Phoenix Launches Shared Micromobility Program: E-scooters, E-bikes, Pedal Bikes More Accessible

​​The City of Phoenix launched its permanent Shared Micromobility Program by hosting a special event in downtown with vendors Lime and Spin. The vendors showcased their inventory of e-scooters, e-bikes, traditional pedal bikes and adaptive bikes to downtown stakeholders and the media. Various vendors have operated e-scooters in downtown Phoenix since … [More]

Recap: Governor Hobbs Fiscal Year 2024 Executive Budget Released

Governor Katie Hobbs released her executive budget priorities with a focus on lowering costs, investing in public education, securing the state’s water future, tackling the affordable housing crisis and more. “We have an opportunity to make a significant change in the lives of the families and communities of this state. We are committed to facing our challenges head on to … [More]

IRS Sets January 23 as Official Start to 2023 Tax Filing Season

The Internal Revenue Service announced Monday, January 23, 2023, as the beginning of the nation's 2023 tax season when the agency will begin accepting and processing 2022 tax year returns. More than 168 million individual tax returns are expected to be filed, with the vast majority of those coming before the April 18 tax deadline. People have three extra days to file this … [More]

City of Chandler’s Data Center Ordinance Now in Effect

The City of Chandler has joined a small list of cities across the nation to adopt a zoning code amendment to define the location and operation of data centers. The approved amendment includes the following provisions: Establishes a new section of the zoning code (Chapter 35, Section 2214) specifically to address data centers Clarifies data centers as a primary use … [More]

Governor Hobbs Announces Cabinet Members Focused on Cultivating and Growing Arizona’s Economy

Governor-Elect Katie Hobbs announced several members of her cabinet who will be focused on growing our State’s economy, and running Government well. With a proven track record of success, and years of expertise, these are the dedicated professionals who will run State Agencies and help us build an Arizona for everyone. “My cabinet will hit the ground running by implementing … [More]

Governor Katie Hobbs Launches First 100 Days Initiative

Governor Katie Hobbs announced her First 100 Days Initiative, which includes the first 100 actions she will take as governor to help build an Arizona for everyone. The Governor’s bold agenda for her first 100 days in office will focus on her top policy priorities, such as strengthening the economy and making Arizona more affordable, improving public education, and securing the … [More]

Katie Hobbs Sworn In as Arizona’s 24th Governor

This morning, Governor Katie Hobbs, Secretary of State Adrian Fontes, Attorney General Kris Mayes, State Treasurer Kimberly Yee, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne, and State Mine Inspector Paul Marsh were sworn into office in a ceremony on the Ninth Floor of the Capitol Executive Tower. Arizona’s Constitution requires these statewide elected officials to begin … [More]

SECURE Act 2.0 Gives Arizonans New and Enhanced Tools for Retirement

by Kristi Hill and Ryan Curtis

The much-anticipated SECURE Act 2.0 became law Friday, giving Arizonans and all Americans new and enhanced retirement savings tools. SECURE 2.0 was included in the $1.7 trillion omnibus spending bill and is follow-up legislation to the original SECURE Act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act) designed to increase employee access to tax-advantaged … [More]

Arizona Department of Gaming Reports $41.9M in Tribal Gaming Contributions for Latest Fiscal Quarter

The Arizona Department of Gaming announced today $41,876,352 in tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the second quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. This amount represents a 95 percent increase when compared to the same quarter of FY 2022. “With back-to-back record quarters of tribal contributions, it is clear the 2021 amended Arizona Tribal-State Gaming … [More]

Department of the Interior Invests More Than $84M in Arizona and Other Drought Resiliency Projects

The Department of the Interior announced a $84.7 million investment from President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law to help 36 communities throughout the West prepare and respond to the challenges of drought. The selected projects will help bring clean, reliable drinking water to communities across the West through investments in innovative drought resilience efforts, such … [More]

GSA Administrator in Arizona, Announces First Inflation Reduction Act Projects at Federal Facilities

The U.S. General Services Administration today announced more than $300 million in construction and renovation projects funded through the Inflation Reduction Act, which President Biden signed in August. This first set of projects aims to catalyze clean energy innovation and spur domestic clean manufacturing by incorporating emerging technologies and low-carbon materials into … [More]

Phoenix Pilots New Program for Cleanup Around the Human Services Campus

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The City of Phoenix successfully completed its pilot program of enhanced cleanings on Madison St. between 12th and 13th Avenues. Despite misgivings by the ACLU, the court refused to prohibit the City of Phoenix's cleaning efforts and the City intends to continue its efforts in that regard. The … [More]

Phoenix Commits to 100% Zero-Emission Bus Fleet by 2040

Phoenix City Council voted 8-0 to transition 100% of the city’s bus fleet to zero-emission models by 2040. Phase 1 of this transition plan includes a moratorium on purchasing compressed natural gas (CNG) buses after 2024, thereafter purchasing only low- and zero-emission buses, including hybrid-electric, battery-electric, and fuel-cell-electric buses. This comes almost a … [More]

Strategic Alliance to Support Small Business Exporters and Financing Announced

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the signing of the Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) with BAFT (Bankers Association for Finance and Trade), the leading global financial services association for international transaction banking, which will formalize the SBA’s existing relationship with the association. BAFT and SBA strive to tackle challenges both … [More]

City Council Approves Proposed $500M General Obligation (GO) Bond Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ On Tuesday, Phoenix City Council voted to approve​ the proposed $500 million 2023 GO Bond Program as presented by the GO Bond Executive Committee. After three months of committee deliberation and extensive p​ublic input, the GO Bond Executive Committee recommended several projects and programs … [More]

Report Demonstrates Progress in Valley Transportation from Proposition 400

Valley residents have seen 410 new corridor miles of freeways, 252 miles of street projects, and millions of additional miles of bus service since the implementation of Proposition 400, according to new report by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG). The 2022 Annual Report on the Status of the Implementation of Proposition 400 details … [More]

Phoenix Receives $1 Million Grant for South Central Light Rail Development

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The City of Phoenix is excited to receive a $1 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to help implement the South-Central / Downtown Hub light rail extension Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Community plan. The Phoenix project is one of 19 to receive a portion of the $13.1 … [More]

Tempe City Council Unanimously Approves Tempe Entertainment District Agreement with Developer

Residents are likely to get the opportunity to vote on the Tempe Entertainment District, now that the Tempe City Council has approved key aspects of the plan. The Arizona Coyotes have pledged to collect the needed petition signatures to refer the project to the ballot as soon as May 16, 2023. If voters approve, the 46-acre project could be built with a planned Coyotes … [More]

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