City of South Portland
The City of South Portland is a vibrant community of 25,000, located on picturesque Casco Bay, known for its wonderful neighborhoods, working waterfront, retail and industry, quality of life and was recently recognized as a New England Top 10 Best City.
The City has been referred to as two cities, with the western half of the City hosting commercial, industrial and advanced technology property and the eastern half of the City sporting a community college, beach area, several parks, one of the State's largest marinas, a municipal boat ramp, a maritime museum and the second busiest oil port on the entire East Coast. South Portland is also home to the largest rail yard in New England.
Prior to World War II South Portland was a residential community that broke away from Cape Elizabeth in 1895. The City was quiet until a shipyard was established in 1940 to build cargo ships for Great Britain. When the United States became involved with World War II, the shipyard expanded and turned out 236 of the 440 foot long Liberty Ships built during the war years. At its peak, the shipyard employed 30,000 people.
The City of South Portland takes great pride in our reputation as a business-friendly community with many thriving companies such as WEX, Texas Instruments, Fairchild Semiconductor, The Maine Mall, Anthem, Casco Bay Steel, Sprague Energy, and Allagash International. Our motto is Making All Things Possible, and South Portland's City Council and staff are committed to doing just that for your business.
South Portland at a Glance...
- Certified Business-Friendly by the State of Maine
- Bon-Ton and Pier 1 open at The Maine Mall
- Allagash International named SBA Exporter of the Year
Community Website: www.southportland.org
Name: Jon Jennings
Phone: (207) 767-7606
Highlights from the review Team
- Impressive Tax Increment Financing (TIF) track record and Credit Enhancement Agreements, which have generated more than $74 million for public infrastructure improvements and economic development.
- First community in the state to establish a Transportation TIF District to assist in management and maintenance of the city’s full-service bus service and a Transit TIF to help expand transit services.
- Utilization of the city’s “set-aside” account from Cumberland County’s Community Development Block Grant Program for economic development, public infrastructure improvements and a housing revolving loan fund.
- Active partnership with the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce
- Strong collaboration with Southern Maine Community College in the areas of workforce development and training