ADHS Releases New Vaccination PSA Featuring Several Community Leaders

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) launched a new public service announcement as part of the “Roll Up Your Sleeve to Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19” campaign. The new PSA features community leaders, local celebrities, and influencers from several industries including professional sports teams, the faith community, non-profits, and the business community. “We … [More]

Their Take: Proposed Modification of State’s Unemployment Insurance

by Alexis Glascock

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused considerable economic unrest throughout Arizona. Business closures and restricted commerce caused the state’s unemployment levels to jump 9.2% from 5.0% in March of 2020 to 14.2% the following month. At one point, 1.03 million Arizonans were out of work. As businesses have adjusted to the “new normal” and COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, … [More]

Campaign Begins to Reduce Pedestrian, Cyclist Deaths

Maricopa Association of Governments

Bicycle and pedestrian crashes continue to claim more than 100 lives each year in the Maricopa region, and pedestrian involved crashes have steadily risen with increases in both injuries and fatalities. Pedestrian fatalities increased 57 percent over a 10-year period (2010-2019). Although bicycle crashes have trended downward during the same period, more cyclists died in … [More]

SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Applications Now Open

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration will officially open the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal tomorrow, April 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. EDT for operators of live venues, live performing arts organizations, museums and movie theatres, as well as live venue promoters, theatrical producers and talent representatives to apply for critical economic relief, as … [More]

Phoenix Reaffirms Mask Mandate

City of Phoenix

After consideration and review with legal counsel, the City of Phoenix has determined the June 19, 2020 Declaration of the Phoenix City Council requiring face coverings in public for most people within city limits remains in effect. The mandate follows Arizona Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance and is in accordance with current Centers for Disease Control … [More]

Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Arizonans from Frivolous Lawsuits

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey today signed legislation to ensure Arizonans acting in good faith during the COVID-19 pandemic are protected against frivolous civil claims. Health care professionals, businesses, schools, nonprofits, governments, religious institutions, and property owners are among the entities to which the legislation applies. “Arizona’s health care professionals … [More]

Finalists Announced for the $250,000 New Arizona Prize: Housing Security Challenge

Arizona Community Foundation

The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media, and ASU’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy are pleased to announce the five finalists in the Housing Security Challenge, the fourth philanthropic prize competition offered under the New Arizona Prize banner. A total of 13 teams met the deadline to submit projects for consideration by the eight-member evaluation panel and … [More]

IRS, Treasury Disburse More Economic Impact Payments Under the American Rescue Plan; Total Tops 130M

Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced they are disbursing several million more payments in the third batch of Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan. This brings the total disbursed so far to more than 130 million payments worth approximately $335 billion. As announced on March 12, … [More]

Arizona Mobilizes Additional Personnel to Meet High Demand at State Vaccine Sites

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Officials have announced a surge of staffing resources to meet the growing demand for vaccinations at State Farm Stadium and throughout the state. Following the mobilization of additional staff and implementation of other process improvements, wait times at state vaccination sites have been reduced significantly — to under 30 minutes today. “Arizona is deploying all … [More]

COVID-19 Stories: Navajo Woman Business Owner Steps Up to Lead Volunteer Relief Distribution Effort

Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund

Last March, Navajo business owner Vanessa Tullie had just completed construction of a new office space when she responded to a call to join the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund efforts. Based in Phoenix, Ariz., Tullie owns and operates a home care agency, appropriately named Ahehee’ Shidine’e Homecare LLC., which loosely translates to mean, “Thank you, my … [More]

How to Apply for the New SBA Relief Grants for Theaters, Museums and Concert Venues

by Edgar R. Olivo

The Small Business Administration announced that the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program application is slated to open April 8, 2021, to help theatres, museums and concert venues. The SVOG program was established through the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits and Venues Act and amended by the American Rescue Plan Act to provide more than $16 billion in … [More]

Arizona Announces State Fair Returning in 2021

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

The Arizona State Fair Board decided unanimously to temporarily relocate the State Fair to a new, larger and safer location for 2021. The Arizona State Fair is an annual event that draws more than one million guests, and today’s decision will allow the fair to proceed later this year. Last fall, the State Fair was canceled due to COVID-19, prompting an offer from the Gila … [More]

Governor Halts Restrictions on Events, Businesses and Masks

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

With the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances. Several key data points contributed to these changes: Mass distribution of the vaccine: 3,041,773 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to … [More]

Another 37 Million Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan Disbursed

The Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Bureau of the Fiscal Service announced they are disbursing approximately 37 million payments in the second batch of Economic Impact Payments from the American Rescue Plan. This brings the total disbursed payments from the American Rescue Plan to approximately 127 million payments worth approximately $325 … [More]

SBA to Increase Lending Limit for COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loans

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is increasing the maximum amount small businesses and non-profit organizations can borrow through its COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. Starting the week of April 6, 2021, the SBA is raising the loan limit for the COVID-19 EIDL program from 6-months of economic injury with a maximum loan amount of $150,000 to up to … [More]

Valley Metro Welcomes First Streetcar Vehicle

Valley Metro

On Monday, March 22, Valley Metro celebrated the arrival of its first vehicle in the Tempe Streetcar fleet. The new streetcar is manufactured by Brookville Equipment Corporation and can transport up to 120 passengers. “We are really excited about the streetcar coming into play in the city of Tempe, particularly to add to our regional infrastructure along with light rail and … [More]

Stimulus: More Economic Impact Payments Set for Disbursement in Coming Days

For taxpayers receiving direct deposit, this batch of payments began processing on Friday and will have an official pay date of Wednesday, March 24, with some people seeing these in their accounts earlier, potentially as provisional or pending deposits. A large number of this latest batch of payments will also be mailed, so taxpayers who do not receive a direct deposit by March … [More]

SBA Shares Resources to Support Deaf and Hard of Hearing Entrepreneurs during National Deaf History Month

By Robert J. Blaney, SBA Arizona District Director 

Recently, I read an article about two entrepreneurs who were opening a new restaurant and they laughed at themselves for picking this time to go into business but, in reality, it is a great time to start their journey, especially if they have properly prepared. As the Arizona District Director, I have the pleasure to speak with many entrepreneurs. Last month, we assisted a … [More]

Keeping Work Zones Safe for Drivers, Workers

Arizona Department of Transportation

Ongoing efforts to create safer highway and street work zones for drivers and construction and maintenance workers have received an important boost — the awarding of a federal grant to a coalition of transportation agencies in the Phoenix region. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) and Maricopa County Department of … [More]

SBA Launches Portal to Begin Accepting Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Applications on April 8

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a splash page for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) application portal today in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8, 2021. “Help is here for venue operators hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The SBA has worked diligently to build the … [More]

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