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City of Phoenix Leader Wins 2021 Arizona CIO of the Year® Awardhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/information-technology-services/1872Information Technology Services4/26/2021 2:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1872/Newsroom_ITS_015.jpgCity of Phoenix Leader Wins 2021 Arizona CIO of the Year® Award<div class="ExternalClass54C3233ED0D64668A211C243BC75864D"><html> <p></p> <div>City of Phoenix Chief Information Officer (CIO) Matthew Arvay was recently named ArizonaCIO’s 2021 Arizona CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Award winner in the public sector category.  The ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition program in the United States and honors chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“The ArizonaCIO ORBIE winners demonstrate the significance of strong technology leadership in these uncertain times. Over the past year, CIOs are leading in unprecedented ways and enabling the largest work-from-home experiment in history,” according to Lindsey Estep, Executive Director of ArizonaCIO. “The ORBIE Awards are meaningful because they are judged by peers - CIOs who understand how difficult this job is and why great leadership matters.”<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Arvay joined the city of Phoenix in January 2017, serving as CIO for the fifth largest city in the country.  His responsibilities extend to IT management over Sky Harbor International Airport named #1 Best Large Airport by The Wall Street Journal, as well as the Phoenix Police and Phoenix Fire Departments, serving about two dozen suburbs in addition to Phoenix’s 1.7 million residents. Over the years, city leaders have supported his work toward amplifying Phoenix’s Information Technology value and offerings to ensure a technology perspective is present in key decisions at the city and regional level. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“The technological challenges of keeping our city services up and running during COVID-19 were enormous.  Leading our Smart Cities effort, Matt combined solid vision with exceptional work from his staff to meet the needs of those who live, work and play in Phoenix,” said Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher.  “I congratulate Matt, and our entire IT team, on this important recognition of their effort.”<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Arvay credits his diligent team with creating new digital services and solutions as he drives the transformation towards a true smart and connected city. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Supporting 1.7 million residents, over 14 thousand employees, and modernizing government during a pandemic was challenging, but city technologists showed their resiliency and commitment to public service,” Arvay said. “I am proud of the enhanced government transparency and participation through virtual public meetings we achieved as a city. Our expansion of outdoor public Wi-Fi to 50 facilities, delivery of tablets with hotspots to students, and the launch of our upcoming 311-CRM all prove the power of digitization, automation, and connectivity.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>More details about the 2021 CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards are available at <a href="https://www.arizonacio.org/awards" target="_blank">ArizonaCIO</a>. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/itsNewsinformation-technology-servicesHeadshot of Phoenix CIO Matthew Arvay in front of City HallITSTechnology, Award, CIOFelicia 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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