Help Create the Future of Phoenix: Mayor and Council Form PlanPHX Committee and Public Participation Plan to Update City's General Planhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2624Mayor's Office1/10/2023 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2624/News from the Office of.jpgHelp Create the Future of Phoenix: Mayor and Council Form PlanPHX Committee and Public Participation Plan to Update City's General Plan<div class="ExternalClassFB0D43E7A08140299CC5714EE251247D"><html> ​The City of Phoenix is embarking on the 2025 update of the Phoenix General Plan and is looking to the community to help shape it. <br><br> <strong>What is planPHX? </strong><br><br> The General Plan, referred to as planPHX, is the long-range guide for designing the city’s future. It addresses a wide array of issues including energy, housing, equity, sustainability, neighborhoods, public facilities, natural resources, transportation, and land use.  <br><br> At last week's Formal Council Meeting, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and the City Council established the 16-member planPHX 2025 Leadership Committee that will guide the update of planPHX. Success of planPHX depends on public input. Today, the council unanimously approved the Public Participation Plan that is an essential part of the planPHX process. <br><br> <strong>What is the Public Participation Plan? </strong><br><br> The Planning and Development Department will provide opportunities for continuous public participation in the planPHX 2025 update process. It will use a variety of approaches to foster public participation through December 2023. Efforts will include media involvement, public presentations, youth engagement, and a planPHX Summit. <br><br> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;">“The Phoenix General Plan will be community driven,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “The members of the planPHX 2025 Leadership Committee will have the critical and exciting responsibility of developing a draft plan that considers how Phoenix will be structured, how it will grow, how it will operate and how it will serve its citizens.”</blockquote><br> <strong>Why update planPHX? </strong><br><br> Arizona law requires that the City’s General Plan be updated and/or readopted and approved by voters every ten years. The Phoenix City Council last adopted an updated General Plan on March 4, 2015, and referred the General Plan to the August 25, 2015 ballot. Phoenix residents approved that updated General Plan with more than 76% of the votes in support.  <br><br> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"></blockquote><blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;">“This time, we face new challenges," Mayor Gallego said. "PlanPHX will need to consider climate change, housing, land use for advanced manufacturing that draws high-paying jobs, and a host of other issues that have emerged over the last ten years."</blockquote><br> The updated General Plan is expected to go to voters on the November 2024 ballot.  <br><br> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;">“I am honored to serve Mayor Gallego and the City of Phoenix to chair the planPHX 2025 Leadership Committee,” said Mo Stein of HKS Architects, who served as chair of the 2002 and 2015 General Plan updates. “I look forward to working with the talented and diverse group of individuals the City Council has appointed to the Committee. The General Plan serves as the strategic foundation for development. Every service or action the city provides can trace its roots back to goals and policies found in the General Plan.” </blockquote><br> <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/pdd/generalplan2025" href="/pdd/generalplan2025" tabindex="0">Stay updated on all things planPHX here</a>.<br> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
City Council Approves Proposed $500 million General Obligation (GO) Bond Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2598Mayor's Office12/13/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2598/City-Hall-for-Newsroom.jpgCity Council Approves Proposed $500 million General Obligation (GO) Bond Program<div class="ExternalClass40E785F4BE7E432B8EB5C8396632460C"><html> <p>​​</p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">On Tuesday, Phoenix City Council <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPVe0uzzNP0">voted to approve​</a> the proposed $500 million 2023 GO Bond Program as presented by the GO Bond Executive Committee.</span> </p> <p>After three months of committee deliberation and extensive p​ublic input, the GO Bond Executive Committee recommended several projects and programs for City Council consideration. A summary of allocations per subcommittee as well as a list of recommended projects/programs to be completed is available on the <a target="_blank" href="/bond/reports-presentations">City's website​</a>. </p> <p>Phoenix City Council approved the following allocations per program area totaling $500 million:</p> <ul> <li>Arts & Culture - $50,385,000</li> <li>Economic Development & Education - $38,000,000</li> <li>Environment & Sustainability - $26,000,000</li> <li>Housing, Human Services & Homelessness - $63,000,000</li> <li>Neighborhoods & City Services - $44,615,000</li> <li>Parks & Recreation - $64,000,000</li> <li>Public Safety - $132,500,000</li> <li>Streets & Storm Drainage - $81,500,000</li> </ul> <p>City staff will begin the next steps to prepare election materials for City Council approval and then voters will decide the outcome during a November 2023 Special Bond Election.