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GBAC Star Accreditation, Record Number of Delegates and Facility Reopening Plans Put Phoenix on the Road to Recoveryhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/phoenix-convention-center/1452Phoenix Convention Center8/12/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1452/SFrances_180326_3463_C_jpg.jpgGBAC Star Accreditation, Record Number of Delegates and Facility Reopening Plans Put Phoenix on the Road to Recovery<div class="ExternalClassC7A2139282594657B68356BDA3B1A94F"><html> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span> <p>PHOENIX (Aug. 12, 2020) – As the meetings industry continues to struggle amid the ripple effects of global pandemic Covid-19, the Phoenix Convention Center with partner Visit Phoenix paves a new path for recovery.</p> <p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <strong>Bookings into the Future</strong> </span> <strong> </strong> </p> <p>As the primary booking agent for the Phoenix Convention Center, Visit Phoenix works with the facility along with downtown hotels to book conventions into the downtown community. Together, Visit Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center and hotel partners booked 72 conventions with a record 311,734 delegates to Phoenix in future meeting years. </p> <p>In addition to those 72 conventions booked,19 programs with 55,508 delegates were rebooked into future years due to Covid-19, bringing the total number of conventions booked during the 2019-20 fiscal year to 91 with an estimated 367,242 delegates.</p> <p>“One of the most significant drivers for the success of our award-winning Convention Center has been the team's investment in providing quality service and building long-term relationships with industry planners," said Ed Zuercher, Phoenix City Manager. “Because of this commitment, and in partnership with Visit Phoenix, we have reached a major milestone."</p> <p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <strong>Outbreak Prevention</strong> </span> <strong> </strong> </p> <p>The Phoenix Convention Center is the first public venue in Arizona to receive <a target="_blank" href="https://gbac.issa.com/issa-gbac-star-facility-accreditation/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">GBAC STAR™</span></a> accreditation. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, GBAC STAR™ provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous protocols in response to biorisk situations. The GBAC Accreditation program enables facilities to maximize product use and best practices for sanitization and train staff to implement them at the level needed to thoroughly sterilize and clean environments in the era of Covid-19.</p> <p>“The City of Phoenix is constantly improving and innovating in all areas. While we think about how we will safely reopen after Covid-19, innovation and adaptability are key. The Phoenix Convention Center has kept these values top of mind and has not only achieved a world class accreditation but also an all-time booking record," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “These achievements are testaments to the hard work of our employees and the city's leadership in key industries."</p> <p>The GBAC STAR™ certification is the meetings industry standard for cleaning protocols and staff training. In achieving this milestone, the Phoenix Convention Center joins some of the largest and most successful convention centers in the United States and Canada as industry leaders in client care.</p> <p>“While we continue to fight this pandemic, we look to the future to understand what it will take to keep our community, employees and visitors safe for when it is time to come together again," said City of Phoenix Assistant City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. “This accreditation simply validates that our own Phoenix Convention Center is an industry leader not just in Arizona, but in America, and around the world." </p> <p>“As the primary booking agent for the Phoenix Convention Center, Visit Phoenix is thrilled that the venue has received its GBAC STAR™ accreditation," said Visit Phoenix President and CEO Steve Moore. “This effort showcases the priority that safety and cleanliness are for the Phoenix Convention Center, and we look forward to working with our meeting planner clients to ensure their events and conventions focus on attendee health and comfort."</p> <p>As a division of the <a target="_blank" href="https://www.issa.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">International Sanitary Supply Association (ISSA)</span></a>, GBAC STAR™ is an industry accreditation focused on ensuring a clean, safe and healthy environment. The program establishes requirements to assist facilities by providing best practices, protocols and procedures to control risks associated with infectious agents, such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19.</p> <p>“Becoming a GBAC STAR™ accredited facility supports our Center's ongoing improvement efforts. The multi-step process helped us evaluate, update and align existing practices so we can continue to provide top-notch service. For our clients and their attendees, peace of mind is how we define success," said Phoenix Convention Center Director John Chan.