Phoenix Arizona


Downtown, tourism and new business to be discussed at next Let’s Talk by quotes

Downtown, tourism and new business to be discussed at next Let’s Talk
Tempe

Tempe, Ariz. – Mayor Hugh Hallman, along with Pam Goronkin of  the
Downtown Tempe Community, Mary Ann Miller of the Tempe Chamber of
Commerce and Stephanie Nowack of the Tempe Convention and Visitors
Bureau, will discuss downtown, visitors and new business at the next
Let’s Talk Tempe on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Doors open at 7 a.m.; the
discussion begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655
E. Southern Ave.

Pam Goronkin is Executive Director of the Downtown Tempe Community.  She
served on the Tempe City Council from 2002 to 2006 and was a member of
Council committees that focused on development, technology and tourism.

Mary Ann Miller is President/CEO of the Tempe Chamber of Commerce.
Miller has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and community
relations.  She sits on boards for the Tempe Convention and Visitors
Bureau, Rio Salado Foundation, The Center for Habilitation, and
Childsplay.

Stephanie Nowack has been President/CEO of the Tempe Convention and
Visitors Bureau for seven years.  She has brought key events to Tempe,
including the P.F. Chang’s Rock n’ Roll Marathon and Ironman Arizona.
Nowack was named the Tempe Chamber’s Business Woman of the Year in 2005.

Let’s Talk Tempe is a monthly issue-based talk show taped before a live
audience and replayed the following month on Tempe 11.

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Governor Janet Napolitano visits Tempe Points of Pride by quotes

Governor Napolitano to visit Tempe points of pride

 

Tempe to highlight affordable housing, multigenerational center and
Tempe Town Lake during Governor’s city tours

 

 

TEMPE, Ariz. – The City of Tempe will proudly showcase a few of its
latest achievements when Governor Janet Napolitano visits the city
Monday, Oct. 30.

 

Tempe will highlight its efforts to foster affordable housing, its
achievement of opening a new multigenerational center in north Tempe,
and its unprecedented economic growth at Tempe Town Lake.

 

At 3 p.m., Governor Napolitano will visit families who have moved into
affordable homes through the Newtown Community Land Trust. She also will
meet representatives from Chicanos por la Causa and other organizations,
and hear about Tempe’s plans to increase affordable housing in the city.

 

At 3:30 p.m., the Governor will tour the new North Tempe
Multigenerational Center, at 1555 N. Bridalwreath St., south of
McKellips Road and east of Scottsdale Road. She will meet
representatives from the many organizations that operate the
30,000-square-foot facility, such as the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA and
Maricopa County Head Start, and hear how the center will transform lives
in the community.

 

At 4 p.m., Governor Napolitano will take to the water and tour Tempe
Town Lake with Mayor Hugh Hallman, the Tempe City Council and key
business leaders. They will discuss the many development projects
underway at the lake and in the Mill Avenue District.

 

WHAT: Governor Janet Napolitano visits Tempe

 

WHEN: 3-5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30

 

WHERE: The tour begins at 1109 S. McKemy St., in Tempe, at 3 p.m.



Historic Phoenix Union High School Re-Opens as State-of-the-Art Biomedical Campus by quotes

Historic Phoenix Union High School Re-Opens as State-of-the-Art Biomedical Campus

The city of Phoenix in collaboration with the University of Arizona College of Medicine, the state of Arizona and Arizona State University opened the new Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

More here: Phoenix Biomedical Campus



Public Invited to Downtown Strategic Plan Community Meeting by quotes

 Public Invited to Downtown Strategic Plan Community Meeting

The city of Phoenix will hold a community meeting to provide residents with a status update on the city’s plan for downtown. A presentation on the “Downtown Strategic Vision and Blueprint for the Future” and Arizona State University’s “Vision for the Downtown Phoenix Campus” will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Phoenix Preparatory Academy, 735 E. Fillmore St.

In December 2004, the mayor and City Council adopted a comprehensive strategy for downtown and identified priorities, including making downtown an anchor for the knowledge economy; providing diverse quality housing; providing an eclectic mix of people, spaces and uses; expanding diversity of artistic and cultural opportunities; fostering retail establishments; creating well-defined and well-designed public spaces while protecting historic treasures; and supporting a sense of place that connects the existing urban fabric with infrastructure. The presentation will provide an update on the implementation of the goals as identified in the report.

The ASU “Vision for the Downtown Phoenix Campus” will include an update on the implementation of Phase One of campus development. The campus opened in August with more than 4,000 students and the future build-out of the campus is expected to serve up to 15,000 students by 2008.

For more information, visit phoenix.gov/downtown or call 602-534-7143.



