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Posted on: November 24, 2020

City Staff Readying Implementation of Recently Passed Citizen Initiative Ordinances

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City of Portland staff are readying implementation of the five citizen initiative ordinances that were passed by Portland voters during the November 3 election. Staff has completed its legal review of Questions A (Minimum Wage), B (Facial Recogni...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Grants to Help Businesses Sustain Outdoor Winter Operations Now Available

The City of Portland’s Winter Business Sustainability Grant Program (WBSG) is being launched today, November 19. Offering grants of up to $10,000, the Program’s purpose is to assist Portland businesses with the cost of maintaining a portion of their opera...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 19, 2020

City Working on Implementation of Recently Passed Citizen Initiative Ordinances

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City of Portland staff continue to work on the implementation of the five citizen initiative ordinances that were passed by Portland voters during the November 3 election. Staff has completed its legal review of Questions A (Minimum Wage), B (Facial Recog...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 18, 2020

City Installs Additional Public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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On Thursday, November 19 at 11:00 AM, Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, Chair of the Sustainability and Transportation Committee, will unveil a new electric vehicle (EV) charging station in front of Portland City Hall. It is one ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 10, 2020

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

COUNCIL NEWS

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

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 9, 2020

Mayor Snyder Reflects on Biden-Harris Win

portland news

 Mayor Kate Snyder issued the following statement in response to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris becoming the President and Vice President-Elect.

“With great sincerity and enthusiasm I congratulate President-Elect Biden, and Vice President-E...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 5, 2020

Portland Mayor Snyder Reacts to State’s New Executive Order on Mask Wearing

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In reaction to Governor Mills' Executive Order today that strengthens the face covering requirement, Portland Mayor Kate Snyder offered the following statement:

"Given the consistent increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Maine, it's imperative that w...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 4, 2020

City Staff Analyzing Impacts of Referendum Questions

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City of Portland staff will begin analyzing the impacts of the citizen initiative referendum questions that passed at the polls yesterday during the November 3, 2020 election. Questions A, B, C, D, and F passed according to the unofficial election results...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 2, 2020

City Sets Schedule for Remote Annual District Meetings

COUNCIL NEWS

The City of Portland’s annual district meetings will still be held this year, however remotely via Zoom. Mayor Snyder, City Councilors, the City Manager and staff will be available to discuss neighborhood issues and answer questions from the public.&n...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020 is Election Day. The City’s 11 polling locations will open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM. Polling locations will look different -- booths will be spread out, hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray will be plent...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 28, 2020

Council to Hold Hearing on Final Revised Land Use Code

COUNCIL NEWS

On Monday, November 9, the Portland City Council will hold a public hearing on Phase I of the City’s ReCode initiative, the City’s effort to streamline, modernize, and update its land use code to reflect the goals of the City’s comprehensive plan (Portlan...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 21, 2020

City Statement Regarding Use of Joyce House as Temporary Emergency Shelter

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On October 19, 2020, the City of Portland announced it was finalizing its plans on a three-pronged approach to increase the amount of shelter beds available in Portland this winter in light of necessary COVID-19 precautions and the loss ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Portland Finalizing Plans for Additional Shelter Space Ahead of Winter

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland’s Health & Human Services (HHS) Department has been working diligently to prepare for the winter season and the anticipated impact on people experiencing homelessness. Staff is in the midst of finalizing its plan for shelter space...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 19, 2020

City Extends Outdoor Operations to Further Assist Businesses During Pandemic

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In order to continue helping local businesses through the pandemic, the Portland City Council approved a plan during its October 19, 2020 meeting to allow restaurants and retailers to continue to operate outdoors on private property, pub...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 16, 2020

Mayor Snyder to Give Remote State of the City Address

COUNCIL NEWS

Mayor Kate Snyder is set to give her first State of the City Address during a remote special city council meeting on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 5:00 PM. To access the meeting, visit the meeting agenda for the Zoom link.

