Phoenix ‘Paints’ City Hall Purple for 9th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Campaignhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/article/2085Articles and Features9/30/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2085/Photo_PPP_2019_512SMALLER.jpgPhoenix ‘Paints’ City Hall Purple for 9th Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign<div class="ExternalClassC1ABF35E771041AC9BCD7874B5AA595B"><html> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI Semilight", "Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;">​​<span style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);">The City of Phoenix is shining a light on a dark issue. Starting tonight, City Hall will be lit purple through October to raise awareness about domestic violence. It impacts us all, and we can all help end it.</span><br style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);"><span style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);"></span><br style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);"><span style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);">The City of Phoenix's domestic violence awareness campaign, “Paint Phoenix Purple," has made significant strides since launching in 2013 by educating and providing resources to thousands of people.</span><br style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);"><span style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);"></span><br style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);"><span style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);">For more information about the Paint Phoenix Purple campaign and virtual events around the community in support of domestic violence awareness visit, paintphoenixpurple.org.</span></span> </p> <p> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI Semilight", "Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);">If you or someone you know needs victim services, please contact:</span> </p> <ul style="list-style-type:disc;"> <li> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI Semilight", "Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);"> <strong>National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233</strong> </span> </li> <li> <span style="font-family:"Segoe UI Semilight", "Segoe UI", Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;font-size:17.3333px;color:rgb(81, 0, 127);"> <strong>Phoenix Family Advocacy Center: 602-534-2120</strong> </span> </li> </ul> <div style="text-align:center;"> <font face="Segoe UI Semilight, Segoe UI, Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">​<img style="margin:5px;width:299px;height:275px;" src="/humanservicessite/MediaAssets/Paint%20Phoenix%20Purple%20Logo-Color.jpg" /><br></span> </font> </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <font face="Segoe UI Semilight, Segoe UI, Segoe, Tahoma, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <br> </span> </font> </div> </html></div>NewsarticleArticle
Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher Announces Retirementhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/article/1998Articles and Features7/26/2021 9:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1998/_Newsroom_Ed_Retirement.jpgPhoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher Announces Retirement<div class="ExternalClass29C205F3686945B88E3984048BE7DE3E"><html>​After a successful 28-year career with the city of Phoenix, City Manager Ed Zuercher has announced his retirement, effective October 8. <br><br>Zuercher started with the city in 1993 as a management intern and served in a variety of executive roles including Assistant to the City Manager, Public Transit Director, Deputy City Manager, Mayor's Chief of Staff, and Assistant City Manager before being appointed City Manager in October 2013. As the Chief Administrative Officer for the city, Zuercher oversees the largest council-manager form of government in the United States, with nearly 15,000 city employees. <br><br>“As city manager, I have worked hard to place the city on a sound financial footing, to build a strong bench of leaders and employees, and to further sustainable economic growth in the city that I love," Zuecher said. “I believe these goals have been advanced significantly in my eight years of service as city manager, and so it is now time for me to move forward." <br><br>At the time he was appointed City Manager, the city was experiencing a $37 million dollar deficit. He will leave the city with a $30 million dollar budget surplus. <br><br>In a note to employees announcing his retirement, Zuercher offered his thanks to the Mayor and City Council, as well as employees. “I want to thank each city employee for the work you do every day to make Phoenix a diverse, dynamic and desirable community," he wrote. “It is my hope to be able to thank as many of you as possible between now and October 8 for what you do to serve the residents of Phoenix."<br><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Mr. Zuercher will remain as City Manager for the next 11 weeks.  During that time, the Mayor and City Council will develop a recruitment process to select his replacement.  In our council-manager form of government, the city manager is the one city position hired directly by the Mayor and City Council.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></html></div>NewsarticleArticle
