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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>NewsarticleCommunications OfficeArticleMichael Hammett, Int. Deputy Communications Dir.602-859-5089602-534-0108michael.hammett@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/89/Michael_Hammett.jpgcityofphoenixazPhoenix has advanced to the Gold level (from the Silver level in 2020).

 

 

COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impactshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561Emergency Management & Homeland Security9/14/2021 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClassEC903EAA2D734CA697F421C7EAED368C"><html> <p>​<strong>We're in this together!</strong> Looking for help? Find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page. Residents with questions about city services and programs are encouraged to call <strong>(602) 262-3111</strong> or e-mail <a target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">contactus@phoenix.gov</a>​. ​​​​​​​​Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline at <strong>(602) 262-5040</strong>.</p> <h3>Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<br></h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399">Find upcoming testing dates and locations, either on-site or with Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van. Select sites now also offer Vaccinations! Learn more.</a> </p><h3>Vaccine Fact Sheet</h3><p>Download information about the currently approved vaccines.<br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet - English (PDF)</a><br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)</a><br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Chinese.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet- Chinese (PDF)</a><br></p><h3>Masks Required in City Buildings Regardless of Vaccination Status</h3><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1917">On May 19, 2021 the Phoenix City Council updated the Face Coverings information to automatically adjust with CDC guidance. On July 27, 2021, the CDC updated that guidance to require masking indoors in communities with substantial or high virus transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status. Effective Monday, August 2, 2021​, masks are required in all city buildings. As previously decided by the Council, private businesses may set their own policies regarding face coverings applicable to their employees and customers. </a>(<strong>Note: </strong>The airport and public transit remain covered by the Federal mask mandate.) <br></p><h3>Downtown Phoenix Buildings Are “By Appointment Only”​<br></h3><p>​<a href="/newsroom/public-works/1084" target="_blank">Public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings is currently by appointment only ​</a><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.<br>Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.<br>Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave​</p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p> </p> <h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/resources">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/COVIDrelief">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> ​<br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security9/20/2021 4:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClassFB79120DF51F4E3EAC5F328FEEBCCB3E"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2>​COVID-19 Testing<br></h2><p>We're all in this together. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash" target="_blank">#COVID19</a> testing with no out-of-pocket cost. The city of #PHX now has two #COVID19 mobile testing vans out in the community. See also list of <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561" target="_blank">COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts.</a> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">Premier Lab Solutions</a><br></p><h2> Vaccinations<br></h2><p>Select events marked with <strong> <span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> offer COVID-19 tests and vaccines! For other vaccine locations see <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations">Maricopa County Vaccine Finder</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.vaccines.gov/search/">Vaccines.gov seach</a>.<br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​</span></p><h3>Monday, September 20, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Isaac Middle School<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> 3402 W. McDowell Road. Phoenix<br>7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> James Sandoval Preparatory High School/Epworth United Methodist Church<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4802 N 59th Ave., Phoenix AZ 85033<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, September 21, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Uncle Sam's<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> 3217 E Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028<br>1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, September 22, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> El Reposo Park<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 502 E Alta Vista Road, Phoenix AZ 85042<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, September 23, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 850 E. Hatcher Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85020<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, September 24, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cholla Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> 10050 N. Metro Pkwy E. Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, September 25, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 6601 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Palo Verde Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4402 N 51st Ave., Phoenix AZ 85031<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, September 27, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> El Prado Park<br> 6428 S. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85041<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert West Community Center<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6501 Virgina Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85035<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, September 28, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, September 29, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert Sage Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 7602 W Enancto Blvd., Phoenix AZ 85035<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, September 30, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cortez Park<br> 3434 W. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p> ​ ​ ​<br>​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Phoenix Celebrates 2nd Annual Thank a Water Hero Day on September 23https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2072Water Services9/20/2021 7:07:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2072/Newsroom_Water_058.jpgPhoenix Celebrates 2nd Annual Thank a Water Hero Day on September 23<div class="ExternalClassEE06FBCFF12B4BC8A611BA2CF889CD66"><html> <p>Phoenix Water will observe the second annual statewide campaign, Thank a Water Hero Day, on Sept. 23, 2021, to salute the heroic services water and wastewater professionals provide to the community. <br></p> <p>As millions of Americans continue to work remotely due to the ongoing pandemic, thousands of water employees in Phoenix and throughout Arizona leave their homes to carry out essential work that provides people with the most vital resource- water.  <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">  </span></p> <p>"Providing water and wastewater services to our community is a high priority in our desert community. We are taking this day to thank our essential workers who are part of the backbone of this city," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "They are work on the hottest summer days and through long overnight shifts; the work they do truly never stops. They deserve our recognition and appreciation today and every day." <br></p> <p>The Phoenix Water leadership team will visit many of the water and wastewater treatment plants, remote facilities, and meter yards to recognize and celebrate all employees during Thank a Water Hero Day. In addition, cities throughout the state are participating in the Thank a Water Hero Day celebration. <br></p> <p>"I could not be prouder of our Phoenix Water employees and their continued dedication during this unprecedented time. With the COVID pandemic altering our normal lives, I'm grateful for the opportunity to lead the more than 1,450 employees who never stop working to provide the essential lifeline to Phoenicians," said Water Services Director Troy Hayes. <br></p> <p>Join us in thanking our heroes on social media with the hashtags #ThankAWaterHero, #PhoenixWater, and #AZWaterHeroes.<br></p> <p>Media are invited to attend the various site visits.<br></p> <div>Media Contacts: <br></div> <div>Athena Sanchez<br></div> <div>Public Information Officer, Phoenix Water <br></div> <div>Cell: (602)-621-0507 (call or text)<br></div> <div>Email: <a target="_blank" href="mailto:athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov" style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;"><strong>athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov</strong></a></div> <div> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> </div> <div>​Victoria Welch<br></div> <div>Public Information Specialist, Phoenix Water<br></div> <div>Desk: (602)262-5060</div> <div>Email: <a target="_blank" href="mailto:victoria.welch@phoenix.gov"><strong>v</strong><strong>ictoria.welch@phoenix.gov</strong></a><br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNews

 

 

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