Three Phoenix Startups to Compete on BIO International World Stagehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/1302Community and Economic Development6/1/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1302/NEWSROOM_CED_0070.jpgThree Phoenix Startups to Compete on BIO International World Stage<div class="ExternalClassC2F74E29CE3346A08C84A55BD09EB7C3"><html> <p>“Think about the thousands and thousands of bioscience startups around the world. Then out of all those companies located in hundreds of different global cities, only 30 have been selected as the best to compete in the Startup Stadium,” said Christine Mackay, director, Phoenix Community and Economic Development. “Of those 30 companies, three are from the city of Phoenix. That is an incredible accomplishment for the three companies and the Phoenix bioscience ecosystem.”<br></p> <div style="text-align:center;"> <br> </div> <div style="text-align:center;"> <em>By Eric Jay Toll for PHXNewsroom. Athena Sanchez contributed to this story</em> </div> <div> <br> </div> <p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>BioMedical Sustainable Elastic Electronic Devices​​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>, Equus Innovations and i-calQ will face off in front of an international panel of judges in a “Shark Tank” competition of bioscience startups in competition for venture capital, strategic partnerships and collaborative opportunities at the BIO International 2020 Startup Stadium, June 8-12, 2020.  This year’s event will be virtual. </p> <div> <br> </div> <div><p>Phoenix-based Humabiologics, a Phoenix Startup Stadium finalist from last year’s competition, closed a $1 million seed money investment deal in May.</p><br></div> <strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">BMSEED to Provide Traumatic Brain Injury Repair Technology to U.S. Army</strong> <br> <br> <p>​With an estimated 2.5 million Americans suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury each year, Oliver Graudejus turned a research project that he worked on at Princeton University into a groundbreaking biotechnology achievement today.<br></p> <div> <br> </div> <p> <img style="margin:5px;width:495px;" src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Other/NEWSROOM_CED_0067.jpg" />Graudejus, founder and CEO of BioMedical Sustainable Elastic Electronic Devices, headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, said that the company’s long-term goal is going to market with a “neuromodulation” brain implant that a patient’s body will not recognize as a foreign object, and therefore won’t reject it. The innovation landed BMSEED its first customer, the U.S. Army.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> <p>BMSEED’s technological advance is a more effective manner of sending electrical impulses to the brain to treat the symptoms of TBI. “Neuromodulation” is the name for the electronic impulse technique that helps repair and reverse TBI and other brain diseases.</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>“BMSEED’s quest to help treat traumatic brain injuries brings both a solution and hope for affected individuals and their loved ones,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “They are a great example of the many vibrant startups that have made Phoenix home.“</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>BMSEED’s first product is a research tool that helps researchers develop treatments to mitigate the damage after a traumatic brain injury. This product called the MicroElectrode Array Stretching Stimulating and Recording Equipment, or “MEASSuRE,” is urgently needed because all of the 30 clinical trials to develop treatments for traumatic brain injury over the past 25 years have failed, according to professor Barclay Morrison III, director of the Neurotrauma and Repair Laboratory at the Biomedical Engineering Department at Columbia University, New York City. </p> <p> <br> </p> <p>“The product reproduces the biomechanical environment of cells during the injury, and our stretchable electrodes allow the assessment of cell health and function,” Graudejus said. “That’s where BMSEED technology comes in, making soft, flexible and stretchable electrodes. The next step is to use these electrodes inside the body, with the goal that the body doesn’t see the device as a foreign object and try to reject it.” </p> <p> <br> </p> <p>Mackay says that the discoveries by Phoenix bioscience companies seem like medical practices from a futuristic science fiction movie.</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>“Phoenix and our partners have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into building a bioscience ecosystem,” she said. “It took patience, strong partnerships like GateWay Community College, and today we see the results of relentless pursuits of cures.”</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>BMSEED is headquarters in the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at GateWay Community College on East Washington Street.</p> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong style="font-size:17.3333px;">Turning Smartphones into Diagnostic Labs; i-calQ has an App for that</strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <p>For mom and dad, an early-morning “I don’t feel good” from one of the kids while scrambling to get ready for work often means a calendar-clogging wait with other sick patients at the doctor’s office. While major medical incidents still need the office call, the Covid-19 pandemic has increased the use of telemedicine.