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Reducing Barriers for Local and Underserved Businesseshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/finance/2181Finance12/20/2021 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2181/Finance Construction Pic.pngReducing Barriers for Local and Underserved Businesses<div class="ExternalClassED58C4C3E2094CA285E21AD430466D34"><html> ​​The City of Phoenix was selected to participate in a national program to identify ways to break barriers and make public contracting more accessible for local, small and historically underutilized businesses. Phoenix joins nearly 60 other U.S. cities to receive technical and financial support to implement this program.<br><br> The city's commitment to the program was made at the National League of Cities (NLC) City Summit as part of the City Innovation Ecosystems (CIE) program, which will provide Phoenix with resources and support to help underserved entrepreneurs achieve greater economic mobility.<br><br><br>“The Innovation Ecosystems Program advances Phoenix's commitment to locally owned small and underrepresented businesses," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Businesses operated by people in underserved communities are still too often stifled in the convoluted process of contract procurement. An investment in these small business owners is a big step in moving past COVID and restoring our economic growth."<br> <br>The CIE program, an initiative of the NLC, helps cities adopt policies, programs and practices to give underrepresented entrepreneurs more opportunities for economic advancement. Participants select an area of focus for their programs to support economic growth in their communities. Now in its third year, this network has grown to include more than 175 cities, 200 local partners, and $100 million in committed resources.<br><br> Phoenix has selected an area of focus around inclusive public procurement and has pledged to take action to reduce barriers to obtaining city contracts for businesses owned by underrepresented people. In cities across the country, disparities exist in the number of contracts and dollars going to small and minority-led firms relative to their overall availability in the community. Furthermore, many of these firms struggle to navigate complex and cumbersome government processes or may not even be aware of what opportunities exist to do business with the government. As businesses recover from COVID-19, winning a contracting opportunity with local government can be a much needed boost to revenue for small firms and can be the ingredient that helps them expand their business. <br><br> Phoenix joins 59 other cities from across the country that have made a total of 78 commitments. As part of its participation in the CIE program, Phoenix will receive direct technical assistance, information sharing with other cities, and financial support to help implement its program. <br><br> Technical assistance will be provided by the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab (GPL) and includes supporting cities with: (1) surveying diverse vendors to understand the barriers they face when bidding on contracting opportunities; (2) right-sizing contracts into smaller opportunities that may be more accessible for small firms; and (3) piloting new methods of market research and targeted outreach to notify more small, local, and diverse businesses of contracting opportunities.<br><br><br>“Leaders of America's cities, towns and villages recognize that racial and gender equity are key ingredients to economic growth in communities," said Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and Executive Director of NLC. “We look forward to working with new members of the City Innovation Ecosystems program to bring their commitments to fruition and create economies in which everyone wins." <br><br> The CIE program is made possible in partnership with and support from <a target="_blank" href="https://www.kauffman.org/">Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation</a>. For more information about the program, click <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nlc.org/initiative/city-innovation-ecosystems/">here</a>.<br><br> About the Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab <br>The <a target="_blank" href="https://govlab.hks.harvard.edu/">Harvard Kennedy School Government Performance Lab</a> (GPL), based in the School's Taubman Center for State and Local Government, supports state and local governments across the country in designing and implementing solutions to pressing social problems. The GPL has conducted more than 200 projects in 35 states, helping innovative state and local government leaders improve the results they achieve for their residents. An important part of the GPL's research model involves capturing the insights, tools and practices that are gained through these hands-on projects and sharing them with government leaders across the country.​<br><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/financeNewsfinancePhoenix joining City Innovation Ecosystem Program, making city contracts more accessibleFinanceBusiness, Finance, Economic GrowthAdam Waltz602-350-1506602-534-6648adam.waltz@phoenix.govcityofphoenixaz

 

 

