Phoenix Arizona

The 2006-2007 Cultural Facilities Resource Guide by quotes

The 2006-2007 Cultural Facilities Resource Guide

directory of Phoenix area facilities available for rent by arts organizations and artists for performances, exhibits, rehearsals, workshops and meetings is now available on-line at

The Guide features detailed, comprehensive information on:

27 Performance Spaces

10 Exhibition Spaces

9 City Library and Community Center Spaces

The Guide also features Indices to help narrow your search based on:

Seating Capacity

Geographic Location

Accessibility Services

Have a Space you’d like to add to the Guide?  You can do it online–just fill out a
Facility Survey Form

New Alliance for Innovation in Local Government will be Headquartered at ASU’s School of Public Affairs at the Downtown Phoenix Campus by quotes

 New Alliance for Innovation in Local Government will be Headquartered at ASU’s School of Public Affairs at the Downtown Phoenix Campus

Two of the world’s leading organizations dedicated to advancing excellence in local government have chosen Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs in downtown Phoenix as their partner and primary location for a unique consortium on innovation.

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA), based in Washington, D.C., and The Innovation Groups (IG) of Tampa, Fla., have joined with ASU to form an Alliance for Innovation in Local Government. IG will move its headquarters to the university’s downtown Phoenix campus. ASU was invited to compete with more than 200 other universities to be part of the New Alliance for Innovation in Local Government, and was selected from a list of 12 finalists.

ICMA is the preeminent local government professional and educational organization, comprising nearly 6,000 chief appointed managers, administrators and assistants in cities, towns, counties and regional entities throughout the world.

IG assists nearly 400 local governments in building and sustaining innovation by providing face-to-face networking opportunities and technology services in all areas of local government. IG will transition its 10 to 12 employees to downtown Phoenix from Tampa over the next year; the precise location of its new headquarters on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus is yet to be finalized.

“This is an early and important dividend on our investment in the new ASU Downtown Phoenix campus,” said Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. “By attracting this Alliance, the city and county enhance our shared reputation for excellence in local government and gain an important partner in constantly improving our services.”

“This new partnership is a marvelous opportunity for us to play an even more significant role in urban management education, in research on the process of innovation, and in executive education,” said Robert Denhardt, director of the ASU School of Public Affairs. He described the top priorities of the Alliance as identifying major trends in local government and leading practices that can help local governments address major issues, providing effective research, and creating a repository of information on innovative practices and the process of innovation. Janet and Robert Denhardt, who have conducted innovation research in the city of Phoenix and Maricopa County, are among the faculty who will be conducting research for the Alliance.

Because of their similar focuses, both ICMA and IG recognized the need for university collaboration in research and technical assistance, and ASU’s School of Public Affairs was the perfect partner because of its national and international reputation in the field of urban management. ASU’s Marvin Andrews Graduate Program in Urban Management is considered one of the leading programs in urban management innovation.

The reputations of both the city of Phoenix and Maricopa County as well-run local governments, the involvement of former city and county leaders as faculty associates in the school, and the strength of interdisciplinary partners from across the university, such as The Decision Theatre, the Global Institute of Sustainability and the College of Design, all helped to bring the Alliance to ASU and Phoenix.

“We are excited to partner with ASU, and particularly the extraordinary faculty of the School of Public Affairs,” said ICMA Executive Director Robert O’Neill Jr., “as we help shape strategies for countless local governments and regions around the world to improve the effectiveness of critical public services and the quality of life in their communities.”

IG President Bob Hart noted, “Our organization’s historical strength has been member networks that identify and share emerging technology and management practices. This Alliance will not only greatly enhance this process but adds leading applied research and analysis about local governments from some of the top academicians in our field.”

Phoenix City Manager Frank Fairbanks is a long-time member of the ICMA and recipient of its Award for Excellence, the organization’s highest honor, in 2001. “As ICMA is approached by communities throughout the world for examples of best practices in a variety of areas of local government, invariably we send people to Phoenix and to Frank Fairbanks,” said an ICMA statement when announcing the award.

Fairbanks worked closely with Mayor Gordon to promote ASU’s School of Public Affairs as a partner in the new alliance and downtown Phoenix as the ideal location for IG’s new headquarters. “Having the Alliance for Innovation in Local Government come to Phoenix is a real badge of honor in the city management profession,” said Fairbanks, “and it confirms our mayor’s and City Council’s focus on high quality, innovative services for the community.”

The School of Public Affairs also has named James H. Svara director of its Center for Urban Innovation, which will interact closely with the Alliance. Svara is a leading scholar on process, structure and governance in local government. “The strength of the Alliance partnership comes from blending the perspectives of scholars and educators with those of practitioners in public management and public policy,” said Svara. “Our special contribution will be research. Our faculty along with some of the brightest minds in our region and around the world will research the trends, issues and conditions that drive innovation.”

Dean Debra Friedman, of the ASU College of Public Programs, a critical ally of the project, suggests, “The Alliance for Innovation’s choice of ASU as their university partner signals the powerhouse of new ideas and strategies that we can expect in the future. ASU and the Alliance, together with their public sector partners, will serve as a global magnet for those who share common interests in urban management.”

