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  • PIMA COUNTY/CITY OF TUCSON PARTNERSHIP LEADING THE NATION IN DISTRIBUTION OF FEDERAL EVICTION PREVENTION FUNDS
    Date: Sept. 16, 2021 
    The City of Tucson and Pima County’s Eviction Prevention Program, administered by the Community Investment Corporation, is currently leading the nation in distributing funds to renters in need during the pandemic, according to a report from Arizona Public Media. The National Low Income Housing Coalition reports that Pima County has approved or paid nearly 80% of its share of the funds, compared to 30% nationally. Jennie Grabel, the director of marketing and communications for the Community Investment Corporation, said the program distributes about $1 million dollars in assistance every week. Grabel said her highest concern at the moment is that landlords are aware the funds are available and are willing to work with her team to keep as many Pima County residents in their homes as possible. The assistance includes up to 12 months of back rent and three months of future rent for qualifying tenants. For information, eligibility requirements, and to apply online, visit the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program website linked below. Those without internet access can call (520) 447-4423 to apply, and bilingual case managers are available.
    Arizona Public Media story
    Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program
  • CITY OF TUCSON AND THRIVE IN THE 05 RECOGNIZED AS 2021 'GO GREEN AWARD' RECIPIENTS (VIDEOS)
    Date: Sept. 16, 2021 
     - Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) Go Green Awards are presented annually to highlight the meaningful work of local businesses and organizations that protect our environment, preserve natural resources, and promote sustainability in some way in our community. The City of Tucson was awarded the Conservation Partner Award for its ongoing commitment to decarbonization in response to climate change. Examples of this commitment are Tucson Mayor Regina Romero’s goal of planting 1 million trees, the City’s efforts toward making Tucson’s only active landfill a “zero waste” sustainability campus, transit electrification, and Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Thrive in the 05, a City of Tucson collaborative in partnership with ASU’s Office of Community Health, Engagement, and Resiliency (OCHER) and Pima Community College, received the Community Partner Award for their efforts to make neighborhoods in the Oracle Road/Miracle Mile area a safe and flourishing community while highlighting the area’s unique treasures and supporting revitalization.
    Watch video of Conservation Partner Award for the City of Tucson
    Watch Video of Community Partner Award for Thrive in the 05
    TEP Go Green Award Recipients
    Thrive in the 05
  • JOB OPPORTUNITY: ENGINEERING ASSOCIATE
    Date: Sept. 16, 2021 
    The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility Pavement Management unit is seeking a highly motivated individual to provide professional-level customer service by inspecting and inventorying roadways for the City of Tucson and Pima Association of Governments (PAG). This position requires the use of specific software, operation of a technical "road analyzer" vehicle and a substantial amount of field work. The deadline to apply is Sept. 22. Follow the link below for the full job description.
    Read the job description
  • COVID-19 UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 16, 2021 
    Today's, Sept. 16, COVID-19 dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adds 2,855 new cases and 27 deaths. ADHS has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below), and there are multiple locations throughout Tucson. The fully approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offers protection against a virus that continues hospitalizing and killing those who aren’t vaccinated. Full approvals of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected in the near future. So far, more than 4.1 million people in Arizona, or 57.1% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 3.62 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccination sites: http://bit.ly/3qYvnwv or call (520) 222-0119
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • TARGET ZERO: HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT (VIDEO)
    Date: Sept. 16, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Housing and Community Development department is leading the way for other departments in the City in achieving Target Zero. Target Zero - Get Home Safe is an employee-based and employee-focused City of Tucson safety, health, and wellness initiative.
    Watch the video
  • TUCSON FIRE AWARDED FEDERAL GRANTS
    Date: Sept. 15, 2021 
    The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently was awarded more than $5 million in federal grants to provide faster turnaround times for crews following fires, grow the number of paramedics working in the area, and train more firefighters to serve the citizens of Tucson. As part of a larger Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Tucson Fire will have two breathing air compressors installed at separate stations. The addition of these compressors will allow fire crews to fill their tanks more efficiently and return to service faster. The AFG will also cover funding for further education within TFD's regional fire service. A paramedic class of 20 will bolster the number of highly trained medical professionals in TFD's ranks who are able to perform Advanced Life Support services in the field. A Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant (SAFER) will allow TFD to hire 13 additional firefighters, bringing the maximum number of active firefighters to 645. The three-year grant is part of a larger plan by TFD to increase the overall number of firefighters serving the city.
    Read the news release
    Tucson Fire Department Facebook page
  • PROPOSED COMMEMORATIVE NAMING OF TUCSON WATER'S SOUTH HOUGHTON AREA RECHARGE PROJECT
    Date: Sept. 15, 2021 
    Tucson Water has recommended the commemorative naming of the Southeast Houghton Area Recharge Project (SHARP) to honor the distinguished service of former Ward 4 Tucson City Council Member Shirley Scott. The City of Tucson invites your feedback on the proposed renaming of the facility (link below). Comments must be submitted by Oct. 22. City staff will incorporate this feedback, as well as input from stakeholders in making a recommendation to the Mayor and Council for consideration at their Nov. 9 meeting. SHARP is the newest addition to the reclaimed water system, allowing Tucson Water to recharge and store recycled water into our aquifer, with a maximum capacity of 1.3 billion gallons of water per year. The working recharge facility allows visitors to enjoy its 40 acres of desert landscape to walk, cycle, take photos, relax under a ramada, enjoy water in basins (seasonally), and more.
