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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Reminder of Winter Snow Removal Rules & New Residential Sand and Salt Pile Location

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Important info:  the residential salt and sand pile is now located at Payson Park next to the ball field. It has a tent over it. Residents can take two 5-gallon pails at a time.

Remember, we all play a role in making sure sidewalks are safe in the...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: December 6, 2017

Mobile Medical Outreach Project Needs Your Help this Holiday Season!

NEWS ALERT

Portland’s Mobile Medical Outreach Project, a collaboration between the City’s Health & Human Services and Fire Departments, needs your help this holiday season. The Mobile Medical Outreach Project provides basic medical care, educ...

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City News
Posted on: November 21, 2017

City Reminds Residents of Winter Storm Operations Information

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

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City News
Posted on: December 1, 2017

Madison, Walnut, Washington Sewer Separation Update

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The Department of Public Works would like to update you on the status and activities regarding the above referenced project. As a reminder, this project is being constructed to help prevent combined sewer overflows (CSO) by separating the storm water from...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: November 20, 2017

Short-Term Rental Registration Deadline Approaching

STR Registration Reminder

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

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: November 29, 2017

State Street Infrastructure Construction Update

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The Department of Public Works would like to update the public on the status and activities regarding the State Street Infrastructure Improvement Project. As a reminder, this project will separate the existing combined sewer in State Street and State Stre...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: December 1, 2017

City Council Inauguration on Monday, December 4 at Noon

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On Monday, December 4, 2017 during a special noontime city council meeting, newly elected Councilor Kimberly Cook (District 5) and returning Councilors Jill Duson (At-Large) and Justin Costa (District 4) will be sworn-in during the inauguration ceremony. ...

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City News
Posted on: November 16, 2017

Job Creation Grant Program for New and Growing Portland Businesses - Apply Now!

NEWS ALERT

Job creation matching grants are once again available through the City’s Economic Development Department. It is anticipated that the grant funds will go quickly, so interested applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. The Busin...

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City News
Posted on: November 6, 2017

Annual District Meetings to be Held Throughout November

ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETINGS 2017

The City of Portland’s annual district meetings will be held throughout the city in November. The Mayor, City Councilors, City Manager and staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions from the public. These meeting...

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City News
Posted on: November 13, 2017

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

Ask the Code Officer

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

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Permitting & Inspections City News
Posted on: November 14, 2017

Council's Rules Ad Hoc Committee to Meet Thursday, November 16

NEWS ALERT

The City Council's Rules Ad Hoc Committee will meet this Thursday, November 16 at 2:30 PM in Room 209 of City Hall to discuss potential changes to the Council's operational rules for its next session. Anyone wishing to offer public comment on the Council'...

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City News
Posted on: November 7, 2017

Official Election Results for the City of Portland

NEWS ALERT

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

The full results can be found here:

Official 2017 Election Results 

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Elections & Voting City News
Posted on: October 27, 2017

2017 Housing Report Proposed Housing Policy Initiatives - Public Feedback Requested!

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A priority of the Council’s Housing Committee this year was to create a current situation report on housing policy, availability, and affordability. In response, the City’s Housing and Community Development division recently completed the 2017 Housing Rep...

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City News
Posted on: October 25, 2017

2017 Housing Report to be Reviewed and Discussed During October 26 Housing Committee Meeting

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A priority of the Council’s Housing Committee this year was to create a current situation report on housing policy, availability, and affordability. In response, the City’s Housing and Community Development division recently completed ...

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Housing Committee City News
Posted on: October 24, 2017

City Officials Celebrate Groundbreaking for WEX's New World Headquarters

wex headquarters rendering

The City of Portland joined WEX, Inc. and 0 Hancock Street, LLC to break ground on WEX’s new world headquarters at the corner of Hancock and Thames Street in Portland on Tuesday, October 24. The project includes a 100,000 square foot, 4-story mi...

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City News
Posted on: October 24, 2017

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

oxford street shelter

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

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

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

LED streetlights

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

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City News
Posted on: October 16, 2017

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

10 minute walk campaign

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

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Portland's Parks Department City News
Posted on: October 13, 2017

Council Committee Approves Pesticides Ordinance Following Public Hearing

NEWS ALERT

The City Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee unanimously approved a pesticides ordinance last night following a public hearing. The Committee recommends the ordinance now go before the full City Council for a first-read on No...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee City News
Posted on: October 12, 2017

Short-Term Rental Registration Process Begins October 16

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The City of Portland is ready to begin the registration process for short-term rentals on Monday, October 16. Current operators of all short-term rentals can come and register beginning on the 16th. All island, owner-occupied, and tenant-occupied units an...