Phoenix Achieves What Works Cities Certification at the Gold Levelhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/article/1991Articles and Features7/14/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1991/Newsroom_Works_Gold.jpgPhoenix Achieves What Works Cities Certification at the Gold Level<div class="ExternalClass7966A416694E4001A3A93E330F07AD03"><html> <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong> <em>Phoenix</em> </strong> <strong> <em> Recognized as </em> </strong> <strong> <em>One of the Best American Cities at Using Data and Evidence to Improve Residents' Lives<br></em> </strong>​<img src="/piosite/MediaAssets/Phoenix%20-%20Facebook%20-%20gold.png" style="margin:5px;width:284px;height:242px;" /><br></p>Phoenix has achieved 2021 <a target="_blank" href="https://www.bloomberg.org/press/bloomberg-philanthropies-recognizes-16-u-s-cities-using-data-most-effectively-to-improve-residents-lives/">What Works Cities Certification</a>, the national standard of excellence in data-driven city governance. What Works Cities Certification evaluates how well cities are managed by measuring the extent to which city leaders incorporate data and evidence in their decision-making.<br><br>Phoenix has advanced to the Gold level (from the Silver level in 2020) as part of WWC's Certification program. What Works Cities is a national initiative launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies to help cities use data and evidence more effectively to tackle their most pressing challenges.<br><br>“I'm proud that Phoenix has leveled up to earn the What Works Cities Gold certification, especially over the course of an incredibly challenging year in which city staff across departments had to pivot to meet new needs," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “A city government that uses data, evidence, and resident perspectives to drive decisions and creation of policies and programs is more impactful, and more meaningfully serves its community. This achievement speaks to the innovative, passionate public servants in Phoenix, and the continuous effort to better learn from and respond to the needs and ideas of our residents."<br><br>What Works Cities Certification assesses cities based on their <a target="_blank" href="https://medium.com/what-works-cities-certification/what-works-cities-certification-assessment-guide-5c514f1dff1b">data-driven decision-making practices</a>, such as whether they are using data to set goals and track progress, allocate funding, evaluate the effectiveness of programs, and achieve desired outcomes from contracts with outside vendors. The program also measures whether cities are publicly and transparently communicating about their use of data and evidence.<br><br>Phoenix is among three previously certified cities to advance to the next level of Certification: Phoenix, AZ (Gold); Cambridge, MA (Gold); and Memphis, TN (Gold). Four cities renewed their certification this year: South Bend, IN (Silver); San Jose, CA (Silver); Tempe, AZ (Gold); and Topeka, KS (Silver). <br><br>“Beginning in 2017, the What Works Cities Certification process has provided Phoenix a clear roadmap to enhance the strategic use of data and evidence across the organization. Leading with data has helped us to successfully navigate the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic," said City Manager Ed Zuercher. “This Certification is a great validation that we are operating at the highest level for the residents we serve."<br><br>The 16 new cities that achieved Certification this year include four cities at the Gold level (Austin, TX; Chattanooga, TN; Detroit, MI; and Gilbert, AZ) and 12 cities at the Silver level: Baton Rouge, LA; Bellevue, WA; Fort Collins, CO; Glendale, AZ; Irving, TX; Little Rock, AR; Madison, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Norfolk, VA; Portland, OR; San Antonio, TX; and Syracuse, NY. <br><br>“City leaders are using data to understand and support the needs of residents like never before," said Michele Jolin, CEO and Co-Founder of Results for America, the lead partner in the What Works Cities initiative. “Throughout the COVID crisis and a historic reckoning with racial injustice, mayors have relied on data to identify and narrow racial gaps, and to make smarter investments that increase opportunity for all their residents. These cities are testing new solutions and measuring what works, rebuilding trust in government by engaging with their residents, and using evidence and data to drive faster progress on their toughest challenges."<br><br>Jennifer Park, founding director of What Works Cities Certification, shared, “Since Certification was first introduced, cities have made tremendous progress in their ability to build the data capacity and skills needed to drive their decision-making with data and evidence. This year, cities used data and evidence to guide their response to COVID, address budget shortfalls, reimagine public safety, advance equity, and much more. Data wasn't just a valuable tool for city leaders –⁠ it was a necessity."<br><br>What Works Cities Certification was developed by a team of experts from Results for America in close consultation with the<a target="_blank" href="https://medium.com/what-works-cities-certification/meet-the-what-works-cities-certification-standard-committee-524ed1394c74"> </a><a target="_blank" href="https://medium.com/what-works-cities-certification/meet-the-what-works-cities-certification-standard-committee-524ed1394c74">What Works Cities Certification Standard Committee</a>. To evaluate cities, these experts conducted a rigorous validation process of cities' Certification assessments and participated in site visits to the highest-performing cities to determine the city's Certification level.<br><br>The program has inspired a movement of cities that are doubling down on their commitment to building the most well-managed local governments possible and using Certification as a roadmap for doing so. More than 200 cities have completed a<a target="_blank" href="https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4620807/NEW-2018-Certification-Application"> </a><a target="_blank" href="https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4620807/NEW-2018-Certification-Application">Certification assessment</a> to have their practices benchmarked against the national standard. The assessment is the first step to receiving exclusive support from What Works Cities to continue building a more effective local government. To learn more about the program and how to participate, visit<a target="_blank" href="http://www.whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/certification"> </a><a target="_blank" href="https://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/certification">https://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/certification</a>.<br></html></div>NewsarticleArticle