</p> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego applauded the GO Bond committees for the months of effort that went into creating the final proposals. “This was a complex project, and our committee members – who already lead busy lives –  generously gave of their time and expertise to prioritize and craft these proposals that came to the council today. I am deeply grateful for their commitment to making the City of Phoenix a better place." </p> <p>GO Bond Executive Committee Chair Sharon Harper added, “After months of meetings with my fellow committee members and passionate residents, I'm grateful that Phoenix City Council approved the proposed 2023 GO Bond Program. By giving residents a voice in the conversation, we've created a pathway to this bond program's ultimate success. If passed by voters, this GO Bond is sure to make a positive and lasting impact to our City."</p> <p>Read more about the proposed projects at <a target="_blank" href="/bond">phoenix.gov/bond</a>.​​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Phoenix Welcomes the Phoenix Rising FC!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2568Mayor's Office11/16/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2568/News from the Office of.jpgPhoenix Welcomes the Phoenix Rising FC!<div class="ExternalClassDC059521390B4F2D851ABABAC4AA9646"><html> <p></p><p style="line-height:150%;">(PHOENIX) – For the first time in its history, the Phoenix Rising FC soccer club will play in the city that is its namesake.​</p><p style="line-height:150%;">​The Phoenix City Council voted today to lease land near 40th Street and Washington to the team, to house a temporary stadium, concessions, a practice facility, and other associated buildings. The ten-acre site, owned by Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, is on the grounds of a former greyhound dog racing track and is the current site of the Phoenix Park ‘n Swap. Phoenix Rising will rent the land for approximately $300,000 for the first year, with price adjustments possible in years two through five of the agreement.</p> <p style="line-height:150%;">Established in 2016, Phoenix Rising has matured into a competitive team that won the 2018 and 2020 Western Conference Titles, as well as the United Soccer League (USL) Championship 2019 Regular Season Title.</p> <p style="line-height:150%;">“Phoenix Rising plays a fast-paced, exciting game and brings with it a broad, enthusiastic fan base,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “The club is making an important investment in Central City, and I’m thrilled to welcome them into our extended downtown area. I know there are fans, and soon-to-be-fans, who will agree when I say: I can’t wait for the chance to take in a match!”</p> <p style="line-height:150%;">“We are grateful to the City of Phoenix leadership and their Department of Community and Economic Development. This move will allow us to immediately upgrade our game day fan experience, which has always been our top priority,” said Phoenix Rising FC Governor Bill Kraus. “Accessibility to the site is excellent and there will be opportunities to create partnerships with the small businesses at Phoenix Park ‘n Swap. We have so much respect for the hundreds of business owners who operate there and the thousands of customers they serve every week.”</p> <p style="line-height:150%;">Today’s decision is a win-win for the Phoenix Rising FC and for the City of Phoenix. The five-year lease will offer the club the opportunity to identify a permanent location. In addition to revenue generated by the lease, city upgrades to the land will align with long-term plans for the growth of Sky Harbor Airport.</p> <p style="line-height:150%;">For more information about Phoenix Rising FC, <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phxrisingfc.com/" href="https://www.phxrisingfc.com/" tabindex="0" style="color:rgb(30, 81, 136);">click here</a>. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Mobile Career Unit Connects Refugees with Jobshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2546Mayor's Office10/28/2022 10:32:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2546/Photos_Bloomberg_Mobile_Career_Misc_003.JPGMobile Career Unit Connects Refugees with Jobs<div class="ExternalClass4A093202BEEB470DB64746CE76DB1A97"><html> <p>​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">WHAT:</strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> Mobile Career </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Unit Refugee-Focused Hiring Event</span></p> <p> <strong>WHEN:</strong> Monday, Oct. 31 at 9 a.m.