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  • Tips To Prevent Wildfires This Fire Season
    After experiencing much-needed winter moisture, Arizona needs to remain vigilant for this year’s wildfire season. In 2018, there were 2,000 wildfires for a total of 165,000 acres burned on private, state, federal and tribal lands. In 2017, however, the state had 2,205 fires resulting in 420,000 acres burned. To keep our state and communities safe, Governor Ducey and the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM) are sharing the following tips to prevent wildfires. Here’s what you can do: Put Out The Campfire. Take every precaution to make sure your campfire doesn’t turn into a wildfire. At the end of a vacation, double check the campfire to confirm it’s completely out before leaving the campsite. If the fire isn’t cool to the touch, then it’s not okay to leave. Trim Your Trees. Cut Your Plants. Mow Your Grass. Be proactive when it comes to trimming down dead or dying tree limbs around your property. Cut any high grass and create “defensible” space against fires. A wildfire knows no boundaries, so take these proactive measures to reduce the risk of a destructive wildfire—and do it now. Don’t Fly Your Drone. It is both illegal and extremely dangerous to fly drones near or around wildfires. Unauthorized drones bring air support operations to a halt — putting people, pets and property in danger. Don’t Feed The Fire With Flammable Materials. Always make sure to keep flammable materials away from your property. Move wood piles, propane tanks, and anything else flammable around your ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-04-03
    2 weeks ago
  • Governor Ducey And First Lady Receive National Recognition For Arizona’s Child Welfare Efforts
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey and First Lady Angela Ducey today received the Childhelp Diamond Jubilee Voice of Children Award at the Childhelp National Day of Hope Breakfast in Washington D.C. At the event, hosted by U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Martha McSally (R-AZ) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Governor Ducey and the First Lady were recognized for Arizona’s efforts to improve child welfare.  Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization based in Arizona, works to prevent and provide treatment for abused, neglected and at-risk children. The organization is celebrating its 60 year anniversary and the milestone of reaching 10.5 million children since its founding.  “Angela and I are honored to accept this award on behalf of all of the foster, adoptive and kinship families, caseworkers, mentors, teachers, faith leaders, volunteers and more who work tirelessly each day to serve Arizona’s children and families,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona has turned around its child welfare system — becoming a model for improving outcomes and providing kids safe and loving homes. We’re proud of this progress, but we are never going to stop fighting for Arizona’s kids.”  “Turning things around in our state has been a truly collective effort,” said Mrs. Ducey. “Childhelp has been indispensable in this effort and making lasting and impactful changes in the lives of our children, and we are grateful for their service. We look forward to continue partnering with them to prevent child abuse and to give at-risk children hope for years to come.” “Under Doug Ducey’s administration, we have ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-04-02
    3 weeks ago
  • NEW REPORT: Arizona Ranks Third For Economic Momentum
    Strong Job, Population Growth Moves Arizona Up Two Spots In Rankings PHOENIX — A new economic report by State Policy Reports ranks Arizona third best in the nation for economic momentum — an improvement of two spots from last year’s report. The Index of State Economic Momentum ranks states on the basis of three economic measures: personal income growth, employment growth and population growth. Arizona ranked in the top ten for all three categories. Arizona climbed from ninth to third in employment growth and from sixth to fourth in population growth. Arizona ranked sixth in personal income growth. “Whether it’s the number of new jobs or people choosing to move here, Arizona continues to show tremendous growth,” said Governor Ducey. “My thanks to the hardworking entrepreneurs, employers and job creators driving these gains. By focusing on the things that matter, like education, public safety and fiscal security, we are ensuring Arizona’s growth is sustainable and setting up our state for success for generations to come.” BackgroundArizona’s economy is growing at one of the fastest rates in the country and median household incomes recently reached a record high of $61,125. A recent report released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis ranked Arizona fourth in the nation for wage growth in 2018. Over 301,600 new jobs have been added since 2015, and a report by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity projects Arizona will add more than 165,000 new jobs by 2020. ###  ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-04-01
    3 weeks ago
  • Governor Ducey Signs Ice Cream Freedom Bill
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey yesterday signed legislation to remove red tape for local ice cream stores and other businesses that manufacture or distribute ice cream or other milk products and sell them on-site for consumption. Watch 3TV’s coverage of the signing below. Under current Arizona law, mom and pop ice cream shops face regulations meant for larger dairy manufacturers, putting local, from-scratch business models in jeopardy. House Bill 2178, introduced by Representative Jeff Weninger, streamlines licensing for these businesses while ensuring proper health and safety oversight. Since 2015, Arizona has set out to shrink red tape that gets in the way of job creation. To date, over 1,000 onerous and duplicative rules and regulations have been eliminated. Arizona has added to this effort by placing a moratorium on all new regulatory rulemaking by state agencies. In the Governor’s 2019 State of the State Address, he called for the legislature to cut down on the number of statues, “so that the laws make sense and are relevant to the Arizona of today.”  ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-04-01
    3 weeks ago
  • Governor Ducey Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Marines Killed In Yuma
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, Tuesday, April 2, 2019, to honor the life of two United States Marine pilots, Major Matthew M. Wiegand and Captain Travis W. Brannon, who were killed in a helicopter crash during a training mission in Yuma, Arizona on Saturday. Flags will also be lowered on the day of interment, which has not been set. “Arizona mourns the tragic loss of these two Marine Corps pilots,” said Governor Ducey. “Major Wiegand and Captain Brannon served our country honorably. We are incredibly grateful for their willingness to put on the uniform and put their lives on the line in order to keep our country safe. Our prayers are with their family and loved ones and the entire Marine community in Yuma during this time.” ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-31
    3 weeks ago
  • Governor Ducey Issues Executive Order Establishing 2020 Census Committee
