About Us

Our Mission

Portland Downtown stimulates a vibrant, thriving, and sustainable downtown community.

Who’s Involved

To make the downtown experience the best it can be, we have an active and engaged Board of Directors, dedicated committees and amazing volunteers. We also partner with other local organizations and community leaders who share our vision for a clean, safe, vibrant downtown.

What We Do

Portland Downtown supports economic vitality while improving the quality of life for residents, employees and visitors. Our 5-Year Strategic Plan (2015-2020) includes four focus areas:

  • Vitality  We actively promote and drive business to the downtown region through powerful print & online communications and major community events like Downtown Worker Appreciation Day and Merry Madness.
  • Experience — We keep Portland safe through our cadet program and improvements to street lighting & signage. We create cleaner, more welcoming spaces through landscaping, graffiti removal and repairs to aging sidewalks and tree wells.
  • Growth — As Portland’s Downtown expands organically, so too does the organization’s reach and constituency. We are committed to deepening our impact through strategic planning, collaboration and efficient operation.
  • Advocacy — Portland Downtown assumes a leadership role with regard to all issues that impact the future of Portland. We often serve as the voice of the downtown community, ensuring that needs & concerns are addressed fairly and in a timely fashion.

How We’re Funded

Portland Downtown, a 501c4 nonprofit downtown improvement district, is funded through a tax assessment paid by property owners within the downtown district. In addition, many of our community events and programs are made possible thanks to the support of generous sponsors. To view a map of the Portland Downtown district, please click here.

Portland Downtown adheres to transparency requirements applied to Maine 501c4 organizations. Externally-facing meetings, forums, panel discussions, etc. may be open to the public based on purpose. Financial documents, disclosures and other information that are required to be made available to the public, or are available as part of the City of Portland budget process, can be found in the About Us section of the website. Property owners and business owners in the district who seek additional information should contact the Executive Director.