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City of Phoenix Becomes a Finalist for All-America City Awardhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2341Education5/5/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2341/Newsroom_Education_AACFinalist (1).pngCity of Phoenix Becomes a Finalist for All-America City Award<div class="ExternalClass38DC11F7282C4EBEAC1B22D985F95122"><html> <p>​​The City of Phoenix made learning a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. That critical decision-making is the reason the <a href="https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/" target="_blank">National Civic League​</a> and the <a href="https://gradelevelreading.net/" target="_blank">C​​​ampaign for Grade-Level Reading</a> has named the City of Phoenix as a finalist for the <a href="https://www.nationalcivicleague.org/2022-finalists/" target="_blank">2022 All-America City Award​</a>. This year's theme is “Housing as a Platform to Promote Early School Success and Equita​ble Learning Recovery."</p> <p> <br>The City's dedication to improving digital equity and transforming non-school places and spaces into learning-rich environments secured Phoenix a spot on the coveted finalist list. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Phoenix committed to providing resources to community members in underinvested areas and public housing communities, and ensuring educational and digital needs were supported at a high level. <br><br>Through a variety of partnerships, the city distributed more than 12,000 laptops to 15 public school districts, many of which serve families in public housing communities. In addition, 1,600 tablets were distributed directly to families in public housing for at-home learning, and to seniors to assist them with telemedicine and more.<br><br>“We were confronted with a stark reality: only 31-percent of households in these communities had broadband access," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. "We knew we could play a powerful role in helping students continue their studies despite difficult circumstances. By equipping them with the right tools and devices, we helped kids adjust to a challenging new at-home learning environment." <br><br>These efforts to mitigate the digital divide are built upon a strong foundation. In 2017, Phoenix was selected as a ConnectHome community through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. As a ConnectHome community, Phoenix has been working to connect families in public housing with affordable internet service, devices, and digital skills training. During the pandemic, the percentage of Phoenix students passing their third grade reading exam declined to 25 percent, which is the lowest score in seven years. In response to declining literacy rates during the pandemic, Phoenix accelerated efforts to ensure students remained connected to essential education resources. These efforts, including equipping Read On Phoenix tutors with devices and digital skills to allow them to continue working with students, earned Phoenix recognition as a Bright Spot Community by the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading in 2020. <br><br>"The City of Phoenix takes pride in serving its residents. I am proud of our employees and their dedication to assisting Phoenix families during the pandemic," said Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton. “Transitioning to an online learning environment had its difficulties, but City staff made it possible for residents to receive the tools needed to aid Phoenix students in being successful."<br><br>The winners of the 2022 All-America City Award will be announced during a virtual event July 18-22, in conjunction with Grade Level Reading week. <br><br>Phoenix has been honored with the All-America City designation five times: 1950, 1958, 1980, 1989 and 2009.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationNewseducationStudent receives assistance in a classroomEducation@CityofPhoenixAZ #HousingasaPlatformAll-American City, Education, Digital Divide, HousingKeyera Mitchell602-859-5089602-534-8922keyera.mitchell@phoenix.gov

 

 

Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridgehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2441Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2441/USDOT Rio Salado bridge presser.jpgPhoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge<div class="ExternalClassE151A7F15FF6451AAC5144BFB56747CC"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.<br></p><p>WATCH: <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2442">Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference​</a><br></p><p>Phoenix will use the discretionary federal funding to construct the long-proposed Rio Salado Bike and Pedestrian Bridge, that will cross the river bed in alignment with 3rd Street and create impactful connectivity between south Phoenix and the city's downtown region.</p><p>When completed, the bridge will provide residents without a motor vehicle, or who prefer not to drive on every trip, with a safe option to cross the Rio Salado and gain improved access to jobs, schools, services and other opportunities. The bridge also will offer a convenient connection to the currently under construction South Central Light Rail Extension, and provide residents with increased recreational and exercise options with its proximity to the trails within the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.</p><p>In addition to the construction of the bridge, the project will include solar lighting upgrades along the existing Rio Salado pathway from Central Avenue to 40th Street.<br></p><p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p><p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews
Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conferencehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2442Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/PCqRHk6DZuoRio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference<div class="ExternalClass1BC405ACAE1B439D9131C28803A0F84F"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.</p> <p>READ MORE: <a href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2441" target="_blank">Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge</a><br></p> <p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado" target="_blank">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p> <p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsVideo
Breeze Airways to Begin Phoenix Sky Harbor Service in Novemberhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/aviation/2437Aviation8/10/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2437/Newsroom_Aviation_23_Breeze.jpgBreeze Airways to Begin Phoenix Sky Harbor Service in November<div class="ExternalClass599A16261BBB4A63ADBC624B6278C94A"><html> <p>Today, Breeze Airways Chief Operating Officer Michael Wuerger announced service from Phoenix to Charleston, South Carolina and Provo, Utah beginning November 2, 2022. <br></p> <p>“I welcome Breeze Airways and its innovative approach to air travel as we increase travel options and passenger volume at Sky Harbor International Airport," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “We look forward to its success and growth of destinations served from Phoenix."</p> <p>Breeze Airways is a new airline for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and will operate out of Terminal 3. Charleston is a new destination as well. The twice-weekly service to both Provo and Charleston will be served on Wednesdays and Saturdays.<br></p> <p>“The expansion of Breeze Airways service in Sky Harbor is proof that there is continued demand for travel to and from Phoenix," said Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio, District 6. “As the fourth new airline to begin operations out of Sky Harbor just this year, I am hopeful for the ongoing growth of our airport, benefiting our community members and the local economy."  <br></p> <p>Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport now has 23 airlines serving more than 140 destinations. In the past year, the airport has welcomed four new airlines and restored almost all international destinations put on pause due to the pandemic. Visit <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/flights/WhereWeFly" target="_blank">https://www.skyharbor.com/flights/WhereWeFly</a> to see all the destinations you can fly to from PHX.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/aviationNews

 

 

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