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today issued an executive order creating the Arizona Complete Count Committee (AZCCC). The committee will be tasked with developing a plan to achieve the most full and accurate count of Arizona residents during the 2020 United States Census, which will take place on April 1, 2020. The census will determine the number of congressional seats Arizona will receive in the U.S. House of Representatives as well as guide the redistricting of Arizona’s state and local legislative districts. The census count also determines levels of funding for many federal programs. The Census Committee will work to increase public awareness of the 2020 Census in addition to partnering with local community members to increase participation from populations that have been historically undercounted. “Arizona has experienced tremendous growth over the last ten years,” said Governor Ducey. “With more people expected to move to our state within the next year, we want to make sure this census fully and accurately represents Arizona’s population. The Arizona Complete Count Committee, through partnerships with state, local and federal governments and the private sector, will do just that.” View a PDF of the Executive Order HERE. View text of the Executive Order below. *** WHEREAS, the U.S. Constitution requires a census be taken every 10 years, with the next count scheduled to take place on April 1, 2020; and WHEREAS, the State of Arizona is experiencing significant growth, attracting many new residents each year due in large part to a thriving twenty-first century economy that ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-31
    3 weeks ago
  • BRIEF: Arizona Rainy Day Fund Trails Pre-Recession Levels
    A new report published by Pew Charitable Trusts (Pew) found that Arizona’s Rainy Day Fund balance ranks in the bottom half of states nationally — and leaves Arizona at risk in the event of an economic downtown. In fact, the report found Arizona has less money today in its cash reserves than the state did prior to the Great Recession, which left Arizona with a budget shortfall of more than $2 billion. According to the Pew study, Arizona’s current Rainy Day Fund balance could support state operations for only 17 days, compared to 24 days in fiscal year 2007. That figure also trails the national median of 23.2 days. To secure Arizona’s fiscal future, Governor Ducey has made investing in Arizona’s Rainy Day Fund a top budget priority. During his state of the state address in January, he said:   “I’m proposing that we secure Arizona’s future and prepare responsibly for the unexpected and the inevitable — by bringing our Rainy Day Fund, to record-breaking balance of one billion dollars.” At the end of FY 2018, the Rainy Day Fund balance was approximately $457.8 million, or 4.5 percent of General Fund revenues. At $1 billion, the Rainy Day Fund will reach its highest dollar amount and the highest percentage of General Fund revenue since its creation, helping better prepare the state for the next economic downturn. Arizona’s fiscally conservative budget also invests in the things that matter, including fulfilling the second year of teacher pay raises and investing in law enforcement ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-27
    3 weeks ago
  • Governor Ducey Provides Drought Plan Update At Ten Across Water Summit
    Originating at Arizona State University, Ten Across is a collaborative project that brings together states, cities, businesses and other stakeholders along the Interstate 10 corridor to focus on issues of water, land use, energy and more. Below are a few highlights from the governor’s remarks: “Following many years of discussion between stakeholders — rural,     urban, agriculture, industry, tribal communities, non-profits, cities and     more — Arizona came together just 55 days ago to pass the Drought     Contingency Plan… The states have done our job and now it’s time     for Congress to move forward so we can implement this plan     and secure our water future.” “Along the I-10 corridor, we all have unique challenges with water… In     Arizona, our challenges center on dryness and conservation. But even at     a time such as this, when there is so much in the political arena that     threatens to divide people, Arizona has proven that our greatest     challenges, especially around water, should and can unite us.” On January 31, 2019, Governor Ducey signed Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan, one of the most historic pieces of water legislation in the state in over 40 years. The plan allows Arizona to join six other western states and Mexico in signing onto an inter-state water agreement to conserve water in the Colorado River. In addition to signing the Drought Contingency Plan, Governor Ducey also issued an Executive Order establishing the Governor’s Water Augmentation, Innovation and Conservation Council (Council). The Council, which focuses on long-term water conservation and innovation, held its first meeting on March 8, 2019, at the Arizona Department of ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-26
    4 weeks ago
  • Arizona Ranks In Top 5 States for Personal Income Growth
    PHOENIX — Arizona ranked fifth in the United States for personal income growth  in 2018, according to a report released today by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Personal income grew 5.5 percent in Arizona, beating out the national average of 4.5 percent.  Earnings were the leading contributor to personal income growth in 2018. Arizona’s net earnings increased by 5.8 percent from 2017 to 2018, the fourth fastest rate in the nation.  Construction, health care and social assistance; finance and insurance; professional, scientific, and technical services; and administrative and waste management services were the largest contributors to earnings growth in Arizona from 2017 to 2018. “Arizona’s booming economy is delivering larger paychecks for workers and families,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Over the last year, personal income in Arizona increased at one of the fastest rates in the nation — and well above the national average — thanks to the hard work of job creators, entrepreneurs and employees. Arizona will continue to focus on setting the best economic environment to continue bringing more jobs and opportunity to our state.” Background Arizona’s economy is growing at one of the fastest rates in the country and median household incomes recently reached a record high of $61,125. Over 290,400 new jobs have been added since 2015, and a recent report by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity projected Arizona will add more than 165,000 new jobs by 2020. Click here for more on Arizona’s booming economy. ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-25
    4 weeks ago
  • Arizona To Host 2020 NASCAR Championship Weekend
    Announcement Continues Arizona’s Reputation As Premier Destination For Sporting Events PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today joined representatives from NASCAR at ISM Raceway’s Gatorade Victor Lane in Avondale to announce that Arizona will host the 2020 NASCAR Championship Weekend at ISM Raceway for the first time in the sport’s history. “We are ecstatic to welcome NASCAR’s Championship Weekend to Arizona,” said Governor Ducey. “As our state continues to welcome new residents and businesses, Arizona has proven to be the premier destination for the biggest events in all of sports, and today’s announcement adds to that reputation. We are grateful to NASCAR for choosing Arizona and ISM Raceway as the new home for their ultimate weekend and we look forward to welcoming more NASCAR fans from around the world to our state.” ISM Raceway, a premier motorsports venue since 1964, has an economic impact of $425 million in Arizona annually. In addition to the NASCAR Championship Weekend, ISM Raceway will continue to host the annual Spring NASCAR TicketGuardian 500 Weekend in March as the fourth race on the NASCAR schedule. ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-25
