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Joseph Brown Named Street Transportation Directorhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2876Street Transportation10/2/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2876/Joseph Brown Named Streets Director - Newsroom.pngJoseph Brown Named Street Transportation Director<div class="ExternalClass8E5240F8849747DAB403BD871B7DF98C"><html> <p>​​Following a competitive nationwide recruitment process, Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton announced on Monday that Joseph (Joe) T. Brown, PE, has been chosen as the city's next Street Transportation Director. Brown will start in his new role effective November 20, 2023.</p> <p>Brown comes to Phoenix after serving as Commissioner of the Suffolk County (NY) Department of Public Works, and has more than 30 years of diverse management and engineering experience in transportation, sanitation, traffic management, structures, construction, maintenance, operations and planning, and emergency response.</p><p>"I'm excited to have Joe join the city's management team," Barton said. "His background and many years of experience working with transportation infrastructure will be an important asset as Phoenix continues to grow and improve. He also has a proven record with improving roadway safety, which is a critical focus for our community."<br></p><p>In his role at Suffolk County, Brown oversaw 13 divisions and was the Chair of the County Sewer Agency and County Dredging Committee. Prior to working for Suffolk County, he was Director of the Long Island Region of the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).</p><p>Brown also spent time as the Director of the New York City Region of NYSDOT, and was the Director of the NYSDOT Lower Manhattan Reconstruction Office that was charged with rebuilding the transportation and utility network in Lower Manhattan after the impacts of the 9-11 attack on the World Trade Center.</p><p>Brown managed some of NYSDOT's largest projects in the New York metropolitan area, including reconstruction of the West Side Highway at the World Trade Center, the Kosciuszko Bridge on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, and the Robert Moses Causeway over the Great South Bay Bridge.</p><p>A strong advocate for the Vision Zero and Complete Streets initiatives, Brown developed a plan that reduced fatalities on Long Island highways by more than 30 percent.</p><p>Brown holds a bachelor's degree in structural engineering from Northwestern University, is a veteran of the U.S. Army Combat Engineers and was a 9-11 first responder.</p><p>Brown will replace current Street Transportation Director Kini Knudson, who is scheduled to retire on October 20, 2023. Knudson has served in various roles with the city since 2000.​​​​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNewsstreet-transportationPhoto of new Street Transportation Director Joseph Brown and Phoenix City HallStreets@StreetsPHX #PHXTrafficGregg Bach602-309-2667602-256-3437gregg.bach@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/22/Gregg_Bach.jpgStreetsPHXJoseph Brown will start in his new role as Street Transportation Director effective November 20, 2023.

 

 

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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