Phoenix Arizona

Target Partners with Phoenix Public Library by quotes

Target Partners with Phoenix Public Library for Grade One at the Library

The Phoenix Public Library Foundation announced the receipt of a
grant from Target to support GOAL (Grade One at the Library) during
the 2006-2007 school year.  GOAL is a citywide effort to assure that
first-grade students sign up for and receive a library card.  By
reaching out to more than 1,000 first-grade classrooms, Target’s
grant will assist the library in serving nearly 15,000 students and
their families throughout Phoenix.

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USAA Fund Leads Way in Fund-raising for Phoenix’s Agave Library

The Phoenix Public Library Foundation has received a $50,000
contribution from the USAA Fund, a Fund of the Arizona Community
Foundation, for Agave Library.  The contribution will assist the
Phoenix Public Library with building a teen space at the regional
branch, which will be constructed at 36th Avenue and Pinnacle Peak
Road beginning in the fall.

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Phoenix Public Library Web Site to Feature ‘Rock Star’ Librarian

Nancy Pearl, a regular contributor to National Public Radio and a
nationally known librarian who inspired a librarian action figure,
will be featured on Phoenix Public Library’s Web site beginning Aug.
1.  The library Web site will link to Pearl’s Web site, which
features a dozen of her book reviews – “Pearl’s Picks” – each month.

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Homeless Emergency Overflow Situation by quotes

Homeless Emergency Overflow Situation

There is a critical need in Maricopa County to find space to provide overflow shelter for Homeless women and families. At this time, there are approximately 90 homeless women and 20 homeless families in the Phoenix area in need of such assistance. We are trying to assist the Human Services Campus with trying to find space to shelter these homeless groups and are reaching out to Faith Based Groups for their assistance.

Here are some the general specifications for the overflow shelter space :

  • Space that can accommodate 20-30 women or 10-15 families with mats or cots. Area should be secure with minimal exit doors. Staffing for overnight security will need to be supplied.
  • If you have need for the space you would during the day, guests could arrive around 6:00p.m. and leave facility around 7:00a.m.
  • Transportation would need to be supplied by bus or van. Guests would be transported to a central location (mostly likely to the Human Services Campus at 1209 W. Madison in Phoenix for daily services) .
  • A kitchen area that can provide the morning meal and snacks during the evening is preferred..
  • Expected duration would be around April 1-November 15.

If your faith-based group may be interested in working on this much needed effort, please call Ken Einbinder at 602-379-7103 as soon as possible.


Jannah Scott

Policy Advisor, Faith and Community Initiatives

Office of Governor Janet Napolitano

1700 W. Washington Street

Phoenix, AZ 85007


July 24, 2006, 4:22 pm
Filed under: City of Mesa, Maricopa County News, Mesa | Tags: , ,

NOTICE OF MARICOPA COUNTY PESTICIDE FOGGING for MOSQUITOES in MESADate of Application:  Monday, July 24, 2006 (Weather Permitting:  Windy =

Conditions may postpone application)

Time of Application:  After 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM (Contact the County at th=
number below for a more precise time line.)

The following areas in Mesa are scheduled for this evening:

Northern Boundary: Southern Avenue
Southern Boundary: Baseline Road
Western Boundary: Gilbert Road
Eastern Boundary: Lindsay Road

Questions regarding this program should be referred to Maricopa County =

Vector Control at 602-506-0700.

Phoenix Workshop Teaches “The Five C’s of Credit” by quotes

 Phoenix Workshop Teaches “The Five C’s of Credit”

The next course in the Mind Your Business Workshop series is the “5 C’s of Credit.” The workshop, offered by the Small Business Division of the Community and Economic Development Department, will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., 1st floor assembly rooms B and C.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn how to prepare for future business borrowing needs.

This workshop is free and open to the public. To RSVP for this workshop or for more information, call 602-495-5626.

Phoenix Convention Center Opens and Welcomes Capella University by quotes
July 19, 2006, 2:38 am
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 Phoenix Convention Center Opens and Welcomes Capella University

Phoenix Convention Center Director Jay Green officially opened the new center and welcomed the first delegates from Capella University on Sunday by presenting Provost Karen Viechnicki with a ceremonial key to the building.