    4 weeks ago
  • PRIMER: Enhancing Arizona’s Infrastructure
    Governor Ducey’s fiscally conservative, balanced budget pays down debt, saves for the future and makes targeted investments in the things that matter like public safety, child safety and K-12 education. The balanced budget also invests in improving Arizona’s infrastructure, helping support commerce, increase safety and ensure Arizona can continue to bring new, high-paying jobs to the state. Here are some of the infrastructure investments included in Governor Ducey’s fiscal year 2020 Executive Budget: Expanding Interstate 17: This year’s budget invests a total of $130 million from 2020 to 2022 to accelerate and expand the widening of Interstate 17 from Anthem to Sunset Point, a critical commerce corridor. The expansion of the interstate will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety, especially during peak traffic times. Developing Rural Broadband Internet: High-speed internet remains vital to our state’s economic development, education, public safety and more. The budget invests $3 million to improve rural broadband connectivity and offset construction costs of expanding broadband services in underserved rural communities. Enhancing Ports Of Entry: The budget includes an investment of $700,000 to build a new cold room inspection facility at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales, Arizona. The cold room will improve the port’s ability to import temperature-sensitive cargo like produce and pharmaceuticals, allowing Arizona to move more goods through our ports. Preventative Road Resurfacing: The budget prioritizes funding for preventive road surface maintenance with an investment of $10.5 million. With the additional funding, Arizona will have a total of $51 million to maximize ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-24
    4 weeks ago
  • Governor Ducey’s Statement On Passing Of Don Diamond
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today issued the following statement in honor of the life of Don Diamond, a Tucson businessman and philanthropist who passed away today. “Arizona is saddened by the loss of Don Diamond,” said Governor Ducey. “Genuine, generous, and respected by all, Don displayed a deep love for Arizona and commitment to Tucson dating back to his earliest days. Through his business and real-estate career, Don — possibly more than anyone elsehelped develop Arizona’s metropolitan areas into the growing cities they are today. He will also be remembered for his extensive philanthropic efforts, which included supporting causes such as promoting higher education, expanding access to children’s healthcare, and protecting natural habitats. No doubt, Don’s legacy will have a lasting impact on Arizona for many years to come. Our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to the entire Diamond family during this difficult time.” ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-24
    4 weeks ago
  • BRIEF: Arizona Leading In Good Government
    During his 2019 inaugural address, Governor Doug Ducey outlined the need to continue improving government and making it work better for Arizonans. “With a real momentum going, it’s time to press forward on some of the biggest challenges facing us…  Holding the line on the inevitable creep of bigger, bloated government -- and instead, making government smarter and more responsive to our citizens…” In 2015, Governor Ducey implemented the Arizona Management System (AMS) to make government more efficient while eliminating burdensome or unnecessary regulations. The program has already seen noteworthy improvements in constituent services. Here are a few examples of Arizona working to serve citizens better: Improving Veteran Care: The Department of Veteran Services (DVS) worked to reduce the time veterans wait for resident assessments. By repurposing current agency assets, DVS completes these assessments 50 percent faster, allowing the department to receive more accurate data and improve the quality of care for our veterans. Preventing Underage Drinking: The Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC) utilized AMS to identify ways to reduce underage drinking in Arizona. By prioritizing resources and creating a Prevention Unit, DLLC doubled public attendance at trainings and events from 2016 to 2018, expanding the reach of efforts to reduce and prevent underage drinking. Moving Records Online: Printing and delivering payroll reports to agencies like the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) took up valuable resources at the Department of Administration (ADOA). In a collaborative effort to reduce waste, ADC worked with ADOA to make payroll records ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-21
    1 month ago
  • Governor Ducey Orders Flags At Half-Staff To Honor Phoenix Police Officer
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey ordered that flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset tomorrow, Friday, March 22, 2019, to honor the life of Phoenix Police Department Officer Paul Rutherford, who died in the line of duty today after being struck by a vehicle. Flags will also be lowered on the day of interment, which has not been set. “Arizona’s deepest sympathies go out to the family and loved ones of Phoenix Police Officer Paul Rutherford,” said Governor Ducey. “This tragic incident provides yet another example of the dangers faced by law enforcement every day to keep us and our communities safe. Our prayers are with the Phoenix Police Department family and the entire law enforcement community as Arizona mourns this loss.” ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-20
    1 month ago
  • Governor Ducey Attends AZ Tech Innovation Summit, Signs Bill Creating PropTech Sandbox
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today attended the 2019 Arizona Tech Innovation Summit, an event which brought together business leaders and representatives from companies driving innovation in Arizona. During the summit, Governor Ducey signed legislation creating a regulatory sandbox for property technology companies in Arizona. H.B. 2673, sponsored by Arizona State Representative Jeff Weninger, establishes a “Property Technology Sandbox” for businesses to test innovative products or services in the real estate industry. By reducing costly barriers to entry, the bill promotes the development of disruptive technologies affecting the transfer and management of both commercial and residential property. “PropTech is changing the way we rent, sell, buy, develop and manage property,” said Governor Ducey. “With this forward-thinking legislation, PropTech companies will have a place to develop and test their products — while benefiting and protecting consumers. With this bill, Arizona continues to send the message loud and clear that our state is the best place to develop cutting-edge technologies.” “As a small business owner, I know what it takes to get a business off the ground — and more government isn’t the answer,” said Arizona State Representative Jeff Weninger. “This legislation gets government out of the way and sends a signal that Arizona will continue to take the lead in fostering innovation across all sectors, including the real estate industry.” Today’s summit also provided an update on Arizona’s FinTech Sandbox. At the 2018 Arizona Tech Innovation Summit, Governor Ducey signed legislation making Arizona the first state in the nation to remove costly ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-19