</p> <p> <strong>WHERE:</strong> Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004</p> <p> <strong>WHO:</strong> City of Phoenix, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego (Available from 9-9:30 a.m. for media interviews), District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari (Available at 10-10:30 a.m. for media interviews)<br></p> <p>The City of Phoenix is hosting a refugee-focused Mobile Career Unit hiring event. There are currently more than 3,000 City of Phoenix job openings in various departments including Street Transportation and Parks and Recreation. </p> <p>“The Mobile Career Unit (MCU) is innovative in its approach of meeting job seekers where they are at with job opportunities right here in their community, so it makes sense that the MCU be utilized to assist refugees looking for work," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “The MCU has proven itself to be successful with multiple 'on the spot' hires, and I look forward to hearing about more success stories with these added events." </p> <p>Ahead of this event, the City of Phoenix Human Resources Department is working closely with the International Rescue Committee and other refugee-serving organizations to make the City's hiring process more accessible to the refugee community. </p> <p>Several agencies will be in attendance including International Rescue Committee, Chicanos Por La Causa, Phoenix Refugee Connections, Friendly House and Catholic Charities. These organizations will assist with pairing refugees with City jobs. </p> <p>“I've worked extensively with refugee communities throughout my career, and I've always been impressed with their level of education, diverse skill sets, and their commitment to making a positive impact in their new home. But many newly arriving refugees lack access to reliable transit, needed technology and language barriers pose challenges when job searching," says Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari. “I'm incredibly proud that our city is meeting our new residents where they're at and bringing wraparound services to ensure all around success."</p> <p> The City is welcoming local media to the Mobile Career Unit event to help spread the message to Phoenix residents that the mobile career units are on the road. Phoenix residents can submit applications for City of Phoenix jobs at <a target="_blank" href="/hr/current-jobs">Phoenix.gov/jobs</a>. </p> <p>The City of Phoenix is one of 15 cities awarded $1 million dollars in the 2021-22 Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge, to drive futures forward with a data-directed Mobile Career Unit (MCU) that helps unemployed residents overcome barriers and obtain employment. Learn more about the Mobile Career Unit <a target="_blank" href="file:///S:/Keyera%20Williams/Office%20of%20Innovation/MCU/bloombergcities.jhu.edu/mayors-challenge">here</a>.  ​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Phoenix Takes New Steps to Conserve Colorado River Waterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2538Mayor's Office10/26/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2538/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpgPhoenix Takes New Steps to Conserve Colorado River Water<div class="ExternalClassEBC49F6334304F6F9617AE1BC2E2B163"><html> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the City Council today agreed to new, coordinated action with the goal of further reducing demand for Colorado River water.</p> <p>Mayor and Council agreed unanimously to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the cities of Denver, Aurora, and Pueblo Colorado, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, and the South Nevada Water Authority. The MOU commits each city and region to, among other strategies, increase water reuse and recycling programs, expand efficiency of water use, and reduce the quantity of non-functional grass, replacing it with drought and climate resilient landscaping. Additional cities in Arizona and throughout the West are expected to join the MOU in the coming weeks.</p> <p>The MOU also identifies a range of additional water conservation best practices that cities and regions can choose to implement.</p> <p>“This is the kind of collaboration that is essential to restoring the strength of the Colorado River,” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “As the MOU points out, no one city or region can solve drought and water issues on its own. While we await strong federal action, we must do everything in our power to be wise water stewards.”</p> <p>Councilwoman Ann O’Brien added, “Water is our most valuable resource, especially here in the desert. Phoenix has already taken proactive steps forward in working towards water conservation. In July, the Council approved two new developments in North Phoenix that have committed to reducing turf in front yards and increasing desert landscaping throughout the open spaces. Serving as the City’s representative on the Arizona Municipal Water User Authority Board, I know firsthand the importance of collaboration in water conservation. This MOU does just that.”</p> <p>This vote comes less than five months after <a href="/newsroom/water-services/2363" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2363" target="_blank">the City declared a Stage 1 Water Alert and activated its Drought Management Plan</a> back in June.