“This opening of the new West Building marks the beginning of a new and exciting future that will be a vibrant and vital downtown with a convention center expansion that will be fully completed in late 2008. The completion of this expansion project positions the Phoenix Convention Center among the top twenty centers in North America,” said Jay Green, director, Phoenix Convention Center. “Residents, along with city and state officials, envisioned a downtown area that would attract visitors from around the country and even the world. Due to their wisdom and vision, we are here today with our inaugural event, Capella University, in the first phase of the new Phoenix Convention Center,” said Green.

The voter-approved $600 million convention center expansion is being completed in phases. Phase One, the new West Building, which opened on Sunday, features more than 150,000 square feet of rentable space. Phase Two, which will be completed in late 2008, features 635,000 square feet of rentable space.

The new four-story-building includes a 62,000 square-foot-underground-exhibition space divisible into two halls, with columns on a 90-foot-by-90-foot grid, a large prefunction/registration area and the Metro Café.

The street level features 16 meeting rooms with 26,000 square feet of space, a soaring 90 foot stone and glass atrium, public art featuring a large-scale mirror by internationally renowned sculptor Louise Bourgeois, a business center, visitor’s center, main box office and retail space.

The conference center level features 21,000 square feet of high-level corporate meeting rooms designed to meet International Association of Conference Centers and the International Association of Congress Centers standards, a 192-seat lecture hall with plug in data ports at each work station, a conference voting and audience response system, plus four translation booths, state-of-the art technology, ergonomic seating and comfortable breakout areas.

The upper level, column-free, 45,000 square-foot-ballroom also can be used for exhibition or meeting space with retractable riser seating for 1,200 and a full-service kitchen.

The Phoenix Convention Center was designed with meeting planner guidance and wisdom from day one. All exhibition hall floors are scored on a 10-foot-by-10-foot grid, coordinated with the 30-foot-by-30-foot utility grid to reduce the amount of time and labor needed to set up each event.

By incorporating environmentally-friendly technology and products in its design and construction, the new Phoenix Convention Center will provide an energy and water efficient public facility.

More than 800 attended Capella University’s colloquium and seminars. The Minneapolis based online university currently serves more than 15,000 learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. It is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursing balanced business growth.

For more information about the Phoenix Convention Center, visit or call 602-262-6225.

City of Mesa named one of the best big cities by quotes
July 19, 2006, 2:34 am
Filed under: Mesa, Phoenix

City of Mesa named one of the best big cities

The City of Mesa, according to MONEY Magazine, ranked third our of 10 best big cities, surpassed only by Colorado Springs, Colo. and Austin, Texas.  With items like the City’s job growth rate and home appreciation rates well above average, Mesa attracts a wide variety of people.

The survey researched several areas from quality of life to health, where Mesa scored above average in most categories, including education.  With a population of 442,800, Mesa was the only big city in Arizona to receive the honors.

MONEY Magazine and CNN/Money complete the survey yearly.  The magazine will publish the survey next week, however it may be found immediately on the Web site

City of Tempe News – New rental tax effective October 1, 2006 by quotes
July 15, 2006, 1:05 am
Filed under: City of Tempe News, Tax, Taxes, Tempe

City of Tempe News 

New rental tax effective October 1, 2006 – REVISED


TEMPE, Ariz.- The City of Tempe will charge a 1.8 percent privilege
(sales) tax on all residential rental units within Tempe effective
October 1, 2006. Previously, the tax only applied to an individual who
owned two or more residential rental units in Arizona with one of the
rentals located in Tempe.


To help citizens understand this new ordinance, the Tax & License
Division will hold free, hour-long taxpayer information seminars in City
Council Chambers at Tempe City Hall, 31 E. Fifth St.:


* Aug. 9 and Sept. 13, from 10-11 a.m., 2-3 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.


This change is one out of the nine recommendations given to the City
Council by the Ad Hoc Rental Housing Task Force created in June 2005 to
develop new ideas to reduce the negative effects of rentals on
single-family neighborhoods.


