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Phoenix Achieves What Works Cities Certification at the Platinum Levelhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/innovation/2992Innovation1/23/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2992/Newsroom Photo Template.pngPhoenix Achieves What Works Cities Certification at the Platinum Level<div class="ExternalClass4F26021A8219453481D0BAD8E31ADAD7"><html> <p></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p>Phoenix has been awarded the Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Certification at the Platinum Level – the highest recognition available – for establishing exceptional data capabilities to inform policy decision-making, allocate funding, improve services, evaluate program effectiveness, and engage residents. </p> <p>"I'm ecstatic that Phoenix has achieved Platinum What Works Cities Certification, a testament to our data-driven approach to make life better for our residents," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. "Whether it's in designing innovative chilled water fountains or managing traffic flow in our busiest intersections, we are committed to continuous improvement for more effective, equitable service delivery."</p> <p>Phoenix is one of 74 cities that have achieved the What Works Cities Certification distinction and more than 160 cities have submitted applications since the launch of the program in 2017. Prior to advancing to the Platinum Level, Phoenix was certified at both the Silver and Gold Levels. </p> <p>“Focusing on a strong data-based approach is something I take great pride in as City Manager. Publicly showcasing data and key performance indicators allows us to be transparent with our residents, and it is the strategic use of data that helps us determine what is working well and where changes are needed – to help us better our city." Says Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton. “The What Works Cities team has been a great partner over the years, and this achievement reflects Phoenix's unwavering dedication to evidence-based, effective governance and continuous improvement." </p> <p>The What Works Cities Certification Standard measures a city's use of data based on <a href="https://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/assessment/" target="_blank">43 criteria</a>. A city that achieves 68-84 percent is recognized as Gold and 85 percent or more is recognized to reach Platinum. Phoenix joins 12 newly Certified cities, six other currently Certified cities that have achieved a higher Certification level, and four cities being re-certified.  </p> <p>“We are excited to welcome the newly certified cities and congratulate those cities which have achieved a higher level or re-certified—they have all demonstrated a collective focus on how data can be used to build stronger communities," said Rochelle Haynes, Managing Director of What Works Cities Certification. “These cities understand that local government data use is a pre-condition to solving problems, assessing what is working, and improving how their city halls do business – and they are investing their resources accordingly."</p> <p style="text-align:justify;">A notable example of Phoenix's use of data includes instituting data governance across departments through its <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/dashboard" target="_blank">City Manager's Performance Dashboard</a> and continuous community engagement to inform key policies, including the City's climate action plan, contributing to the average Phoenix resident using approximately 34 percent less water today than the average resident in 1990. </p> <p>“The Bloomberg Philanthropies What Works Cities Certification program represents a fast-growing community of policymakers raising the bar on what is possible for local government when it leverages data to address major challenges and opportunities facing the city," said James Anderson, who leads the Government Innovation program at Bloomberg Philanthropies.<strong> </strong>“More than 160 cities across the Americas are seeking the What Works Cities Certification seal of approval because city halls – like any other effective modern organization – must be leveraging data to make better decisions. The program provides local governments with that North Star – and we are glad to see its reach continue to grow." </p> <p>The <a href="https://whatworkscities.bloomberg.org/cities/phoenix-arizona-usa/" target="_blank">What Works Cities</a> Certification program, launched in 2017 by Bloomberg Philanthropies and led by Results for America, is the international standard of data excellence in city governance.  ​<br> </p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/innovationNewsinnovationPhoto of the public entrance of City Hall InnovationWhat Works Cities, Bloomberg, Results For AmericaKeyera Williams602-859-5089602-534-8922keyera.williams@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/17/Keyera_Williams.jpg

 

 