Adaptive Reuse-Boom Boom Room Opens in Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/article/1979Articles and Features7/6/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/K7R1YcLKQMYAdaptive Reuse-Boom Boom Room Opens in Phoenix<div class="ExternalClassD79A346CD1CC434881438857F87AB85A"><html> <p>​A unique cocktail lounge opened just this year in downtown Phoenix after unique challenges with COVID-19. Check out how the Office of Customer Advocacy was able to help make a woman's dream a reality.<br></p> </html></div>VideoarticleArticle
Phoenix Named as Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Global Mayors Challengehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/article/1952Articles and Features6/15/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1952/GMC21_PHX_graphic-1920x1080-v7.2.035.jpegPhoenix Named as Finalist in Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Global Mayors Challenge<div class="ExternalClass73587A244EA841F4A31F5D3C5267D392"><html> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><em>Phoenix among </em><em>50 Champion Cities Selected to Advance in Global Innovation Competition Uncovering Most Transformative Urban Solutions to Emerge During the COVID-19 Pandemic</em>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br> <br><a href="https://youtu.be/wNmeod1RXbI" target="_blank">Watch this video on Phoenix's "mobile career units." ​<br></a><br>The city of Phoenix is one of 50 Champion Cities selected today as finalists in the <a target="_blank" href="https://bloombergcities.jhu.edu/mayors-challenge">2021 Global Mayors Challenge</a>, a global innovation competition that identifies and accelerates the most ambitious ideas developed by cities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These 50 urban innovations rose to the top of a competitive pool of more​ than 630 applications from 99 countries, in the first-ever Global Mayors Challenge. <br><br>As a Mayors Challenge finalist, Phoenix now advances to the four-month Champion Phase of the competition. From June through October, the 50 finalist cities will refine their ideas with technical assistance from Bloomberg Philanthropies and its network of leading innovation experts. Fifteen of the 50 cities will ultimately win the grand prize, with each receiving $1 million and robust multi-year technical assistance to implement and scale their ideas. Grand Prize Winners will be announced in early 2022.<br><br>“These 50 finalists are showing the world that in the face of the pandemic's enormous challenges, cities are rising to meet them with bold, innovative, and ambitious ideas," said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies and 108th mayor of New York City. “By helping these cities test their ideas over the coming months, we will have a chance to identify cutting-edge policies and programs that can allow cities to rebuild in ways that make them stronger and healthier, and more equal and more just."<br><br>Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the United States, proposes to develop a mobile workforce “middle space" to address one of the greatest challenges experienced by job seekers and local employers: connectivity.<br><br>“Communities around the world are looking for solutions to connect residents with career opportunities, and Phoenix is proud to be a laboratory for creative, data-driven ideas," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Without a doubt, this challenge will produce solutions that will improve the lives and well-being of people now and in future generations."<br><br>The 50 Champion Cities submitted ideas addressing four of the most significant challenges borne of the pandemic: Economic Recovery & Inclusive Growth; Health & Wellbeing; Climate & Environment; and Good Governance & Equality. A prestigious selection committee co-chaired by Bloomberg Philanthropies board member Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO & President, Ariel Investments, and David Miliband, President & CEO, International Rescue Committee, assessed the applications to determine the Champion City finalists.<br><br>This is always an especially exciting phase of the Mayors Challenge, helping mayors push their innovations to even greater heights," said James Anderson, head of Government Innovation at Bloomberg Philanthropies. "While 15 cities will ultimately take home grand prizes, all 50 cities receive world class coaching and support to improve their ideas and their potential to improve lives."  <br><br>The 2021 Global Mayors Challenge builds on the success of four previous Bloomberg-sponsored Challenges in the U.S. (2013 and 2018), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). For more information, visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org/">mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org</a> and @BloombergCities on Twitter and Instagram.<br><br><strong>About Bloomberg Philanthropies</strong><br>Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2016, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $600 million. For more information, please visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloomberg.org/">www.bloomberg.org</a> or follow us on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/bloombergdotorg">Facebook</a>, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/bloombergdotorg/">Instagram</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.apple.com/">Snapchat</a>, and <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/bloombergdotorg">Twitter</a>.<br></html></div>NewsarticleArticle
