Vision and approach to innovation capacity
Along with 50% of cities surveyed, Portland, ME does not have an explicit innovation strategy. Similar to 24% of cities surveyed, Portland, ME approaches innovation capacity in specific policy areas/domains.
Policy areas that Portland, ME is focused on
Environment and climate change
Transport/mobility: Portland has installed adaptive traffic signals that react to real-time traffic on the road, instead of traffic schedules, in 22 key intersections to reduce travel times and vehicle emissions.
Environment/climate change: The city is also developing a joint climate action and adaptation plan with a neighboring city to reach their citywide goal of reducing community wide greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 and transitioning to 100% clean energy for municipal operations by 2040.
Policy areas by number of cities
Innovation skills or roles
Situated in the City Manager's office, Portland’s innovation work is led by one dedicated staff member who also serves as a Director of Innovation and Performance Management.
Innovation roles by number of cities