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Additional Info... Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 16, 2020

City Manager Jennings Agrees to One-Year Contract Extension

COUNCIL NEWS

City Manager Jon Jennings’ has agreed to a one-year contract extension as part of his recent performance evaluation. The employment contract extension will go before the City Council for a first read during its Monday, October 19, 2020 meeting. The second...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 16, 2020

New External Absentee Ballot Drop Box Now Available Outside Merrill Auditorium

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A new external ballot drop box has been installed for those wishing to drop off their completed absentee ballots. It is located outside of the Merrill Auditorium entrance for 24/7 ballot returns. Please remember to sign the back of the envelope before dep...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Portland Expands Hours for Absentee Voting & Ballot Drop Box Ahead of November 3 Election

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In-person absentee voting is currently going on now in the City Clerk’s temporary office space in the Merrill Auditorium lobby via the Myrtle Street entrance. Regular hours are 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. 

 The Clerk’s Offi...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 13, 2020

City Again Offering Grants and Loans to Small Businesses Affected by COVID-19

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Round three of the City of Portland’s COVID-19 grant and loan programs are being launched today. Eligibility has been relaxed for businesses that received more than $10,000 in COVID-19 Federal or State Funding and need more assistance. Previously this mad...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Mayor Snyder Recognizes Indigenous Peoples’ Day

COUNCIL NEWS

Mayor Kate Snyder today recognized Indigenous Peoples’ Day and issued the following statement: 

“On behalf of the City Council, today we recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day, which honors the original peoples of many col...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Mayor & Councilors Announce Opposition to Citizen Initiative Referendum Questions A - E

COUNCIL NEWS

Mayor Kate Snyder along with seven members of the City Council --Councilors Nick Mavodones, Jill Duson, Belinda Ray, Spencer Thibodeau, Tae Chong, Justin Costa, and Kim Cook -- announce their opposition to five citizen initiative referendum questions on t...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Council Approves Additional COVID-19 Rental & Business Assistance

COUNCIL NEWS

The City Council allocated additional funds in the amount of $524,669 to the Portland CARES Emergency Income Payment Program (rental assistance) program during its October 8, 2020 meeting. Before new applications can be accepted for rental assistance, app...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020 In Light of COVID-19

Trick-Or-Treating Guidance for Halloween 2020

While the City of Portland does not control or sanction Halloween activities or Trick-or-Treating, it does want to make sure that residents are aware of this year’s safety guidelines should families choose to participate in Halloween 2020. The City is enc...

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Additional Info... Mayor's Office
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Portland and South Portland Release Joint Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, One Climate Future

One Climate Change

The Cities of Portland and South Portland have released a draft of One Climate Future, a joint climate action and adaptation plan. One Climate Future is an innovative regional approach to climate action, bringing together two cities to m...

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Additional Info... Mayor's Office
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Mayor Appoints 13 Members to Racial Equity Steering Committee

COUNCIL NEWS

Mayor Kate Snyder announced the appointment of 13 members to the Council’s newly formed Racial Equity Steering Committee during its September 9, 2020 meeting. The Council established a Racial Equity Steering Committee as part of a resolution tha...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Council Seeks Applicants for Racial Equity Steering Committee

COUNCIL NEWS

The Portland City Council established a Racial Equity Steering Committee as part of a resolution that it passed at its July 13, 2020 Council meeting. The Committee will be tasked with developing recommendations to the City Council regarding the ways in wh...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: August 5, 2020

Council Limits Rental Housing Application Fees

COUNCIL NEWS

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

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Members of Public Encouraged to Apply for Charter Commission Council Appointee

COUNCIL NEWS

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

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

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 28, 2020

Mayor Snyder Offers Listening Session at Lincoln Park on July 29, 2020 at 9 AM

NEWS ALERT

Mayor Kate Snyder is offering a listening session tomorrow morning at Lincoln Park regarding the protest at City Hall Plaza.