    Proposed SHARP renaming
    Tucson Water
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION TO OFFER CAMPS DURING FALL BREAKS AT SCHOOL
    Date: Sept. 15, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation will be offering SchoolzOut Fall Break Camps at multiple sites throughout Tucson for children ages 5-11, or In-Betweener's Club for ages 12-14. The program at the William M. Clements Center will run from Sept. 27-Oct. 15, during the Vail School District's fall break. All other camps will be from Oct. 11-15. Camp hours are 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Activities include games, sports, social interaction, dance, art projects, and nutrition-based learning activities. Registration begins Monday, Sept. 27, for all sites except Clements, which is open now. Masks are required.
    Register at EZEEreg.com
    Tucson Parks and Recreation
  • TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION HIRING FOR MULTIPLE NON-PERMANENT POSITIONS
    Date: Sept. 15, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is looking for experienced and enthusiastic workers for non-permanent positions. The Leisure Class area is seeking instructors to teach gymnastics and dance classes at Randolph Recreation Center. The deadline to apply for the dance instructor job is tomorrow, Sept. 16. The deadline to apply for gymnastics instructor is Sunday, Sept. 19. The department is also looking for KIDCO recreation workers to work in the KIDCO Afterschool program, facilitating games and activities during out-of-school hours. The application deadline is Friday, Sept. 17. You can apply for all positions by following the jobs link below.
    City of Tucson jobs
    Leisure classes
    Ready, Set, Rec!
  • COVID-19 UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 15, 2021 
    Today's, Sept. 15, COVID-19 dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adds 2,432 new cases and 29 deaths. ADHS has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below), and there are multiple locations throughout Tucson. The fully approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offers protection against a virus that continues hospitalizing and killing those who aren’t vaccinated. Full approvals of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected in the near future. So far, more than 4 million people in Arizona, or 57% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 3.6 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccination sites: http://bit.ly/3qYvnwv or call (520) 222-0119
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • RECYCLED WATER REVIVES A FLOURISHING ECOSYSTEM ON THE SANTA CRUZ RIVER
    Date: Sept. 13, 2021 
    The new ecosystem of Tucson's Santa Cruz River was highlighted last week in an article from The Arizona Republic. The newspaper chronicled the Santa Cruz River Heritage Project's history and the day in 2019 when treated wastewater released from a pipe poured into the sand and flowed downstream to start the river's transformation. "More than two years later, the City is still releasing treated wastewater into the river channel just south of Starr Pass Boulevard near downtown," the article said, "and a portion of the Santa Cruz that hadn’t flowed continuously since the early 1900s is once again teeming with life: cattails, dragonflies, red-spotted toads, red-winged blackbirds." The article goes on to report that Ecologist Michael Bogan and his students "have observed, on this 1-mile stretch of the river, 74 species of birds, five species of toads, 45 species of dragonflies and at least 100 other species of invertebrates, from giant water bugs to aquatic snails."
    Read the full article from the Arizona Republic
    Santa Cruz River Heritage Project
  • NEW DOG PARK PART OF IMPROVEMENTS TO DOWNTOWN PARK (VIDEO)
    Date: Sept. 13, 2021 
    City of Tucson officials and others last Friday, Sept. 10, dedicated a new dog park at Anza Park, 1000 N. Stone Ave. This project marks the City’s eighth dog park and revitalizes the downtown park. The 1-acre, off-leash area includes two separate fenced-in areas, one for larger dogs (over 30 pounds) and one for smaller dogs (under 30 pounds). Other amenities include tables and benches, ADA-accessible walkways and gates, three drinking fountains, trash cans, signage, and waste dispensers. KVOA-TV recently featured a story detailing the history of the park and its turnaround. You can find that story and other event links below.
    Watch KVOA story
    Watch City of Tucson video of the dedication of Anza Dog Park
    View pictures of Anza Dog Park
    Tucson Parks and Recreation dog parks
  • ICYMI: SENTINEL PEAK PARK CLOSED FOR REPAIR OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE 'A'
    Date: Sept. 13, 2021 
    Sentinel Peak Park ("A" Mountain) closed to all traffic today, Sept. 13, and will remain closed until Sept. 27. Crews are working to repair the rock structure of the "A" on the mountain. During this time, no vehicular, bicycle, or pedestrian traffic will be allowed past the lower parking lot. Once the mountain reopens on Tuesday, Sept. 28, the City of Tucson will be piloting new operating hours. The park hours remain open from sunrise to sunset. There will be no vehicle access on Mondays. Vehicles can access the mountain from 2 p.m.-sunset, Tuesdays through Thursdays, and from 11 a.m.-sunset, Fridays through Sundays.