For more information on this change, call 480-350-2955.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Develop Enterprise GIS; Improved Terminal Management with ESRI’s ArcGIS Server by quotes

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Develop Enterprise GIS; Improved Terminal Management with ESRI’s ArcGIS Server

July 13, 2006–Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has awarded a $10 million contract for developing an enterprise geographic information system (GIS) based on ESRI GIS technology to Woolpert Inc. The enterprise GIS will support Sky Harbor’s planned $2 billion improvement project that includes runway rehabilitation, a new terminal, and a possible people-mover system.
“We will use the enterprise GIS to ensure that, as we go through this large development project, we establish standards and capture that information so we can maintain it into the future,” said Dennis Murphy, Sky Harbor information technology project manager. “We will also use it to establish efficient management of our existing assets and airport operations.”

By 2009, Woolpert will equip Sky Harbor with a Web portal-based information management system that uses GIS technology to incorporate basemaps and data with more than a dozen key support applications. The finished system will integrate the airport’s SAP business solutions software with custom, GIS-based lease, document, noise control, master planning, environmental, and facilities management applications.

“We believe that this will be the premier airport GIS in the United States when completed,” said John Przybyla, vice president and project director, Woolpert. “It will provide dramatic improvements in Sky Harbor’s ability to serve its airline, tenant, passenger, and cargo needs.”

ESRI ArcGIS Server software will support the Web portal-based information management system. ArcGIS Server is a comprehensive platform for delivering enterprise GIS applications that are centrally managed and support multiple users. It will enable the airport system to:

— Deliver advanced GIS Web services internally and to other organizations.

— Integrate GIS and other IT technologies using industry-standard software.

— Provide centrally managed, multiuser editing capabilities.

“We look forward to being part of the foundation of Sky Harbor’s system and congratulate Woolpert for earning this opportunity to develop an enterprise GIS for the airport,” said Terry Bills, transportation industry manager, ESRI. “We are happy to include Sky Harbor in the growing list of airports around the world that are utilizing ESRI GIS technology for effective airport management.”

The city of Phoenix, the fifth-largest city in the nation, owns and operates Phoenix Sky Harbor, which ranks among the eight busiest passenger airports in the nation and continues to grow at a sizable 3 to 5 percent annual rate.

About Woolpert Inc.

Woolpert Inc., ranked by Engineering News-Record as a top national design firm, provides professional engineering, architectural, geospatial, and related consulting services to clients in the public and private sectors. Founded in 1911, Woolpert’s innovative design approach and commitment to the creative application of technology have grown the firm into a leader in the consulting industry.

About ESRI

Founded in 1969, ESRI ( is the world leader in the GIS software industry. ESRI offers innovative solutions that help users create, manage, analyze, and display information to make timely decisions and solve problems they encounter every day. ESRI’s comprehensive product line ranges from desktop GIS to GIS for the enterprise.

Arizona Science Center and KAET Eight by quotes
July 14, 2006, 8:46 pm
Filed under: Arts and Entertainment, PBS, Phoenix | Tags: , ,

Arizona Science Center and KAET Eight Event at the Arizona Science Center.

 DragonFlyTV prorgam preview for a show shot in Arizona.

DragonFly TV Event at Arizona Science Center

Phoenix Arizona Serial Killers News – Mayor Phil Gordon and Police Chief Jack Harris by quotes

Phoenix Arizona Serial Killers NewsPHX 11 Televises Police Community Forum

Broadcasts of the recent Police Community Forum at Loma Linda Elementary School concerning the city’s efforts to capture the two serial killers will be aired on PHX 11.

The program will premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13, and replay at 10 p.m. It then will air at 7 a.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday, July 14; 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, July 15; 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, July 16; and 9 a.m., 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday, July 17.

Mayor Phil Gordon and Police Chief Jack Harris spoke at the meeting urging residents to call in any suspicious people or activities.

As the investigation continues and new developments are made public, the original information presented at the July 12 community forum may become outdated. If so, programming may be pulled from airing on PHX 11.

PHX 11, the city’s news and information station, is recognized as one of the top local cable stations in the country, reaching close to 320,000 households throughout the Valley. For information about PHX 11 or to obtain a programming schedule, call 602-261-8937 or visit us online at