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Mayor Gallego Announces Blue Bank to Foster Innovation in Water Conservationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/2350Mayor's Office5/12/2022 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2350/cooling tower at Sky Harbor.pngMayor Gallego Announces Blue Bank to Foster Innovation in Water Conservation<div class="ExternalClass7248EBCDBF2F4C1B9895964E6D68923B"><html> <p></p> <p>Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council have voted unanimously to make new funding available to companies interested in using a leading-edge technology to save water and protect the environment. </p> <p>The new 'Blue Bank' is a partnership between the city, the <a target="_blank" href="https://thebluebank.org/" title="BlueCommons Fund">New Venture Fund's BlueCommons</a> project, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's <a target="_blank" href="https://businessforwater.org/about" title="Business for Water Stewardship">Business for Water Stewardship</a> (BWS) program. BlueCommons and BWS will provide loans to qualified companies that want to incorporate cooling tower projects in their own buildings and campuses. </p> <p>A highly successful, large-scale cooling tower water treatment technology pioneered at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the basis of this grant program. Cooling towers are used in industry-scale air conditioning systems – like those at the airport. Because of the hard water in the Phoenix area, corrosion happens quickly, clogging the system with mineral deposits.  The deposits reduce efficiency of the systems, causing them to use more water; they can also require harsh chemicals to remove. By using ingenuity and experimentation, engineers at the airport found that by combining a water softening system with an environmentally friendly disinfectant generator on the cooling towers at Terminal 3, 4, and the Rental Car Center, the results were dramatic. There was a vast reduction in the chemicals needed to keep the pipes clean, and a <strong>savings of 31 million gallons of water</strong> in Terminal 4 alone. Plus, cooling water can now cycle through the towers 3.5 to six times before it must be discarded – another significant improvement.  </p> <p>Through the non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) approved Wednesday, Phoenix will be responsible for identifying companies that are potentially ready to adopt this technology. BlueCommons and BWS can choose to provide project funding for qualified companies. The hope is to create a rotating funding mechanism for future projects. ​<br></p> <p>​</p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeImage of cooling tower at Sky Harbor Int'l AirportMayor's OfficeDavid Drennon480-820-2906david.drennon@phoenix.govMayorGallego

 

 

Former Eye Opener Restaurant gets New Life helping kick off new ventures along Hatcher Road.https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2444Planning and Development8/12/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/s3KZdWm2AwQ Former Eye Opener Restaurant gets New Life helping kick off new ventures along Hatcher Road.<div class="ExternalClass305E4A1FF9DE4F39ACDC7561FC5B6DCA"><html> <p> <span data-offset-key="clmos-0-0">This new adaptive reuse project could be one of many new ventures along Hatcher Road. Check out the "Eye Opener's" conversion from a restaurant to a vintage furniture showroom with help from staff & Councilwoman Deb Stark.</span>​</p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddVideo
Phoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2443Fire8/12/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2443/dog 2.jpgPhoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pet<div class="ExternalClass5E97A77AC0C4452DBAAAF32F7FCB410C"><html> <p>​</p>Phoenix firefighters rescued a dog from a smoke-filled apartment in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire near 19th Avenue and Dunlap and arrived to find a single apartment filled with heavy black smoke. <br><br>Upon arrival, fully turned-out firefighters from Engine 960 conducted a thorough search of the apartment; that's where they found an unresponsive dog. Firefighters carried the dog out of the apartment and quickly began resuscitation efforts.<br>​<br>Phoenix firefighters from stations 20 and 60 worked together to deploy a <a href="https://thefetchfoundation.com/fido-bags" target="_blank">'Fido Bag'</a>: Fido Bags are life-saving tools that are supplied to local fire departments and professional K9 Handlers from <a href="https://thefetchfoundation.com/home" target="_blank">the Fetch Foundation</a>.<br><br>Fido Bags contain reusable oxygen masks that have been specially designed to fit the nose of small pets including cats and rabbits and will also fit the muzzle of a large dog.<br><br>First responders on the scene used bottles of water to cool down the dog as they used the oxygen from the Fido Bag to help resuscitate it. <br><br>Thanks to support from the Automatic Aid System, the Glendale Fire Department was also on the scene and assisted with the efforts. <br><br>As the dog laid on the sidewalk receiving treatment, the owners watched from a distance. After a few minutes the dog regained consciousness and began to wag its tail. Shortly after, the dog was happily reunited with its family.<br><br><p>The Phoenix Fire Department wants to thank the Fetch Foundation for its support. The Fido Bag system offers pets across the Valley the best chance of survival in the case of an emergency.​​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNews
Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridgehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2441Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2441/USDOT Rio Salado bridge presser.jpgPhoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge<div class="ExternalClassE151A7F15FF6451AAC5144BFB56747CC"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.<br></p><p>WATCH: <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2442">Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference​</a><br></p><p>Phoenix will use the discretionary federal funding to construct the long-proposed Rio Salado Bike and Pedestrian Bridge, that will cross the river bed in alignment with 3rd Street and create impactful connectivity between south Phoenix and the city's downtown region.</p><p>When completed, the bridge will provide residents without a motor vehicle, or who prefer not to drive on every trip, with a safe option to cross the Rio Salado and gain improved access to jobs, schools, services and other opportunities. The bridge also will offer a convenient connection to the currently under construction South Central Light Rail Extension, and provide residents with increased recreational and exercise options with its proximity to the trails within the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.</p><p>In addition to the construction of the bridge, the project will include solar lighting upgrades along the existing Rio Salado pathway from Central Avenue to 40th Street.<br></p><p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p><p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews

 

 

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