Phoenix to Celebrate Mayor and City Council Inauguration https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/article/1854Articles and Features4/15/2021 4:00:00 PMPhoenix to Celebrate Mayor and City Council Inauguration <div class="ExternalClass101A6E571E704C44B651A6D7E0A2B879"><html>​Residents are invited to virtually attend the swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Mayor Kate Gallego, and City Councilmembers Ann O'Brien, Debra Stark, Betty Guardado and Yassamin Ansari at 10 a.m., Monday, April 19th at Steele Indian School Park.<br><br>The councilmembers will take their oaths of office and provide brief remarks following the swearing-in ceremony.<br><br>The ceremony will be streamed live via <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/" target="_blank">phoenix.gov</a> and the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/cityofphoenixaz" target="_blank">city's YouTube</a> channel. <br></html></div>NewsarticleArticle
City of Phoenix Presidents’ Day Holiday Notice https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/article/1758Articles and Features2/10/2021 11:24:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1758/Newsroom_CommOffice_01.jpgCity of Phoenix Presidents’ Day Holiday Notice <div class="ExternalClass39E878821B00485DB113DF89C52A7F09"><html> <div>City of Phoenix offices will be closed Monday, February 15, in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Here's how city services are affected:<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Solid Waste:</strong> Trash and recycling will be collected as usual.  There will be no change in collection day.  Please place your trash and recycling containers 4 feet apart at the curb by 5:30 a.m.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Transfer Stations:</strong> The 27th Avenue and North Gateway Transfer Stations will be closed.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Public Transit: </strong>Buses are operating on a weekday service schedule. Light rail is every 30 minutes due to single tracking. No RAPID or Express bus service.Customer Service is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Service windows at transit centers are closed. Visit <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/maps-schedules"><strong>valleymetro.org</strong></a> for more information. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Library:</strong> All Phoenix Public Library locations are closed. Phoenix Public Library book drops remain available with the exception of South Mountain Community Library.   Customers may access library resources 24/7 by visiting <a target="_blank" href="http://phoenixpubliclibrary.org/"><strong>phoenixpubliclibrary.org</strong></a><strong>.    </strong></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Parking Meters: </strong>All <a target="_blank" href="/streets/parking-meters"><strong>parking meters </strong></a>are enforced 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays.   <br></div> <p style="text-align:center;"> <strong>​-30-</strong> <br> </p> </html></div>NewsarticleArticle
Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher Names Jeff Barton Assistant City Manager, Leading the COVID-19 Response, Overseeing Police and Firehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/article/1748Articles and Features2/8/2021 6:00:00 PMPhoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher Names Jeff Barton Assistant City Manager, Leading the COVID-19 Response, Overseeing Police and Fire<div class="ExternalClass4EC1AA7FDD264748843C2EF32D3EB915"><html> <div style="text-align:center;">​<img style="margin:5px;width:175px;height:263px;" src="/citymanagersite/MediaAssets/Headshot_CMO_Jeff_6000x4000_B.JPG" /></div>Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has named Jeff Barton as the city's Assistant City Manager, the number two position in the City Manager's Office, leading the city's COVID-19 response and overseeing the Police, Fire and Budget and Research departments, among others, in the fifth largest city in the nation, with more than 14,000 employees. <br><br>“Jeff led the strategic distribution of $293.3 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funds to support residents and businesses impacted by COVID-19, while ensuring public safety and other critical city services remained fully funded," said Zuercher.  “His knowledge of the city's budget process, public safety operations, strategic use of data, and leadership skills will be an asset to the city and our residents in his new role, as we navigate this current phase of COVID, and beyond."<br><br>Most recently, Barton served as Deputy City Manager, overseeing the Budget & Research, Community and Economic Development, Fire and Library departments and the Youth and Education Office.  Prior to this, he served for five years as director of the city's Budget & Research Department, where he was responsible for the planning, forecasting, and managing of the city's $4.4 billion operating budget and $7 billion five-year capital improvement program. During Barton's tenure, the department implemented a new five-year forecasting and modeling of expenses and revenues process to better plan for future funding needs, while providing early forecasts of potential budgetary challenges. <br><br>“I started my career with the city as an auditor 22 years ago, ensuring the operational efficiency of city departments and programs – and I continue to utilize the skills I gained to this day," said Barton.  “I am humbled by this new challenge and look forward to continuing to focus my efforts on ensuring that the city's budget is sound, our departments and programs are resilient, and our communities are safe places for all."<br><br>Barton holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Morehouse College and a Master of Public Administration from Shippensburg University.  <br></html></div>NewsarticleArticle



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