</p> <p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <strong>Reopening Efforts</strong> </span> </p> <p>In addition to earning the GBAC STAR™ accreditation, the Phoenix Convention Center has developed safety standards, in accordance with federal, state and local public health guidelines, to implement upon reopening. The plan consists of five key strategies: engaging in a process of constant cleaning and disinfecting, removing touch points wherever possible, encouraging personal preventative measures, following recommendations for physical distancing and focusing efforts on client communications and staff training. </p> <p>Additionally, <a target="_blank" href="https://www.aventuracatering.com/"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Aventura Catering</span></a>, the facilities exclusive food and beverage service provider has also implemented numerous safety measures to enhance attendee's safe dining experience. </p> <p>The Phoenix Convention Center is making every effort to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixconventioncenter.com/pdf/03%20Phoenix%20Convention%20Center%20&%20Venues_%20Reopen%20Slide%20Deck_%20August%202020_%20v4.pdf"><span style="text-decoration:underline;">prepare for reopening</span></a>. The goal is to open its doors to a new meetings experience that provides a safe environment for learning, business and entertainment.     </p><p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <strong>About the Phoenix Convention Center</strong> </span> </p> <p>The award-winning Phoenix Convention Center is one of the largest convention venues in the United States. It offers nearly 1,000,000 square feet of rentable meeting and event space. Established in 1969 as a department of the city of Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center is a vital economic enterprise for the state and local economy. The Phoenix Convention Center & Venues include the Phoenix Convention Center, Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theatre and five parking garages.</p> <p> <span style="text-decoration:underline;"> <strong>About Visit Phoenix</strong> </span> </p> <p>Visit Phoenix is a private, not-for-profit organization that markets Greater Phoenix as a travel and meetings destination with offices in Downtown Phoenix, Washington D.C. and Chicago. The organization serves as the primary booking agent for the Phoenix Convention Center. Greater Phoenix encompasses 2,000 square miles and more than 20 incorporated cities, including Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa. The area offers more than 68,000 guest rooms at just under 500 hotels and resorts. For more information, go to visitphoenix.com.</p> <p style="text-align:center;">###</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/conventioncenterNewsphoenix-convention-centerExterior image of Phoenix Convention Center on 3rd StreetPCCCovid-19, reopening plans, biorisk, GBAC, Record DelegatesCynthia Weaver602-568-8126602-534-7633cynthia.weaver@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/50/Cynthia_Weaver.jpgPhoenixConvCtr

 

 

Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security5/23/2022 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClass6E6A89FE59A043B79E03A06E780259C0"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2 class="ms-rteElement-H2">General Inform​​ation</h2><h3>Face Mask Requirements After CDC Eases Guidelines</h3><p>In Feb. 2022, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a new set of measures that will allow people who are healthy and living in counties where the coronavirus poses a low or medium community risk level, to stop wearing a face mask in public settings.<a href="/newsroom/city-manager/2253" target="_blank"> As of Feb. 28, 2022, Maricopa County is at a medium risk level, so effective immediately, a face mask will not be required for most City employees</a>.<br></p><h3>Downtown Phoenix Buildings Are “By Appointment Only”​<br></h3><p>​<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">Public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings is currently by appointment only ​</a><br>Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.<br>Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.<br>Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave​</p><p></p><h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3><p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a><br> </p><h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3><p> <a href="/resources" target="_blank">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a><br> </p><h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3><p> <a href="/COVIDrelief" target="_blank">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> ​​​<br> </p> ​ <h2>​COVID-19 T​​esting<br></h2><p>We're all in this together. <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash">#COVID19</a> testing with no out-of-pocket cost. The city of #PHX now has two #COVID19 mobile testing vans out in the community. A limited number of free at-home COVID-19 test kits and masks will be available at mobile testing events on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: The FDA has extended the shelf-life of iHealth COVID-19 antigen rapid tests. <a target="_blank" href="https://ihealthlabs.com/pages/news">Learn more and check the expiration date of your test.