Burton Barr Central Library To Host Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Jun. 20https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/library/3137Library6/18/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3137/Newsroom_Libraries_001.jpgBurton Barr Central Library To Host Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on Jun. 20<div class="ExternalClass649E9591A9114228A5007BF2C91AA8F8"><html> <p> Join us on the 5th Floor of Burton Barr Central Library to celebrate the <a href="https://calendar.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/event/12295942" target="_blank">Summer Solstice </a>on Thursday, June 20, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  </p> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Welcome the first day of summer and the longest day of the year while witnessing the architectural magic of Burton Barr Central Library. Observe the moment when man-made engineering combines with the power of the sun to reveal the moment of solstice. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Since 1995, it’s been a tradition to welcome guests at Burton Barr Central Library on this special day. Residents leave in awe of the light and community that shines through this building. This year, Phoenix Public Library celebrates milestone markers such as the 90th anniversary of Arizona Room, the 15th anniversary of College Depot, and adding new amenities such as the Bookmobile to our catalog of cornerstone public resources.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>What to Know: </strong>This year’s commemorative Summer Solstice prints will pay homage to James McClintock and Dorothy McClintock, whose donation made the Arizona Room possible. We will also have special John Milton prints to celebrate the <a href="/newsroom/library/3099" target="_blank">historic treasure recently discovered in the Rare Book Room​</a> and Friends of the Phoenix Public Library will have t-shirts for sale.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <strong>Activities: </strong>Head to <a href="https://calendar.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/event/12387838" target="_blank">MACH1 to celebrate the Summer Solstice​</a> to create your own solstice sun catcher! Using collaged tissue paper, we'll learn all about light and color and create fun sunlight-catching art pieces for you to hang up on your window at home. This is a walk-in program for children of all ages and their families.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Music will begin at 11:30 a.m. The solstice presentation will begin at 12:00 p.m.</span> </div> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/libraryNews
Safety Considerations While Driving During Monsoon Stormshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3136Police6/18/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3136/Newsroom Graphic Monsoon.pngSafety Considerations While Driving During Monsoon Storms<div class="ExternalClassF0D2DF5C7CA74A50B93D8B9ADA5F273A"><html> <p>​Stay safe before, during and after the storm hits. Inclement weather forms rapidly during our monsoon season and presents a dangerous driving conditions for all valley drivers.</p> <p>With the monsoon season upon us, heavy rains, strong winds, and flash flooding will be experienced by many Phoenicians. The Phoenix Police Department would like to remind our community of a few safety tips before, during and after monsoon storms. </p> <p>Before leaving check: <br></p> <ul> <li>Gas is topped off</li> <li>Windshield wipers are good</li> <li>Major components in your car are working</li> <li>Recent weather reports</li> <li>Your travel route and secondary routes</li> </ul> <p></p> <p>If you find yourself driving DURING a monsoon storm don't panic and follow the 1-2-3's<br></p> <ol> <li>Slow down and pull into the nearest parking lot or residential street </li> <li> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Turn your lights off</span> </li> <li> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Wait out the storm</span> </li> </ol> <p></p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"></span> </p> <p>If you are on the freeway and cannot exit to find a parking lot:<br></p> <ol> <li>Pull off to the far-right side of road and turn you lights off<br></li> <li>Set parking brakes and keep feet off the pedals<br></li> <li>Wait out the storm <br></li> </ol>After the storm: <br><ul><li><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Have a towel and water bottle to clean your windows. This will provide a better view for your drive home. </span></li><li><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Driving after a haboob storm take your time, the roads will be covered with objects left over from the wind such as down trees, power lines and pooled up water areas.</span></li></ul></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeNews
Phoenix Fireworks Shows Return in 2024https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3134Parks and Recreation6/17/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3134/Fabulous-Phoenix-Fourth.jpgPhoenix Fireworks Shows Return in 2024<div class="ExternalClass244F2B2B1D674A099D86B80625E51D18"><html> <p>​​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is happy to announce the return of its annual fireworks events, Fabulous Phoenix 4th, Light up the Sky and After Dark in the Park. <br></p> <p>Fabulous Phoenix 4th takes place at Steele Indian School Park (300 E. Indian School Road) on Thursday July 4, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.</p> <p>Light Up the Sky occurs on Wednesday, July 3, 2024,  from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  at American Family Fields of Phoenix, 3600 N. 51st Ave.  </p> <p>After Dark in the Park takes place on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., at Deer Valley Park, 1 9602 N. 19th Ave. Fireworks being at 8:45 p.m.</p><p>The 36th Annual Fabulous Phoenix 4th features one of the largest fireworks displays in the Southwest with more than 7,800 aerial effects. This free, non-alcoholic family event attracts thousands of attendees.</p> <p>The event will include a spectacular fireworks display with plenty of food, music, and games for all ages. We look forward to seeing you all at Fabulous Phoenix 4th!</p> <p> <b>Know Before You Go<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Please note on July 3, the entire park will be closed for event load-in until 6:00 p.m. event time on July 4.</span> </p> <p> <b>Is there an admission fee?<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Admission is FREE! Vendors will be selling a variety of items, including food and beverage, arts and crafts, and promotional items. </span> <em style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ATMs will NOT be available for this year's event, please plan accordingly.</em> </p> <p> <b>How do I get to the event?<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Fabulous Phoenix 4th is held at Steele Indian School Park, located at 3rd St. and Indian School Rd. There is no vehicle entrance and no public parking at the event. There are three pedestrian entrances: Central Ave. and Glenrosa Ave., 3rd St. and Indian School Rd., and 7th St. just north of Turney Ave.</span> </p> <p>Learn more about road closures for the event on the <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/parks/special-events/fabphx4/know-before-you-go" target="_blank"><strong>Know Before You Go</strong></a> site.<br> <br><b>What should I definitely bring?<br></b><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Lots of cold water! Though water will be available for purchase at the event, having an ample supply of water will help ensure that you stay hydrated. Also, it's suggested that you bring shade. Personal shade devices are allowed and encouraged, however, at sunset all standing shade devices must be lowered and safely put away.</span></p> <p> <b>What items can I NOT bring?<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Items you cannot bring include drones, alcohol, fold-out tables, personal fireworks, barbecue grills, glass bottles, pets (service animals are permitted), laser pointers, skateboards, inline skates and kites. Fishing is prohibited during the event.</span> </p> <p>For more tips and information, visit our <a href="/parks/special-events/fabphx4" target="_blank"><strong>Fabulous Phoenix 4th website</strong></a>. For recorded event information call 602 534 FEST (3378).<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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