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Short-Term Rental Registration City News
Posted on: October 11, 2017

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

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

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

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

NEWS ALERT

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

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Economic Development Committee City News
Posted on: September 22, 2017

Public Health Hosts 5th Community Overdose Prevention & Response Training

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The City of Portland's Substance Use Prevention and Needle Exchange Programs are hosting the Public Health Division's fifth Community Overdose Prevention and Response Training and Naloxone Distribution event on Monday, September 25 in the State of Maine R...

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Public Health Division City News
Posted on: September 22, 2017

Council’s Housing Committee to Discuss Potential New Policy Tools at September 26 Meeting

NEWS ALERT

The City Council’s Housing Committee will hear a presentation from staff at its Tuesday, September 26 meeting regarding new housing policy tools to help address affordability of the housing market and housing policy in general. The package being...

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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 20, 2017

Finance Committee to Discuss Proposed Senior Tax Equity Program & LED Street Lighting Conversion

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The City Council’s Finance Committee will discuss the Mayor’s proposed senior tax equity program and hear an update on the LED street lighting conversion at its Thursday, September 21, 2017 meeting. The meeting will be held at 5:30 PM ...

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City News
Posted on: September 19, 2017

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

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

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

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City News
Posted on: September 13, 2017

CDBG Funding Process for Portland Non-Profits Begins October 2

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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. CDBG applications for the next fiscal year of...

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City News
Posted on: September 18, 2017

Somerset Street Restoration Project Public Meeting

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On September 21, 2017, the City
of Portland and the Department of Public Works will be holding a publicinformational meeting for the Somerset Street Restoration Project.  The project design includes improvements and
alignment changes...

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City News
Posted on: September 12, 2017

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

Portland Welcomes You

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

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

Upcoming Community Conversations to Prepare for Implementation Phase of Comprehensive Plan

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

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

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

Portland Technology Park

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

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City News
Posted on: September 7, 2017

Portland Joins Welcoming America & Hundreds of Communities to Celebrate Welcoming Week

Portland Welcomes You

The City of Portland will celebrate Welcoming Week by hosting a series of interactive events beginning September 15 to recognize immigrant contributions to our community.

The City is proud to be a part of Welcoming Week, which is demonstrating that in plac...

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City News
Posted on: September 8, 2017

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

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

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City News
Posted on: September 6, 2017

City Joins Forces with Elliotsville Plantation to Create Parks Conservancy

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: September 5, 2017

Temporary Closure of Fort Gorges Interior for Construction Work

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Fort Gorges will be temporarily closed for construction from September 18th, 2017 through early October 2017. As part of a project funded by the Army Corps of Engineers, safety and access improvements are being made to the fort so that the public can cont...

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City News
Posted on: September 1, 2017

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

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

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City News
Posted on: August 31, 2017

City Installs Sound Monitoring Devices to Collect Noise Impact Data

Sound Monitoring Location Map

The City of Portland has successfully deployed 13 sound monitoring devices across the city to collect noise impact data. The devices, which cost $50,000, were installed by Acentech and will collect data for three months. While the impetus for collecting t...

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City News
Posted on: August 25, 2017

Park Avenue and State Street Intersection Night Work Closure Starting August 27, 2017

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Park Avenue and State Street Intersection Night Work Closure Starting August 27, 2017

Intersection will be closed to thru traffic for approximately two weeks   

Beginning on Sunday night August 27, 2017 the State Street Infrastructure Impr...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: August 25, 2017

Fore Street One Way Only Starting August 28, 2017

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Fore Street One Way Only Starting August 28, 2017

Beginning Monday, August 28, 2017, construction work on the Ocean Gateway Parking Garage will require the occupancy of a portion of Fore Street between India Street and Hancock Street until the end...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: August 25, 2017

State Street Closure from Park Avenue to Cumberland Avenue Begins August 28

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State Street Closure from Park Avenue to Cumberland Avenue Begins August 28, 2017

Section of State Street will be completely closed to vehicle traffic for 3 months 

PORTLAND, Maine -- Beginning August 28, 2017, the City’s State Street Inf...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

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

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

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Recycling Info City News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

State Street One Lane Only Starting Tuesday, August 22

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Beginning Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the City’s State Street Infrastructure Project will enter State Street inbound of Park Avenue through Cumberland Avenue. This work is part of the City's effort to reduce Combined Sewer Overflows into ...