GPEC Announces Leadership of Economic Development Directors Team by quotes

 GPEC Announces Leadership of Economic Development Directors Team

August 15, 2006 (Phoenix, Arizona) – Bruce MacTurk, economic development program manager for the City of Phoenix, has been elected chairman of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Economic Development Directors Team (EDDT). Additionally, Sheri Wakefield-Saenz, economic development manager for the City of Tempe, joins the leadership team to serve as the EDDT vice-chair.

“With the diverse background Bruce and Sheri have in economic development, I am confident this team will provide valuable guidance and support for GPEC’s initiatives,” said Barry Broome, GPEC president and CEO. “GPEC’s Board of Directors appreciate their commitment not only to their respective cities, but to the entire region.”

Members of EDDT are made up of economic development professionals from GPEC’s member communities, higher educational institutions, utility companies and other economic development partners and act as an advisory committee to the President and CEO. Monthly meetings are held to discuss regional issues and GPEC’s strategic efforts, and to assist GPEC’s business development team in attracting new business to Greater Phoenix.

MacTurk has served on EDDT since 2001 and has worked in economic development for more than 18 years. He is an active member of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) and CoreNet Global, an association for corporate real estate professionals.

Wakefield-Saenz has worked in economic development for over 16 years and has been an EDDT member for over 11 years. She is an active participant of AAED and is a Certified Economic Developer.

MacTurk and Wakefield-Saenz’s terms officially began July 1 and end June 30, 2007.

For more information about GPEC, visit

A true public/private partnership, GPEC works closely with its statewide partners, as well as 16 member communities, Maricopa County and more than 130 private investors, coordinating public and private efforts in promoting Greater Phoenix to companies seeking a location where they can compete and thrive in today’s global economy.

Councilman and Attorney General Join Get Net Safe Tour to Promote Online Safety by quotes

Councilman and Attorney General Join Get Net Safe Tour to Promote Online Safety

Attorney General Terry Goddard and Councilman Greg Stanton will join the Microsoft Get Net Safe tour next week, an effort to promote Internet Safety in schools, at home and at work. The 12-city tour brings together community organizations and government agencies along with Microsoft to encourage online safety.

Goddard will kick off the tour at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, with a press conference at Monte Vista Elementary School, 3501 E. Osborn Road in Phoenix. Goddard and Stanton will talk about the Get Net Safe tour events in Phoenix as well as efforts of the Phoenix Internet Crimes Task Force to track and arrest Internet predators.

Following the press conference, Goddard and Stanton will join representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for an Internet safety school assembly. Monte Vista students will participate in the assembly.

At noon that day, Goddard will keynote a U.S./Arizona Chambers of Commerce lunch where he will discuss efforts his office is making to educate Arizonans about Internet Safety. The luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Phoenix.

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, Goddard and Stanton will participate in a parents’ forum at the Madison School District offices. The forum will feature online safety tools, information and resources from i-SAFE Inc. This forum begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

The Get Net Safe tour will feature forums on Aug. 22, 23 and 24 throughout the Valley. These forums will provide children, teens, parents, businesses and seniors with information about online safety. This tour was developed by Microsoft and 10 partner organizations to help raise awareness of computing security and Internet safety. The tour partners include AARP, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Geek Squad 24-our Computer Support Task Force, GetNetWise, i-SAFE, Microsoft, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Federal Trade Commission’s OnGuard Online, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Please visit the Arizona Attorney General’s Office at for more information about other events being held in the Valley. Please contact Andrea Esquer at 602-542-8019 if you have any questions about the events featuring Attorney General Terry Goddard.

City of Phoenix and Perini Building Company Reach First Major Construction Milestone on Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel by quotes

City of Phoenix and Perini Building Company Reach First Major Construction Milestone on Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

The city of Phoenix and Perini Building Company reached a significant construction milestone over the weekend when Perini poured 6,000-cubic-yards of concrete to complete the foundation for the 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

The foundation pour started at 10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 18 and lasted 12 hours. The event demanded 120 concrete trucks aligned in perfect formation, four concrete pumps and enough crew on hand to place 800 yards of concrete per hour. The hotel’s foundation is 310 feet long, 70 feet wide and seven feet thick. The foundation sits 30 feet below street level.

The next phase of the construction entails forming and pouring the concrete columns for the city’s new 31-story hotel tower.

“We are on schedule to deliver the hotel on time for a Fall 2008 opening. Prior to construction, we did extensive preconstruction planning with the city and don’t anticipate any delays. The most significant challenge we face is working in an extremely tight, busy downtown location. To alleviate traffic congestion, we are working closely with city officials, and when feasible, scheduling deliveries after or before normal work hours,” said Ken Schacherbauer, vice president of field operations for Perini Building Company.

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, which is owned by the city of Phoenix, includes a 6,500-square-foot-fitness center and spa, an outdoor pool and sundeck and 80,000-square-feet of meeting space, including ballroom space and 28 meeting rooms. The hotel includes an underground parking garage with more than 500 spaces.