</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br><strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">Premier Lab Solutions</a><br><strong>Blitz Vendor #1: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">Equality Health​</a><br><strong>Blitz Vendor #2: </strong><a target="_blank" href="https://www.onecommunityaz.com/">Family Tree Health Care​</a><br> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">Free at-home COVID-19 test kits are also available at all <a target="_blank" href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations">17 Phoenix Library Locations​</a>. The tests will be available in limited quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.<br></p><h2> Vaccinations<br></h2><p>Select events marked with <strong> <span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> offer COVID-19 tests and vaccines! For other vaccine locations see <a href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations" target="_blank">Maricopa County Vaccine Finder</a> and <a href="https://www.vaccines.gov/search/" target="_blank">Vaccines.gov seach</a>.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</span></p> ​ ​ <h3>Monday, May 23, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Santa Maria Park<br> 3425 S. 71st Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85043<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, May 24, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, May 25, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Paseo Highlands Park<br> 3435 W. Pinnacle Peak Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><p><strong>Blitz Vendor #2.</strong> Zion Institute<br> 1522 E. Southern Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85042<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a></p><h3>Friday, May 27, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Shadow Mountain Senior Center<br> 3546 E. Sweetwater Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, May 28, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Park<br> 17642 N. 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Falcon Park<br> 3420 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85009<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><p><strong>Blitz Vendor #2.</strong> United Nations Church <br> 5437 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85040<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.familytreehealthcare.com/">https://www.familytreehealthcare.com</a></p><h3>Monday, May 30, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> El Reposo Park<br> 502 E. Alta Vista Road, Phoenix, AZ 85042<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, May 31, 2022<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cesar Chavez Park<br> 7858 S. 35th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85339<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br> Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p> ​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Critical Incident Briefing - May 9, 2022 - 7th Street and Bell Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2354Police5/23/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/QrZMZaPwQBYCritical Incident Briefing - May 9, 2022 - 7th Street and Bell Road<div class="ExternalClass1D268148809A42FC856FB8103C2B3700"><html> <strong>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong> <br><br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on May 9, 2022.<br><br>This incident occurred in the area of 7th Street and Bell Road, when residents in the neighborhood called 911. The initial caller told 911 operators that a man broke an apartment window and was last seen walking towards Bell Road. Additional 911 calls were received stating a man had broken a window of a business, thrown bottles at passing vehicles and was acting violently.<br><br>The first two responding officers were flagged down by a witness who told the them the man was still in the parking lot. One of the officers shared the information over the radio for other responding patrol units.<br><br>As the officers drove around the parking lot, they located a man matching the description given. The man was holding a river rock. The two officers discussed a plan for one of them to be ready to use a Taser.<br><br>The officers got out of the patrol car and began giving the man commands to drop the river rock and get on the ground. The man did not comply with the officer’s commands. The man was further than the effective distance of the Taser, so the same officer retrieved a stun bag – an alternative less-lethal option. The man responded by running from the area on foot.<br><br>The man ran across Bell Road and into another shopping area. Once in the second parking lot the man stopped with the river rock still in his hand. There were several patrons on foot and in vehicles as the officers attempted to negotiate with the man. The officer ordered the man to drop the rock, but the man again, did not comply. The officer called for a stun bag again, but the man ran away before the stun bag could be used.<br><br>The foot pursuit continued through the parking lot towards a restaurant. The officer continued to order the man to stop and drop the rock. The man did not. The officer again asked a backup officer for the stun bag. The man temporarily went out of view behind the restaurant but then reappeared in the restaurant’s outdoor patio. The man then lifted the rock in what appears to be a throwing motion and then continued to move toward the restaurant’s side door.