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Posted on: July 19, 2018

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

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: July 19, 2018

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

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

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

Portland One of Seven to Pilot New INRIX Autonomous Vehicle Platform

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

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City News
Posted on: July 17, 2018

Chamber Businesses Give Portland Opportunity Crew a Boost

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

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

Overnight Paving Underway on Allen Avenue

NEWS ALERT

Crews for the Maine Department of Transportation have begun overnight milling operations in Portland on Allen Avenue from Washington Avenue to Summit Street along with Washington Avenue from Allen Avenue to Chapman street.

This work involves pavement milli...

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City News
Posted on: July 17, 2018

September RAD Class Dates at the Portland Police Department - Sign Up Now!

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We are currently taking applications for the September and November sessions of the Basic R.A.D. program for 2018. The first four sessions will be held from 6 PM to 9 PM and the 5th session will be held from 8 AM to 11 AM.  The registration fee o...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: July 11, 2018

Update on July 10 Weather Event in Portland

NEWS ALERT

Update on the July 10th weather event, which included a severe thunderstorm and microburst in sections of Portland. 

The City of Portland's Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department along with Public Works and Police have been working since last...

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

July 9 Community Forum to Discuss Sign Regulations

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: June 29, 2018

Housing & Community Development Accepting Housing Trust Fund Applications

NEWS ALERT

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

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

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City News
Posted on: June 24, 2018

City Offers Training on New Online Permitting & Planning Submission System

NEWS ALERT

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

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

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

NEWS ALERT

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

  1. HOME Affordable Housing Devel...

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City News
Posted on: June 22, 2018

City's Five Splash Pads & Kiwanis Pool Now Open for Summer Season

new Deering Oaks

Looking for a place to cool off with the kids this summer? Make a splash at the Deering Oaks Ravine or the Kiwanis Pool, both of which are now open. The Ravine features underground fountains and a wading pool and is a popular spot for families looking for...

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City News
Posted on: June 21, 2018

City Unveils Recommendation for Location of New Homeless Services Center

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

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

Renovation of Allen Avenue Fire Station to Begin This Fall

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

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Fire Department City News
Posted on: June 20, 2018

City Honors Adele Masengo Ngoy on World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day

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

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City News
Posted on: June 15, 2018

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

Passport Parking app

Parking in Portland just got easier!

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

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

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

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

June 14 Public Meeting for Park Avenue Protected Bike Lane Project

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

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City News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

Kiwanis Outdoor Pool Opens June 18

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What's New In Aquatics?

Summer is almost upon us — our beautiful Kiwanis outdoor pool opens onJune 18th!

Summer Swim LessonsInterested in learning how to swim outside? Now's your chance! Registration for summer swim lesso...

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: June 8, 2018

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

portland parks and play

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

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

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City News
Posted on: June 5, 2018

Mayor Strimling to Host Neighborhood Office Hours Over Next Several Months

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

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City News
Posted on: June 1, 2018

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

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: May 30, 2018

Council to Hold June 4 Workshop Ahead of Regular Council Meeting

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

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City News
Posted on: May 23, 2018

Jennings Selects Mona Bector as New Assistant City Manager

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City Manager Jon Jennings is pleased to announce that he has selected Mona Bector to serve as the new Assistant City Manager. She will start Tuesday, May 29. The City conducted a search process for an Assistant City Manager to replace current Deputy City ...

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City News
Posted on: May 21, 2018

Pavement Re-striping Program to Begin Monday, May 21

NEWS ALERT

The City is alerting the public that street and crosswalk re-striping work will begin Monday, May 21, and will continue throughout the spring. Crews will be working the daytime hours to take advantage of the warmer temps so the new paint can dry quicker. ...

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City News
Posted on: May 18, 2018

City Partners Up to Provide Free Immigrant Entrepreneurship Workshops in June

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

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City News
Posted on: May 15, 2018

City Receives Additional $150,000 in CDBG Funds

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

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City News
Posted on: May 11, 2018

Bedford Street to Become One-Way Starting May 14 for Duration of Summer Construction

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Starting on Monday, May 14th, Bedford Street will be converted into a one-way street to accommodate construction activities related to the Bedford Street Sewer Separation project. At least one lane will be maintained for traffic traveling from Deering Ave...

