intersecting with Som...

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Public Works
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Join Mayor Snyder on May 27 for the Next Mayor's Monthly Zoom

Members of the public are invited to join Mayor Snyder for her next Mayor's Monthly Zoom on Thursday, May 27 at 4:30 PM. There is no formal agenda, come here updates from the Mayor as well as an open Q&A session with the public.

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Join Mayor Snyder on May 27 for the Next Mayor's Monthly Zoom

Members of the public are invited to join Mayor Snyder for her next Mayor's Monthly Zoom on Thursday, May 27 at 4:30 PM. There is no formal agenda, come here updates from the Mayor as well as an open Q&A session with the public.

Members of the public are invited to join Mayor Snyder for her next Mayor's Monthly Zoom on Thursday, May 27 at 4:30 PM. There is no formal agenda, come here updates from the Mayor as well as an open Q&A session with the public.

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Council News
Posted on: June 3, 2021

Join Mayor Snyder on June 29 for the Next Mayor's Monthly Zoom

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Members of the public are invited to join Mayor Snyder for her next Mayor's Monthly Zoom on Tuesday, June 29 at 12:00 PM. There is no formal agenda, come here updates from the Mayor as well as an open Q&A session with the public.

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Mayor's Office