THE “GEM CITY OF THE GULF” PORTLAND
“The land of leave it all behind” certainly rings true for the City of Portland. The sky and water seem to be filled with colors of cerulean blue and turquoise, all dissolving into a brilliant green as the breeze dances on the water. It’s almost magical!
Located just across Nueces Bay from its much larger neighbor, Corpus Christi, Portland has been the dream of many as the place they would most like to live and raise a family. Blessed with shining bays and secluded beaches, Portland seems to have it all; beauty in nature, a top rated school system and every possible amenity a city could offer. Yet Portland is different.
The City of Portland is unique among its’ coastal sister cities in that it has created and maintained a higher than average quality of life. Portland has been fortunate in their city leaders, a group of like-minded city servants dedicated to efficient and effective government with a focus on family. In 2015 the City was awarded the Municipal Excellence Award for Communication by the Texas Municipal League (TML). Each year TML recognizes 10 cities (five with populations under 25,000 and five with populations over 25,000) with awards for excellence in the categories of Management Innovations, Communication Programs, City Spirit, Public Safety, and Public Works. TML is a voluntary association of more than 1,130 Texas cities, more than 1,000 of which share Portland's classification of a population below 25,000.
The City of Portland is situated on the second highest bluff on the Gulf Coast and overlooks both Nueces and Corpus Christi bays, and the views from the city are spectacular. People have moved to the city because of its dedication to family values, its’ close proximity to Corpus Christ and the many amenities it has to offer. The city also features one of the top school districts in the state covering a 101 square mile area. Over 4000 students from the Portland area are enrolled in the school district.
Portland is a wonderful place to raise a family and for over 43 years the city has teamed up with the Portland Chamber of Commerce to host the annual 3-day Windfest event in April, focusing on unusual interactive and fun family activities. With (8) beautiful parks, including one dedicated to the sport of windsurfing, Portland is also a favorite of sports enthusiasts. Sunset Lake Park is a great place for walkers, joggers, cyclists, birders, fishermen and those wanting to commune with nature. Indian Point Pier offers anglers a great opportunity to catch that “big” one, and golfers will appreciate the added benefits of Northshore Country Club which boasts fine dining, an outstanding first class golf course, tennis and swimming. Portland residents also enjoy a vibrant local economy and the local recreational opportunities which make it one of the fastest growing cities along the Texas coast.
Dubbed the “Land of Possibilities” Portland is true to this title because it offers amazing opportunities for growth in the Industrial Market, with the added bonus of being able to ship by rail, land or water. With the opening of Portland’s first Visitors Center in August the sky’s the limit for future expansion. The city has joined with the Portland Chamber of Commerce in working together to promote the city, both tourists and those seeking to expand their business or start a new venture. Colette Walls, Executive Director of the Portland Chamber of Commerce has been the conduit between the city and the chamber in the creation of the new Visitor’s Center which is conveniently located right off Highway 35 in the Northshore Plaza shopping center. With easy access for visitors, Walls’ professional staff will see to it you have all the information you might need in learning what the city has to offer in the way of living, recreation, business and marketing.
When you visit Portland, you’ll find plenty of new comfortable hotels to choose from with a wide array and variety of restaurants to enjoy, many offering local flavors and upscale dining. For your viewing pleasure the evening always brings colorful scenes from across the bay. Multi-colored lights, changing patterns and colors, lighting your way to the Harbor Bridge which joins Portland with Corpus Christi, less than a 10-minute drive away. What a view! What a city!
Take a drive over to Portland and start exploring the thriving community that makes up the City of Portland. You too will discover a true paradise.