Phoenix Unveils New Industry-Leading Sports & Events Commissionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/3158City Manager7/9/2024 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3158/Newsroom_SportsCommission.pngPhoenix Unveils New Industry-Leading Sports & Events Commission<div class="ExternalClass9CEC06BB7A73440FAC27B03F616E004C"><html> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">​As Phoenix continues to be a premier destination for sports and events, the city is proud to announce the formation of the Phoenix Sports & Events Commission. This initiative, anchored by Visit Phoenix and the City of Phoenix, marks a new era for the Sonoran Desert, promising to bring social and economic enrichment to our community.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The Phoenix Sports & Events Commission aims to celebrate the city's unique culture, communities, and spirit. The new commission will work with a wide range of community organizations and stakeholders to extend its reach to youth, amateur and collegiate tournaments in addition to arts, culture and music events. This broad-spectrum approach ensures that every facet of our city's vitality is showcased and celebrated.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Operating as a division of Visit Phoenix, the commission is set to recruit an Executive Director and appoint an Advisory Board. This leadership team will be crucial in forging partnerships with event owners and producers, identifying opportunities for impactful social contributions, and ensuring a seamless collaboration between city resources and the local business community. </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">In 2022, at the direction of Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Bloomberg Associates, a philanthropic consultancy that advises cities around the world and is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies, began conducting extensive pro-bono research to identify opportunities and strategies to expand and diversify Phoenix's portfolio of events. As a result of their research and subsequent evaluation, on June 26, 2024, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the formation of the industry-leading Phoenix Sports & Events Commission.  “Phoenix is the largest city in the country without an events-focused commission," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “While we are no stranger to hosting world-class events, the commission will proactively attract a diverse roster of new sports, arts, and cultural events that will deliver meaningful economic and social outcomes to our residents and businesses. I appreciate the research and evaluation conducted by Bloomberg Associates and am excited to see their recommendation come to fruition."</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">“Phoenix has established itself as a premier destination for hosting events and the new Sports & Events Commission will build upon that position by pursuing new business opportunities that showcase our impressive package of convention facilities, athletic fields, hotels, and performing arts venues. We look forward to working alongside Visit Phoenix and the Commission to expand on all things music, arts and culture, along with youth, amateur and collegiate events in Phoenix that support our tourism industry" said Deputy City Manager John Chan.    </span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">With more than 750,000 jobs supported by sports-related travel and 63% of markets reporting sports as the leading generator of hotel room nights, the commission's work will be instrumental in creating new job opportunities and supporting local businesses. Moreover, by focusing on meaningful social impact and arts and culture events spanning Phoenix, the commission will ensure that the benefits of hosting major events are felt across all communities, fostering a sense of unity and shared prosperity.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">“For decades, Phoenix has stood as the beacon of sports and culture, drawing enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. With the establishment of the new Sports & Events Commission, we're set to amplify our city's allure, solidifying Phoenix's reputation as the unrivaled destination for all things sports and events. This commission will build on our rich history of hosting world-class events, transforming Phoenix into a one-of-one hub where the intersection of sports and culture is front and center", said Ron Price, President and CEO of Visit Phoenix.</span> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">The Phoenix Sports & Events Commission is more than an organizational body; it's a catalyst for transformation. It's about leveraging the power of events and sports to highlight and celebrate our city's status as a one of one destination. It's about ensuring that the economic and social outcomes of these events are distributed equitably, making Phoenix not just a better place to visit, but a better place to live. Together, we will show the world why Phoenix is not just a destination, but a beacon of innovation, community, and endless possibility.</span> </p> <p> </p> <p> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <strong>About Visit Phoenix   </strong> </span> <br style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">Visit Phoenix is a non-profit organization that promotes the Greater Phoenix community to a global audience of travelers and books conventions into the Phoenix Convention Center and area hotels and resorts. Visit Phoenix cultivates and maintains relationships with convention and meeting planners, journalists and influencers, travel agents and tour operators. We produce marketing and brand campaigns promoting leisure travel and meetings, coordinate site visits, conduct media tours and maintain the official tourism website for Greater Phoenix. In partnership with our nearly 900 member businesses, Visit Phoenix brings business to Greater Phoenix that would not otherwise come—from leisure visitors to group meetings to popular sports events. Through this, Greater Phoenix can compete in today's globalized, networked world for its share of the world's consumers, businesses, investment, capital, respect, and attention.  </span> <br style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">  </span> <br style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <strong>About the City of Phoenix  </strong> </span> <br style="font-size:17.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> As the fifth largest city in the country and the capital of Arizona, Phoenix is a vibrant community, home to 1.7 million residents. Phoenix has led the nation in new population growth over the decade. Ranked in the top 10 for the best city to start a business, companies thrive in Phoenix because of its friendly business environment. Within the 517 square miles of the city, renowned mountain trails, and three of the largest city parks in the country, Phoenix is not only a great place to live, it also attracts visitors worldwide. For more information, visit </span> <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/" target="_blank"> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">phoenix.gov</span> </a> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;"> or follow us on </span> <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/social" target="_blank"> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">social media</span> </a> <span style="font-size:17.3333px;">.</span> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerAerial photo of downtown PhoenixCity Manager@CityofPhoenixAZ @VisitPhoenixsports, events, sports commission, sports and events commissionAshley Patton, Deputy Director602-292-3704ashley.patton@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/89/Ashley_Patton.jpgPHXCityManager