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Bedford Street Sewer Separation Project City News
Posted on: May 2, 2018

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

Congress Street DETOUR

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

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

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City News
Posted on: May 14, 2018

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

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

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City News
Posted on: May 14, 2018

Economic Development Committee to Hold Portland Downtown Expansion Public Hearing

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: May 1, 2018

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

Curbside Leaf Yard Waste Collection

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

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

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

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

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: April 27, 2018

Fifth Season of Sundays on the Boulevard to Start May 6

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

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City News
Posted on: April 25, 2018

2018 Cruise Season Officially Gets Underway with Arrival of Artania

2018 Cruise Ship Season

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

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City News
Posted on: April 24, 2018

Capisic Brook Survey Project Begins Week of April 23

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: April 19, 2018

City Joins Partners to Unveil New Public Space Recycling Containers

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

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City News
Posted on: April 18, 2018

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

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: April 17, 2018

Age-Friendly Portland Launches Business Recognition Program

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

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City News
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Browntail Moth Discovered in Portland

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The City’s Forestry Management crew recently discovered Browntail Moth webs on the mainland in Portland. This pest has been active just north and east of Portland for a number of years, mostly from Falmouth to the Bath/Brunswick areas and Casco ...

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City News
Posted on: April 12, 2018

City Announces Members of Portland Disability Advisory Committee

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is pleased to announce the members of the Portland Disability Advisory Committee (PDAC), which advises the City Manager on issues of importance to people with disabilities and also recommends policies, practices, and legislation in ma...

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City News
Posted on: April 12, 2018

Bedford Street Sewer Separation Project Begins Construction April 16

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

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City News
Posted on: April 10, 2018

City Manager Presents Recommended FY19 Municipal Budget to City Council

FY19 Municipal Budget

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

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City News
Posted on: April 5, 2018

Portland Files Lawsuit in Cumberland County Superior Court Against Opioid Manufacturers

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

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

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

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City News
Posted on: April 2, 2018

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

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

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City News
Posted on: March 30, 2018

Washington Avenue Sewer Separation Work Begins April 2

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

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City News
Posted on: March 23, 2018

Fire Department Gets Ready to Celebrate 250th Anniversary

Fire 250 Anniversary

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

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City News
Posted on: March 21, 2018

Police Assign Full-Time Officer to Oversee Ongoing Recruitment Efforts

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

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City News
Posted on: March 20, 2018

Public Health Nurse Practitioner Honored as Maine Recipient of National Award

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

Duri...

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City News
Posted on: March 15, 2018

Affordable Homeownership Opportunity Available in Portland's West End

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

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City News
Posted on: March 7, 2018

Grant Applications for Portland Economic Development Plan Projects Due March 30

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: March 14, 2018

Police to Hold Community Conversations Regarding Body Camera Pilot Program

NEWS ALERT

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

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City News
Posted on: March 5, 2018

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

Live Stream Council Committee Meetings

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

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

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

abyssinian meeting house

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

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City News
Posted on: February 28, 2018

City Manager Releases Recommendations for FY19 CDBG Allocations

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City Manager Jon Jennings released his recommendation to the City Council for FY19 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding today. More information is available on the City's CDBG webpage. The City Council will hold two public hearings regarding t...

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City News
Posted on: February 16, 2018

City Selects Members for Office of Economic Opportunity Advisory Team

NEWS ALERT

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

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

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Additional Info... City News
Posted on: February 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

Feedback Requested

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

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

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City News
Posted on: February 14, 2018

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

proposed market at maine state pier

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

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

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

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

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City News
Posted on: February 8, 2018

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

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

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City News
Posted on: February 2, 2018

City & Jetport Celebrate Grand Opening of Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit

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

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City News
Posted on: January 26, 2018

Proposed Housing Policy Initiatives - Public Feedback Requested!

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

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Housing Committee City News
Posted on: January 29, 2018

Coming to Your Neighborhood: Increased Efficiency and Safety

LED streetlights coming soon

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

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

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

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

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

Council Approves Pesticides Ordinance

Tulips

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

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City News
Posted on: December 27, 2017

Trailhead Closure for Sewer Separation Project

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Trailhead closure for Rowe Avenue sewer separation project

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

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City News
Posted on: November 21, 2017

City Reminds Residents of Winter Storm Operations Information

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

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City News
Posted on: November 20, 2017

Short-Term Rental Registration Deadline Approaching

STR Registration Reminder

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

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Additional Info... 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 13, 2017

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

Ask the Code Officer

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

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

Official Election Results for the City of Portland

NEWS ALERT

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

The full results can be found here:

Official 2017 Election Results 

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

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

housing report cover

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

housing report cover

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

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The City of Portland and Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. are pleased to announce their ongoing collaboration to create a conservancy in Portland that supports municipal parks, trails, and open spaces. A six-member steering committee, which includes a repres...

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City News
Posted on: September 1, 2017

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

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

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City News
Posted on: August 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 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 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

Overdose Alert April 13 TrainingCP

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 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

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

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City News
Posted on: May 5, 2017

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

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

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

Portland Opportunity Crew Begins

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

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

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

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

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee City News