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City News
Posted on: August 18, 2017

Mayor & Council to Host Business & Community Forum on Downtown Issues

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Mayor Ethan Strimling and the City Council will host a business and community forum on downtown issues with local businesses and community providers on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall...

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City News
Posted on: August 17, 2017

Overdose Awareness Day Vigil to be Held August 31 in Monument Square

Vigil Flier 2017

For the fourth year in a row, the volunteer-based outreach team of the Portland Needle Exchange Program, I AM HERE, is hosting Portland’s Overdose Awareness Day Vigil on August 31, 2017. This vigil is a part of an international movement organize...

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Public Health Division City News
Posted on: August 15, 2017

Coming Soon: State Threatre Marquee Back in Lights

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The heart of the Arts District will soon harken back to an exciting time in Portland’s history. As it once was, the State Theatre marquee will again be a beacon at the crossroads of Congress and High Streets. The marquee is about to be restored,...

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City News
Posted on: August 14, 2017

Park Avenue and State Street Intersection Night Work Begins August 15

State Street and Park Avenue Night Work

Beginning on Tuesday evening, August 15, 2017, the State Street Infrastructure Improvements Project will enter the Park Avenue and State Street intersection. This work includes the installation of a new sanitary sewer and storm drain across the intersecti...

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City News
Posted on: August 10, 2017

Woodford's Corner Revitalization Project to Begin August 14

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A $5.65 million reconstruction project on a portion of Forest Avenue in Portland will begin on Monday, August 14th.

The location for this reconstruction, known as Woodford's Corner, will be on Forest Avenue between Pleasant Avenue and Lincoln Street and ex...

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City News
Posted on: August 4, 2017

Portland Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

Finance Award

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to City of Portland by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its June 30, 2016 comprehensive annu...

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City News
Posted on: August 3, 2017

Portland Rolls Out New Recycling Carts

New Recycling Carts

The City of Portland rolled out its new 65 and 96 gallon recycling carts this morning during a press conference. The City will begin distributing new recycling carts with wheels and lids to all residents during the week of August 7 with everyone having th...

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Trash & Recycling Info City News
Posted on: August 2, 2017

Overdose Recognition and Response Reminder

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The City of Portland’s Public Health Division and Police Department are urging residents to familiarize themselves with the risks and signs of an opioid overdose and be prepared to respond. Several community resources are available for assistanc...

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Overdose Prevention Project City News
Posted on: July 27, 2017

City Poised to Select Development Proposal for Thames Street Property

WEX Rendering

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

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Economic Development Committee Agenda Center City News
Posted on: July 26, 2017

We're On a Roll! New Recycling Carts to Arrive in August

New Recycling Carts

Portland, say hello to your new recycling cart! Your home will soon be receiving a shiny new cart thanks to an important relationship between the City of Portland and The Recycling Partnership, a non-profit organization utilizing public-private partnershi...

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City News
Posted on: July 24, 2017

Council to Discuss Creating Housing & Open Space on Outer Westbrook Street

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On Monday, July 24, 2017 at 6:00 PM, the City Council will take up a unanimous Planning Board  recommendation to rezone portions of Outer Westbrook Street to R-3 and ROS from R-1. The rezoning to R-3 will allow approximately 95 single family home...

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City News
Posted on: July 20, 2017

State Street & Preble Street Extensions Closed for Night Work Starting July 23

Under Construction

State Street Extension and Preble Street Extension will be closed for night work beginning Sunday, July 23. The roads will be closed from Sunday-Thursday nights from 7:00 PM - 7:00 AM as part of the State Street Infrastructure Project

State Stre...

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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
Posted on: July 12, 2017

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

Text Crew Sign

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 News
Posted on: July 6, 2017

Mayor Strimling to Host Neighborhood Office Hours Throughout July & August

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Beginning this Saturday, July 8, Mayor Ethan Strimling will hold office hours at businesses in neighborhoods around the city and outside on City Hall Plaza for the second round of "Strimling on the Street." The meeting times are designed to enga...

