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Posted on: November 9, 2018

Spectrum Moves Public Access Programming to Channels 1301 and 1303

NEWS ALERT

Spectrum Cable has moved Portland Media Center's public access programming that used to be on Channels 2 and 5 to channels 1301 and 1303. Portland Public Schools channel 3 will become channel 1302. These assignments follow the PEG Media Acronym; P for pub...

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Portland Media Center City Manager's Office
Posted on: October 9, 2018

Portland Earns Six Extra Points on Human Rights Campaign's MEI 2018 Scorecard

Municipal Equality Index

The City of Portland is proud to announce that it earned six extra points this year on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Municipal Equality Index (MEI), with a total score of 86, the highest score in Maine, and an increase of 11 points since 2015.

The HRC ...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: October 9, 2018

City Hall Now Accepts US Passport Applications

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that Portland City Hall now accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM t...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: September 13, 2018

Join Us for a Ribbon Cutting of the New Park Ave Separated Bike Lane Project - September 14 at 2 PM

You're Invited

City of Portland officials will celebrate the installation of the new Park Ave separated bike lane project with a ribbon cutting this Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the corner of State Street and Park Avenue. 

The streetscape project inc...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: August 17, 2018

City to Host September 8 Community Forum to Discuss Homeless Services Center

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The City of Portland would like to make the public aware that it is hosting a community forum on Saturday, September 8th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Hannaford Hall on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus to discuss the proposed homeless serv...

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Planning for a New Homeless Services Center City Manager's Office
Posted on: August 16, 2018

Know a Great Business? Nominate Them for One of Our Awards!

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The City of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC), the City’s commercial loan and granting arm, are seeking nominations for their annual Economic Development Awards. This is the first year that nominations are being sought from the commu...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: July 19, 2018

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

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

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City Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
Posted on: July 17, 2018

Portland One of Seven to Pilot New INRIX Autonomous Vehicle Platform

inrix graphic

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 Manager's Office
Posted on: June 21, 2018

City Unveils Recommendation for Location of New Homeless Services Center

NEWS ALERT

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

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HHS and Public Safety Committee City Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
Posted on: April 19, 2018

City Joins Partners to Unveil New Public Space Recycling Containers

public recycling containers

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

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: April 13, 2018

Evacuation Route Signs Going Up on Major Roadways to Guide Motorists in Event of Severe Emergency

The City of Portland has begun installing Evacuation Route signs on major roadways to help guide residents and visitors out of the city in the event of a severe emergency, such as a strong hurricane. Evacuation routes are often used to direct traffic inla...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: April 12, 2018

City Announces Members of Portland Disability Advisory Committee

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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 Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
Posted on: March 6, 2018

Fire Chief Announces Retirement After 27 Years

Chief David Jackson

City Manager Jon Jennings announced today that Fire Chief David Jackson is set to retire at the end of this month. Jackson has served as Chief of the Fire Department since February 2016 and was Acting Chief for four months prior to that. Chief Jackson has...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: March 5, 2018

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

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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 Manager's Office
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 heritage of Afric...

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City Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
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 vision to...

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Additional Info... City Manager's Office
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 greenhouse ...

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Sustainability & Transportation Committee City Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
Posted on: January 29, 2018

Coming Soon 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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Additional Info... City Manager's Office
Posted on: November 14, 2017

Portland Development Corporation Announce Annual Business Awards

You're Invited

Three local Portland businesses will be recognized on November 30 by the City of Portland and the Portland Development Corporation (PDC) at this year’s annual awards ceremony for their role in expanding the city’s economic vitality, and the Icelandic ship...

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City Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
Posted on: October 24, 2017

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

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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 Manager's Office
Posted on: October 16, 2017

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

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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 Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
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 Manager's Office
Posted on: August 18, 2017

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

recycle portland app

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 Manager's Office
Posted on: May 4, 2017

Portland Opportunity Crew Begins

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

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Portland Opportunity Crew City Manager's Office