</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>Telemedicine provides opportunities for patients and medical providers to converse face-to-face. One of the challenges facing telemedicine is the inability to conduct remote lab tests.</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>A biotechnology discovery by Phoenix-based i-calQ could change that. Though home testing is not yet approved, someday mom or dad may be able to perfume basic tests at home and send the test results from their mobile phone right to the pharmacy, where a prescription can be processed and perhaps delivered home by drone.</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>“That’s just where my brain went when I started thinking about all the ways we could help people with this type of technology,” said Pamela J. Turbeville, CEO and founder of the Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.-based startup. “Long-term, you remove the need to go to urgent care and getting exposed to other sick people who are carrying a variety of different things. This will also protect your family with whom you live.”</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>The immediate use is bringing remote areas of the world direct access to high technology laboratories. Routine tests can save children’s lives with expedited results. The i-calQ device works in any setting where there is internet access without the need for costly local laboratory and testing infrastructure.</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>“The importance of high-quality telemedicine has perhaps never been greater than it is now during Covid-19,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “This technology can truly help revolutionize how we interact with healthcare providers. I-calQ is a true testament to the diverse innovation ecosystem housed in our city.”</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>i-calQ, headquartered at Grand Canyon University’s Canyon Ventures incubator, is another example of the innovation and creativity coming from Phoenix startups, says Mackay. She points out that GCU’s rent-free program for startups helps spread bioscience collaboration across the city.</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>“Watching how the i-calQ device went from a concept to a marketable product with life-saving possibilities is typical of the kinds of innovation Phoenix and our partners are supporting,” Mackay said. “Seeing the bioscience work from our desert recognized by the international scientific community is something special.”</p> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Horses Need Advanced Healthcare Too</strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <p>Find a problem and solve it. That’s what drives bioscience entrepreneurs. And Grant Senner MD, DABR​​​M, CEO of Equus Innovations in Phoenix, believes that it’s time to move solutions for equine health and performance into the marketplace.</p> <div> <br> </div> <p>“We’re taking century-old human medical science, applying current bioscience techniques, and using it as a next-generation clinical option for use in horses,” said Grant Senner MD, DABRM and CEO of Equus Innovations. “We saw a critical need (in equine health care) for a highly (effective), cost-effective, off-the-shelf product to bring truly regenerative medicine to this field.”<br></p> <div> <br> </div> <p> <img style="margin:5px;width:495px;" src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Other/NEWSROOM_CED_0072.jpg" />Equus Innovations, a Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. startup, has the first product of its kind on the market.  RenoV​​ō is an acellular, liquid allograft comprised of amnion and amniotic fluid intended to cover and protect tissues. An allograft is a tissue transplant from one, in this case, horse to another horse.  <br></p> <div> <br> </div> <p>“Ranching and agriculture are engrained in Arizona’s economic and cultural traditions. Horses have played a key role in that history,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Equus Innovations shows just how much can come from looking at existing technology with fresh eyes to create new solutions.” </p> <div> <br> </div> <p>RenoVō, used in treatments for ​​​more than 2,000 horses, is enjoying rapid adoption among owners and veterinarians as the preferred alternative to other clinical options. </p> <div> <br> </div> <p>Senner said that with the support from the city of Phoenix and GateWay Community College’s Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation, Equus Innovations is “an entrepreneurial success story.”</p> <div> <br> </div> <p>“Equus is an example of the companies the Phoenix innovation ecosystem is generating, and not just in human health solutions,” said Mackay. “We are recognized as a city where it doesn’t matter how long your ​​roots have been in the Valley. Phoenix is the place where discoveries are welcome, and collaboration is a routine way of life.”</p> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Innovation and Collaboration Build Phoenix’s Global Reputation in Bioscience Discovery</strong> </div> <div> <br> </div> <p> <img style="margin:5px;width:495px;" src="/econdevsite/MediaAssets/Other/NEWSROOM_CED_0071.jpg" />The Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation at GateWay Community College is expanding from its East Washington Street origin into the new 850 North Fifth Street building under development by Wexford Science + Technology. CEI attracts emerging bioscience companies for incubation and acceleration.  