Phoenix Arizona

Phoenix Arizona – All American City by quotes

It’s official: Phoenix Arizona is an All-America City – for the fifth time. National Civic League judges today chose the city as one of 10 winners of the prestigious, nationwide competition. Phoenix was one of 29 finalists presenting at the 2009 All-America City Awards in Tampa Bay this week. Phoenix is the only Arizona winner or finalist for the 60th annual awards.

A committee of approximately 60 people worked collaboratively on the presentation and award application, including 40 community members and 20 city employees. Phoenix highlighted newly developed urban education campuses (ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus and Phoenix Biomedical Campus) providing an economic boost, parks and land preservation strategies and the city’s innovative library teen spaces. The awards called for innovative, recent projects that meet major challenges and include the community in the process.

Participants were barred from using video, PowerPoint and visuals other than simple poster boards during their oral presentations.

“We are honored and proud for America’s fifth-largest city to be named an All-America City for the fifth time,” said Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon. “Our collaborative, progressive projects have improved education and the economy downtown, saved thousands of acres of open space, renovated and built neighborhood parks and provided unique spaces just for teens at all of our libraries. Working with the community means that everyone in Phoenix has a chance to help shape the future of our All-America City.”

The Phoenix delegation included Mayor Gordon, Councilmembers Michael Johnson and Michael Nowakowski, City Manager Frank Fairbanks and Deputy City Manager Rick Naimark, along with community members representing the highlighted projects. Others presenting: a student from ASU’s Cronkite School and a medical student from the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix in Partnership with ASU; two teen Phoenix Public Library volunteers; business representatives from Latino Vibe radio, which supports library teen reading programs, and the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation; a Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board member; a young adult who has worked and volunteered for Phoenix Parks and Recreation; and a senior who is a founding member of the Sunnyslope Village Alliance.

No tax dollars were used for any expenses. US Airways, FedEx Express, SuperShuttle, the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Phoenix Partnership all donated to the effort. The Phoenix Parks and Conservation Foundation and Friends of the Phoenix Public Library also supported the delegation.

Phoenix previously won the All-America City Award in 1950, 1958, 1980 and 1989. It is the country’s most prestigious community recognition award, honoring communities of all sizes for collaborative projects addressing critical issues.

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Arizona Artists Encouraged To Apply For Coronado Fence Project by quotes

 Arizona Artists Encouraged To Apply For Coronado Fence Project

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program invites Arizona artists to submit qualifications for a new public art project in the Coronado Historic District.

The project is part of a Street Transportation Department project in central Phoenix to construct a fence on a new median on Virginia Avenue, directly south of North High School. The selected artist or artists will design panels for the fence but will not be responsible for fabrication. The project is ideal for artists who generally work with two-dimensional media, small metals and textile design; metal-working or public art experience is not necessary. Nov. 2 is the deadline to apply for the project.

The purpose of the Coronado Fence is to better direct vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area near the high school. It is part of a neighborhood project initiated by residents of the Greater Coronado Neighborhood Association in cooperation with the Street Transportation Department. The selected artist will be asked to work with a steering committee that includes neighborhood residents, North High representatives and the city’s Office of Historic Preservation, as well as the Street Transportation Department and the fence contractor.

To receive the project’s “Call to Artists,” which has detailed application requirements, or to learn more about Phoenix’s Public Art Program, visit or call 602-262-4637 or TTY 602-534-5500.

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.

Paypal CEO Meg Whitman and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano Meet. by quotes

Paypal CEO Meg Whitman and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano Meet.

Finalists Selected for Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards by quotes

Finalists Selected for


Celebration of Innovation Awards

Winners to be Announced Evening of December 5, 2006;

Event of the Year to Honor Arizonas Top Technological and Business Achievements

The Arizona Technology Council, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Commerce, announced the following companies have been chosen as finalists by the Governors Celebration of Innovation events selection committee comprised of local business and academic leaders. One company, within each category, will be announced as the winner the night of the event. The award categories and finalists for each are as follows:

The Pioneering Innovation Award


Ribomed Biotechnologies, Inc.

Primary Contact: Dave Hanak
Director of Sales & Marketing


Perfect Power

Primary Contact: Lynn Paige


Honeywell International Inc.

Primary Contact: Erik Rasmussen
Public Relations Manager


The Innovator of the Year Award

Note: “Innovator of the Year” distinction is comprised of four levels.


