Portland boasts a rich history, filled with work ethic and community pride, much of it reflected in the buildings located in the historic Kent Street area. We work with purpose and direction to preserve that history and facilitate a vibrant charming area for residents and visitors to gather.
Portland Downtown is a not-for-profit community and volunteer based program for improving Portland’s downtown between-the-rivers district, creating a viable place to operate a business, a rewarding place to live and raise a family, and a fun place for visitors and residents to connect and linger for a while.
We work cohesively with local city government, it’s departments, and organizations to enhance everything our area has to offer. Our organization also partners with several programs; Michigan Main Street, Main Street America (accredited since 2003), National Trust for Historic Preservation and Redevelopment Ready Communities to serve as a catalyst, resource and unifying body for any projects that improve and sustain the vibrancy of our community and central business district.
is to cultivate a strong economic environment that collaboratively embraces our history, culture and natural resources.
involves us working together as a community to model a vibrant downtown, positioning Portland as Mid Michigan's favorite small-town connection for families to grow, friends to celebrate and visitors to treasure.
We work through an 11-member volunteer Board of Directors and much of our work is accomplished through volunteer teams. Click on the links above to learn more about our board, our teams and great community volunteer opportunities.