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Phoenix and EPA Announce New Initiative to Reduce Heavy-duty Trucks Emissionshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/888Public Works (Trash and Recycling)1/31/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/888/Newsroom_PublicWorks_001.jpgPhoenix and EPA Announce New Initiative to Reduce Heavy-duty Trucks Emissions<div class="ExternalClass8BDA376D0CFE46D6B69AB472F7FE754E"><html> <p></p> <div><div><div><div><div>At a news conference on Jan. 30, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-9-pacific-southwest">U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Southwest Region​</a> Administrator Mike Stoker announced steps to advance the national Cleaner Trucks Initiative, a program that aims to establish more stringent emissions standards to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) and other pollutants from heavy-duty truck engines.​</div><div><br></div><div>Phoenix has been at the forefront of cleaner air initiatives, demonstrated by Public Works' commitment to replacing its fleet of diesel-engine solid waste trucks with CNG-fueled ones. As the recipient of the<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/557"> recent $1 million grant</a> from the EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA), Phoenix will soon be able to purchase nine solid waste trucks that use the ultra-low emission NOx compressed natural gas (CNG) to replace nine of its diesel-engine ones, and its long-haul trucking contractor, Mr. Bults, Inc., will be able to replace one of its long-haul diesel-engine truck with CNG.</div><div><br></div><div>‘Clean air is essential to the well-being of Phoenix’s residents and visitors and paramount to our continued success. As the fifth largest and fastest growing city in the nation, we must set a strong example in reducing emissions. Currently, the number one producer of emissions in the Valley is vehicles,’ said Phoenix Mayor Gallego. ‘We are proud to partner with the EPA in our effort to reduce our city’s fleet emissions and educate other communities on the importance of a cleaner future.’<br><br></div><div>According to the EPA, the CTI rulemaking follows petition from more than 20 organizations, including state and local sir agencies, to revise and promote stricter NOx standards. <br><br></div></div><div>‘Through this initiative, we will modernize heavy-duty truck engines, improving their efficiency and reducing their emissions, which will lead to a healthier environment,” said EPA Administrator Stoker. “The U.S. has already made major reductions in NOx emissions, but through this initiative we will continue to reduce emissions while spurring innovative new technologies, ensuring heavy-duty trucks are clean and remain a competitive method of transportation.’<br><br></div><div>Phoenix Public Works currently has 153 solid waste trucks using CNG fuel; 59 of those use the low NOx CNG. With the additional nine CNG solid waste trucks and one CNG long-haul truck, an estimated 1.8 tons of NOx emissions will be reduced and will conserve more than 75,000 gallons of diesel fuel. <br></div><div><br></div><div>Also present at the Jan. 30 news conference were: Councilman Carlos Garcia, representing Phoenix Council District 8; Daniel Czecholinski, director of the Air Quality Division of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality; Philip McNeely, Maricopa County Air Quality Department director; and Dave Edwards, senior vice president of equipment and government relations for Knight Transportation. <br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div><br></div></div><div><br></div><br><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;">​<br></p><br></div> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNewspublic-worksEPA News Conference GroupPublic Works#ZeroWastePHX @EPARegion9 #PHX #CleanTrucks #ReimaginePHXMayor Gallego, Phoenix, EPA, Clean-Air, PhoenixYvette Roeder602-501-0620602-262-5099 yvette.roeder@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/888/Yvette_Roeder.jpgTalkingTrashPHX

 

 