The collaboration between tenant companies propels each forward from discovery to delivery. CEI is a major player in the Phoenix innovation ecosystem.</p> <p> <br> </p> <p>The city of Phoenix has America’s fastest population growth for the fourth year in a row. Phoenix is the anchor of the Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, metropolitan area, which in 2019 passed Boston-Cambridge Newton Massachusetts and New Hampshire, to become the 10th most populous U.S. metropolitan area. The city and its partners have invested more than $500 million into the development of the Downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus. </p> <p> <br> </p> <p>The doubling in size of the Mayo Clinic campus with the Arizona State University Health Solutions Campus in northeast Phoenix is nearly a $1 billion investment. Bioscience and healthcare organizations in the city of Phoenix are in the process of investing more than $3 billion into 4.6 million square feet of new primary research and treatment facilities. Including Mayo Clinic and ASU, there are more than $1.3 billion in facilities under construction today.<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNewscedPhoto, lab technician holding a smartphone with an i-calQ device attachedCED#PhoenixEconDev #EconDev, #Bio #startupstadium #biointernational #bmseedphoenix, economic development, bioscience, biotechnology, bmseed, i-calQ, eqqus innovations, bio international, bio, startup stadium, tbi, traumatic brain injury, army, smartphone, allograft, cei, center for entrepreneurial innovation, community and economic development, cedEric Jay Toll602-617-3797eric.toll@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/52/Eric_Toll.jpgPHXEconDevThe i-calQ device attaches to smartphones and transmits medical specimens to a laboratory for analysis and results. Photo: i-calQ



COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impactshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561Emergency Management & Homeland Security3/3/2021 6:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClass3A079D4D90CF469DB5B1C75BE442491B"><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 href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">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 Testing Blitz: COVID-19 Testing, No Out-of-Pocket Costs<br></h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399" target="_blank">Find upcoming testing dates and locations, either on-site or with Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van. Learn more.</a> </p><h3>Vaccine Fact Sheet</h3><p>Download information about the currently approved vaccines.<br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - English (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Chinese.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet- Chinese (PDF)</a></p> <h3>Phoenix Requires Face Coverings; Frequently Asked Questions</h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1353" target="_blank">Face masks are still required in the City of Phoenix. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a href="/resources" target="_blank">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 href="/COVIDrelief" target="_blank">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> <h3>Special Events More Than 50 People / Venue Re-Opening Plans </h3> <p> <a href="/citymanager/specialevent" target="_blank">Help slow the spread of COVID-19! Download application to host a Special Event of more than 50 people in Phoenix. On this page you can also see Approved Events and Venue Re-Opening Plans. Learn more.</a> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Phoenix Testing Blitz: COVID-19 Testing, No Out-of-Pocket Costshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security3/3/2021 6:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix Testing Blitz: COVID-19 Testing, No Out-of-Pocket Costs<div class="ExternalClass86B8DF54666748BFA88A0CDBB7266A24"><html> <div class="ExternalClass83ECFA059D3644608F2F114B046FD2CB"> <p>Community partners are holding COVID-19 testing sites on select dates. <br> </p> <p> <strong>Related:</strong> <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561">Find information related to the COVID-19 virus and City of Phoenix, including testing, vaccine fact sheet, resources, and city impacts. <strong>Visit the information page.</strong> </a> </p> <br> <h2 style="color:#e7524c;text-align:center;">COVID Testing Services</h2><h3> <img src="/newssite/PublishingImages/van_03.jpg" alt="Stationary Site" style="margin:5px;width:144px;" />Stationary Site <br> </h3><p> <strong>Maryvale Park</strong> <br>4420 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031 <br>Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. <br>Appointments recommended at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a> <br>Offers PCR test with results within 24 hours. <br> </p><h3> <img src="/newssite/PublishingImages/van_01.jpg" alt="Mobile Van #1" style="letter-spacing:-0.4px;background-color:window;margin:5px;vertical-align:baseline;width:144px;" />Mobile Van #1 <br> </h3><p>Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. <br>Offers Antigen and antibodies test. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1455">Read More</a>. <br> </p><h3> <img src="/newssite/PublishingImages/van_02.jpg" alt="Mobile Van #2" style="margin:5px;width:144px;" />Mobile Van #2 </h3><p>Mondays or Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. <br>Offers antigen results in 15 minutes and PCR with results within 24 hours. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1739">Read More</a>. <br> </p><h3> <img src="/newssite/PublishingImages/van_04.jpg" alt="Walk-Up Sites" style="margin:5px;width:144px;" />Walk-Up Sites </h3><p>Weekends (varies) from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (varies) <br>Offers PCR test with results in 24 hours. </p> <br> <h2 style="color:#e7524c;text-align:center;">Current Schedule​<br></h2><h3>Wednesday, March 3, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2. </strong>Helen Drake Center <br>7600 N. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85051 <br>Evening 1:00 - 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, March 4, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Desert West Park and Sports Complex <br>6602 W. Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85035 <br>Evening 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. <br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a> </p><h3>Friday, March 5, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1. </strong>Bernard Black Elementary <br>6550 S. 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85041 <br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a> </p><h3>Saturday, March 6, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1. </strong>John F. Long Family Services Center <br>3454 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031 <br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a> </p><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2. </strong>Shadow Mountain Senior Center <br>3546 E. Sweetwater, Phoenix, AZ 85032 <br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a> </p><p> <strong>Walk-Up/Drive-Thru Site.</strong> Steele Indian School Park <br>300 E. Indian School Rd.,Phoenix, AZ 85012 <br>Register at <a href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/" target="_blank">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a> </p><p> <strong>Walk-Up Site.</strong> Sueno Park <br>4401 W Encanto Blvd., Phoenix. AZ <br>Register at: <a href="https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/" target="_blank">https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/</a>. </p><h3>Monday, March 8, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Community Center <br>17642 N 40th St.. Phoenix, AZ 85032 <br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a> </p><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2. </strong>Sheely Farms School <br>9450 W. Encanto, Phoenix, AZ 85037 <br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a> </p><h3>Tuesday, March 9, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store <br>4230 W. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85009 <br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a> </p><h3>Wednesday, March 10, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2. </strong>Century Library <br>1750 E. Highland, Phoenix, AZ 85016 <br>Evening 1:00 - 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, March 11, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1. </strong>Cholla Library <br>10050 N. Metro Pkwy E., Phoenix, AZ 85051 <br>Evening 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. <br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a> </p><h3>Friday, March 12, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1. </strong>Travis Williams Family Services Center <br>4732 S. Central Ave.Phoenix, AZ 85040 <br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a> </p><h3>Saturday, March 13, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1. </strong>Devonshire Community Center <br>2802 E. Devonshire Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85016 <br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com​</a> </p><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Emmanuel Church of God and Christ <br>1527 W. Buckeye Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007 <br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a> </p><p> <strong>Walk-Up/Drive-Thru Site.</strong> Steele Indian School Park <br>300 E. Indian School Rd.,Phoenix, AZ 85012 <br>Register at <a href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/" target="_blank">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a> </p><p> <strong>Walk-Up Site.</strong> Cortez Park <br>3434 W Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ <br>Register at: <a href="https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/" target="_blank">https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/</a> </p><h3>Saturday, March 20, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Walk-Up/Drive-Thru Site. </strong>Steele Indian School Park <br>300 E. Indian School Rd.,Phoenix, AZ 85012 <br>Register at <a href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/" target="_blank">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a> <br> </p><p> <strong>Walk-Up Site. </strong>Hermoso Park <br>2030 E. Southern Ave., Phoenix, AZ <br>Register at: <a href="https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/" target="_blank">https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/</a> </p><p> <strong>Walk-Up Site.