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Better Together: Partnerships with Impact

  A clean, safe, and vibrant downtown is created through collaboration, creativity, and hard work. That’s why Portland Downtown works hand-in-hand with hundreds of community partners year-round – ranging from nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, retail businesses, municipal leaders, and many more. It is through these valued partnerships that Portland Downtown is able to deliver programs, events, and services that truly create

Portland Downtown announces winners of 2017 Holiday Window Display Contest

  The holidays are a magical time in Portland, Maine thanks to Pandora’s signature winter lights, the majestic tree in Monument Square, and the spectacularly decorated storefronts of our downtown businesses. This year, 60 businesses participated in Portland Downtown’s annual Holiday Window Display Contest and – wow – did they deliver! Read more

Shop for a Cause Day raises $4,500 for the Locker Project

  PORTLAND, Maine – Portland Downtown today announced that its summertime Shop for Cause Day raised $4,500 for the Locker Project, a nonprofit organization that helps ensure food security for Maine children through local schools. Now held twice a year (during Portland Downtown’s Summer Kickoff Weekend in June and Light Up Your Holidays in November),

Portland Downtown announces winners of 2017 Summer Window Display Contest

  The creativity and personality of our downtown shops are on full display this summer, thanks to some truly spectacular window displays! Ten businesses participated in our 1st annual Summer Window Display Contest: a fun & friendly competition designed to delight customers, showcase fabulous merchandise, and reflect the character of our one-of-a-kind shops & boutiques. Read more

A greener, cleaner downtown

  Portland Downtown’s mission is to maintain a clean and safe downtown while building and promoting a vibrant business, residential, and tourism destination. Our board and staff take this mission seriously. More than 40% of our annual budget is spent keeping downtown clean and safe, through a variety of programs and services. With springtime comes spring