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$10K COVID-19 Relief Grant Now Available for Phoenix Small Businesseshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1134Community and Economic Development4/14/2020 2:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1134/Newsroom_CED_0055.jpg$10K COVID-19 Relief Grant Now Available for Phoenix Small Businesses<div class="ExternalClassECFAA555FDFF41F9BC3FE25322879369"><html> <div>​There is a new $10,000 grant to help with financial relief for small and very small businesses. Companies located within the city of Phoenix can apply for a Small Business Relief Grant of up to $10,000 from the Phoenix IDA in coordination with the City of Phoenix.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Small business owners are hurting, and we’re offering assistance to businesses to keep employees working and meet basic operating needs,” said Juan Salgado, CEO of the Phoenix IDA. “Small businesses are the backbone of the Phoenix economy, and that’s why we’re investing in our local market.”<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>A fund of approximately $2 million is available which is enough money for about 200 grants. The Arizona Community Foundation will administer the program on behalf of the Phoenix IDA and city of Phoenix. The Phoenix IDA is a nonprofit public financing organization with a mission to provide access to capital to support community development. The Phoenix IDA focuses on helping fund development impacting vulnerable and underserved communities. This is one facet of its broad community development mission.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Phoenix needs our small businesses to survive COVID-19, and these grants are one of the many tools the city is putting forward to help,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “For a small business, a $10,000 grant can make a big difference. We hope these grants can be a lifeline for the small businesses that, for so long, have served as the backbone of our economy.”</div> <div> <br></div> <div>“It’s heartbreaking to listen to the stories of the pain people are enduring. The Phoenix IDA expended tremendous effort in making this assistance possible,” said Salgado. “We have a good working relationship with the Arizona Community Foundation, and are excited about serving our neighbors together.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>These community impact investment grants are offered to small for-profit businesses to keep employees on payroll and meet the necessary operating costs. The grants are being provided only for Phoenix-based enterprises. With the initial $2 million pool, approximately 200 grants can be offered. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The grants are targeted for small businesses located within or on a street bounding economically-challenged Census tracts in Phoenix. The Arizona Community Foundation has a map on its grant application website (AZFoundation.org/SmallBusinessRelief). Businesses in these areas often face the greatest challenges in seeking access to credit and capital. Where a Census tract divides a street, businesses on both sides of the street are eligible to apply.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Small businesses constitute a significant component of the 18,000 businesses based in Phoenix. More than 71 percent of the city’s businesses have fewer than 25 employees.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Part of the Phoenix IDA mission is to find ways to help our business community when it’s challenging to obtain capital. This grant program is our small contribution to an economic resurgence in the city,” said Salgado.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Phoenix places a special emphasis on helping small businesses grow and succeed in all economic conditions. The Phoenix Community and Economic Development team works with companies large and small to help navigate regulations, expand, and provide assistance for recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining workforce. CED helps businesses with employee outplacement when layoffs are necessary.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Phoenix does not charge for these services.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Phoenix IDA pursues investment opportunities resulting in job creation, business retention and expansion of homeownership. It is for this mission the entrepreneurial nonprofit organization is funding the grant program.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>To qualify for a grant, a business must meet five requirements:</div> <div> <ul> <li>Opened for business within the city of Phoenix before January 1, 2019</li> <li>Be located in a low-income census tract or on a street bounding a low-income census tract<br></li> <li>Gross total sales declined 25 percent or more between February and March 2019 and February and March 2020.<br></li> <li>No more than 25 employees on February 1, 2020</li> <li>Gross total sales during calendar 2019 were under $3 million</li> </ul> </div> <div>Businesses will need to submit proof of requirement-compliance. Preference is given to businesses owned by veterans, underrepresented groups, and located in economically distressed areas of the city.<br><br></div> <div>The Arizona Community Foundation, which is administering the grant program for Phoenix and the Phoenix IDA, values innovation, and its function with this grant program is part of its mission to encourage new ideas and pioneering practices that achieve community good.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>For more information on how to apply, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://AZFoundation.org/SmallBusinessRelief">AZFoundation.org/SmallBusinessRelief</a>.<br></div> <p> <br> </p> <div>Contacts:</div> <div>Christa Severns, Communications Director, Phoenix IDA. 602-499-5390</div> <div>Eric Jay Toll, Communications Manager, Phoenix Community and Economic Development. 602-617-3797<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedgraphic, logo for the grant programCED#covd-19 #smallbusiness #grants #loans #assistance #phoenix #econdev #phoenixidaeconomic development, covid-19, small business grants, phoenix ida, grants, loans, small business resourcesEric Jay Toll602-617-3797eric.toll@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/52/Eric_Toll.jpgPHXEconDev

 

 

Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2398Environment & Sustainability6/24/2022 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2398/Newsroom _OEP_1.jpgAgri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named <div class="ExternalClass2447CD2BC23645AD976DE7A7028DC810"><html> <p>​The Phoenix City Council <a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-15-22%20Formal%20Agenda-FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">approved</a> seven recipients of the <a href="/oep/food-grants" target="_blank">Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant</a> to help them adopt agri-food technologies and innovations into their operations.</p> <p>The grant is part of the ARPA-funded <a href="/oep/food-overview" target="_blank">Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative</a>, which provides for increased local food production and access to healthy foods; support for food banks, food pantries and community agencies; and business and employment opportunities throughout the food system spectrum.</p> <p>The Office of Environmental Programs selected five recipients that are committed to advancing food equity through their modern methods and processes:</p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://freshkube.com/?msclkid=a088bbb4d0b011ec89a257f28f5a93cf" target="_blank">FreshKube Inc.</a> </strong>will put the grant funding toward sensors, refrigeration, and solar panels as they help small growers and distributors. The money will allow them to build six mini containers and a portable micro-solar farm, giving growers cost-effective, transportable, temperature-controlled containers that can be powered by renewable energy.<br></li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://sites.google.com/asu.edu/indoorfarminglab" target="_blank">Arizona State University (ASU) Indoor Farming Lab</a> </strong> is focusing on Indoor Vertical Farming (IVF). The Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant will help the research lab conduct two, three-day workshops about the benefits of IVF within the food system. Funds will pay for personnel, publication, and training expenses. ASU is also providing a 100% cost share match.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://lehrgarden.com/" target="_blank">Lehr Innovations LLC</a> </strong>, with its existing Linking Ecosystem and Hardware for Regeneration (LEHR) Gardens, is no stranger to agricultural technology. With this grant, Lehr Innovations will be able to improve growing efficiency by building a testing site to measure the differences in water usage, soil carbon sequestration, costs, and productivity between its LEHR gardens and traditional, in-ground farming methods.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="http://www.nxthorizon.com/Home.html" target="_blank">NxT Horizon LLC</a> </strong> uses aquaponics to help urban farmers maximize food yield without toxic wastes or chemical runoffs. Funds awarded to NxT Horizon will go toward developing a pilot program to demonstrate methods using the giant freshwater prawn within the Phoenix Backyard Garden Program's aquaponics garden system.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/yobroaz/" target="_blank">YoBro Farms</a> </strong> will expand its vertical microgreen growing business by implementing an outdoor, solar-powered farming system that will enhance resiliency and expand sustainable food production practices. The farm will use funds to buy photovoltaic supplies, a shed, and other materials.</li> </ul> <p>The Office of Mayor Kate Gallego is awarding funds to the following:<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://phxfood.coop/" target="_blank">Phoenix Food Cooperative</a> </strong> will create the “Phoenix Cooperative Food Hub," a tech-enabled online directory and marketplace for producers, consumers, and distributors in the Phoenix food system. Grant funds will be used primarily for labor costs as Phoenix Food Cooperative establishes Phoenix's first cooperative grocery store that aggregates local food sources from Phoenix growers and producers and connects residents, retailers, and other consumers.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://homerfarms.com/" target="_blank">Homer Farms Inc.​</a> </strong>, a vertical farm startup, will locate in Phoenix to build the first vertical farm in the City of Phoenix. The facility will use LED lights and deep-water hydroponic cultivation technologies, which will produce a minimum of 500,000 pounds of produce per year while using 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture. Grant funds will be used for equipment such as growing racks and lighting. </li> </ul> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews
Critical Incident Briefing: June 10, 2022 – 91st Avenue and McDowell Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2397Police6/24/2022 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dyrzqgg5X4Critical Incident Briefing: June 10, 2022 – 91st Avenue and McDowell Road<div class="ExternalClass981DB1335D1C4D3EB02FFF2DDD533B68"><html> <p>​</p> <p> <strong>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong> <br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an in-custody death which occurred on June 10, 2022.</p> <p>This incident occurred in the area of 91st Avenue and McDowell Road when Phoenix police received several calls about a man believed to be under the influence, banging his head against a vehicle, and acting erratic.</p> <p>Officers were dispatched to the scene and learned the subject of the call may also be bleeding. Tolleson fire personnel were also dispatched. </p> <p>The first officer to arrive at the business saw the subject of the call, later identified as Caleb Blair, and attempted to give him commands via a public announcement system. The officer saw Blair nude, and acting erratically. Additional officers arrived and Blair was detained for his safety and taken to a shady section of the parking lot. Officers also requested fire personnel, who were staging nearby, to respond to the scene.</p> <p>Minutes later, the Tolleson Fire Department arrived on the scene and began treating Blair. After a short time, his handcuffs were removed to better provide medical care.</p> <p>While being treated, Blair lost consciousness. Life saving measures were rendered, and he was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.</p> <p>The officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Maryvale-Estrella Precinct and have 5, 6, and 7 years of service respectively, with the department.</p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.</p> <p>Public records law requires redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Celebrate Waste and Recycling Workers Week – Consider a Career in Public Works!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/2394Public Works (Trash and Recycling)6/23/2022 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2394/Newsroom_PublicWorks_WRWW2022.pngCelebrate Waste and Recycling Workers Week – Consider a Career in Public Works!<div class="ExternalClassF9D5E09EC1064C1E8B842915CE40FB35"><html> <p>With more than 600 employees under its Solid Waste arm, the City of Phoenix Public Works Department provides trash, recycling and other waste diversion services to more than 400,000 households within Phoenix's 500+ square miles. Last year, this team collected nearly 700,000 tons of refuse, recycling and green organics. Join us in thanking these public servants during <a href="https://www.wasterecyclingworkersweek.org/" target="_blank">Waste and Recycling Workers Week</a>, and every week, for their dedication to making Phoenix a clean and sustainable place to live.</p> <p>Solid Waste Equipment Operators (SWEO), or garbage truck drivers, are at the heart of this massive operation. These professionals are reliable yet flexible – they always get the job done, but still make time to high-five excited toddlers along their routes.</p> <p>As Phoenix rapidly grows, so does the need for these essential workers. The Public Works Department is actively recruiting to fill more than 40 SWEO vacancies. </p> <p>A career as a SWEO is rewarding and has many opportunities for advancement and on-the-job training. There are opportunities for current CDL drivers and apprenticeships for those seeking their CDL. Learn more and apply at <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/jobs" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Jobs</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNews

 

 

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