​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

 

 

Phoenix Prospers in 2017: Our Year in ReviewPhoenix Prospers in 2017: Our Year in Review<div class="ExternalClass1B9F028EA02A483E990DBD3D111C12C5"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Turmoil and controversy may have dominated national and international headlines in 2017, but for Phoenix, it was another year of steady, positive change. A stronger economy, a more sustainable city, and the pursuit of real opportunity for everyone.</span><br style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"><br style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Let’s look back at the results that shaped the last year and </span><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/21060/6/"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">read the full year in review on Medium</span></a><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">.</span><br style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"><br style="font-family:calibri;"><br style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:24px;"><strong>Phoenix Earns National Recognition</strong></span><br style="font-family:calibri;"><br style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"> This year saw Phoenix — and its leaders — earn recognition for leading the way on some of the country’s most critical challenges:</span><br style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"><ul><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Governing Magazine named Stanton the </span><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/21050/9/"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Public Official of the Year</span></a><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"> among mayors for his work rebuilding the city’s economy and making key strides on sustainability. The publication also named Phoenix the nation’s most innovative city.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies honored ten innovative cities around the world for taking major climate action. Phoenix was recognized with a </span><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/21051/10/"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">“Cities 4 Zero Waste” Award</span></a><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"> for its sustainability progress.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">U.S. Conference of Mayors recognized Phoenix with the 2017 </span><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/21052/11/"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">City Livability Award</span></a><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"> for its forward-thinking mass transit plans.</span></li></ul><ul><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Phoenix earned the Arizona Forward Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in recognition of the </span><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/21053/12/"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">landmark water agreement</span></a><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"> between the City and the Gila River Indian Community.</span></li></ul><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"></span></div><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"></span></div><div></div><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Phoenix Economy Continues to Boom</strong></span><br><br><span style="font-size:17.33px;">Investments the City made to turn the local economy into one rooted in knowledge and skills continue to pay off as indicators show that Phoenix is leading Arizona’s economic recovery:</span><br style="font-size:17.33px;"></span></div><ul><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Average </span><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/21054/13/"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">wages grew more in Phoenix</span></a><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"> than anywhere else in the nation — a whopping 7.6 percent. And the Phoenix metro unemployment rate plummeted to 3.7 percent, nearly a full point lower than the state’s.</span><br style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Phoenix ranked third in the country for high-tech job growth and became one of the nation’s top 10 fastest growing economies.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Skills are driving the Phoenix economy as more than 60 percent of the workforce now hold jobs in advanced industries such as business and financial services, precision manufacturing, health and life sciences, and technology.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">More businesses are choosing Phoenix. This year, 32 new companies moved to the city, bringing more than 11,300 new jobs. Overall, metro area job numbers rose by 45,200 from last year.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Trade with Mexico is up more than 150 percent since 2010 — now at more than $8 billion annually. To continue to strengthen the trade relationship with our southern neighbor, </span><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/21055/14/"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Phoenix opened its second Mexico-based trade office</span></a><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"> — in Hermosillo — in March.</span></li></ul><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"></span></div><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"></span></div><div></div><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Taking the Lead on Sustainability</strong></span><br><br><span style="font-size:17.33px;">As the federal government withdrew from its leadership role on combating climate change, Phoenix took the issue head on:</span><br style="font-size:17.33px;"></span></div><ul><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Stanton, alongside mayors across the country, </span><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/21056/15/"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">recommitted Phoenix to the goals of the Paris Climate Accord</span></a><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"> combating climate change and promoting sustainability.</span><br style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">  </span><br style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">The City began to replace nearly 100,000 city street lights with energy-efficient LED bulbs — a task that will save millions of dollars and reduce electricity usage by up to 50 percent.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Phoenix reached a waste diversion rate of 30 percent, keeping the City on track with its goal to increase the waste diversion rate to 40 percent by 2020.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">The City entered a cutting-edge partnership — the largest of its kind in the country — with renewable energy company Ameresco to turn biogas from the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant into green gas that can be sold for profit.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">With the help of Downtown Phoenix Inc., nearly 150 new shade trees and more than 500 new plants are making the downtown walking experience even better and growing our urban shade canopy.</span></li></ul><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"></span></div><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"></span></div><div></div><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Higher Education Partnerships Grow</strong></span><br><br><span style="font-size:17.33px;">Phoenix’s commitment to higher education continued:</span><br style="font-size:17.33px;"></span></div><ul><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Phoenix, ASU and Mayo Clinic partnered to develop a site on the Arizona Biomedical Corridor in Desert Ridge that will become home to the 150,000 square-foot ASU Health Solutions Innovations Center.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">U of A’s Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building opened on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus — and ASU’s development is moving forward on the seven acres of land on the north side of the campus.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">In another Phoenix-ASU partnership, the ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management announced it would relocate to the downtown Phoenix campus.</span></li></ul><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"></span></div><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"></span></div><div></div><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Transportation Options Grow Throughout the City</strong></span><br><br><span style="font-size:17.33px;">The Transportation 2050 Plan, approved by voters just two years ago, had a significant impact on Phoenix transit:</span><br style="font-size:17.33px;"></span></div><ul><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Construction began on the plan’s first capital project —a light rail station located on Washington Street near Ability 360 — with a special design aimed to be a model of accessibility for individuals with disabilities.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Voter-approved funds allowed bus service hours to expand on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays to match light rail service hours seven days a week. Ridership rose by 6.1 percent.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Phoenix installed its first protected bike lanes on 15th Avenue between Van Buren and Jefferson streets — the first step in our long-term effort to build safer streets for bicyclists.</span></li></ul><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"></span></div><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"></span></div><div></div><div><span style="font-family:calibri;"><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>Staying True to Our Values</strong></span><br><br><span style="font-size:17.33px;">We continued our work to be a city that welcomes everyone and respects everyone, with an economy that creates real opportunity for everyone:</span><br style="font-size:17.33px;"></span></div><ul><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Phoenix stood up to pharmaceutical companies and distributors whose fraudulent marketing helped create the opioid crisis — one of the deadliest drug epidemics in our nation’s history. In November, the City Council unanimously supported </span><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/20845/21/"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">taking legal action</span></a><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"> against drug companies to demand accountability for the stunning rise in opioid addiction.</span><br style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Phoenix opened Starfish Place, the nation’s first long-term housing project for human trafficking victims and their children. The 15-unit housing complex offers on-site services and case workers to support its residents.<br>  </span></li><li><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">The strategic action of the Opportunities for Youth initiative had a positive impact on young people in our community: the disconnected youth rate dropped a stunning 26 percent in the Phoenix area in the last year — the most significant improvement in the country.<br>  </span></li><li><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/21057/22/"><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;">Phoenix earned another perfect score</span></a><span style="font-family:calibri;font-size:17.33px;"> from the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, which recognized ongoing efforts to make sure everyone in our community receives equal treatment regardless of how they identify or who they love.</span></li></ul><div style="text-align:center;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">__________________________________________________________________</span></div><br style="font-family:calibri;"><a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1358269/979001/21060/23/"><span style="font-family:calibri;">For the full version of the Our Year in Review, click here.</span></a><br style="font-family:calibri;"></div>12/28/2017 5:00:00 PMRaquel Estupinan(602) 261-8823