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City News
Posted on: June 29, 2017

State Street Infrastructure Project Work to Begin July 5

Under Construction

The City's contractor for the State Street Infrastructure Project will begin work on July 5. The project includes new storm drain outfall, water main replacement, the re-paving of State Street, and more.

The Department of Public Works would like to update ...

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More Information... City News
Posted on: June 21, 2017

Riverside Golf Course Helps Feed the Bees

riverside golf course bee hive

The City of Portland’s Riverside Golf Course is one of 58 grant recipients in 31 states to receive funds from the Feed a Bee Forage Grant Initiative. The course received the maximum award amount of $5,000.

 

The grant funds are being used...

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Riverside Golf Course City News
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...

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Division 30 Information City News
Posted on: June 13, 2017

Council Committee Hosts June 21 Meeting to Review Pesticides Ordinances & Hold Public Hearing

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The Council’s Sustainability & Transportation Committee will review pesticides ordinances for the first time and hold a public hearing to accept public comment at its June 21 meeting. The meeting will take place in Council Chambers at 5:30 P...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee City News
Posted on: June 12, 2017

Dr. Lemire Completes 20+ Years at the India Street Health Center

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Humble as always, Dr. Ann Lemire completed her last day at India Street on June 8 without mention or spectacle. Dr. Lemire provided more than 20 years of service to the City of Portland at the India Street Health Center. She made so many of the things at ...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: June 8, 2017

Citizens Invited to Attend Portland's Age-Friendly Community Summit

You're Invited

Portland senior citizens, service providers, neighborhood association members, community leaders, business owners, and interested Portland residents of any age are invited to attend the Age-Friendly Community Summit on Thursday, June 15. The event is spon...

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Elder Services City News
Posted on: June 8, 2017

Residential Parking Stickers Now Available for July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

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Residential parking stickers are now available in the Parking Division Office, Room 20, City Hall basement. Applications may be downloaded online. Please bring the completed form to the Parking Office. These stickers are valid for July 1, 2017–J...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: June 5, 2017

Mayor Strimling Joins 'Climate Mayors' Network to Uphold Paris Agreement

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Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling joined the “Climate Mayors” network in support of the Paris Agreement in Portland. To help bring further awareness to this effort, City Hall will be lit green this week and Mayor Strimling is working with Councilors to spons...

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Climate Mayors Website City News
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 News
Posted on: May 26, 2017

Portland Asking for Help in Locating Stolen Public Art from City’s Collection

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Three art bricks that are part of Portland Brick by artist Ayumi Horie and storyteller Elise Pepple were stolen from the sidewalk on Congress Street in front of the Maine Jewish Museum sometime in late 2016.  This is the second theft of the art b...

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City News
Posted on: May 22, 2017

Portland Fire Recognizes 43rd Annual National EMS Week - May 21st - 27th

National EMS Week

PORTLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT RECOGNIZES 43rd NATIONAL EMS WEEK - “MAY 21ST – 27TH 2017

“Fire departments throughout America reflect this year’s EMS Week theme of ‘Always in Service’ by responding to those in need of emergency medical care,” said Actin...

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Fire Department City News
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 News
Posted on: May 12, 2017

Congress Square Public Art Update at Wednesday, May 17 Public Meeting

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The Portland Public Art Committee will be providing updates from Sze Studio for the Congress Square Public Art Commission at the Art Committee’s next monthly meeting.  

Sze’s scope includes developing a concept for permanent pu...

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Public Art Committee City News
Posted on: May 11, 2017

Portland Fire Celebrates Graduation of Eight New Firefighters

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On Saturday, May 13th, the Portland Fire Department (PFD) will celebrate the graduation of eight new firefighters known as class 2017-24. Their graduation follows a rigorous eight-week advanced fire training drill school. Upon graduation, the graduates wi...

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Portland Fire City News
Posted on: May 10, 2017

City Enhances Access to Life-Saving Substance Use Outreach & Prevention Education

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between several departments and a local non-profit agency. On Tuesday, May 9, Portland’s Public Health Division, Fire Department, Oxford Street Shelter, and Milestone Foundati...