The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel is considered vital to serving the $600 million Phoenix Convention Center currently under expansion. Both projects are considered important to injecting more street and economic life into downtown, as are other planned projects that include the downtown Arizona State University campus, condominium towers and a medical school.

About Perini Building Company

Perini Building Company is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and maintains offices throughout the country. The company is the largest builder of hospitality projects in the nation. Other areas of construction expertise include sports and entertainment venues. In Arizona, Perini is also currently building Westgate Phase One. Other major Arizona projects built by Perini include Glendale Arena, home of the Phoenix Coyotes; Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and U.S. Airways Center, home of the Phoenix Suns. In January 2005, Forbes magazine ranked Perini Corporation among the 26 best-managed companies in America. Perini Building Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Perini Corporation, which is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Visit: for more information about Perini.

Sheppard named Acting Parks Director by quotes
August 29, 2006, 9:16 pm
Filed under: City of Mesa, City of Phoenix News, Community Service, Mesa, Parks

Sheppard named Acting Parks Director

Jenny Sheppard, Assistant Financial Services Manager for the City of Mesa, has been named Acting Director of the Mesa Parks and Recreation Division following the retirement of Director Bob White, effective Saturday. Sheppard will begin serving as Director on Monday.

Sheppard, a 28-year veteran of the City, has spent the last three years in the Financial Services department and has spent the majority of her time with the City in the Customer Service and City Manager’s offices.

Trisha Sorensen, Acting Community Services Manager, said Sheppard brings expertise in building solid financial systems and a focus on customer service to the Parks Division.  Sheppard, a certified public manager, holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a masters’ in organizational management.

Roger Okin, administrator of tax and audit collections, will take on some of Sheppard’s duties in financial services.  Scot Rigby, management assistant in Economic Development, will assist Sheppard in Parks on a temporary basis.

Parks and Recreation is a division of the Community Services Department

Mayor Hallman introduces “Office Hours” series by quotes
August 29, 2006, 9:14 pm
Filed under: City of Tempe News, Seminars, Tempe, Workshops | Tags:

Mayor Hallman introduces “Office Hours” series


TEMPE, Ariz. – This fall, Mayor Hugh Hallman will begin traveling around
town once a month, inviting Tempe residents, students and business
owners to share their feedback and concerns. “Office Hours,” will be
held the first Tuesday of the month from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at various


“Holding Office Hours is my chance to visit with Tempeans in their
neighborhoods on an informal basis, one-on-one or in small groups,
answering questions and – most importantly – listening to their input,”
Mayor Hallman said.


So far, the Office Hours series includes the following Tuesdays from
4:30-6:30 p.m. Future dates will be announced soon.


Sept. 5 – Escalante Community Center, 2150 E. Orange St.

Oct. 3 – North Tempe Multigenerational Center, 1555 N. Bridalwreath St.

Nov. 7 – Westside Community Center, 715 W. Fifth St.

Dec. 5 – Kiwanis Park Recreation Center, 6111 S. All-America Way


For more information or questions, call 480-350-8905.



Date of Application:  Wednesday, August 30, 2006 (Weather Permitting:  Windy Conditions may postpone application)

Time of Application:  After 10:00 PM to 5:00 AM (Contact the County at the number below for a more precise timeline)

The following areas in Mesa are scheduled:

Northern Boundary – Thomas Road
Southern Boundary – McDowell Road
Western Boundary – Gilbert Road
Eastern Boundary – Val Vista Drive

Questions regarding this program should be referred to Maricopa County Vector Control at 602-506-0700.

Bob Robson honored by League of Cities and Towns by quotes
August 29, 2006, 1:43 am
Filed under: Arizona, Awards, Phoenix, Phoenix Arizona, State of Arizona | Tags: ,

Robson honored by League of Cities and Towns



Arizona State Capitol, Phoenix Arizona – House Speaker Pro Tem Bob Robson is an Arizona League of Cities and Towns Legislative Champion.

Robson, a former Chandler City Councilman, earned the honor for his work to protect communities around the state and advance the causes cities and towns support.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Robson said. “Cities and towns are the backbone of our state and helping them better serve their residents is one of my top priorities in the Legislature.”

Robson received the award at the League’s annual conference last week in Tucson.

“Representative Robson worked hard to ensure that municipal ability to provide quality services to residents was not diminished,” the League said in announcing the award.

Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition – Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) by quotes

Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition

Contact: Carolyn White


Commander Manny Blea of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 1433 announced the kickoff of this year’s VFW and Ladies Auxiliary “Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition.” Students in grades 6 through 8 in the Glendale area have the opportunity to compete in the VFW’s annual essay competition and win U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to be honored at theVFW and Ladies Auxiliary Community Service Conference.

Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post winners advance to District. District winners compete in the State competition. State winners compete for more than $75,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year more than 130,000 students throughout the U.S. participate in the Patriot’s Pen Essay Competition. Students are invited to write a 300 – 400 word essay on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme is “Citizenship in America.”

Deadline for student entries is November 1, 2006. Interested students and teachers should contact Carolyn White, VFW Post 1433 Ladies Auxiliary, at 602-841-2378 or contact by e-mail at

Additional information for those outside the Glendale area can be found here:

and information about other local VFW Posts can be found here: