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Phoenix Named a Top 10 Digital Cities Winner for Seventh Consecutive Yearhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/information-technology-services/1641Information Technology Services12/1/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1641/Newsroom_ITS_013.jpgPhoenix Named a Top 10 Digital Cities Winner for Seventh Consecutive Year<div class="ExternalClass8939F1FB4EC04BFFBAD401277DBE6BD8"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The city of Phoenix has once again received national recognition as a Top 10 Digital Cities Survey winner among cities with populations of 500,000 or more. The 20th annual survey organized by <a href="https://www.govtech.com/dc/digital-cities/Digital-Cities-Survey-2020-Winners-Announced.html" target="_blank">The Center for Digital Government (CDG)​</a> recognizes cities for using technology to tackle social challenges, enhance services, strengthen cybersecurity and more. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">This year’s Digital Cities Survey also praises cities using technology to better serve citizens despite new challenges triggered by the pandemic. In fact, Phoenix responded by quickly digitizing government participation through virtual City Council and community meetings as well as rapidly moving thousands of city employees to a mobile workforce. The city also expanded its Wi-Fi coverage outside of nearly 50 libraries, community, senior, and recreation centers to ensure all students have internet access during school closures and hybrid learning.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Covid-19 has exacerbated the need to bridge the digital divide. The City of Phoenix has acted swiftly and efficiently by<a href="/newsroom/information-technology-services/1551" target="_blank"> expanding Wi-Fi coverage</a> and providing thousands of tablets to students, families, and seniors,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Data and technology are a key component in everything we do. I am proud of the City of Phoenix for being a leader in these areas to best serve our residents.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“During these trying times, technology permits residents to continue to work, keep their children in school and stay connected to loved ones,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams, chair of the Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation Subcommittee. “I’m very proud of our city and employees who have worked tirelessly to close the digital divide, specifically with the expansion of free Wi-Fi citywide.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Phoenix’s advance use of analytics, digital inclusion and Covid-19 response secured its fourth-place ranking, moving up a spot from last year. The 2020 submission showcased the digital enhancements of the Phoenix Police Public Records request process which offers 10 online options ranging from incident reports to crime statistics. Furthering financial transparency, <a href="/newsroom/information-technology-services/1378" target="_blank">The Phoenix Checkbook</a> was relaunched this summer through the city’s online Open Data Portal to help the public understand where the city spends its dollars. And earlier this year, Phoenix was awarded the ‘<a href="https://medium.com/what-works-cities-certification/phoenix-is-ready-for-more-rapid-growth-286121eb6cea" target="_blank">What Works Cities – 2020 Silver Certification​</a>’, the national standard of excellence for well-managed, data-driven local government. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We have opened the door to a positive transparency shift in residents’ access to city services. Technology is enabling greater access and our goal is to maintain the fidelity of community engagement from a digital standpoint,” said City of Phoenix Chief Information Officer Matthew Arvay. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Phoenix is now focused on an initiative that will accelerate the digital transformation of the city’s 311 CRM infrastructure. The platform will provide multiple channels for submitting service requests and comments and will improve digital service delivery without the need for in-person interaction.</span> </div> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/itsNewsinformation-technology-servicesView of Downtown Phoenix at NightITSDigital, Technology, Awards, Wi-Fi, Digital DivideFelicia Thompson602-999-0683602-534-6375felicia.thompson@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/16/Felicia_Thompson.jpgcityofphoenixaz

 

 

Applications Open for Partner With a Principal Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/education/2436Education8/5/2022 9:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/qef0h3DIgJIApplications Open for Partner With a Principal Program<div class="ExternalClassD7259CFFD8184EC6B2C91F23334F529B"><html> <p></p> <p>Business and community leaders will be on their way back to school for the Partner with a Principal program. During the weeks of Sept. 19 through Oct. 14, local corporate executives and community leaders will work alongside Phoenix public, charter and private school principals to actively participate in the school's administration for one day. </p> <p>After experiencing the life of a school principal for a day, the principals and their executive counterparts will discuss how local businesses, community leaders and schools can form lasting partnerships to improve the quality of education, workplace readiness and leadership development programs in Phoenix.<br></p> <p>Last year, 29 businesses partnered with 10 Phoenix school districts and three charter schools. Local businesses invested in Phoenix schools and provided resources to students such as science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) opportunities. <br></p> <p>Those interested in participating in the Partner with a Principal program, can register online at <a href="/education" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/education</a>. Applications open on Aug. 8 and the deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 2. All participants must attend a virtual information session also on Sept. 7, at 4 p.m. ​<br></p> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/educationVideo
MLK Awards Program Accepting Nominationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/1458Equal Opportunity8/5/2022 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1458/Newsroom_EOD_013.jpgMLK Awards Program Accepting Nominations<div class="ExternalClass82D7F9EF3EB44F0584464F02A61AA990"><html> <p>If you know someone, including youth, who has made an impact on the quality of life of Phoenix residents, we urge you to nominate them for an award.</p> <p>The Living the Dream Award recognizes individuals who embody the ideas of Dr. King through their continued personal commitment to human relations and social justice.</p> <p>The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes exceptional individuals who have made Phoenix a better place to live through a lifelong dedication to promoting social and economic justice, defending civil rights, and enhancing the dignity of all people. Nominations must emulate the lifelong dedication of Calvin C. Goode.</p> <p>The deadline to submit a <a target="_blank" href="https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0a8dCr72llv1Cj74wxYXqWblUMkZCNlZaTlpVVFhQV0hXTjNHMzdSRjFOSC4u">nomination form</a> online is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.</p> <p>For more information, call 602-534-1279. </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews
Applications Open For Backyard Garden Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2435Environment & Sustainability8/3/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2435/raised bed garden 2.jpghttps://youtu.be/Uj3hPslz1LYApplications Open For Backyard Garden Program<div class="ExternalClass2E69FAB9CB8548B8BC9F48356C8C7A19"><html>​ ​The City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs is beginning the next cohort of the <a href="/oep/backyard-garden" target="_blank">Backyard Garden Program​</a>, where participants will receive, at no cost to them, a garden system, including training, support, and maintenance (as needed) for one year.<br><br>Thanks to American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, the program already supplied 92 garden systems to community members in the first year. In year two, the program will provide 178 households with either a traditional raised bed garden (provided by <a target="_blank" href="https://tigermountainfoundation.org/non-profit-community-garden/">TigerMountain Foundation</a>), a regenerative agriculture system called a '<a target="_blank" href="https://lehrgarden.com/">LEHR Garden</a>,' or an aquaponics system (provided by <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nxthorizon.com/Home.html">NxT Horizon</a>).<br><br>“Literally I can go outside, harvest what I need, use it to cook that night. That's really convenient and inexpensive," said Xavier Jones, who has a city-funded aquaponics system in his backyard. He grew more than ten pounds of produce in the first few months.<br><br>Aquaponics systems grow produce on rafts floating in water. Inside the water are fish that provide nutrients for the plants, which in turn clean the water for the fish. Aquaponics expert and instructor Dr. George Brooks, Jr. makes the whole process simple for backyard gardeners.<br><br>“To see them as their individual plants start to grow and prosper and vine out and bloom and then produce fruit has been great," he said.<br><br>The City of Phoenix is looking for passionate community members with an interest in growing food and who are willing to make a yearlong commitment to backyard gardening. Gardens will be installed in either the fall of 2022 or early spring of 2023. <br><br>“It doesn't feel like work to me. It doesn't feel like a chore. It's something I'm passionate about," said Jayleen McGehee of working in the raised bed garden that was installed in her backyard for free. “I go outside, get sun, grow things, and I provide for my family, because food is expensive right now."<br><br>This program is for residents living in single-family homes only. Check out the <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/bgp_2_en">application</a> for the full requirements. Applications for the Backyard Garden Program are open until 11:59 pm on August 30, 2022.​<br><br><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepVideo

 

 

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