    1 month ago
  • Governor Ducey Hosts Mexico’s Ambassador To The US Martha Bárcena
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today hosted Her Excellency Martha Bárcena, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, for the 2019 Arizona-Mexico Commission Governor’s Luncheon and her first official visit to Arizona. At the luncheon, Governor Ducey and Ambassador Bárcena discussed opportunities to grow and strengthen the Arizona-Mexico relationship. “If 60 years of work with the Arizona-Mexico Commission has taught us anything, it’s that we achieve so much more when we work together,” said Governor Ducey. “It’s with a spirit of friendship, and as partners, that we will continue working together toward a brighter future for our families and communities.” “It is an honor to take part of the celebration of the sixtieth anniversary of the Arizona-Mexico Commission,” said Ambassador Bárcena at the event. “The Arizona-Sonora region is an ethno-cultural entity that precedes even the existence of both Mexico and the United States. We were always integrated by geography, by history and by our common environment.” During the event, Governor Ducey and Ambassador Bárcena urged the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), with Governor Ducey noting, “The USMCA will help the entire Arizona-Sonora region grow our economic momentum in the global marketplace, with help from our neighbor to the north, Canada.” Arizona’s bilateral trade with its North American trading partners jumped in 2018 — totaling $20.2 billion. Trade with Mexico increased 7.7 percent to a total of $16.7 billion while trade with Canada grew by 2.4 percent to $3.7 billion from 2017 to 2018. And, according ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-18
    1 month ago
  • Governor Ducey Names New Vice Chair And Appoints Board Members To Arizona-Mexico Commission Board Of Directors
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Calline Sanchez and Daniel Palm to the Arizona-Mexico Commission (Commission) Board of Directors (Board). In addition, Juan Ciscomani, the Governor’s Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, was announced as Vice Chair of the Board. He is replacing Kirk Adams as Vice Chair, who will remain on the Board. "Arizona’s ties to Mexico run deep, and the Arizona-Mexico Commission plays a vital role in this special relationship. I'm proud to welcome Calline and Daniel as part of the Commission's board of directors. Their expertise and backgrounds will help move our relationship forward, building on the gains we've already made," said Governor Ducey. "It is also with great enthusiasm that I announce Juan Ciscomani's new role as the Vice Chair of the Board. I'm confident his experience and leadership will continue to support our strong partnerships with Mexico.” “The Arizona-Mexico Commission is proud to welcome additional strong leadership to our Board,” said Jessica Pacheco, President of the Arizona-Mexico Commission Board of Directors. “This is an exciting time for the Arizona-Mexico relationship, and we’re looking forward to growing our efforts through the involvement of these Arizona leaders.” Juan CiscomaniSenior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, Office of Arizona Governor Doug DuceyJuan Ciscomani serves as Governor Ducey’s Senior Advisor for Regional and International Affairs, where he oversees the operations of the Governor’s Southern Arizona Office, Northern Arizona, and the Arizona-Mexico Commission. He leads the governor’s efforts internationally and serves as the governor’s liaison with all ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-17
    1 month ago
  • NEW DATA: Trade With Mexico, Canada On The Rise
    PHOENIX — According to new data released by the United States Census Bureau, Arizona’s bilateral trade with its North American trading partners jumped in 2018 — reversing a downward trend of recent years. Trade with Mexico increased 7.7 percent from 2017 to 2018 to a total of $16.7 billion while trade with Canada grew by 2.4 percent to $3.7 billion. Arizona’s total bilateral trade with Mexico and Canada came in at $20.2 billion in 2018. “Arizona’s international relationships have never been stronger — and the increase in trade between our state, Mexico and Canada only provides further evidence,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “More goods flowing through Arizona’s ports of entry mean more jobs, more business and more economic opportunity for our state. Arizona looks forward to continuing to build on our state’s strong international partnerships.” In February, Governor Ducey issued a letter urging Congress to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, an agreement which would modernize U.S. trade relations with both Mexico and Canada. "While the North American Free Trade Agreement was a historic agreement and visionary for its time, it is nearly 25 years old. The business world has evolved tremendously during that time, but our trade policies have not kept up," Governor Ducey stated in the letter. "As we seek to secure Arizona’s economic future, a strong trade deal with Mexico and Canada is crucial. I urge you to work with your colleagues in Congress to move towards ratification of the USMCA as quickly as possible." View the letter HERE. ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-14
    1 month ago
  • Governor's Office To Hold Judicial Interviews In Yuma County
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced that members of his executive staff will conduct on-site interviews for candidates who have applied for a judicial vacancy on the Superior Court in Yuma County. Judicial interviews will take place as follows on Monday, March 25, 2019 at the Yuma County Courthouse, 250 W. Second Street, Yuma, Arizona 85364 in Courtroom 316. Nathaniel Sorenson will be interviewed at 1:00 p.m. Brenda Sandoval will be interviewed at 1:30 p.m. R. Erin Farrar will be interviewed at 2:00 p.m. Rodney Short will be interviewed at 2:30 p.m. Jorge Lozano will be interviewed at 3:00 p.m. Claudia Gonzalez will be interviewed at 3:30 p.m. Julie McDonald will be interviewed at 4:00 p.m. All interviews are open to the public and the media. The interview session will include a public comment period at 10:30 a.m. The vacancy on the Yuma County Superior Court was created by the retirement of Judge John Paul Plante. Under the Arizona Constitution, judges of the Superior Court in counties with a population of less than 250,000 persons are elected by the voters. Vacancies created by the retirement or resignation of a judge prior to the general election are filled by gubernatorial appointment. ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-14
    1 month ago
  • PRIMER: Two Years Later: A Real Second Chance
    In March of 2017, Governor Ducey launched Second Chance Centers to equip inmates with the skills and resources they need to successfully reenter society —​ all before exiting prison. The centers, operated through a partnership between the Arizona Department of Corrections, the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, focus on reducing the rate at which former inmates return to prison. Located at the Lewis and Perryville State Prison Complexes in Maricopa County and the Tucson State Prison Complex in Pima County, the three centers offer inmates job skills trainings, résumé and interview preparation, on-site job fairs, enrollment in health care and more. Through February 2019: Over 2,300 individuals have completed Second Chance Center programming, resulting in over 1,400 job placements since March 2017. Current enrollment at the Second Chance Centers stands at 301 inmates. 95 employers partner with the centers to offer jobs to those who have served their time including Hickman’s Family Farms, Erickson Framing and Jackson’s Car Wash. Due to the success of Second Chance Center programming, Governor Ducey’s fiscal year 2019 budget provided $500,000 to expand the centers at Lewis and Perryville prisons, allowing an additional 975 inmates to participate. In October 2018, Governor Ducey, Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill and Arizona Cardinals players attended a job fair at the Lewis State Prison Complex where they heard first-hand from inmates, ex-offenders and employers about their experience with the Second Chance Centers. Following the visit, the Cardinals expressed a commitment to encouraging other employers to partner with Arizona to help ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-11
    1 month ago
  • PRIMER: The Arizona Teachers Academy
    The Arizona Teachers Academy, created by Governor Doug Ducey in 2017, aims to tackle the nationwide teacher shortage by creating the next generation of Arizona teachers. Students in the program, which operates at Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona, receive a scholarship covering their tuition and fees in exchange for committing to teach in an Arizona public school. By removing the financial burden of tuition, the Arizona Teachers Academy makes it easier for potential educators to pursue career opportunities and helps ensure the best and brightest teachers get to the front of Arizona classrooms. During his 2019 State of the State address, Governor Ducey highlighted the success of the Teachers Academy and called for expanding the program: “Four years ago, I heard what sounded like a really good idea to address the teacher shortage. If someone graduates from an Arizona university, is willing to stay in Arizona, and teach in a public school, why not allow them to graduate debt-free by providing a scholarship? “So we turned it into reality and launched the Arizona Teachers Academy. Already, 221 students have started moving through the program. This year we plan to significantly expand it: more dollars, more support. We are going to create a pipeline of talent and the next generation of Arizona teachers.” Governor Ducey’s fiscal year 2020 budget makes a permanent investment of $21 million to expand the Arizona Teachers Academy. The additional investment expands eligibility to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-10
    1 month ago
  • BRIEF: Spring Training Season
    Baseball is back! Every spring, fifteen Major League Baseball clubs make their way to Arizona for spring training as part of the Cactus League. The Cactus League began in 1947 with just two major league teams: the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians. Now, with fifteen big league clubs and ten ballparks, the greater metropolitan Phoenix area has the largest concentration of professional baseball facilities in the country — all within an hour’s drive. Spring training means big business for Arizona. The economic impact of spring training rivals other mega sporting events hosted in Arizona like Super Bowls or NCAA March Madness matchups, but benefits our state’s economy every year. In 2018: Nearly 1.8 million fans turned out to enjoy a spring training game in Arizona, with 60 percent of those fans hailing from out of state. The median Cactus League visitor attended three games, stayed in Arizona four nights and spent over $400 a day. The Cactus League had an estimated economic impact of over $644 million — up 11 percent from 2015. Spring training generated $31 million in state and local tax revenue and $373 million in gross domestic profit. Spring training season supported over 6,400 jobs. The Cactus League includes the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-06
    2 months ago
  • Word On The Street: Momentum Grows For Universal Licensing Recognition
    House Bill 2569, introduced by Representative Warren Petersen, advanced through the Arizona House of Representatives last week, passing a key landmark to passage. House Bill 2569 would make Arizona the first state in the nation to allow universal recognition for occupational licenses. Learn more about House Bill 2569 HERE. Here’s what others are saying on this issue: Wall Street Journal: An Arizona Occupational Welcome: “Arizona last year attracted more than 122,000 newcomers, many fleeing states with crushing regulation and taxes. Republicans are now giving overtaxed Californians and New Yorkers another reason to move to the state by making it easier to work and start businesses.  Arizona Republicans this month introduced legislation to recognize other states’ occupational licenses, even if the courtesy isn’t reciprocated. Newcomers to Arizona would be required to hold a comparable license in another state for at least a year, and they could not have outstanding complaints, pending investigations or a disqualifying criminal history.” (Wall Street Journal, 2/18/19) Caleb Trotter, Attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation:“Recognizing Out-Of-State Work Licenses Good Idea.” “Even if you’ve successfully worked in your profession for years without a single customer complaint, you still may be required to undergo expensive and time-consuming training and examinations to continue your trade in Arizona. This remaining regulatory barrier could be removed by allowing a practitioner from a state that declines to license their profession to submit a verified work history in the field in order to meet experience, training and knowledge requirements in Arizona and provide references to confirm ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-05
    2 months ago
  • PRIMER: Strengthening Arizona’s Trade Relationships
    Arizona’s international trade relationships remain vital to our state’s economy, especially with our strongest trading partners Mexico and Canada. Implemented in 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) established an innovative trade agreement between the United States, Mexico and Canada. Since then, North American trade increased from $291 billion to over $1.1 trillion in 2017. For Arizona, exports to Mexico grew from $2.4 billion to $7.6 billion over the same time period, an increase of 293 percent. The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) updates and modernizes current trade agreements with Mexico and Canada, allowing Arizona to build on those critical trade relationships.  In 2017: Arizona exported $7.5 billion in goods to Mexico and $2.2 billion in goods to Canada. Between our North American neighbors, trade with Mexico and Canada had a combined economic impact of $19 billion on our state. Trade with Mexico and Canada supported over 236,000 jobs in Arizona. Arizona’s top exports to Mexico and Canada included: Computer and Electronic Products and Electrical Equipment, Appliances and Components. Governor Ducey last week sent a letter to Arizona’s Congressional Delegation urging them to ratify the USMCA. "While the North American Free Trade Agreement was a historic agreement and visionary for its time, it is nearly 25 years old. The business world has evolved tremendously during that time, but our trade policies have not kept up," Governor Ducey stated in the letter. "As we seek to secure Arizona’s economic future, a strong trade deal with Mexico and Canada is crucial. ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-04
    2 months ago
  • Celebrating Women’s History Month
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey issued a proclamation recognizing March as Women’s History Month and March 8th as International Women’s Day. “From the first woman United States Supreme Court Justice to the most women governors of any state in the nation, Arizona boasts a rich history of women leaders and trailblazers,” said Governor Ducey. “This March, we celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to the prosperity of our state and nation and recognize their strength, resilience and courage.” View a PDF of the proclamation HERE. Text of the proclamation can be viewed below. *** WHEREAS, women in Arizona’s history, whether American Indian, pioneers, life-long Arizonans, migrants from other states, or immigrants, have transformed the nation as leaders in a wide range of fields including elected and appointed public service, military service, business, education, medicine, the arts, philanthropy, and charitable service; and WHEREAS, among “the firsts” from Arizona is the first woman United States Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O’Connor; first woman state Chief Justice in United States history, Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorna Lockwood; one of the first women in the United States elected to a state legislature, Representative Rachel Emma Allen Berry; and WHEREAS, women from across the United States have contributed to the great achievements and prosperity of our country and these examples of leadership, courage, and determination should be honored and recognized; and WHEREAS, Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed legislation which authorized and requested the President to ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-03-03
    2 months ago
  • Governor Ducey Urges Support For USMCA Trade Agreement
    PHOENIX – Governor Doug Ducey today sent a letter to Arizona’s Congressional members  urging ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The agreement, which was signed by President Trump along with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts in November of last year, updates and modernizes current U.S. trade agreements with Mexico and Canada established nearly 25 years ago, known as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The modernized agreement supports mutually beneficial trade across North America, supporting free markets, more equal trade practices and greater economic growth. “While the North American Free Trade Agreement was a historic agreement and visionary for its time, it is nearly 25 years old. The business world has evolved tremendously during that time, but our trade policies have not kept up,” Governor Ducey states in the letter. “As we seek to secure Arizona’s economic future, a strong trade deal with Mexico and Canada is crucial. I urge you to work with your colleagues in Congress to move towards ratification of the USMCA as quickly as possible.” Arizona’s trade with its North American partners is a vital part of the state’s economy, supporting: $19 billion in combined economic impact with Mexico and Canada; $9.7 billion in Arizona exports to Canada and Mexico in 2017; And more than 236,000 Arizona jobs. The deadline for the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to release an assessment on the agreement and its economic impact is expected in April of this year and Congress will ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-02-27
    2 months ago
  • Arizona Commemorates Grand Canyon National Park’s 100th Birthday With New Road Signs
    From the Arizona Office of Tourism: PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey today unveiled a new road sign commemorating the centennial of the Grand Canyon National Park. The colorful road sign—which depicts the Grand Canyon in hues of purple and orange—will be erected along freeways across the state, replacing 40 existing signs that were installed in 2012 to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Arizona gaining statehood. Gov. Ducey revealed the new Grand Canyon Centennial road sign at Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza, where one of the signs was planted in view of the Arizona State Capitol. “The Grand Canyon is more than an Arizona treasure. It’s a national treasure that brings visitors from around the world,” said Governor Ducey. “On the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon, we come together to admire this natural wonder and commit to continue preserving its magnificence for generations to come. These new signs proudly celebrate Arizona as the Grand Canyon State.  The Grand Canyon became a national park on Feb. 26, 1919. In its first year as part of the National Park System, approximately 40,000 people visited. Since then, more than 200 million people have come to the park—including a record 6.25 million in 2017. In January 2018, during a partial shutdown of the federal government, Gov. Ducey took emergency steps to keep Grand Canyon National Park open, saying, “the Grand Canyon will not close on our watch.” He later issued an executive order, the Grand Canyon Protection Plan, which established a protocol to keep ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-02-26
    2 months ago
  • Happy 100th Birthday, Grand Canyon!
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement in recognition of 100 years since President Woodrow Wilson established the Grand Canyon as a national park: "The Grand Canyon is more than an Arizona treasure,” said Governor Ducey. “It’s a national treasure that brings visitors from around the world. On the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon, we come together to admire this natural wonder and commit to continue preserving its magnificence for generations to come.” For more on the history of the Grand Canyon National Park, click HERE View a commendation in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the Grand Canyon National Park HERE. View text of the commendation below.   *** WHEREAS, President Theodore Roosevelt famously said, “in the Grand Canyon, Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world”; and   WHEREAS, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act, establishing the nation’s 17th national park on February 26, 1919; and   WHEREAS, Grand Canyon National Park’s impressive geologic record and rugged landscapes host a high biodiversity of plant and animal communities and store a rich human history dating back thousands of years; and   WHEREAS, a world heritage site, Grand Canyon National Park welcomes more than six million domestic and international visitors to Arizona and encourages all to stay active and get outdoors; and   WHEREAS, Grand Canyon National Park’s influence and leadership in Arizona’s tourism sector created $938 million in economic benefit and more than 9,000 jobs for local communities in ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-02-25
    2 months ago
  • BRIEF: 100 Years Of Grand
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-02-24
    2 months ago
  • Arizona Winter Storm Response Update