WHAT:  Mayor Kate Snyder offers Listening Session Re: Protest at City Hall Plaza // Maine People’s Housing Coal...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 28, 2020

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

COUNCIL NEWS

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

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 24, 2020

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

COUNCIL NEWS

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

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

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

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 23, 2020

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

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

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 23, 2020

City Council to Hold Workshop on Monday, July 27

NEWS ALERT

The Portland City Council will host a remote workshop on Monday, July 27 at the end of its special meeting, which starts at 5:30 PM. The workshop will discuss issues related to those experiencing homelessness, Deering Oaks Park, and City Hall Plaza. The r...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Mayor Outlines Process for Establishing Charter Commission Members

NEWS ALERT

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

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 22, 2020

City Continues to Serve Homeless People While Responding to Issues in Deering Oaks Park

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland continues to compassionately serve people experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, as follows:

  • The City is currently operating three (3) emergency shelters in accordance with CDC guidelines: the Oxford Street Shelter (OS...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 16, 2020

City Council Passes Resolution Establishing a Racial Equity Steering Committee

COUNCIL NEWS

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

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

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 10, 2020

Councilor Pious Ali Denounces Violence Against Police Department

portland news

Councilor Pious Ali held a press conference on Friday, June 10 to address recent violence against the Portland Police Department.

His remarks included the follow statements:

"Like many Portland residents, I was shocked waking up last Monday morning to ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 10, 2020

Mayor & Councilors Issue Statements Denouncing Violence Against Police Officers

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Mayor Kate Snyder and several members of the City Council issued statements today denouncing recent violence against Portland Police officers.

Mayor Kate Snyder said, “As we work together as a community toward equity, the dismantling of systemic ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 6, 2020

City Makes $500,000 Available for Rent Assistance for Portlanders Affected by COVID-19

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In response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the City of Portland will make available up to three months of rent, and up to $250 in utility assistance to alleviate the housing burden for low income households that have lo...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: June 7, 2020

Mayor and City Councilors Hold Press Conference to Discuss Recent Demonstrations

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Mayor Kate Snyder and members of the Portland City Council held a press conference today at City Hall to discuss the recent demonstrations in Portland. They expressed support for the peaceful protests, the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as a commitm...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: June 1, 2020

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

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

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

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: May 18, 2020

City Offers Help to Small Businesses During Pandemic - Launches Three Grant & Loan Programs

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The City of Portland launched three emergency business assistance programs after receiving City Council approval of the programs at its May 4, 2020 meeting and final funding for them at its May 18, 2020 meeting.

The programs include the Business Assistance...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Mayor Snyder & City Manager Issue Letter to Citizens and Businesses Regarding Reopening Plans

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Portland Mayor Kate Snyder and City Manager Jon Jennings issued a letter to citizens and businesses today recapping the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and outlining its reopening plans. You can read it at the link below. 

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Additional Info... Mayor's Office
Posted on: May 12, 2020

City Proposes Plan to Assist Restaurant & Retail Businesses with Reopening

NEWS ALERT

In conjunction with Governor Mills’ Restarting Maine’s Economy plan, which outlines the gradual stages of reopening, the City of Portland has put together a proposed plan that includes temporary street closures and permitting changes t...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Portland Updates Stay at Home Guidance Based on Governor Mills' April 28 Announcement

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In light of Governor Janet Mills’ April 28 announcement regarding her stay-at-home extension and safe and gradual plan to restart Maine’s economy, City officials want people and businesses in Portland to know that they should plan to f...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 28, 2020

City Council Extends Stay at Home Emergency Order Until May 18

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The Portland City Council voted to extend the Stay at Home Emergency Order until May 18, 2020 at its April 27th meeting. The emergency order also includes a number of amendments including:

  • A temporary program to pay $1,000 to the owner of a non-ow...
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Additional Info... Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 17, 2020

City Clarifies Non-Essential Business Rules Related to Stay at Home Order & Calls Emergency Council

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The City of Portland is seeking to clarify its rules for non-essential businesses related to the City’s emergency Stay at Home order, and as a result the Portland City Council will hold an emergency remote workshop on Monday, April 20 at 5:30 PM...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 6, 2020

City Closes All Back Cove Trail Parking Lots During Stay At Home Emergency Order

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The City of Portland is closing all parking lots associated with the Back Cove Trail due to the high usage of the trail and overcrowding concerns in light of the State of Maine and the City’s Stay at Home emergency orders requiring that individu...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Mayor Snyder Adds Tenant & Landlord Resources to City’s COVID-19 Webpage

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Building off of the City Council’s March 30th approval of an Emergency Order, Mayor Kate Snyder has compiled a comprehensive list of resources available to tenants and landlords in light of COVID-19. The Emergency Order requests landlords in Por...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 1, 2020