<br><br>As the man approached the side door, the officer issued commands not to enter the restaurant. The man again did not comply which resulted in the officer-involved shooting. The man fell inside the restaurant, and officers moved in to detain him and render aid.<br><br>After the shooting, officers attempted to restrain the man as he continued to pull his arm away and kick the officers. The officers were able to secure the man and provide aid to include putting on a tourniquet. The river rock was found next to the man. No other citizens or officers were injured during this incident.<br><br>The man was taken to a local hospital where he received treatment for his injuries.<br><br>The officer involved in this shooting has been with the department for fifteen years and is assigned to the Black Mountain Precinct.<br><br>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
New Shelter Opens in Phoenix Offering Heat Relief and Services for 200 People Experiencing Homelessnesshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2353Human Services5/19/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/DghnsnD-KvcNew Shelter Opens in Phoenix Offering Heat Relief and Services for 200 People Experiencing Homelessness<div class="ExternalClassB249F91E0EFE42B882B508A50F4E2C27"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The City of Phoenix and Maricopa County partnered to open a facility in central Phoenix that will provide day and nighttime relief from the summer heat for 200 people experiencing homelessness.<br><br>“Arizona's summer heat can be deadly. We need to ensure that everyone, especially our most vulnerable residents, has a safe place to stay cool during our hottest months," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This shelter is just one part of the City of Phoenix's strong commitment to leading with services and connecting those who are unsheltered with the appropriate resources."<br><br>The facility, owned by the City of Phoenix, is located near 28th and Washington Streets. The shelter is a closed campus, meaning there are no walk-up services and clients need to be referred to the facility by a caseworker. One unique aspect of this project is it prioritizes serving people experiencing homelessness in the surrounding neighborhood.<br><br>“It's really tough to have a conversation of bringing a shelter to a community, but I understood the need in our city and in my district and the importance of it," District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia said. “There had to be a process to talk to the folks around here and make sure that this became an asset for the community around this shelter. This shelter is not only adding bed space, but it is also making sure that it has the resources wrapped around people sleeping here. The services provided will hopefully set them on a path to be permanently housed. I'm grateful for our partnership with the neighborhood, City staff, St. Vincent de Paul, and Maricopa County. I know that we are all invested in this being a successful model that can be replicated." <br><br>People staying at the facility will have dedicated beds to sleep in, access to three meals each day, showers, and a secure place to store their belongings. Pets are also welcome. St. Vincent de Paul will operate the center and provide comprehensive case management services to each resident. Staff will be able to assist individuals with obtaining identification, accessing medical and financial services and connecting to employment and housing opportunities.<br><br>“It's a great privilege and responsibility to be one of the lead partners on this pilot program," said Jessica Berg, Saint Vincent de Paul Chief Program Officer. “We like to think that City and County chose SVdP for not only our proven track record of running a successful shelter, but also for our culture of dignified service, kindness and working collaboratively with our neighbors. Together, we will save lives this summer, get more people into housing, and build a better community for all of us."<br><br>The City and the County divided funding for the project through American Rescue Plan Act funds. The City of Phoenix contributed $2.6 million, and the County contributed more than $2 million.<br><br>“With homelessness increasing across the region, we need to address both the immediate and long-term needs of individuals and communities. This partnership achieves that," said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, Supervisor for District 3. “First, it provides shelter that will literally save lives during the intense summer heat. Second, it connects people experiencing homelessness to resources that can help them find jobs and permanent housing." <br><br>The heat relief location will be open and operating through this joint funding model through October 31, 2022, with the goal of the City continuing year-round operations through 2024.<br><br>Learn more about how to manage the extreme heat of summer visit <a target="_blank" href="/heatsite">Phoenix.gov/HeatSite</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.heataz.org/">HeatAZ.org</a>. <br><br>Find cooling stations and water through the Heat Relief Network: <a target="_blank" href="https://hrn.azmag.gov/">https://hrn.azmag.gov</a>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideo

 

 

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