Portland Development Corporation


  • 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Third Thursday of each month
  • Remotely or City Hall - Please Check Agenda at this Link for Location
    389 Congress Street
    Room 209
    Portland, ME 04101

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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  • Krista Cole
  • James Dowd, Secretary
  • Eamonn Dundon
  • Councilor April Fournier/Ex Officio
  • Blaine Grimes, Treasurer
  • Jeffery Hicklin
  • Thomas Mitchell
  • Kierston Van Soest
  • Julie Viola, President
  • Beverly Werber
  • Danielle West, Interim City Manager/Ex Officio Member

About the Board

The Portland Development Corporation (PDC), staffed by the Housing and Economic Development Department, provides a continuum of financial assistance to business and industry throughout the city and works to institute economic development programs in Portland to ensure compliance with the City’s goals, objectives, and requirements.

Formed by the City in 1991, the PDC reviews and approves all requests for commercial loans and grants from the City's business assistance program and has provided more than 195 Portland businesses with over $12 million in financial assistance.

For further information on the PDC loan programs, to download a loan application, or to learn about the comprehensive business assistance and advocacy programs offered to help streamline doing business in the city, please visit the Housing and Economic Development Department.


In order to qualify as a board member some or all of the following experience is required: commercial financing, small business operations, commercial real estate, and marketing.  Board members must have an interest in or be active in economic development. Portland residency or Portland-based business ownership is required for 6 of the 9 Directors appointed by the City Council.

FY2021 Annual Report
Click the above link to review the most recent Annual Report of the PDC Board.