City of Portland Opens Additional Shelter for Clients Needing Quarantine Space

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The City of Portland has opened an additional shelter for clients needing quarantine space in light of positive COVID-19 cases. The quarantine space is located at the James A. Banks, Sr. Exposition Building. The City is working with the Maine Department o...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 1, 2020

Mayor Snyder Issues Statement in Response to Governor Mills' Stay at Home Order

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The following is a statement from Portland Mayor Kate Snyder in response to the stay at home order that Governor Mills issued for the state of Maine

“I’d like to thank Governor Mills for enacting these extra mandates to furth...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: March 26, 2020

City Council to Host Remote Meeting on Monday, March 30 at 5:00 PM

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On Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00 PM, the Portland City Council will conduct its first virtual workshop and meeting using emergency legislation, Sec. G-1 MRSA §403-A, that allows cities and towns to conduct meetings online. The meeting includes ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Portland Issues COVID-19 Related Updates for City Services

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The City of Portland is issuing the following updates related to the COVID-19 response and resources.

City Hall & City Buildings Closed to External Visitors Until April 13

City Hall and all City buildings will now remain closed to external visitors unti...

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Additional Info... Mayor's Office
Posted on: March 24, 2020

City Announces Stay at Home Emergency Order Effective Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 PM

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

City Announces Stay at Home Emergency Order Effective Wednesday, March 25 at 5:00 PM

Restricts all non-essential personal and business services

Mayor Kate Snyder and Portland City Manager Jon Jennings announced today at a 3:00 PM press conference that the C...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: March 23, 2020

Mayor Snyder Issues Guidance to Keep People Housed During COVID-19 Pandemic

Covid-19 Updates Portland, Maine 04101

Portland Mayor Kate Snyder issued the following guidance to help keep people housed during the COVID-19 pandemic given the need for safe housing during this public health and economic crisis. The courts are currently closed at this time and no evictions a...

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COVID-19 Resources & Information Mayor's Office
Posted on: March 3, 2020

City of Portland Following CDC Guidelines Regarding Coronavirus Precautions

NEWS ALERT

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

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: July 26, 2019

Join Us As We Kick Off the Maine Bicentennial in Deering Oaks Park

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Governor Janet Mills will join Mayor Strimling, City officials, and members of the Maine Bicentennial Commission to launch the commemoration of the State of Maine bicentennial on Tuesday, July 30 at 2:30 PM in Deering Oaks Park. The Portland event, one of...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: June 14, 2019

Volunteer & Donation Information to Support Asylum Seekers

Volunteer and Donation Information

Thank you to those who have expressed a wish to volunteer your time and services in helping us as we support asylum seekers arriving in Portland. Thanks to our friends at the United Way of Greater Portland, we now have a coordinated and secure way to acce...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: June 12, 2019

City Responds to Influx in Asylum Seekers

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland, in response to an influx in asylum seekers from the southern US border, has activated an emergency operations center and additional emergency shelter at the Portland Expo. Since Sunday, June 9, the City has received roughly 100 new a...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: May 15, 2019

City Seeks Interested Applicants to Create MLK Memorial in Portland

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The City of Portland announced today that it is seeking qualifications from interested applicants for the creation of a memorial to honor Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Portland. The RFQ is available here and interested applicants have until June 26 ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 29, 2019

Police Participate in May 11 Gun Give Back Program

NEWS ALERT

The Portland Police Department is excited to participate in a gun give back program on May 11, 2019. The event offers an opportunity for the community to become a safer place by offering people a way to safely dispose of unwanted firearms and ammunition.

“...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 22, 2019

FY20 Municipal Budget Currently Under Review by Council

FY20 MUNICIPAL BUDGET

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

Finance Committee Meetings All meetings are in R...

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Finance Committee Mayor's Office
Posted on: April 12, 2019

Portland Receives Small Business Friendly Community Award

NEWS ALERT

The City of Portland is pleased to announce that the U.S Conference of Mayors and its Partner America Program selected Portland to receive the Inaugural 2019 Partner America Small Business Friendly Community Award. According to the US Conference of Mayors...

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Mayor's Office