</p> <p>Phoenix has a proven history of water conservation. The City has reduced its per capita water use by 30% over the last 30 years – even with an increase in population of more than 400,000 people.</p> <p>Mayor Gallego added, “Even with our successes, we must find new ways to ensure we get the most out of every drop of water. It will require continued, creative approaches that involve the city, local businesses, and individual residents.”</p> <p>To learn more about what the City of Phoenix Water Services Department is doing, and how you can help, <a href="/waterservices" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservices" target="_blank">click here</a>. Find out how to participate in our Colorado River Shortage Town Hall discussions <a href="/waterservices/drought" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservices/drought" target="_blank">here</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Mayor Gallego Names Official Historianhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2531Mayor's Office10/18/2022 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2531/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpgMayor Gallego Names Official Historian<div class="ExternalClassCCE6BD6F4C6B4425913D73E77AF48867"><html> <p></p><p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego has announced the appointment of Steve Schumacher as the Mayor's Office Official Historian.</p><p>“Steve will work with us to document and share the history of Phoenix, from its earliest days to the present," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “I have always believed the future of Phoenix builds on the strong foundation of its past, beginning with the ancient indigenous peoples who first lived here. By understanding our unique cultural history and traditions, we can celebrate in a way that helps residents learn, understand, and respect our past."</p><p>Steve's passion for researching Phoenix history and educating Valley residents was formed about 10 years ago. On a day that reached 118 degrees, he asked "why did people come here in the first place?" That moment began Steve's journey discovering Phoenix's fascinating history and recognizing the huge opportunity to increase awareness of that history. </p><p>Steve will put his public speaking skills to use educating as many people as possible, especially teachers and schoolchildren. As Mayor's Office Historian, Steve will work closely with Mayor, city staff, and history-related groups to actively honor and celebrate our civic memory.</p><p>One of the first projects on which Steve will focus is identifying remarkable locations in and around downtown neighborhoods. Here are three examples:</p><p><strong>The Rosson House.</strong> Tucked inside downtown Phoenix's Heritage Square stands the Rosson House. Now on the National Register of Historic Places, this ornate Victorian home was near collapse when the city purchased and renovated it. Since it opened again in 1980, it has offered thousands of visitors a glance at what life was like in late 19th century Phoenix.</p><p><strong>Eastlake Park</strong> is one of the oldest parks in the city, surrounded by a neighborhood that embodies the history of the Black community. The playground is home to a pair of alligator statues, homage to the reptiles which, as legend has it, resided in the park's lake more than 100 years ago. One of the neighborhood's most prominent residents, the Honorable Calvin C. Goode, was the city's longest-serving councilmen and a leader of the civil rights movement.</p><p><strong>Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeological Park.</strong> Ancestors of the Akimel O'Odham and Pee Posh people, known as the Hohokam, have lived in and around the Phoenix area for thousands of years. The park's archeological site showcases rare examples of their architectural and engineering skills, including irrigation canals that were a fundamental building block of modern-day Phoenix.</p><p>“Visitors we host during NFL Super Bowl LVII will be delighted by these hidden gems in Phoenix. As I meet with global companies exploring Phoenix for expansion, it's a privilege to share these amazing places that exist throughout the city," added Mayor Gallego.<br></p></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Mayor Gallego Announces New Deputy Director of Communications https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2529Mayor's Office10/17/2022 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2529/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpgMayor Gallego Announces New Deputy Director of Communications <div class="ExternalClass14F4154A1AE7408B897003BFE5FFA5EA"><html> <p></p> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego announced today that Stephanie Barnes has joined her team as Deputy Director of Communications. Stephanie's chief responsibility will be to serve as the Mayor's primary media liaison. She will also oversee social media strategy, draft a variety of written communications on behalf of the Mayor, aid in preparing speeches, as well as a range of other duties. Stephanie will report to Director of Communications Jeanine L'Ecuyer.  </p> <p>Stephanie is no stranger to the City of Phoenix. She most recently worked with the City Manager's Communications Office where she held the role of Senior Public Information Officer for the City Council. Prior to that, Stephanie spent time as a communications officer for the City's Human Services and Neighborhood Services Departments as well as in the Public Affairs Bureau of the Phoenix Police Department. </p> <p>Aside from the institutional knowledge of the City, Stephanie brings a diverse background in media and marketing to the Mayor's Office. For the first five years of her career, she was an on-camera reporter for local stations from Northern California to Western New York. She also spent time in brand management for an international law firm, developing content strategy and launching a video department.  </p> <p>“Stephanie brings a depth of experience, knowledge, and street smarts that will be immensely helpful as we continue to help the residents of Phoenix understand what their city is doing," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “I'm delighted to have her on my team." </p> <p>Stephanie is a Phoenix native and is thrilled to be working for the mayor in her hometown!  </p> <p>You may reach Stephanie Barnes at 602-316-0958, <a href="mailto:stephanie.barnes@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">stephanie.barnes@phoenix.gov</a> or on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/stephkbarnes" target="_blank">@stephkbarnes</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Phoenix Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decreased in 2020, Report Findshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2431Mayor's Office8/1/2022 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2431/Newsroom_OEP_1.jpgPhoenix Greenhouse Gas Emissions Decreased in 2020, Report Finds<div class="ExternalClass3D2B5BF6BB3845B987F0398AC8F718FD"><html> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;font-size:13.3333px;">​The City of Phoenix's <a target="_blank" href="/oep/GHG">2020 Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory</a> shows both community scale and government operations emissions decreased during that year.<br></p> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Our investments in energy efficiency, transportation electrification, and renewable energy have demonstrated progress toward Phoenix's Climate Action Plan goals," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “This work is crucial to ensuring a sustainable and prosperous future, and we will continue to deliver results in city operations and across our community."</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Overall, 2020 community-wide GHG emissions were 14% lower than the 2012 baseline, while the metro economy grew by 42% and the City's population increased by 12%. Researchers from Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University found these reductions were primarily due to the electricity grid having a lower carbon intensity due to the closures of coal-fired power plants. Some of the reductions were also due to decreased travel from commuting and lower air travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In government operations, Phoenix 2020 GHG emissions were 25% lower than the 2005 baseline – well on their way to meeting the 2025 goal of a 40% reduction from 2005.</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“These inventory numbers show the steps Phoenix is taking to cut down on emissions are working. While there is still plenty of work to be done, we are certainly headed in the right direction," said Environmental Programs Administrator Nancy Allen. “We've been reaching and exceeding emission reduction goals for 15 years, and we don't plan to stop."</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">While the City Vehicle Fleet did see an increase in GHG emissions due to increased service miles, Phoenix has lowered carbon intensity of the fleet with the use of alternative fuels. City Council also recently adopted the Transportation Electrification Action Plan, which calls for electrification of vehicles within the fleet and installation of on-site electric vehicle charging stations.</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Thanks to investments in energy efficiency projects, buildings and facilities saw a decrease in electricity use. Water Services saw a decrease in emissions due to the capture and reuse of biogas at the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant, and a telework program led to decreased GHG emissions from employee commuting.</span> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In 2021, the City of Phoenix's Climate Action Plan laid out another ambitious goal of reducing community carbon emissions from buildings, transportation, and waste by 50% by 2030, thereby moving toward becoming a carbon neutral city by 2050.​​<br></span> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office



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