SBA Announces $7.2 Million in PRIME Grants to Help Emerging Micro-Entrepreneurs Gain Access to Capital

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced a $7.2 million grant award to 38 organizations under the Program for Investment in Micro-Entrepreneurs (PRIME), a $1.7 million increase, up 30% from last year’s allocated $5,500,000 in funding. The PRIME award will support these nonprofit organizations as they help low-income entrepreneurs get financing to establish and … [More]

Tribal Gaming Contributions to the State for Quarter Top $40M

The Arizona Department of Gaming announced today $41,571,869 in tribal gaming contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund for the first quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2023. This amount represents a 2.1 percent increase when compared to same quarter of FY2022. “Arizona’s tribal gaming industry continues to impress, with a quarterly contribution record of $41.6 million to the … [More]

City of Surprise Demonstration Garden to Educate on Low Water Use Plants and Trees

When the City of Surprise envisioned a public space that is both visually impressive and educational, they turned to Willmeng Construction to bring that vision to life. On September 17, Willmeng and the city unveiled the new Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, a 2.5-acre space located just north of the Surprise City Hall. The Xeriscape Demonstration Garden educates the public on … [More]

City of Phoenix Hires First Public Health Advisor

Phoenix City Manager Jeff Barton announced that Nicole Dupuis-Witt will join the City’s leadership team as its first Public Health Advisor on October 17. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, the City sought professional consulting services to assist with Phoenix’s public health efforts in response to the pandemic. This expertise proved beneficial in advising the City’s … [More]

Our Region Reclassified for Ozone Pollution, Moves Up in Severity Rating

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a rule today that moves the region up the severity ladder for ozone pollution, reclassifying the region from “marginal” to “moderate” nonattainment for the ozone pollution standard. While more protective of public health, it could pose additional challenges for the region in meeting the most recent, more stringent ozone … [More]

More Funds Available for Urban Farmland Conservation

​The City of Phoenix has set aside an additional $2 million to continue protecting urban farmland from development. Through a partnership with Central AZ Land Trust (CALT), Maya’s Farm has been permanently protected from development via a conservation easement, and additional funds are now available for more conservation easements. In June 2021, the Phoenix City Council … [More]

Tempe to Launch New BIPOC Micro-Manufacturing Program

Tempe-based micro-manufacturing businesses owned by BIPOC entrepreneurs will get a boost from a series of first-ever federal and local grants under a new program being created by the City of Tempe. At its Sept. 8 Regular Meeting, the Tempe City Council approved contracts to support Black, Indigenous and people of color micro-manufacturers with business consulting services … [More]

Phoenix City Council Approves Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan

The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved during its Wednesday meeting a comprehensive Vision Zero Road Safety Action Plan and the allocation of $10 million in annual funding for its implementation.​ Traffic fatalities have increased in Phoenix over many years, and the Road Safety Action Plan creates a data-driven, decision-making process to identify and prioritize … [More]

Arizona Celebrates One Year of Legal Sports Betting Friday, July Report Released

Tomorrow marks one year of legal sports betting in the state of Arizona. Through July of 2022, Arizonans have wagered over $5 billion dollars on sports, highlighting the excitement for new gaming opportunities in the state. “In April of 2021, Governor Doug Ducey signed legislation and the amended Tribal-State Gaming Compacts that legalizing sports betting and a number of … [More]

Collaboration Empowers Employers, Small Businesses

In the spirit of this week’s Labor Day celebration, the U.S. Department of Labor is collaborating with the Small Business Administration, the National Labor Relations Board and the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services to release a first-of-its-kind digital toolkit for employers seeking guidance on supporting and responding to their employees interested in exercising … [More]

Arizona Department of Gaming Reports Strong June Sports Betting Figures

Bettors in Arizona wagered nearly $319 million during the month of June, according to a new report by the Arizona Department of Gaming. “Despite June being a historically slower month for sports betting, Arizona’s figures were strong nationally,” said Ted Vogt, Director, ADG. “Arizona operators contributed over $750 thousand in privilege fees during June, resulting in nearly … [More]

Historic Preservation Rehabilitation Grant Funds Available, Up to $20k

​The city of Phoenix Planning and Development Department's Historic Preservation Office is pleased to announce the return of grant money availability that could help you with your historic home rehabilitation costs. Voters approved more than $42 million in bond funds from 1989 through 2006 for Historic Preservation. These funds were used to enhance, preserve and protect … [More]

ChallengeHer – The Government Contracting Education Initiative for Women Entrepreneurs Returns

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the return of ChallengeHer—a government contracting education initiative to help women-owned small business gain access to federal contracts and encourage participation in the SBA’s Women-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract program, alongside partners from Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express … [More]

Local Nonprofit Awarded $542K to expand Job Opportunities for Women in Apprenticeships, Nontraditional Occupations

The U.S. Department of Labor announced the award of $3.4 million in funding to help recruit, train and retain more women in quality pre-apprenticeship and Registered Apprenticeship programs, as well as nontraditional occupations. Fresh Start Women's Foundation was awarded $542, 358 in funding. Administered by the department’s Women’s Bureau and Employment and Training … [More]

SBA Announces New Collaboration & Webinar Series to Help Navigate Today’s Economic Challenges

U.S. Small Business Administration

Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the voice for America’s 33 million small businesses in President Biden’s Cabinet, and John Arensmeyer, founder and CEO of Small Business Majority, signed a co-sponsorship agreement to partner on a new webinar series, “The Bottom Line”, to introduce our small businesses across … [More]

City of Phoenix Says Deliveries Will Not Be Affected by Colorado River Shortage

The United States Bureau of Reclamation (“Reclamation”) declared a Tier 2a shortage for the Colorado River in 2023. While this reflects accelerating declines in Colorado River flows, Phoenix customer deliveries will not be impacted by this announcement. In June, Reclamation stated that to save the Colorado River system additional cuts across all Basin States will be … [More]

Phoenix Public Transit Secures $16.3 Million Green Bus and Infrastructure Grant

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ The Federal Transit Administration has awarded the City of Phoenix Public Transit Department a $16.3 million grant for greener (low and no emissions) buses and supporting infrastructure. The grant is made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law under the Low-No Emission and Buses and Bus … [More]

$600K for Phoenix Community Health Centers to Advance Health Equity through Improved Data

$588,904 in American Rescue Plan funding from the Department of Health and Human Services will be given to nine Phoenix community health centers to bolster health equity efforts through better data collection and reporting. "Tragically, the coronavirus pandemic amplified the inequities in our health system that have existed for decades,” said Rep. Gallego. “But now we have a … [More]

Interim 5-Mile Extension to Route 24 Completed Near Gateway Airport

Drivers in the East Valley will now benefit from a completed interim extension of State Route 24 that will be finalized, extending the four-lane divided facility from Ellsworth Road in Mesa to Ironwood Drive. The improvements signal another completed promise as a result of the half-cent sales tax for transportation approved under Proposition 400. Work on the 5-mile interim … [More]

VIDEO: Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application … [More]

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