    PHOENIX Following heavy rain and snow across Arizona, state agencies are making additional resources available to support ongoing response and recovery efforts. The Arizona Department of Military and Emergency Affairs (DEMA), Department of Transportation (ADOT) and Department of Public Safety (DPS) continue to coordinate efforts in affected areas. “Our agencies are taking every step necessary to protect public safety and assist local efforts,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Arizona owes a big thank you to our first responders, snow plow operators and cleanup crews who are working around the clock to clear roadways and keep motorists safe. We will continue working closely with local officials to deploy resources where they are needed.” Emergency officials are reminding drivers to slow down, pay attention, and do not stop on road shoulders to play in the snow. Stopping on road shoulders is extremely dangerous. Latest Information ADOT has 200 snow plows deployed. 400 snow plow operators are working around the clock in 12-hour shifts to keep plows on the roads 24 hours a day. All interstate highways are currently open and plowed. Motorists should continue to slow down and exercise caution while driving in winter weather conditions. ADOT is working diligently to clear state routes and local roads currently snowed-in. For the latest road conditions, visit http://az511.gov, call 511 or check @ArizonaDOT on Twitter. DPS has deployed additional troopers to affected areas to assist stranded motorists. In the last 24 hours, troopers responded to hundreds of slide offs and stuck vehicles. DEMA has ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-02-21
    2 months ago
  • PRIMER: Jobs Magnet ➡️ Jobs Juggernaut
    Arizona is well on its way to becoming a jobs juggernaut. Arizona’s economy is growing at one of the fastest rates in the country and median household incomes have reached a record high. Over 290,400 new jobs have been added since 2015. And, a report released yesterday by the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity projected continued strong job growth across all sectors. More on Arizona’s booming economy →   Arizona’s Economic Growth Arizona had the fourth largest increase in total jobs and ranked third among states for growth in total labor force size during 2018. Forbes ranked Arizona as a top five state for growth prospects in 2018, and Robert Half Technology projects the Phoenix area to be top three in the U.S. for tech hiring in 2019. In December 2018, year-over-year job growth for Arizona came in at 3.3 percent, the fastest rate since 2006. Arizona ranked fifth in the country for economic momentum during the first quarter of 2018, according to the Index of State Economic Momentum. Site Selection magazine named Arizona first in its region for Economic Competitiveness in 2018. From 2017-2018, Arizona ranked third in GDP growth with a compounded annual growth rate of 4.2 percent. Incomes Rising Paychex and IHS Markit ranked Arizona second in the nation in small business wage and job growth for the month of January 2019. Arizona’s median household income reached a record high of $61,125 in 2017. Our state’s median household income rose 4.8 percent, more than double the national ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-02-21
    2 months ago
  • Governor Ducey Appointed To Bipartisan Council Of Governors
    PHOENIX — The White House announced tonight that President Donald Trump has appointed Governor Doug Ducey to the Council of Governors (Council), a bipartisan group of 10 governors who advise the White House on homeland security and national defense issues. Tomorrow morning, Governor Ducey will join the Council in Washington D.C. for the first plenary meeting of 2019. “It’s an honor to be appointed to the Council of Governors, where Arizona will now have a seat at the table on some of the most important discussions affecting our state and nation,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona is the home of multiple major military installations. Protecting our national defense infrastructure, as well as public safety and border security are top priorities. As the only southwestern border governor on the Council, I look forward to bringing Arizona’s perspective to the discussion to help advance policies that will make our communities safer and our border more secure.” The Council of Governors includes ten governors (five from each party), the secretaries of the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, the president’s homeland security and counterterrorism advisors, the commander of U.S. Northern Command, the commandant of the Coast Guard and the chief of the National Guard Bureau. The Council serves as a bipartisan forum for governors and the administration to discuss critical issues affecting states and the federal government and advise on policy direction. Topics of discussion at tomorrow’s meeting include cybersecurity, disaster preparedness, the federal budget, defense spending, and military issues. Background Members of the Council include ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-02-20
    2 months ago
  • Forecast: Arizona To Add More Than 165,000 New Jobs By 2020
    PHOENIX — The Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity today released a report projecting Arizona will add 165,691 jobs over a two-year period. From the third quarter of 2018 through the second quarter of 2020, Arizona’s employment is expected to increase from 3,015,242 to 3,180,933, representing an annualized growth rate of 2.7 percent — an increase from last year’s projection of 2.6 percent and more evidence of Arizona’s continued acceleration over the last 12 months. Arizona is projected to see the highest job growth rates in Construction (5.8 percent) and Manufacturing (3.6 percent). The largest job gains are expected in the Education and Health Services (37,126 jobs) and the Professional and Business Services (26,177 jobs) sectors, although gains are projected across all 11 of Arizona’s top industries. In addition to the projected job growth, Arizona also saw positive gains in its median household income from 2016 to 2017, according to data from the United States Census Bureau. Arizona’s median household income rose 4.8 percentmore than double the national growth rate of 1.8 percent. According to the data, Arizona’s median household income reached $61,125, a record high. “Arizona’s economy is booming,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Not only is Arizona projected to add 165,000 jobs over the next two years, Arizona families are taking home more dollars and incomes are rising at one of the fastest rates in the country. This is positive news that affects our entire stateand we have Arizona’s hard-working entrepreneurs, business leaders and employees to thank. We ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-02-20
    2 months ago
  • Arizona Agencies Prepare For Winter Storm Conditions
    PHOENIX The National Weather Service is forecasting a major winter storm will impact parts of Arizona beginning tonight and continuing through Friday afternoon. Heavy rain is expected in the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas, with heavy snow down to elevations as low as 2,000 feet in some areas. Arizona state agencies are monitoring weather conditions and working with local partners to ensure they have the resources they need to protect public safety. The Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA), Department of Transportation (ADOT), and Department of Public Safety (DPS) are coordinating communications and preparation efforts. “We encourage all Arizonans to be cautious during these winter weather conditions,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Our agencies are taking proactive steps to keep Arizonans safe. We will continue to monitor this situation and provide assistance as needed.” Emergency officials recommend that Arizonans avoid traveling during the storm in affected areas and delay plans until weather conditions improve. If travel is absolutely necessary in these areas, check weather conditions before leaving and be prepared with emergency supplies. State Agency Actions ADOT has about 200 snowplows statewide ready to help keep highways clear of snow and ice. ADOT has 400 certified snowplow operators who will work around the clock during storms. ADOT crews have been treating the highways in advance of the storm with de-icing material, making it easier for crews to plow snow off of the road surface during a storm and reducing the temperature at which ice will form on bridges. ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2019-02-19
