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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

 

 

July 4th Holiday Parking Restrictions at Phoenix Trailheadshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1972Parks and Recreation6/27/2022 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1972/smp gate house.jpgJuly 4th Holiday Parking Restrictions at Phoenix Trailheads<div class="ExternalClassCD038A15350B4DB5A413B1493F30C9C4"><html> <p>​​To reduce​ fire danger, the <a href="/parks" target="_blank">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a> will restrict parking access to trailheads located in the city's desert parks and mountain preserves on July 4 starting at 3 p.m. <a href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/1858" target="_blank">The annual ban of open fires in those areas that started on May 1 remains in effect</a>. All trails will remain open. Trailheads will reopen at the regularly-scheduled time on July 5.</p> <p>City of Phoenix Park Rangers will close entrance gates at 3 p.m. to Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain, Papago Park, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, North Mountain Park, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, and South Mountain Park/Preserve. Additionally, the upper lookouts in South Mountain Park/Preserve will be emptied and closed at 1 p.m.</p> <p>The following list of regulations will apply on July 4 in those areas:<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Fireworks are prohibited</li><li>Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited (part of annual fire ban already in effect)</li><li>Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</li><li>Smoking outside enclosed vehicles is prohibited (part of annual fire ban already in effect)</li><li>Alcoholic beverages prohibited</li><li>Glass beverage containers prohibited<br></li></ul> <p>As the temperature increases and humidity drops this time of year, those utilizing the city's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extra caution. Heat-related illness is common from May to October, and generally occur because the victim has been overexposed to heat or overexerted their body based on physical condition or age.</p> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Phoenix Fire Department remind trail users to <a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank">“Take a Hike. Do it Right."</a> when enjoying the city's desert parks and mountain preserves. All trail users should follow these important and potentially life-saving hiking safety guidelines:</p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""><li><strong>Watch the Weather:</strong> Yes, “it's a dry heat" - but Arizona's temperature can be deceiving and deadly. Hike when it's cool outside, try early mornings and evenings when there's more shade.</li><li><strong>Dress Appropriately:</strong> Wear proper shoes, clothing, hat and sunscreen.</li><li><strong>Bring Water:</strong> Hydrate before you go. Have plenty of water, more than you think you need. Turn around and head back to the trailhead before you drink half of your water.</li><li><strong>Keep in Contact:</strong> Carry a mobile phone.</li><li><strong>Team Up:</strong> Hike with others. If hiking solo, tell someone your start and end times, and location.</li><li><strong>Be Honest:</strong> Do you have a medical condition? Asthma, heart problems, diabetes, knee or back problems? Don't push yourself! (Even trained athletes have been caught off guard by getting dehydrated on Arizona trails.)</li><li><strong>Don't Trailblaze​:</strong> Enjoy the Sonoran Desert's beautiful and undeveloped landscape, but please stay on designated trails.</li><li><strong>Take Responsibility:</strong> Don't be “that person" - the one who wasn't prepared, shouldn't have been there for health reasons or ignored safety guidelines. Be the responsible hiker, who takes a hike and does it right!</li></ul> <p>For the safety of pets, dogs are prohibited on any City of Phoenix trail when the temperature is 100 degrees or warmer. The Arizona Humane Society advises that temperatures in the 90s are also unsafe for pets to be outdoors. <a href="https://www.azhumane.org/pet-safety-tips/" target="_blank">Learn how to keep pets safe during Arizona's warm weather months</a>.</p> <p>Detailed information about Phoenix's more than 41,000 acres of desert parks and mountain preserves, and 200-plus miles of trails, is available at <a href="/parks" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Parks</a>.</p> <p>Additional information about how residents can have fun this summer and keep their family and friends safe is available at <a href="/pio/summer" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Summer</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
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

 

 

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