Phoenix Invests Big in Health Care and Biosciences, Hoping to Boost Economy and Add Jobshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1501Community and Economic Development9/14/2020 2:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1501/Newsroom_CED_0057.jpgPhoenix Invests Big in Health Care and Biosciences, Hoping to Boost Economy and Add Jobs<div class="ExternalClass504EE2F0CFF7456886211BBE3A09157A"><html> <p><em>Claudia Whitehead turns from her computer screen and picks up her phone. The caller is the CEO of a Phoenix-based biosciences company calling to tell the program manager in the Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department that it landed $1 million in seed money to advance its contribution in the search to cure cancer. The company needs help in expanding its workforce. ​​​​</em><br></p> <p><em> </em><img alt="Photo, Claudia Whitehead, program manager" style="margin:5px;width:200px;height:200px;vertical-align:baseline;" src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/STAFF-20180222-Whitehead-Claudia-450PX.jpg" /><em>To get the ball rolling, Whitehead will confer with a teammate at the Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center, part of the city's Arizona@Work career program. A representative from GateWay Community College’s LabForce will be swept into that conversation. Within a matter of hours, work begins to set up a custom training program to help the company grow out of its incubator. It's just another service from city of Phoenix to the growing bioscience healthcare industry sector in the city.</em></p> <p><em>"Bioscience healthcare has become one of our core industry sectors," said Whitehead. "When we started talking with Amanda Morris, bioscience reporter for The Arizona Republic, it became apparent that Phoenix is a major global center for life-changing bioscience achievements. The work being accomplished with precision medicine and cancer research is like something from science fiction. In Phoenix, we have the ecosystem in bioscience to take the future of medicine from discovery to delivery."</em><br></p> <p><em>Amanda Morris, the bioscience reporter for the The Arizona Republic, pulls back the curtain and unveils how 7,000 new jobs in bioscience healthcare are to be dispersed around the growth in the sector.</em><br></p> <h3>Companies are investing billions in Phoenix's bioscience and health care industries, which is expected to bring 7,000 new jobs.<br></h3> <p style="text-align:center;"><em>By Amanda Morris for The Arizona Republic</em></p> <p>Phoenix recovered more slowly than the rest of the nation after the Great Recession, taking years to recoup lost jobs. <br></p> <p>But this time around, the region might see faster recovery from the COVID-19 recession.<br></p> <p>One big reason is the city’s changing economic landscape, which has begun to rely less on construction and focus increasingly on sectors like health care and bioscience.<br></p> <p>Those industries are more resilient in the face of economic changes, said Christine Mackay, community and economic development director for the city of Phoenix. She said the city has seen significant growth in health care and bioscience over the past few years.<br></p> <p>​Read the full story in <a target="_blank" href="https://www.azcentral.com/in-depth/news/local/arizona-science/2020/09/13/bioscience-and-health-care-industries-expand-and-add-jobs-phoenix/3392691001/">The Arizona Republic</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedCED
Phoenix Council Action Lets Hundreds More Small Businesses Apply for Covid-19 Grantshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1492Community and Economic Development9/8/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1492/Newsroom_CED_0055.jpgPhoenix Council Action Lets Hundreds More Small Businesses Apply for Covid-19 Grants<div class="ExternalClass14DC23EBDCED4A25809D1B16A02B7851"><html> <div>​<span style="font-size:17.3333px;">More small businesses are now eligible to apply for relief under the Phoenix Small Business Resiliency Grants Program. Previously ineligible companies are now able to seek grants up to $10,000 and commercial city service bill offsets, thanks to action by the Phoenix City Council.</span></div><div><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The changes modify business longevity requirements and expand the range of Covid-19-impacted months.</span></div><div><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Now, a business operating in Phoenix for the last 12 months may be eligible to apply. Previously, businesses had to be open since January 1, 2019. </span></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The new requirements allow owners to show a Covid-19-caused sales drop of at least 25 percent in March 2020 or any subsequent month when compared to the same month in 2019. The original requirement was to show the loss in March and April 2020 compared to the same months in 2019. </span></div><div><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Complete updated information is at <a href="https://phoenix.gov/resources" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Resources​</a>.</span></div><div><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The changes affect the Phoenix Small Business Relief and the Phoenix Microbusiness Resiliency Grants, which still have more than $4 million to be awarded to eligible businesses. </span></div><div><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The Phoenix Microbusiness Resiliency Grant is for Phoenix-based home businesses, solo practitioners, independent contractors renting space in another location – like barbers, aestheticians, nail technicians or hairstylists, mobile service business – including food trucks, come-to-you auto repair or repair firms, and small retail and service firms. The maximum award is up to $5,000.