City of Phoenix Hosts Its Largest Neighborhood Tree Planting Event of the Seasonhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/3039Environment & Sustainability3/1/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3039/image000001.JPGCity of Phoenix Hosts Its Largest Neighborhood Tree Planting Event of the Season<div class="ExternalClassCAA0A79D70654191B18E50FFF6932A6A"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​The </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">City of Phoenix is planting approximately 200</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> 24" box trees for grant recipients living in a Westwood neighborhood on Saturday, March 2, marking it as the biggest City-sponsored neighborhood tree planting event of the season.</span></p> <p>“Planting trees across Phoenix not only enhances the beauty of our neighborhoods but also puts in motion our strategic vision for urban forestry. These trees represent our commitment to shade equity and climate resilience, ensuring that every resident enjoys the benefits of a greener, cooler, and more inviting environment," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego.</p> <p>Last fall, the Office of Heat Response and Mitigation launched its Community Canopy grant program which offers free trees and tree planting support for residents and neighborhoods in <a href="https://www.huduser.gov/portal/sadda/sadda_qct.html" target="_blank">Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs)</a>. </p> <p>"I am incredibly proud to represent such a vibrant and engaged community," Councilwoman Laura Pastor said. “It brings me great joy to see so many of my constituents taking advantage of the Community Canopy grant program, as it not only beautifies our neighborhoods but also has numerous environmental benefits."</p> <p>Trees for the tree planting are being supplied by <a href="https://www.treeland.com/" target="_blank">Treeland Nurseries</a> and contractor <a href="https://westcoastarborists.com/" target="_blank">West Coast Arborists</a> will plant trees for grant recipients. In addition, each resident will receive a supply bag equipped with an irrigation timer, a moisture meter, a 100-foot hose, two t-shirts as well as information on their trees and how to care for them. </p> <p>“The goal of these tree plantings is to provide more shade to homes in Phoenix neighborhoods as well as bring communities together. A lot of these residents are meeting their neighbors for the first time," says Urban Tree Project Manager Lora Martens. “These tree plantings in front line communities, are truly improving the tree equity gap in our city." </p> <p>The grant program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and <a href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/community_canopy_grant_application" target="_blank">applications</a> for the Community Canopy grant program are still being accepted. Residents interested in getting trees planted in their neighborhood can submit their application online at <a href="/heat" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/heat</a>. All projects must be completed by Dec. 31. <br><br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews
E-scooter Program to Expand to 24/7 Schedule on March 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/3038Street Transportation2/29/2024 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3038/Micromobility Program_3032_Newsroom.jpgE-scooter Program to Expand to 24/7 Schedule on March 1<div class="ExternalClassCC10D341742347EABCEF5329D9797C5C"><html> <p>​The Phoenix Street Transportation Department will expand operation of its Shared Micromobility Program to 24 hours a day, seven days a week effective at midnight on Friday, March 1. The program currently operates daily from 5 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The 24/7 schedule of operation will be done as a six-month pilot program, during which usage data and other metrics will be reviewed.<br></p> <p>Launched permanently in January 2023 with vendors Lime and Spin, the program includes the shared rental use of e-scooters, e-bikes, traditional pedal bikes and adaptive bikes. The program currently operates in the city's downtown core, as well as areas to the south, west and east of downtown.​ </p> <p> <a href="/newssite/_layouts/15/Catalog.aspx?Url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Ephoenix%2Egov%2Fstreetssite%2FMediaAssets%2FPhoenix%5FMicromobility%5FProgram%5FBoundary%5FMap%2Epng" target="_blank">View the Shared Micromobility Program boundary map</a> </p> <p>During the 24/7 pilot program, customers using the vehicles between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. will be required to take a late-night rider reaction test available through each respective vendor's app. </p> <p>Various vendors have operated e-scooters in downtown Phoenix since September 2019 as part of a city-managed pilot program. In December 2022, City Council authorized the Street Transportation Department to finalize an agreement with Lime and Spin to be the official vendors when the pilot program ended. The permanent program began in January 2023.</p> <p>Additional information about the Shared Micromobility​ Program is available at <a href="/streets/scooters" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Scooters</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews
Pool Fence Safety Program Funding Availablehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/3037Fire2/28/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/p0Q4z6wI2ssPool Fence Safety Program Funding Available<div class="ExternalClassDCF62A084C614DA080FA4F7147242843"><html> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">The Phoenix Fire Department prides itself in prioritizing water safety and working to prevent drownings. In 2022, the Phoenix Fire Department rebranded its water safety campaign as “DrowningZero.” The goal to accomplish zero drownings with zero access to unsafe bodies of water. But we know we can’t do this alone. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> <br> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">The Phoenix Fire Department has a longstanding tradition of working alongside community partners including the United Phoenix Firefighters Local 493.</span></p><p> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">In collaboration with Child Crisis Arizona, SRP and the 493 Firefighter Foundation, the group is proud to bring back the Pool Fence Safety Program to enhance water safety in our community. This initiative aims to provide free pool fences to eligible families with children aged six or younger living in owner-occupied homes within Maricopa County. By addressing water safety concerns, we strive to prevent accidents and promote child safety around pools.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span></p><p> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">To qualify for the program, families must meet specific eligibility criteria, including income qualification and residency within Maricopa County. Applications must be submitted by March 24, 2024, and include bids from licensed pool fence contractors. Funding awarded through the program is directed to pool vendors, ensuring families receive the necessary safety measures.</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">We encourage eligible families to apply for this vital safety measure, prioritizing water safety in their homes and safeguarding their children from potential hazards.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559685":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":240}"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">To apply for the Pool Fence Safety Program, visit: </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="https://childcrisisaz.org/pool-fence-safety-program/"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">https://childcrisisaz.org/pool-fence-safety-program/</span> </span></a></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo

 

 

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