Innovator of the Year Award-Start-up


Medipacs LLC

Primary Contact: Mark Banister


Southwest Windpower, Inc.

Primary Contact: Andrew Kruse
Co-founder/ Vice President of Business Development

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Gw Medical Technologies, LLC

Primary Contact: William J. Gartner
President & CEO


Innovator of the Year Award-Small Company


InPlay Technologies, Inc.

Primary Contact: Heather Beshears
VP, Corp. Communications


Ensynch Inc

Primary Contact: Tyeson Cluff
Marketing Manager


RF Code

Primary Contact: Tim Bresien
Director of Marketing


Innovator of the Year Award-Large Company


Mobility Electronics

Primary Contact: Mary Garrett
Launch: Partner, Director of Public Relations


Avnet, Inc.

Primary Contact: Patrick McAvoy
Sierra Creative Group: Principal


IBM Arizona- “ServiceArizona (SAZ)”

Primary Contact: Scott Whitfield
Project Executive, IBM Global Services, Government Industry


Innovator of the Year Award-Academia


AzTE (Arizona Technology Enterprises)

Primary Contact: Charlie Lewis
VP Marketing & Venture Development


BioDesign-A Pox Against Infectious Disease

Primary Contact: Kimberly Ovitt
Marketing and Communication Director


Bio5 Institute

Primary Contact: Grace Brown
Director, Marketing & Communications


William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year Award


Kevin Hickey-Netpro

Primary Contact: Christine McDermott
VP Corporate Communications


Avnet, Inc.

Primary Contact: Teri Radosevich
Director of Community Relations


Bob Hagen-Southern Arizona Technology Council

Primary Contact: Jodi Horton
President, IDEA @ Work, Inc.


Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Award


David Engert-Quality Care Solutions Incorporated (QCSI)

Primary Contact: Hakon Johanson
Marketing Specialist


Gene Holmquist– Ensynch Inc.

Primary Contact: Daniel Moran
Publicist-Kathy Sacks Group


Kathleen M. Perkins– Breault Research Organization

Primary Contact: Susanne Gerdes

Young Innovator of the Year Award Winners

The “Best of the Best” of the Arizona Engineering and Science Fairs (grades 9-12) for the year 2006. Each of these students will receive a $1000 scholarship to further enhance their education.

Erin Eppard

Thunderbird High School
Teacher: Renee Kaye
Project Name: Operator Injury Mitigation Using Electronic Sensing,
Mechanical Braking and Decoupling Devices in Handheld Circular Saws.

Jingyuan Luo

Hamilton High School
Teacher: Debbie Nipar
Project Name: Toxicity and Ecological Implications of Nanomaterials to

Albert Shieh

Chaparral High School
Teacher: Richard Peterson
Project Name: Novel Algorithms for Automated SNP Genotyping

Gabor Angeli

Catalina Foothills High School
Teacher: Ann Marie Condes
Project Category: Computer Science/Chemistry Project Name: Development
of a Semi-Automatic Mass spectra Evaluation (SAME) Program.

Teacher of the Year Award:

Renee Kaye
AP Biology
Thunderbird High School

The finalists for this years Governors Celebration of Innovation are some of the most impressive we have seen in the four year history of the event. It is obvious that Arizonas technology industry continues to thrive when we see the quality of companies that make their home in our great state, said Kevin Margeson, Chairman of the Governors Celebration of Innovation event, and Director of the Arizona Aerospace and Defense Industry Association.

In its fourth year, the awards program is acknowledged as the premier recognition of statewide technological and business achievement and leadership in innovation. The awards dinner will be held at the Pointe South Mountain Resort on December 5, 2006. The event begins with a reception at 5:00 p.m., with dinner and ceremonies beginning at 6:30 p.m. The program will end at 9:00 p.m. This years event features an early bird deadline for registration. Tables of ten are $1,250 for Council members and $1750 for non-members before November 7th, $1,500 for Council members and $2,000 for non-members after November 7th. Individual tickets are $125 for Council members and $175 for non-members before November 7th, and $150 for Council members and $200 for non-members after November 7th. To purchase a table or individual ticket go to

Award Category Descriptions

  • Pioneering Innovation

Presented to an outstanding company that has gone above and beyond the call of duty in contributing to Arizona ‘s technology industry through sustained business presence, corporate citizenship, community involvement, and business success. A company of any size or technical discipline may be nominated. The award is limited to commercial enterprises doing business in Arizona for 5 years or more.

  • Innovator of the Year – Start-Up Company

Presented to a company or business unit that has achieved significant business success, technical innovation, or scientific achievement in the past calendar year and meets the following requirements: Must be actively selling or developing a commercially available product or service for less than 24 months; Must be generating revenue and/or receiving funding; Must demonstrate innovation and potential viability; Company or business unit must be based in Arizona; Innovation must be developed in Arizona; Must have a management structure of one or more persons; Profitability is not a requirement

  • Innovator of the Year Small Company

Presented to a company or business unit that has achieved significant business success, technical innovation, or scientific achievement in the past calendar year and meets the following requirements: Must be in operation for 24 months or more; Must be generating less than $50 million in annual revenues; Company or business unit must be based in Arizona; Innovation must be developed in Arizona; Innovation may have been in previous years

  • Innovator of the Year Large Company

Presented to a company or business unit (no limit on the duration of the project) that has achieved significant business success, technical innovation, or scientific achievement in the past calendar year and meets the following requirements: Must be in operation for 24 months or more; Must be generating $50 million or more in annual revenues; Company or business unit must be based in Arizona; Innovation must be developed in Arizona; Innovation may have been in previous years

  • Innovator of the Year Academia

Presented to a department or office within an accredited higher education institution that has achieved success through innovation in the past calendar year and meets the following requirements: Each department or office may submit 1 project for consideration; Has achieved success through research and development; Must demonstrate technical innovation, scientific achievement and potential commercial viability; Institution must be based in Arizona; Open to both college students and faculty; Has contributed to economic development within Arizona through teaching, research or other academic pursuits

  • William F. McWhortor Community Service Leader of the Year Award

Presented to an individual or organization (including Not For Profit) that contributes to Arizona ‘s technology industry through relentless community involvement, leadership, visibility and excellence in economic development activity. Any individual or organization representing industry, government, or academia may be nominated. Award is limited to individuals or organizations residing in Arizona 5 years or more.

  • Ed Denison Business Leader of the Year Award

Presented to an individual who contributes to Arizona ‘s technology industry through sustained growth of their business or company. Any individual in a leadership position employed by an Arizona-based business, or division of a corporation operating in Arizona may be nominated for this award. Leadership qualities such as entrepreneurship, community involvement, and management expertise will be considered. Award is limited to individuals residing in Arizona 5 years or more.

About the Governors Celebration of Innovation

The Governors Celebration of Innovation was established in 2003 by combining two technology award ceremonies: the High Tech Industry Clusters 17-year student awards ceremony and the Arizona Software and Internet Associations 10-year Celebration of Innovation. With the addition of the Governors support, the Governors Celebration of Innovation has become the premier technology community gathering of its kind in Arizona. The inaugural Governors Celebration of Innovation took place in November 2003 and was a colossal success with over 1,200 in attendance. For more information visit

About Arizona Technology Council

The Arizona Technology Councils vision is for Arizona to be recognized as a top-tier center for technology-based industries and businesses with an education system that produces a best-of-class 21st century workforce in a statewide community where its citizens share in the highest quality of life possible. The Councils mission is to drive partnerships, policies and programs that advance the business climate for Arizonas technology community. The Council delivers on this mission by representing, supporting and advocating for member companies through initiatives, advocacy, networking and effective communications. The Arizona Technology Council is the largest member-driven technology association in the state. The Arizona Technology Council represents the interests of over 35,000 employees across more than 500 of the leading technology companies their support firms, educational institutions and state-wide economic development groups that collectively form Arizonas technology community. Donna Kent was named president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council in November 2005. Along with Ms. Kent, the organization is led by Chairman of the Board and former President and Chief Executive, Todd Bankofier, an appointed executive committee and a board of directors comprised of a cross-section of academic, private and public sector professionals. For more information, visit

About Arizona Department of Commerce

Collaborating with economic development partners statewide, the Arizona Department of Commerce works to create jobs, expand the tax base, increase per capita income and promote a globally competitive business environment. The agency provides reliable information and research, community assistance, targeted business attraction and development coupled with strategic workforce development. Nationally and internationally, the Department of Commerce promotes Arizona assets: a growing, high-tech workforce; competitive operating environment; easy access to major markets; affordable, available real estate; reliable utilities; abundant natural resources and an unmatched quality of life. For more information, visit

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.”