</span></div><div><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Microbusinesses have five or fewer employees and gross sales of under $1 million over the last 12 months. Any microbusiness in Phoenix is eligible to apply. </span></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Targeting businesses in and adjoining low-income neighborhoods, the Phoenix Small Business Relief Grant can award a company as much as $10,000. A small business is defined as six to 25 employees with gross sales of under $3 million during the last 12 months. Any Phoenix small business in a low-income census tract is eligible to apply.</span></div><div><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The change also affects the Commercial City Services Bill Relief Grant. When applying for one of the Resiliency Grants, a business owner can check a box on the form and request assistance for the city services bill at the same time. For Phoenix businesses that are not applying for the Microbusiness or Small Business grants, a link to the Commercial City Services Bill Relief Grant application is on the Phoenix.gov/Resources webpage</span></div><div><br style="font-size:17.3333px;"></div><div><span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Phoenix has awarded more than 1,400 businesses grants worth more than $7.48 million since the Resiliency Grants program was announced in May. The Phoenix Restaurant Restart Resiliency Grant is fully subscribed with more than 100 restaurants sharing a $1 million grant fund.</span></div><div><br></div><div><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong>​For more information use the following link <br>or call 602-262-5040.</strong><br style=""></span></div><div><span style="font-size:24px;">Complete information in English and Spanish is available at </span><a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.gov/resources"><span style="font-size:24px;">Phoenix.gov/Resources</span></a><span style="font-size:24px;">. The Arizona Community Foundation administers the grant program.</span><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>​Calls to Eric Jay Toll are for media only, he does not have information about the grants.</strong><br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedCED
Phoenix-Based Food Company Helping Beirut in a Big Way After Explosionshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1503Community and Economic Development9/1/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1503/Newsroom_CED_0086.jpgPhoenix-Based Food Company Helping Beirut in a Big Way After Explosions<div class="ExternalClass93ABEF77830942019D91EFF24955C3A4"><html> <p>A Phoenix food company announced on Monday that they are giving back in a big way. And they are doing it internationally!</p> <p>​The Phoenix-based nutritious spread company PB Americano Foods, the makers of Americano nut butters, announced that throughout September, it will be giving 100% of proceeds from online sales to relief work in Beirut, Lebanon, a place suffering from a recent explosion and continuing economic woes.</p> <p>To add to that, FirstBank, one of the country's largest privately held banks, is matching whatever PB Americano Foods makes throughout September. The bank has a strong focus on "banking for good."<br></p> <p>PB Americano Foods co-owners Denise and Jeff Malkoon, both third-generation Phoenicians of Lebanese descent, wanted to do all they can to help those who need it the most.<br></p> Read more at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/phoenix-based-food-company-helping-beirut-in-a-big-way-after-explosions/ar-BB18zR3B">MSN News​</a>. <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedCED
Valley Smart Streets Traffic Management Gets Green Lighthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1457Community and Economic Development8/17/2020 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1457/Newsroom_CED_0085.jpgValley Smart Streets Traffic Management Gets Green Light<div class="ExternalClass4DCCC55A4CA94E46B7BA3201170CE565"><html> <p>Smart traffic lights may make life easier for drivers in Phoenix. Here in LA, where traffic is now picking up again despite the ongoing pandemic, I can safely say we're monitoring the situation closely.<br></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em>By Greg Nichols for ZDNet Robotics</em> <br> </p> <p>The new effort is the brainchild (naturally) of a California-based company called NoTraffic. The rollout, which begins today, will take place a few key intersections in order to improve traffic flow and reduce vehicle and pedestrian delays by taking the system off of a timer-based model and coordinate the lights based on actual demand. In some deployments, the company has seen up to 40 percent reduction in vehicle delay time.<br></p> <p>One of the interesting benefits of the traffic grid management system is that it can coordinate what's called emergency vehicle preemption to give first-responders the clearest path through busy commuter corridors. Leveraging AI and connected vehicle technology (V2X) that distinguishes between cars, bikes, pedestrians, buses, emergency vehicles, and commercial fleets, the NoTraffic platform tracks road assets as they approach an intersection and calculate "in real time the most optimal service for the intersection and autonomously changing the lights accordingly."  The system takes into  account safety considerations like vehicles' blind spots.<br></p> <p>Read the full story at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.zdnet.com/article/ai-based-traffic-management-gets-green-light/">ZDNet​</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedCED
UArizona, State of Arizona Expand Eligibility for COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Concert with $7.7M Study to Better Understand Immunityhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1420Community and Economic Development7/23/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1420/Newsroom_CED_0084.jpgUArizona, State of Arizona Expand Eligibility for COVID-19 Antibody Testing in Concert with $7.7M Study to Better Understand Immunity<div class="ExternalClass344407330FEB4F5DBC45FB76413AA10F"><html> <p>Following a significant increase in the number of Arizonans who have been exposed to COVID-19, the University of Arizona and state of Arizona are expanding their free COVID-19 antibody testing program for 250,000 people across the state to include 15 new categories of essential workers considered at high risk for exposure. The antibody test, developed by researchers at UArizona Health Sciences, determines who has been exposed to and developed an immune response against COVID-19. <br></p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em>By George Humphrey for University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix <br></em> <em style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in Downtown Phoenix</em> </p> <p>The following essential workers, in addition to workers in eight other employment categories, are now eligible for antibody testing under the program:</p> <ul dir="" class="" style=""> <li> Educators</li> <li> Child care workers</li> <li> Agriculture, grocery and food service workers</li> <li> Hospitality employees</li> <li> Solid waste collection workers</li> <li> Transportation services workers</li> <li> Members of the National Guard</li> </ul> <p>Health care workers and first responders continue to have access to the testing. More information and registration for the test is available at covid19antibodytesting.arizona.edu [arizona.us3.list-manage.com].</p> <p>"Our antibody test is exceedingly accurate in determining who has developed an immune response against the COVID-19 virus. Combined with other tools such as diagnostic testing and contact tracing, it can help us better understand exposure, spread and levels of protection in our communities," said Deepta Bhattacharya [arizona.us3.list-manage.com], one of the developers of the antibody test and an associate professor in the UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson's Department of Immunobiology.</p> <p> <strong>Significant Immunity Study Launching </strong> <br> </p> <p>In conjunction with the expanded testing eligibility, the university also is launching a $7.7 million yearlong study funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to identify patterns of COVID-19 immunity over time in previously and newly infected individuals. Dr. Jeff Burgess [arizona.us3.list-manage.com], associate dean for research and a professor at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, is serving as principal investigator for the study, named the Arizona Healthcare, Emergency Response, and Other Essential Workers Surveillance, or AZ HEROES, Study.</p> <p>"The research questions we intend to answer will help us understand how long immunity to COVID-19 persists, and if secondary exposures to the virus are handled differently by the body than the initial exposure," Burgess said.</p> <p>The research team will seek to enroll 4,000 health care workers, first responders and other frontline workers as participants in the study, who will participate in weekly COVID-19 surveillance and quarterly antibody testing. For questions about the AZ HEROES Study, call the study team at 520-848-4026, or email AZHeroes@arizona.edu(link sends e-mail).</p> <p>Karen Lutrick  [arizona.us3.list-manage.com]of the College of Medicine – Tucson; Kate Ellingson [arizona.us3.list-manage.com] and Dr. Joe Gerald [arizona.us3.list-manage.com] of the College of Public Health; and Bonnie LaFleur [arizona.us3.list-manage.com], a research professor of biostatistics at the UArizona BIO5 Institute, are co-investigators for the study. Dr. Janko Nikolich-Zugich [arizona.us3.list-manage.com], one of the developers of the antibody test, head of the Department of Immunobiology and co-director of the Center on Aging, will oversee the biological analyses for the study.</p> <p> <strong>Differences in COVID-19 Testing</strong> </p> <p>There are three types of tests that are being deployed during the pandemic – two that use nasal swabs to diagnose whether an individual is currently infected with the COVID-19 virus, and one that uses a blood draw to determine whether an individual has developed antibodies and an immune response against the virus. An antibody test is not used to diagnose an active infection.</p> <p>The antibody test developed at UArizona Health Sciences is one of the most accurate in the country. The testing lab uses two different viral proteins, both of which must return antibody signals for a sample to be called positive. Tests have been further validated in the lab to confirm the presence of virus-neutralizing antibodies, the best available measure of immunological protection.