Phoenix PD Launches New Tool for Crime Victims https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3167Police7/17/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/--PqVAqQ6MAPhoenix PD Launches New Tool for Crime Victims <div class="ExternalClassEF069D04D0BC41579915DF0112894F37"><html> <p> The Phoenix Police Department is embracing the digital era with the launch of a new customer service tool aimed at enhancing communication with the community. Developed by SPIDR Tech, a leading public service platform for public safety, this software integrates seamlessly with existing computer systems to keep those who call for police services informed and provide real-time updates to victims of crimes. </p><p>When someone calls 911 or the Department’s non-emergency number from a cellphone, they will now receive a text message confirming their call. In cases of delayed response by the officers, an automated message will be sent to the caller letting them know about the delay. Delays may occur due to officers being diverted to a higher-priority calls or a high volume of calls in the city. </p><p>The innovative technology does not stop there. Callers will have the opportunity to give feedback through a user-friendly automated survey about their experience with the Department. The survey will be mobile-friendly and be received as a link on their phone, allowing the caller to complete the survey at their convenience. </p><p>“We want to hear from the public about how we’re doing. This valuable feedback will help us identify and understand areas where we can improve,” said Interim Phoenix Police Chief Michael Sullivan.   </p><p>In addition to the text messaging service, victims will have access to real-time notifications and updates on the status of their case. By signing up through our new Victim Portal on the Department’s website, victims will have 24/7 access to information about their case along with automatic alerts and updates regarding arrests sent via text or email. Traditional methods of case updates through phone calls will still be available.   </p><p>“One of the guiding principles of the Department’s Crime Reduction Plan released earlier this year was to be community and victim-centered. This will allow us to communicate with and better inform the people we serve,” said Sullivan.  </p><p>SPIDR Tech services are set to launch on August 6, 2024. </p><p>This service marks a significant step toward enhanced community engagement and streamlined communication.  ​​<br></p></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Erin MacFarlane Named New Library Services Directorhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/3166Library7/16/2024 6:19:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3166/PHXNewsroom_ErinMacFarlane.jpgErin MacFarlane Named New Library Services Director<div class="ExternalClassEC2521659D024232A739D5B39E9448DC"><html> <p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"></span></p><div>Following a competitive nationwide recruitment process, Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton has announced that Erin MacFarlane has been selected as the next Library Services Director, effective July 29, 2024. <br></div><div><br></div><div>MacFarlane brings 26 years of experience in education and libraries to our team. She started her library career at the Phoenix Public Library in 2006. She’s spent the last 14 years in various positions at the Maricopa County Library District, most recently se​rving as Deputy Director.</div><div><br></div><div>During her time at Maricopa County, Erin significantly expanded library access by implementing virtual library programs, digital library card registration, and curbside pickup of library materials. <br></div><div><br></div><div>She played a crucial role in establishing key community partnerships, including an award-winning program with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to expand library material access in county jails. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Erin also works with the American Library Association and the Arizona Library Association on public policy initiatives that promote intellectual freedom and access to electronic resources for an open information society. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Erin holds an undergraduate degree in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in library and information science from the University of Arizona.<br></div><div><br></div><div>MacFarlane replaces Rita Hamilton, <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/library/3046">who retired from the City in April </a>after serving as the City Librarian for 13 years. Mitch Menchaca, the City’s Arts and Culture Director has been serving as Interim City Librarian.<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNews
Award-Winning Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop Returns July 17https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/3164Aviation7/12/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3164/newsroom_aviation_105.jpgAward-Winning Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop Returns July 17<div class="ExternalClass187F835ED3DB40DDB08C1200662AB328"><html> <p>With summer upon us, Arizonans might be looking to escape the summer heat. However, an airport is not an easy experience for everyone and can be overwhelming for an estimated seven million people in the United States experiencing dementia. To help alleviate that stress, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is thrilled to offer our award-winning Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop for the third time.<br><br>The Guest and Employee Experience Team at Phoenix Sky Harbor recognizes the importance of the Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop, as it continues to help passengers with dementia and their care providers plan and learn how to navigate a busy airport.<br><br>“We understand that navigating an airport is not the same experience for all, and when you add in the variable of dementia, it can be even more challenging.” said PHX’s Guest and Employee Experience Superintendent, Misty Cisneros-Contreras. “This workshop has proven to provide a valuable service to our community and an opportunity for our passengers dealing with dementia to be prepared and ready to fly next time they visit Phoenix Sky Harbor.” <br><br>The Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop is a unique opportunity that puts representatives from the airport and TSA all in one room to share information and tips while answering questions from family members of those with dementia and care providers.<br><br>The Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 17, from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Those interested in learning more or wishing to attend the workshop can email <a href="mailto:skyharbor@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">skyharbor@phoenix.gov</a>. Include in the subject line “Dementia Friendly Air Travel Workshop Registration.” Those interested in attending should register in advance as seating for the event is limited.<br><br>Phoenix Sky Harbor was the first airport in the country to offer this type of workshop and was recognized by Airports Council International – North America as the best Customer Experience Program for Large Airports as part of their Excellence in Airport Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience Awards in 2023.<br><br>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, America’s Friendliest Airport®, has an annual economic impact of more than $44 billion. On an average day, more than 1,000 aircraft and more than 130,000 passengers arrive at and depart from Phoenix Sky Harbor every day. PHX Sky Harbor is funded with airport revenue. No tax dollars are used to support the airport.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNews



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