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Substance Use Prevention Program City News
Posted on: May 5, 2017

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

now hiring news

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

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

Portland Opportunity Crew Begins

POC logo

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

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Portland Opportunity Crew City News
Posted on: 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 abou...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: April 27, 2017

City to Unveil Bayside Adapts Design Challenge Submissions on May 3

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The City of Portland will display the Bayside Adapts Design Challenge submissions for judging and public viewing during an event at the Portland Public Library’s Rines Auditorium on Wednesday, May 3, 2017. 

Following review by the judging panel, t...

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City News
Posted on: April 25, 2017

City & Harbor Commission Make Progress on Dredging Solution, Select CAD Cell Site Location

dredge

The City of Portland and the Portland Harbor Commission, working with a team of consultants from Stantec, Apex, and Campbell Environmental Group, have identified a primary site for evaluating a potential confined aquatic disposal cell (CAD Cell) in Portla...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: April 25, 2017

Two Upcoming Public Meetings for Portland-South Portland Smart Corridor Plan

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The cities of Portland and South Portland are jointly conducting a study of the transportation, land use and economic development issues of the corridor that stretches from Morrill’s Corner in Portland to Bug Light Park/Southern Maine Community ...

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Smart Corridor Website City News
Posted on: April 20, 2017

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

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

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee City News
Posted on: April 12, 2017

Portland Celebrates Community Development Week April 17-22 with Series of Site Tours

CD Week 2017

In celebration of National Community Development Week April 17 - 22, 2017, the City of Portland and its partner organizations invite the media and public to attend a series of site tours around Portland. The tours will offer an inside look into the partne...

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Community Development Block Grant Program City News
Posted on: April 5, 2017

City Manager Presents Recommended FY18 Budget to City Council

fy 18

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 News
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 News
Posted on: March 28, 2017

City Partners with Grace Street Recovery Services for Additional Resources at India Street Clinic

india street public health centerCP

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it is partnering with Grace Street Recovery Services in order to offer additional substance use resources at the India Street Health Center. Grace Street operates medication assisted treatment and recovery ...

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India Street Public Health Center City News
Posted on: March 30, 2017

Portland Unveils Redesigned Website

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The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has unveiled a redesign of its website. The site, still found by going to www.portlandmaine.gov, includes a more modern and clean design with new quick keys that will improve customer service and provide...

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City News
Posted on: March 28, 2017

Dr. Kolawole Bankole Named New Public Health Director

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that it has named Dr. Kolawole Bankole, MD, MS, MBA, as the city’s new Public Health Director. After an extensive search process, Dr. Bankole, who has been with the City’s Public Health Divis...

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Public Health Division City News
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+' fro...

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Finance Department City News
Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Unveils Final Draft of Portland’s New Comprehensive Plan

The City’s Department of Planning and Urban Development is pleased to release a final draft of Portland’s new Comprehensive Plan. This final draft plan is based on work that began in 2015 and included an extensive public engagement pro...

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Comp Plan Documents City News
Posted on: February 24, 2017

City Urges Landlords to Apply for Lead Hazard Program Funds to Increase Child Safety in Apartments

The City of Portland is urging landlords to apply for lead hazard program funds to increase child safety in apartments. In June 2015, the Maine legislature lowered the state’s childhood lead poisoning standard down to 5 micrograms per deciliter ...

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Housing & Community Development City News
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 Sp...

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City News
Posted on: February 15, 2017

Snow Removal Assistance for Elderly & Disabled Residents

The City of Portland would like to encourage citizens to help their neighbors who are physically unable (elderly and disabled) to clear their sidewalks. Elderly and disabled residents who need help with removing snow from sidewalks should contact the City...

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Office of Elder Services City News
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 Offic...

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City News
Posted on: February 2, 2017

Jetport Sets All-Time Passenger Record - 1.78 Million Passengers Use Facility in 2016

The Portland International Jetport (PWM) today announced an all-time record year for traffic, with 1,785,649 passengers in 2016.  The achievement surpasses 2015’s total of 1,728,746 passengers – an increase of 3.2%.  ...

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Portland International Jetport City News
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 w...

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City Assessor's Office City News
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 i...

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Treasury Office City News
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...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee City News
Posted on: January 10, 2017

Mayor Outlines Policy Direction in Second State of the City Address

Mayor Ethan K. Strimling delivered his second State of the City address on January 9, 2017. The address focused heavily on the city’s strengths as well as the policy directions the Mayor would like to implement to meet existing challenges. It wa...

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State of the City Address - Full Text City News