    Read the news release
    Sentinel Peak Park
  • PAY ON THE GO WITH GOTUCSON PARKING APP - 
    Date: Sept. 13, 2021 
    Stop digging for change to pay for metered parking. Download the GoTucson Parking mobile app for fast, convenient, and touch-free payment at any parking meter in Downtown Tucson, Fourth Avenue, or Main Gate Square. Receive alerts when your time is expiring, and extend your session directly from your phone. The app is free to download from your smartphone app store.
    GoTucson Parking mobile app
    Park Tucson website
  • COVID-19 UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 13, 2021 
    Today's, Sept. 13, COVID-19 dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adds 2,278 new cases and 0 deaths. ADHS has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below), and there are multiple locations throughout Tucson. The fully approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offers protection against a virus that continues hospitalizing and killing those who aren’t vaccinated. Full approvals of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected in the near future. So far, more than 4 million people in Arizona, or 56.9% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 3.6 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccination sites or call (520) 222-0119
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website
  • SENTINEL PEAK PARK TO CLOSE NEXT WEEK FOR REPAIR OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE 'A'
    Date: Sept. 9, 2021 
    Sentinel Peak Park ('A' Mountain) will be closed to all traffic from Sept. 13-27. Crews will be working to repair the rock structure of the "A" on the mountain. During this time, no vehicular, bicycle, or pedestrian traffic will be allowed past the lower parking lot. Once the mountain reopens on Tuesday, Sept. 28, the City of Tucson will be piloting new operating hours. The park hours remain open from sunrise to sunset. There will be no vehicle access on Mondays. Vehicles can access the mountain from 2 p.m.-sunset, Tuesdays through Thursdays, and from 11 a.m.-sunset, Fridays through Sundays.
    Read the news release
    Sentinel Peak Park
  • REGISTRATION OPEN FOR TUCSON PARKS AND RECREATION INDOOR FALL CLASSES
    Date: Sept. 9, 2021 
    Tucson Parks and Recreation is offering a full array of indoor leisure classes this fall. Masks are required for all indoor activities for participants ages 2 and up. Classes range from arts and crafts, ceramics, dance, health and fitness, jewelry making, music, and more for youth and adults. Timely registration is recommended since offerings fill up quickly. Classes begin the last week of October. To view and register for classes, follow the links below.
    Register for classes
    Parks and Recreation classes and programs
  • EVICTION PREVENTION/EMERGENCY RENT AND UTILITY ASSISTANCE FUNDS STILL AVAILABLE
    Date: Sept. 9, 2021 
    The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled to end the eviction moratorium, but applications are still being accepted for the Eviction Prevention Program in Tucson. The Mayor and Tucson City Council approved spending $27.1 million ($19.1 million from the City of Tucson and $8 million from Pima County) for the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention/Emergency Rent and Utility Relief Program. Through the coordinated efforts of the City, Pima County, and the Community Investment Corporation, both tenants and landlords/property managers (acting on behalf of tenants) can apply for funds. Dual enrollment of tenants and landlords is accepted. Funding requests for unpaid rent and utilities are available for up to 12 months in arrears and three months in advance. For information, eligibility requirements, and to apply online, visit the Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program website linked below. Those without internet access can call (520) 447-4423 to apply, and bilingual case managers are available.
    Tucson and Pima County Eviction Prevention Program
    Other Eviction Prevention Resources
  • CONNECTING FOR SUCCESS: WEBINAR SERIES FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
    Date: Sept. 9, 2021 
    The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) webinar series, "Connecting for Success," is held monthly, featuring a guest speaker, presentation, and Q&A. The next webinar will be Monday, Sept. 27, from 3-4 p.m. Get an update from Hownd and hear how businesses can benefit from this digital marketing program, now with an added in-store customer WiFi platform to enhance customized messaging. Access to Hownd for small business is still free for a limited time. The presentation will be recorded and posted on the ConnectTucson website the following day. Previous webinars are available to watch on demand.
    Register for webinar
    ConnectTucson
    Hownd
  • COVID-19 UPDATE
    Date: Sept. 9, 2021 
    Today's, Sept. 9, COVID-19 dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adds 2,480 new cases and 62 deaths. ADHS has an interactive map with vaccine distribution sites (link below), and there are multiple locations throughout Tucson. The fully approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine offers protection against a virus that continues hospitalizing and killing those who aren’t vaccinated. Full approvals of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are expected in the near future. So far, more than 4 million people in Arizona, or 56.5% of the population, have received at least one dose of the vaccine, and 3.58 million people are fully vaccinated with both doses.
    Pima County vaccination sites: http://bit.ly/3qYvnwv or call (520) 222-0119
    Arizona Department of Health Services interactive map: https://bit.ly/2RmBIEC
    COVID-19 testing locations and hours
    Data Dashboard from the Arizona Department of Health Services
    City of Tucson COVID-19 website