</p> <p>Video available for viewing from <a target="_blank" href="https://arizona.app.box.com/s/qw5rpl3cfir7mpsj2uta1og2moumd9yb">UArizoa</a><br></p> <p> <em>Antibody Testing Media Contact:</em> <br> </p> <p>George Humphrey<br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">University of Arizona Health Sciences<br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">520-307-2638<br></span><a target="_blank" href="mailto:ghumphre@arizona.edu" style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;">GHumphre@arizona.edu</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><br></span></p> <p> <em>Research Study Media Contact:</em> </p> <p>Shipherd Reed<br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">College of Public Health<br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">520-471-4484<br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><a target="_blank" href="mailto:shipherd@arizona.edu">shipherd@arizona.edu</a></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedCED
The City of Phoenix has $15 Million in Free Money for Businesses and Can't Give It Awayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1413Community and Economic Development7/22/2020 1:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1413/Newsroom_CED_0083.jpgThe City of Phoenix has $15 Million in Free Money for Businesses and Can't Give It Away<div class="ExternalClassBC1C867100EC41079D516C0754490C8B"><html> <p></p> <p>If you own a small business in Phoenix – maybe you’re a one-person operation or you have a dozen or two employees -- you may be hearing soon from city hall.</p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <em>By Laurie Roberts for The Arizona Republic and AZCentral.com</em> <br> </p> <p>The call may go something like this: “Hi, we’re here from the government and we’re here to help.”<br></p> <p>While normally that’s a phone call likely to send you scurrying under the bed, don’t hang up.<br></p> <p>It seems the city of Phoenix has roughly $15 million in free money, ready to give away, but can’t find anyone to take it.<br></p> <p>That’s astonishing.<br></p> <p>Read the full story at <a href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/op-ed/laurieroberts/2020/07/22/city-phoenix-covid-19-grant-small-business/5483733002/" target="_blank">AZCentral</a>.<br></p> <p> <strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">For more information, go to Phoenix.gov/Resources or call the Phoenix CED Hotline at 602-262-5040</strong> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedCED
Phoenix Ranked Best US City for Remote Workershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1404Community and Economic Development7/16/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1404/Newsroom_CED_0082.jpgPhoenix Ranked Best US City for Remote Workers<div class="ExternalClass1D84E94AAA844E358A9BD06953086BBC"><html> <p>If you’re working remotely and you’re in the Valley, you’re in the right place: A new report ranked the Phoenix metro area as the best in the U.S. for remote workers.<br></p> <p>By Jeff Gifford for Phoenix Business Journal<br></p> <p>That’s the verdict of research from HighSpeedInternet.net, a website that ranks internet providers geographically.<br></p> <p>The Valley’s combination of solid internet speeds, its relatively low cost of living and its abundance of coworking space factored heavily in the report, which said the Valley’s coworking spaces are the most affordable of all 45 cities on its list.<br></p> <p>Phoenix metro’s cost of living score ranked it No. 13 and its internet speed ranked No. 16. In addition, workers can rack up savings from avoiding an average commute time of 28 minutes.<br></p> <p>Read the full story at <a target="_blank" href="https://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2020/07/15/phoenix-ranked-best-city-for-remote-workers.html">Phoenix Business Journal</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedCED
'Definitely a Blessing': Phoenix Grant Helps Put Dessert Company Back on Track During Pandemichttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1396Community and Economic Development7/13/2020 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1396/Newsroom_CED_0081.jpg'Definitely a Blessing': Phoenix Grant Helps Put Dessert Company Back on Track During Pandemic<div class="ExternalClass2239CD4CFB9E4F9492E45152C630593D"><html> <p>When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Phoenix in March, Fernanda Sayles, owner of FernDiggidy Sweets and Treats, had to put her business on hold.<br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><em>By Emilly Davis for The Arizona Republic</em><br></p> <p>Not only was Sayles no longer able to deliver her mason jar desserts to customers during quarantine, but without revenue coming in she had to halt her plans to move into a commercial kitchen. That was going to allow her to make more desserts and get her one step closer to a brick and mortar dessert boutique, she said.</p> <p>“The hit financially was ridiculous, not being able get out and make that extra money,” Sayles said. “All of a sudden, everything went upside down, so I wasn’t able to gain anything.”<br></p> <p>Read the complete story at <a href="https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/2020/07/12/phoenix-resiliency-grants-assist-micro-businesses-impacted-covid-19/5416255002/" target="_blank">AzCentral</a>.<br></p> <p>For more information about the Phoenix Small Business Resiliency Grants Program, call 602-262-5040 during regular business hours.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedCED



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