</strong> St Augustine Catholic Church <br>3630 N 71st Ave., Phoenix, AZ <br>Register at: <a href="https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/" target="_blank">https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/</a> </p><h3>Saturday, March 27, 2021 <br> </h3><p> <strong>Walk-Up</strong> <strong>/Drive-Thru</strong> <strong> Site.</strong> Steele Indian School Park <br>300 E. Indian School Rd.,Phoenix, AZ 85012 <br>Register at <a href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/" target="_blank">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a> <br> </p><p> <strong>Walk-Up Site. </strong>Los Olivos Park <br>2802 E. Devonshire Ave., Phoenix, AZ <br>Register at: <a href="https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/" target="_blank">https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/</a> </p><p> <strong>Walk-Up Site.</strong> Washington Park <br>6655 N 23rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ <br>Register at: <a href="https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/" target="_blank">https://www.equalityhealthfoundation.org/equality/</a> </p><h4>Media Contact</h4><p>Yvette Roeder <br>Cell:602-501-0620 <br>Email <a href="mailto:yvette.roeder@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">yvette.roeder@phoenix.gov</a> </p> ​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Before the Badge: Lois Weiss, Personal Trainer and Bodybuilderhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/1793Police3/8/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/5_WCEoC0s5EBefore the Badge: Lois Weiss, Personal Trainer and Bodybuilder<div class="ExternalClass8CC39656E982407E89B188C689790E1D"><html> <em>Phoenix Police officers come from many different backgrounds, including different careers. The department's video series, ‘</em><a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFNuct3MvVGa0aB67cIDS6PG4dPM9eNvE" target="_blank" data-saferedirecturl="https://www.google.com/url?q=https://youtube.com/playlist?list%3DPLFNuct3MvVGa0aB67cIDS6PG4dPM9eNvE&source=gmail&ust=1615247774487000&usg=AFQjCNHeH9o6r88qbVZWncnjxAldUsqOEg"><em>Before the Badge</em></a><em>,’ is profiling some of those careers, and the diversity they bring to the department today. </em> <br> <br> <div>Phoenix Police Lt. Lois Weiss climbs the stairs to her fourth floor office in downtown Phoenix. Rest assured, there's an elevator in the building, but she's into staying fit — she has been her whole life, so much so, that it was her first real career before ever entering law enforcement. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"Going into college, I needed to find a way to pay for things," Lt. Weiss explained. "As I was pursuing my bachelor's at the University of Illinois [at] Chicago — was pursuing that for criminal justice, I majored in that, I minored in political science. So during that time, personal training was a monetary benefit."</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Lt. Weiss worked four years as a personal trainer at a health club in a suburb of Chicago. Personal training led her to the world of bodybuilding, and she eventually found herself in competitions. She said she walked away with a handful of trophies, and some invaluable life lessons, too. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <div>"It taught you intestinal fortitude," Lt. Weiss said. "It taught you emotional equity, in any mission. It taught self preservation, self regulation, it also taught me how to work seamlessly with other people because it really put in the forefront of my mind, I can't go this alone."</div> <div></div> </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Ultimately though, she said she did not see herself in personal training forever, and after graduating college, she returned to an interest she had as a little girl. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>"I wanted to go into law enforcement," Lt. Weiss said. "I just knew I did. Personal training wasn't going to ever allow me the conduit, or the way, to hold people accountable for horrible things that they did."</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>So, in her early 20s, she moved out west, and the rest, as they say, is history. Lt. Weiss has been with the Phoenix Police Department for 27 years. She has been in roles from financial crimes to homicide to undercover details, always keeping with her the strong mental and physical foundation from that first career. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Now as a leader of the department's Professional Standards Bureau, she cannot stress enough the benefits of a team with a diverse employment background like her own. </div> <div>  <br></div> <div>"I believe that diversity galvanizes the department," Lt. Weiss explained. "And this is going to set us up for longevity in this organization that I truly believe is the best organization in the country."</div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo



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Face Coverings Requiredhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/DispForm.aspx?ID=18https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/Attachments/18/Mask_Slider.jpgFace Coverings Required<div class="ExternalClass5E1C8ECD68C34BF2BE3CC99850DFEE02"><html>​Every person in the city of Phoenix, ages two and over, shall cover their nose and mouth whenever they are away from their home or residence. Learn more about this declaration<br></html></div>Newshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/13536/19/2020 8:18:55 PM4/30/2021 8:18:55 PM

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