Finalists selected in Wi-Fi Network bid by quotes

Finalists selected in Wi-Fi Network bid

Today the City announced the two finalists in the request for proposals (RFP) process to select a citywide Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) Internet service provider.  The two finalists are:

–Earthlink Municipal Networks
–MobilePro Corporation

The goals of the City of Mesa Wi-Fi project include:

– Development of a Wi-Fi Internet network that is privately financed, built, owned and operated.

– Universal wireless broadband (Wi-Fi) Internet service that is available throughout the City for residents to subscribe at an affordable rate.

– Free wireless networking for City staff to use when working in the field.  This will support the work of police officers, building inspectors, utility locators, fire personnel, and many others when working away from office computers.

– Free Wi-Fi access to all City of Mesa Web sites and the Mesa Public Schools Web sites.

– A free hotzone for the planned Mesa Community College downtown campus.

– Some areas of free limited Wi-Fi access to the Internet in the community.

– Maintaining cutting edge technology to ensure a high degree of quality of service.

Negotiations will take place during the coming weeks.  An award recommendation will be made to City Manager Christopher Brady, with the final award to be considered and approved by the City Council.

The City issued an RFP in April 2006.  Five companies submitted proposals, including Able Information Technologies, Inc., Azulstar Networks, Earthlink Municipal Networks, MetroFi Inc., and MobilePro Corporation.



Inaugural Downtown Phoenix Home & Loft Tour by quotes

Here is an interesting E-mail we got inviting us to tour the new Downtown Phoenix homes and lofts.

Inaugural Downtown Phoenix Home & Loft Tour

The inaugural Downtown Phoenix Home & Lof Tour is
Saturday, September 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As promised, each day this week we will release details of
homes on the tour. Here are a few to whet your appetite!

Tickets are $20 and include admission to the Urban Affair … purchase them here.

>>> Stadium Lofts at Buchanan and 2nd Street was a pioneering development in downtown’s warehouse district back in 2003.

Just two blocks south of the then American West Arena, the 4-story brick building was considered to be in the middle of nowhere. And now? The Summit at Copper Square condo tower is under construction and Jackson St is prepping for a $400 million makeover.

Stadium Lofts consists of 31 units ranging in size from 1,200 to over 2,000 square feet. Ten to 22-foot ceiling heights give way to city views. Spiral ductwork and exposed brick walls are coupled with granite countertops and wood floors.

>>> The “Willetta 9” residences are on Willetta near 7th Street and were designed by architect Michael Underhill.

“This urban loft floor plan is unique with European kitchens and many modern details. Convenient elements include private garages, private yards and studio spaces. Creative flex spaces can conform to your needs. Concrete floors, beam ceilings, modern bathroom design, and contemporary kitchens are some of the perfect finishing touches.” ~ AZarchitecture.com

A 1,100 square foot, one bedroom, one bath unit is now on the market for $365,000.

>>> Palm Lane Lofts at 325 East Palm Lane were built in 2004 by architect Ian Baldinger. Units originally started selling at $400,000 and are now selling-if you can get one-around $650,000 (or $430/SF).

The 3-story row homes boast cherry Italian cabinets by Diemme, black granite countertops, designer appliances by Bosch, fixtures by Danze, and “expressive aluminum and steel” details.

“Great architecture inside and out.” ~ selection committee comments

>>> Unique to the tour is a single family bungalow just off Roosevelt Row-the burgeoning arts/retail and live/work corridor north of Copper Square.  The modest studio/gallery at 918 North 6th Street is shared by a young couple who live the artiste’s life we all partake of once per month on First Fridays.

“Gallery space worth seeing, great art and workshop area.” ~ selection committee

This bus stop along the Tour includes an Artisan Village live/work condo as well as all the retailers along Roosevelt Row. Don’t miss this one!

Tomorrow: “Only at Orpheum”
Five stunning units in the exquisitely restored and renovated art deco Orpheum Lofts at 114 West Adams.

Wednesday: “All About Artisan”
We will feature the three uber-urban projects of developer Eric Brown: Artisan Village, Artisan Parkview, and Artisan Lofts on Central.

Thursday: “Four for the Future” will feature four projects currently under construction: 44 Monroe, Portland Place (at left), the Studios @ 636, and the new Phoenix Convention Center, the home of Urban Affair.

And Friday’s finale? What’s a house tour without a dramatic ending?

An iconic retail landmark is changing hands … what will become of My Florist now that Mr. Lacy has sold the building? What will become of Willow Bread? And the cafe/restaurant?

Don’t fret just yet … Mr. Lacy has generously agreed to be stop #6 on the Tour! His flawlessly decorated loft above the restaurant is an absolute MUST SEE!



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.”