Mayor Gallego Announces Blue Bank to Foster Innovation in Water Conservation

Mayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council have voted unanimously to make new funding available to companies interested in using a leading-edge technology to save water and protect the environment. The new 'Blue Bank' is a partnership between the city, the New Venture Fund's BlueCommons project, and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation's Business for Water … [More]

As Temperatures Rise, MAG Launches Heat Relief Network

As temperatures climb, it is important to remember that heat can be deadly. The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) wants residents to know how they can find shelter from the heat, and how they can help others who might be vulnerable. The Heat Relief Network, organized each year by MAG, launches today with warnings that all residents are at risk, no matter their age … [More]

Colorado River Water Shortage Caused by Climate Change Will Require Phoenix and Phoenicians to Adapt

At their briefing on Friday, May 6, officials with the U.S. Department of the Interior, Arizona Department of Water Resources, and Central Arizona Project delivered a stark assessment of the Colorado River. As impacts of climate change persist, more significant Colorado River cuts are likely to occur. Those reductions will impact the amount of Colorado River water available … [More]

Nonprofit Receives $2 million from Arizona Department of Education

To mark Mental Health Awareness Month, the Arizona Department of Education announced $12.1 million in targeted funding for health and learning. notMYkid will be receiving $2 million to expand its prevention and behavioral health services to 50,000 youth, parents, caregivers and school faculty. These services will focus particularly on serving Title-I schools, LGBTQ youth, and … [More]

Construction Safety Week 2022: Why Businesses Should Prioritize Inclusion in their Approach to Safety

by Dominic Greensmith

Safety in the construction industry rightfully focuses on the proper handling of materials and machinery through process, documentation and oversight. But businesses looking to take their approach to safety to the next level should prioritize building a culture of inclusion. Building Inclusion into Safety Safety is essential in the construction field, and there are … [More]

Construction Safety Week 2022: Invest in Protecting Workers’ Health & Safety

by Michael Zalle

The pandemic has been blamed for a lot of things, but one positive was that it forced business leaders to shift priorities to put greater attention on the health and safety of their employees. Focusing on health and safety was the right thing to do, plus it supported efforts to recruit, retain and promote their best people during a time when it’s hard to hang on to good … [More]

Construction Safety Week 2022: Universal Safety Programs to Empower Employees

by Shayne Stevens

Often when we consider workplace safety practices, our minds are immediately drawn to the physical dangers of the job. At electrical contracting company Rosendin, safety is non-negotiable at every level of our organization. Our commitment to well-being extends past personal protective equipment and preventing physical injuries. Safety includes supporting mental health and … [More]

Construction Safety Week 2022: Safety-Centered Workplaces and Jobs Skills Training Boost Career and Industry Growth

by Katherine Pappas

Phoenix is one of the fastest growing metropolitan cities in the country. The pro-business and pro-innovation climate provide businesses the infrastructure needed to support their operations and growth. In the last decade, Phoenix has become home to a vast number of exciting industries, including manufacturing, bioscience, wearable technology, semiconductors, cybersecurity, … [More]

Phoenix City Council Chambers Reopen to Public for In-Person Attendance

Rick McCartney

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Phoenix City Council Meetings will become even more accessible as Council Chambers reopen to in-person, public attendance. Starting on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, members of the public will have three options to choose from. How to attend & request to speak ​Attending and​​ speaking in person at … [More]

Their Take: AZ Is Fostering Job Growth, Higher Revenues, and a Better Economic Climate for Taxpayers

Common Sense Institute (CSI) released The Economic Implications of Repealing the 3.50% Surcharge & Moving to a 2.50% Flat Income Tax. In 2020, the simplicity and relatively low tax rate enjoyed by Arizona residents was put in jeopardy after the passage of Proposition 208. The measure would have imposed a new surcharge on incomes over $250,00 and raised the state’s top … [More]

Earth Day: America’s Mayors Are Leading the Way on Climate Change

America's mayors continue to lead the fight against climate change through innovative policies and programs that are building climate resiliency, promoting the use of clean energy, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in cities across the country. In recognition of the 52nd Earth Day, U.S. Conference of Mayors President Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez released the following … [More]

New Round of Funding Opens to Help Small Businesses Hire and Retain Employees

Governor Doug Ducey announced $5 million in additional funding for the Back to Work Small Business Rehiring and Retention program to further assist small businesses as they continue to recover from economic consequences of the pandemic. “Arizona’s economy is booming and jobs are exploding all across the state,” said Governor Ducey. “Now, our small businesses and their … [More]

City of Phoenix Celebrates Earth Day, April 22

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ In Phoenix, living sustainably is not just something we do on April 22 or during Earth Week; there are opportunities to celebrate and protect our planet all year long. From plans for developing electric vehicle infrastructure, to preserving urban farmland, the City of Phoenix is taking action to … [More]

Federal Mask Mandate No Longer in Effect for Public Transit Riders

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) has lifted their federal mask mandate. Masks are optional and no longer required for riders or employees of the Valley Metro system. The CDC continues to recommend masks in indoor public transportation settings. Phoenix Public Transit Centers … [More]

U.S. Department of Commerce Releases Equity Action Plan

U.S. Department of Commerce

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) released its Equity Action Plan for ensuring its programming and policies reach a larger and more diverse audience. The plan acknowledges that inclusive growth is good economics and it works to incorporate equity into every stream of work at the Commerce Department. Earlier this year, the Department updated its mission statement to better … [More]

SBA Addresses Inequities, Lower Barriers, and Other Systemic Challenges Facing Underserved Small Business Communities

U.S. Small Business Administration

  The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) made an historic announcement on the significance and impact of the SBA’s Equity Action Plan, released alongside equity plans from over 90 federal agencies as part of a coordinated effort by the Biden-Harris Administration to center equity across the federal government. “The SBA’s Equity Action Plan reaffirms our … [More]

Last Week for PHXbizGrants Small Business COVID Relief Assistance

The last day for Phoenix small businesses to apply for up to $15,000 in Covid-19 relief grants is Friday, April 15. The application portal will close at 5:00 p.m. PHXbizGrants are available for small businesses in Phoenix to help offset costs and losses incurred from the pandemic. Eligible businesses have 25 or fewer employees and under $3 million in annual revenue. They … [More]

Valley Metro, City of Phoenix Renew Small Business Financial Assistance Program

Valley Metro

After a successful first year, the Small Business Financial Assistance Program (SBFAP) pilot will continue through 2024, which is the completion of the South Central Extension/Downtown Hub and Northwest Extension Phase II light rail projects. In its first year, the SBFAP granted over $360,000 to 62 businesses impacted by construction. As the program enters its second funding … [More]

SBA Launches Inaugural America’s Seed Fund Expo Competition for Small Businesses, Startups and Inventors

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 32.5 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, announced the launch of America’s Seed Fund Startup Expo 2022, a new initiative aimed at identifying innovative startups and supporting them with resources to help them scale, grow, and thrive. This competition comes in the midst of a historic … [More]

SBA Revises Small Business Size Standards in 16 Industrial Sectors

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration issued four final rules to modify revenues-based small business size standards in 16 North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) sectors that will increase small business eligibility for SBA’s federal contracting and loan programs for approximately 59,000 additional firms. The final rules are part of the second five-year review … [More]

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