United Foods International (USA), Inc. to Expand Global Footprint with a New State-of-the-Art Facility in Phoenix https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/3143Community and Economic Development6/24/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3143/Newsroom_CED_037.jpgUnited Foods International (USA), Inc. to Expand Global Footprint with a New State-of-the-Art Facility in Phoenix <div class="ExternalClass92C9B534349F4ADF92E770117EA20D99"><html> <p> United Foods International (USA), Inc. is excited to announce a cutting-edge production facility within the Envision Dobbins 202 West Industrial Park in Phoenix. This facility will allow UFI to double its liquid production in the state and expand its capabilities to meet growing demands. When the facility is fully operational, UFI plans to hire upwards of 100 employees.<br></p> <p> "Great things are happening in our City, and we are excited to have United Foods International (UFI), Inc. choose Phoenix as the location of their new production facility," said Mayor Kate Gallego. "Their investment boosts economic opportunities for our local economy and contributes to our City's thriving food industry."<br></p> <p> "We are thrilled to bring our unique and authentic food products to the vibrant city of Phoenix," said Take Shimura, President and COO of United Foods International. "Beyond the mainstream flavors, our goal is to provide consumers with a taste of Japanese and Asian cultures through our diverse range of offerings, while also supporting the local economy by creating jobs and partnerships with local suppliers."<br></p> <p> According to Phoenix Community and Economic Development Director, Chris Mackay, "This new facility is a testament to Phoenix's strong business climate and skilled workforce. We are proud that UFI has chosen our city as its hub for expanding its operations.” </p> <p> The 126,000-square-foot facility will house advanced spray dryers and initially process over 2.5 million gallons of liquid into powders annually. With future plans for additional drying chamber installations, the facility's capabilities are set to double to 5.0 million gallons. Leveraging a unique liquid-to-powder atomization process and a team of industry experts, the new facility is poised to cater to clients seeking custom powder solutions as part of their food ingredients. <br></p> <p> “UFI’s new facility underscores Phoenix’s position as a market of choice for both food- and manufacturing-related users,” said JLL Senior Managing Director Riley Gilbert, who represented UFI in the site selection and lease negotiations for its new Valley location. “They will also be an exciting addition to the Loop 202 – South Mountain Freeway corridor which, thanks to astute planning by the City of Phoenix, has become a major new hub for respected manufacturing entities like UFI.”<br></p> <p> This new production facility will be the second for UFI in Phoenix. It’s first Phoenix facility began operation in 2021 and is growing exponentially, creating the need for UFI to significantly increase its liquid processing capabilities. The new UFI facility increases the company’s local footprint to 236,000 square feet and will allow UFI to double its liquid production in Phoenix to 8.0 milion gallons annually. <br></p> <p> Construction on the new facility is underway, and operations are expected to begin in the summer of 2025.To showcase their new facility and meet with prospective clients, United Foods International (USA), Inc. will be attending the IFT First Expo. <br></p> <p> United Foods International (USA), Inc. Established in the US in 1988, UFI currently has contract manufacturing facilities in Hayward, CA, Belcamp, MD, and Phoenix, AZ. Their private label products include sauces, dressings, condiments, and dry blends such as batter mixes and seasonings, catering to a wide range of industries including restaurants and retail outlets. <br></p> <p> For more information about United Foods International (USA), Inc., please visit ufiusa.com. <br></p> <p> <strong>M​edia Contact:</strong> </p> <p> Athena Sanchez <br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">C</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">o</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">mmunications Manager <br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Cit</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">y of Phoenix<br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">602-621-0507<br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov </span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNews
Phoenix Mobile Career Unit Hosts Successful Event at UMOM, Connecting Job Seekers with Employershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/ced/3142Community and Economic Development6/22/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3142/Newsroom_CED_036.jpgPhoenix Mobile Career Unit Hosts Successful Event at UMOM, Connecting Job Seekers with Employers<div class="ExternalClassEEA044ADB4E24E8A86BAD3475D99302C"><html> <p>The City of Phoenix Mobile Career Unit (MCU), recently hosted a successful event at UMOM, drawing over 150 job seekers and resulting in 65 on-the-spot job offers. Held on Wednesday, June 12, the MCU event saw a high turnout as community members explored job opportunities and connected with employers.  </p> <p>The event featured top employers such as Chipotle, Starbucks, Food City, and Bashas, actively seeking to fill vacant positions within their companies. Attendees had the chance to network and apply for various job openings in the food industry.</p> <p>Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego also expressed her excitement about the turnout and its positive impact on the local community. "I am thrilled to see so many job seekers taking advantage of this opportunity to connect with potential employers. This event is a great example of how our city is working on many fronts to support upward economic mobility and connect residents with meaningful employment opportunities," said Mayor Gallego. </p> <p>At the start of the Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department's Business and Workforce Division's program, the goal was to achieve 208 job offers by June 2025. As of Wednesday, the team has surpassed the program goal with 211 job offers, with another year remaining to serve the community.</p> <p>The MCU, a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Global Mayors Challenge, is a part of the City of Phoenix's workforce development efforts to bridge the gap between job seekers and employers. The unit travels around the city, bringing job opportunities directly to communities that may face barriers to accessing employment resources.</p> <p>"We are dedicated to helping individuals find meaningful employment and supporting our local businesses by connecting them with qualified candidates," said LaSetta Hogans, Deputy Director of the Business and Workforce Development Division for the City of Phoenix. "This event was a great success, and we look forward to hosting more events like this in the future." </p> <p>The City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Department encourages employers with workforce needs and individuals seeking employment or career advancement to take advantage of their services and attend upcoming events. For more information on upcoming events and resources available, please visit phoenix.gov/mayor/mcu.​<br><br></p> <p> <strong>Media Contact:</strong> <br>Athena Sanchez <br>City of Phoenix <br>Community and Economic Development <br>Call/text: 602-621-0507<br>Email: <a href="mailto:athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov</a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/econdevNews
Phoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3141Parks and Recreation6/21/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3141/El-Oso-Sunscreen-Dispenser.jpgPhoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancer<div class="ExternalClass308CA226358745318F801EEEA515EEE4"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce a partnership with IMPACT Melanoma, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing skin cancer. This collaboration aims to enhance sun safety practices at various splash pad locations across the City by providing free sunscreen to park visitors.<br></p> <p>The decision to initiate this partnership comes as a response to the pressing need for increased awareness and prevention of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, which poses a significant health risk in Arizona's sunny climate. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 100,640 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2024 alone.</p> <p>"Our desert environment exposes us to intense UV radiation, making sun protection a critical aspect of public health," said Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Cynthia Aguilar. "By joining forces with IMPACT Melanoma, we are taking proactive steps to ensure the well-being of our community members and promote sun-safe behaviors."</p> <p>“IMPACT Melanoma is thrilled to partner with Phoenix Parks and Recreation to share melanoma prevention education and provide free sunscreen at neighborhood splash pads," said IMPACT Melanoma Executive Director Deb Girard.</p> <p>Under this partnership, IMPACT Melanoma will supply six portable sunscreen dispensers to be strategically placed at select splash pad locations throughout the City. These dispensers will be regularly maintained and refilled with sunscreen throughout the 2024 splash pad season, which runs from May 25 to October 1.</p> <p>The six splash pad sites participating in this initiative include:</p> <ul> <li>Altadena Park - 3711 E. Altadena Ave.</li> <li>Margaret T. Hance Park – 67 W. Culver St.</li> <li>El Oso Park - 3451 N. 75th Ave.</li> <li>Mariposa Park - 3150 W. Morten Ave.</li> <li>Nuestro Park - 1433 S. 9th St.</li> <li>Trailside Point Park - 7215 W. Vineyard Rd.</li> </ul> <p>The partnership agreement was unanimously approved by the Parks and Recreation Board, reflecting the collective dedication to safeguarding public health and promoting sun safety practices. As summer approaches, this collaborative effort stands as a testament to the City's commitment to the well-being of its residents.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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