Mayor Gallego Announces Successful Appeal of Phoenix Census Counthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2757Mayor's Office5/26/2023 4:45:00 PMMayor Gallego Announces Successful Appeal of Phoenix Census Count<div class="ExternalClass6B9B5B3DE8BE4F1DB42EF92EF0656D43"><html> <p></p> <div>Today, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced the City of Phoenix’s successful appeal to correct the 2020 Census Count. Earlier this year, Gallego wrote a letter to initiate the appeal process, in which she indicated that over 3,500 people in 192 “Group Quarter” facilities were missed during the 2020 census count that took place during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Counting every person matters, and I am incredibly thankful to the Census Bureau for offering this avenue to address omissions in the 2020 Census,” <b>said Mayor Gallego.</b> “This successful outcome will not only mean that we will be able to receive our fair share in federal funding for the remainder of the decade, but also set us up for success for the 2030 Census. As the fastest-growing big city in the country, that will be critical to our future.” </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“We will send the updated group quarters population to the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program where they will be included in the baseline data used to produce upcoming annual population estimates,” <b>the letter from the Census Bureau read.  </b></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>While Phoenix and the Valley area continue to grow faster than any other place in our country, the Census Bureau acknowledged they likely undercounted group facilities known as “Group Quarters” throughout Phoenix. As such, in May 2022, the Census Bureau announced the 2020 Post-Census Group Quarters Review program, a mechanism for local governments to request that the Bureau review the 2020 Census Group Quarters population count. The City of Phoenix worked with Bloomberg Associates to find that approximately 192 Group Quarter facilities were not counted in the 2020 Census Group Quarters Operation, with a total corresponding population of approximately 3,550 people residing in them.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>This successful adjustment to the count will benefit Phoenix for the next eight years by rendering additional dollars to the city via state and federal allocations, which go to programs such as Medicaid, Head Start, nutritional assistance, public safety grants, and federal housing initiatives. Estimates done reveal that for every individual counted, the city could earn thousands of dollars, thereby amounting to millions of dollars per year in federal funding for Phoenix.  ​<br></div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Mayor Gallego Joins Phoenix Union, Medical Professionals, and State Leaders to Discuss Fentanyl Crisis, Ways to Stay Safehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2754Mayor's Office5/19/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2754/FwhD2jhakAEPOLm.jpegMayor Gallego Joins Phoenix Union, Medical Professionals, and State Leaders to Discuss Fentanyl Crisis, Ways to Stay Safe<div class="ExternalClass53F17589BF0148D4A361A8D2E46C3565"><html> <div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">​​​In case you missed it, yesterday, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined Phoenix Union Superintendent Chad Gestson, Arizona State Senator Christine Marsh, Common Sense Media Senior Manager of Education and Community Partnerships Victoria Saylor, Valle Del Sol Dr. Matthew Evan, and others, for a joint roundtable discussion and tele-town hall on the dangers of fentanyl.          </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">During the event, medical professionals and resource providers educated parents, students, and members of the public about what fentanyl is, where it's found, and how to stay safe. Common Sense Media and local providers told families the best practices to protect children on social media, especially as the summer break nears.</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"This is a huge challenge for our community and we need all partners. I'm so grateful that Phoenix Union convened us tonight. This gives me hope that we are all going to work together," said Mayor Gallego said at the discussion. "Fentanyl is an ever-evolving threat, but if we talk to each other, and talk to our students, and more importantly, listen to them, we can really take this on."</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">During the event, the mayor spoke about the ongoing work being done by the city’s Office of Public Health, which has convened an internal working and advisory group composed of public safety personnel, public health experts, and city department representatives, from Parks and Recreation, Youth and Education, and more.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The city’s Office of Public Health is concluding a comprehensive needs assessment and evaluation of existing community services in order to best move forward on initiatives that will keep Phoenicians safe, from expanding Narcan accessibility to creating an opioid related surveillance data dashboard. Results from the assessment will be available next month, and from there the next steps will be shaping a community-oriented action plan that will be voted on in City Council.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">When asked what the city can do during the summer months to engage kids of all ages, the mayor spoke about Parks and Recreation activities, free library resources and more:</span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">"We want to be good partners to you all at the city, and our free programs are great opportunities to ensure your kids have a fun but valuable summer," Gallego said.