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Andrea Coleman from Bloomberg Philanthropies (left) and Mayor Kate Gallego (right)
Andrea Coleman from Bloomberg Philanthropies (left) and Mayor Kate Gallego (right).

Mayor Kate Gallego (center) with Bloomberg Mayors Challenge​ team
Mayor Kate Gallego (center) with Bloomberg Mayors Challenge​ team.

Resident hired on with Food City through Mobile Career Unit
Resident hired on with Food City through Mobile Career Unit.

Resident pre-screening with Renais​sance​ Hotel
Resident pre-screening with Renais​sance​ Hotel.

Testing day one at Burton Barr Central Library with residents
Testing day one at Burton Barr Central Library with residents.

Resident protoyping materials.​
Resident protoyping materials.​

The City of Phoenix is one of 15 cities awarded $1 million dollars in the 2021-22 Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge, to drive futures forward with a data-directed Mobile Career Unit (MCU) that helps unemployed residents overcome barriers and obtain employment.

Trainings, enrolling in career services, creating an email account, computer access and interview opportunities (virtual and in-person) are some of the many tools available with the MCU. ​

 Learn more about our Mobile Career Units

 Where to Find the Mobile Career Unit

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Upcoming Events:


Hiring Event

Wh​en: Wednesday, February 28, 2024, from noon – 2 p.m.

    • ​Interview and resume preparation: 10 a.m. – noon

Wh​ere: Burton Barr Library
1221 Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

  • Employers: City of Phoenix Parks and Rec. Department and AAA Landscaping

Hiring Event 

When: Wednesday, March 13, 2024, from noon – 2 p.m.

    • ​​Interview and resume preparation: 10 a.m. – noon

Where: Cholla Library
10050 N Metro Pkwy E, Phoenix, AZ 85051 

  • Employers: Beecroft, Washington Elementary School District, and Wilson Electric​​

Past Events:​
  • Hiring event at Saguaro Library: Feb. 14, 2024
  • Hiring event at Acacia Library: Jan. 24, 2024
  • Hiring event at Desert Sage Library: Dec. 13, 2023
  • Hiring event at Ocotillo Library & Workforce Literacy Center: Nov. 29, 2023
  • Refugee-focused hiring event: Oct. 31 at Burton Barr Central Library.  
  • Community feedback event: Oct. 4, 2021 at Burton Barr Central Library.
  • Community feedback event: Oct. 9, 2021 at Food City (35th Ave. & Van Buren) location.
  • “Meet Midtown" event: Nov. 13, 2021 at Burton Barr Central Library.
  • APS Electric Light Parade: Dec. 4, 2021

In the News 

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Are you a reporter on a deadline interested in featuring a story about the Mayor's Challenge or the Mobile Career Units? Visit the PHX Newsroom​ page for more insight or the Media Resources​ page for press mentions. 

 Contact Us

For more information email us at mobilecareerunit@phoenix.gov ​.