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><b><u>Background</u></b>: </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In recent years, in part exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in fentanyl use and opioid addiction has led to a sharp spike in overdoses across the country. In 2022, Phoenix saw 991 overdose deaths -- 71.5% of those came from fentanyl. That same year, Phoenix Fire responded and administered naloxone – a drug that can rapidly reverse the effects of an overdose -- to 3,869 individuals.  </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Two years ago, the City of Phoenix joined 90 other Arizona cities to sign on to the One Arizona Opioid Settlement Memorandum of Understanding (“One Arizona Agreement”). The Agreement outlines the distribution of the estimated $542 million dollars that Arizona will receive over 18 years.   </span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Over 20% of that funding will go to the City of Phoenix and 44% of the total settlement will remain with the State to fund future opioid programs and response efforts. Together, the city’s Public Health Office and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health have been working to maximize community resources and share expertise.​</span></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Thunderbird at ASU to Power Downtown Phoenix Virtual Reality Experiencehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2653Mayor's Office2/9/2023 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2653/News from the Office of.jpgThunderbird at ASU to Power Downtown Phoenix Virtual Reality Experience<div class="ExternalClass01DA774010044F2391B9EBB6BA121A2B"><html> <p>​​Thunderbird School of Global Management (Thunderbird) at Arizona State University (ASU), in collaboration with the City of Phoenix, presents an unparalleled augmented reality scavenger hunt experience, 'Phoenix: The Global City of the Future,' from Thursday, Feb. 9 through Saturday, Feb. 11.<br><br>The greater Phoenix community are invited to visit <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Thunderbird+School+of+Global+Management/%4033.4526153%2c-112.0717441%2c15z/data=%214m2%213m1%211s0x0:0xd32691babcf75096?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiTpv6Pwuj8AhVxPkQIHUaDAdgQ_BJ6BAh0EAg" target="_blank">Thunderbird Global Headquarters</a> to explore a variety of unique, virtual reality attractions, including the state-of-the-art Innovation Center. Once inside, attendees can interact with others, play games on one of three global collaboration tables, and experience guided tours in a 4D immersive Positron chair.<br><br>Join Thunderbird, and the city of Phoenix with a first-of-its-kind attraction, a city-wide virtual reality scavenger hunt. Created to display not only historical locations but also future-forward locations such as Thunderbird Global Headquarters.<br><br>“Phoenix is leading in innovative technologies, including immersive experiences that advance learning at all ages," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Powered by Thunderbird at ASU, the AR activation looks at Phoenix sites past, present, and future. This demonstration of technology offers engaging interactions which are the future of marketing, business, and workforce development. Experience the future in Phoenix."<br><br>Participants can explore downtown Phoenix as it was and where it's going. This will be an unrivaled digital experience right up to the door of the biggest sporting event in the nation. Get started by stopping by any of the <a href="https://thunderbird.asu.edu/fan-experience" target="_blank">locations</a> and scan the QR code to begin. This special experience offers attendees an opportunity to engage in augmented reality as they discover historical sites across downtown Phoenix.<br><br>"Discover the future of education and technology at Thunderbird Global Headquarters, the most technologically-advanced building of any leadership and management school in the world," said Dr. Sanjeev Khagram, Director General and Dean of Thunderbird. "Civic engagement is an integral part of the Thunderbird experience, and we are thrilled to partner with the City of Phoenix to bring this augmented reality experience to our communities while highlighting Phoenix as a global city of the future."<br><br>Attendees will also be able to view the solar system in the Haas Digital Global Forum and witness live data projected onto a touchless, controlled custom LED sphere. Thunderbird's Metaverse lab will also be open; here, volumetric capture technology will take a 3D rendering of participants, creating a digital twin of themselves that can be used in virtual reality experiences.<br><br>The official kick-off event will take place Friday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. inside Thunderbird's Haas Digital Global Forum. Enjoy international-themed food trucks, live music from Thunderbird students, dancing, and songs from around the world.<br><br>Other key events include:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Pub Night on <strong>Thursday, Feb. 9</strong> at Thunderbird's rooftop pub on the fifth floor. Light appetizers will be provided at 8 p.m. MST.</p> </li> <li> <p>On <strong>Friday, Feb. 10</strong>, from 12 to 1 p.m. MST, join Dean Khagram for a special event with David Knower, chairman of the advisory board of the European League of Football and a 1985 graduate of Thunderbird. During​ the event, Knower will speak specifically on the globalization of the NFL. Due to limited capacity, please <a href="https://specialevents.asu.edu/t-birdfutureisphoenix" target="_blank">RSVP to attend</a>.</p> </li> </ul> <p>​Events will take place at Thunderbird's technologically-advanced Global Headquarters building on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, located <a href="https://www.google.com/maps/place/Thunderbird+School+of+Global+Management/%4033.4526153%2c-112.0717441%2c15z/data=%214m2%213m1%211s0x0:0xd32691babcf75096?sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjjwfS2k_X8AhXBSjABHfurBT4Q_BJ6BAheEAg" target="_blank">401 N. 1st St., Phoenix, AZ 85004</a>. The experiences will take place Thursday, Feb. 9: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 10: 2 p.m. –  10 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 11: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.<br><br>Please note: to experience the augmented reality content directly, individuals must first download the VueXR app, and then can begin scanning the QR codes located throughout Thunderbird Global Headquarters and downtown Phoenix.<br><br>For more information, including the entertainment schedule and complete details, visit our <a href="https://thunderbird.asu.edu/fan-experience" target="_blank">website</a>.<br><br><strong>For Journalists: Media are invited to attend for the Official Kick-Off on Friday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 5 p.m. Please RSVP to Dasi Danzig, Sr. Media Relations Officer, by email: </strong><a href="mailto:dasi@asu.edu" target="_blank"><strong>dasi@asu.edu</strong></a><strong> or call/text: 480-268-6766.</strong><br><br>###<br><br><strong>About Arizona State University</strong><br>Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American Research University, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it. To learn more, please visit <a href="http://asu.edu/" target="_blank">ASU.edu</a>. <br><br><strong>About Thunderbird School of Global Management</strong><br>Thunderbird School of Global Management is a unit of the Arizona State University Enterprise. For more than 75 years, Thunderbird has been the vanguard of global management and leadership education, creating inclusive and sustainable prosperity worldwide by educating global leaders capable of tackling the world's greatest challenges. Thunderbird's Master of Global Management was ranked No. 1 in the world for 2019 by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. To learn more, visit <a href="https://thunderbird.asu.edu/" target="_blank">thunderbird.asu.edu</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
Shipping Containers Turned Sustainable Housing https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2652Mayor's Office2/6/2023 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2652/News from the Office of.jpgShipping Containers Turned Sustainable Housing <div class="ExternalClass3F6041A4F99C43E1927B6F6A92EFF5FF"><html> <p>A newly-beautified, city-owned lot in downtown Phoenix has been transformed into a small neighborhood housing project created with solar-powered, repurposed, shipping containers. Steel + Spark, a local Phoenix business, has developed the SPARKBOX housing units using funding from the Arizona Department of Housing, and partnering with the City of Phoenix to demonstrate how these flexible living spaces can be dropped nearly anywhere.<br></p> <p>Sun-powered by day, battery-powered by night, the SPARKBOX does not need utility connection or on-site construction. The one bed/bath SPARKBOX is equipped with an incinerator toilet, saving 2000 gallons of water per person, per year. It also features Solarban gray glass, spray foam insulation, LED lighting, and hidden mini split for year-round heating and cooling.</p> <p>With the ability to be used off-grid, the SPARKBOX units have the potential to answer a variety of housing needs including transitional housing, parents aging-in-place, supportive space for family members with special needs, and workforce housing. Given the significant shortage of housing in Phoenix and across the state, the hope is to encourage others to grow their businesses by adopting fast-to-market, environmentally sensitive, innovative technologies.</p> <p> <strong>The media is invited to a reception on February 8, 2023, to see and experience this new approach to sustainable, attainable housing. </strong> </p> <p> <strong>WHAT:</strong> Steel + Spark - SparkBox Demonstration Park</p> <p> <strong>WHEN:</strong> Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 5:30 p.m.</p> <p> <strong>WHERE:</strong> 1016 North Second Street, Phoenix (North of the northwest corner of Roosevelt and Second Street)</p> <p> <strong>YOU WILL SEE:</strong> SPARKBOX housing units assembled on what was vacant city land. You'll be able to tour the units and talk with principals about the project and its applications.</p> <p> <strong>YOU WILL HEAR:</strong> Governor Katie Hobbs, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Brian Stark, Co-Founder of Steel + Spark​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office
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="ExternalClassA1B5C068F3604FF389DD9E55F2645BB6"><html> <p>​​</p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">On Tuesday, Phoenix City Council <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPVe0uzzNP0" target="_blank">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 href="/bond/reports-presentations" target="_blank">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 href="/bond" target="_blank">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="ExternalClass9164E0EFEF3D4B1E8B13F7435AF98625"><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 href="/hr/current-jobs" target="_blank">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 href="file:///S:/Keyera%20Williams/Office%20of%20Innovation/MCU/bloombergcities.jhu.edu/mayors-challenge" target="_blank">here</a>.  ​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeMayor's Office



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