    2 months ago
  • Governor Ducey, Arizona Cardinals Visit Second Chance Center Job Fair
    First-Hand Look At Arizona’s Efforts To Provide A Real Second Chance PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey, joined by Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill and Arizona Cardinals players Antoine Bethea and Corey Peters, attended a job fair yesterday at the Lewis State Prison Complex’s Eagle Point Second Chance Center. The visit comes after Governor Ducey met with President Bidwill and players Peters, Bethea and Boston in September of 2018 to discuss criminal justice reform and Arizona’s efforts to reduce the rate of recidivism. In addition to attending the job fair, Governor Ducey, President Bidwill and the Cardinals players heard first-hand from current inmates, ex-offenders and employers about their experience with the Second Chance Centers.   In March of 2017, the Governor’s Office announced the launch of three Second Chance Centers, administered through a partnership between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC), the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. Located at the Lewis and Perryville State Prison Complexes in Maricopa County and the Tucson State Prison Complex in Pima County, the three centers equip and prepare inmates with the life and career skills needed to successfully reenter society — before they leave prison. Through the program, inmates nearing release have the chance to attend job fairs, participate in skill trainings and build relationships with potential employers. Since the program began, 1,692 inmates have graduated from a Second Chance Center — resulting in 808 job opportunities upon leaving prison. Currently, 337 inmates are participating in the ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-10-23
    6 months ago
  • Governor Ducey's Statement On Justice O’Connor’s Legacy
    PHOENIX Governor Doug Ducey released the following statement today, reflecting on the life, legacy and career of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor:  “Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s candid and beautiful letter to Americans, released this morning, is a reminder of the incredible life of public service she has devoted to our nation — and the history she has blazed.  In countless ways, Justice O’Connor has led the life of a pioneer. From a cattle ranch in Arizona with no running water or electricity, to the highest court in the land, Justice O’Connor broke barriers at every turn. When Sandra Day O’Connor was around, glass ceilings didn’t stand a chance. She was not only the first woman on the United States Supreme Court — while serving in the Arizona Legislature, she became the first female majority leader in American history. When President Reagan nominated Justice O’Connor for the Court in 1981, he said her confirmation ‘symbolizes the richness of opportunity that still abides in America—opportunity that permits persons of any sex, age, or race, from every section and every walk of life to aspire and achieve in a manner never before even dreamed about in human history.’ How blessed Arizona is that the woman who charted this turning point in American history was and remains a fellow citizen of our state. Justice O’Connor’s work continued after retirement. Through the O’Connor House, she has focused on civics education, engagement and discourse. She has inspired millions of Americans, especially young people, not only by talking about these values — she has lived ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-10-22
    6 months ago
  • BRIEF: October Is Cybersecurity Awareness Month
    October Is Cybersecurity Awareness MonthGovernor Doug Ducey has proclaimed October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Cybersecurity continues to be a major priority in order to protect Arizonans as our economy and society evolve in the 21st century.  Arizona is home to leading tech professionals and cybersecurity experts, who work tirelessly to protect the privacy and identity of residents in our state and across the US. Cybersecurity Awareness Month provides an opportunity to increase public awareness of cyber hygiene best practices across Arizona.  The Arizona Cybersecurity Team: Leading On CybersecurityEarlier this year, Governor Ducey formed the Arizona Cybersecurity Team (ACT) comprised of subject matter experts dedicated to continuous improvement initiatives to help protect all Arizonans from cyber attacks, enhance cybersecurity workforce development, and increase public awareness of cybersecurity and ‘cyber hygiene’ best practices. The Arizona Cybersecurity Team consists of representatives from government, the private sector, law enforcement, non-profit organizations, and higher education as well as members of the public to more comprehensively address cybersecurity issues statewide. Arizona is home to top-level cybersecurity education, and our institutions are paving the way for cybersecurity education, preparing the workforce for entry into the 21st-century job market. Cyber Hygiene Best PracticesCyberspace connects us to a world of opportunity, but this global connection means cyber hygiene is more important than ever before. Practicing simple cybersecurity habits not only protects you but everyone you are connected to on the web. Every cyber user plays a vital role in protecting our community from cyber attacks. Here are a ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-10-18
    6 months ago
  • BRIEF: Arizona’s State Fair: A 105-Year-Old Tradition
    PHOENIX — Over a century ago, the Arizona Exposition and State Fair was established to provide a gathering place for the Arizona community. Since 1905 seven years before Arizona statehood the fair has brought together Arizonans in a tradition of fun, food and world-class entertainment. The State Fair hosts approximately 1.2 million visitors each year from all across Arizona over the course of its eighteen-day run making it the largest public event held annually in our state. The Fair is a state treasure that promotes livestock and agriculture, engages in public-private partnerships and has a significant impact on the Arizona economy. Each year, the Exposition and State Fair:   Has an overall annual economic output of $92.7 million; Supports over 700 jobs and $24.5 million in wages each year; Partners with more than 80 private entities to generate over $20 million in revenue; Helps raise nearly $2 million in scholarships for Arizona youth. The Arizona State Fair opened its doors for this year on October 5th and will remain open until October 28th. Hours, tickets and event information are available HERE. For more on the history of the Arizona State Fair, visit HERE. SOURCE: Arizona Exposition and State Fair ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-10-15
    6 months ago
  • BRIEF: Arizona’s State Fair: A 113-Year-Old Tradition
    PHOENIX — Over a century ago, the Arizona Exposition and State Fair was established to provide a gathering place for the Arizona community. Since 1905 seven years before Arizona statehood the fair has brought together Arizonans in a tradition of fun, food and world-class entertainment. The State Fair hosts approximately 1.2 million visitors each year from all across Arizona over the course of its eighteen-day run making it the largest public event held annually in our state. The Fair is a state treasure that promotes livestock and agriculture, engages in public-private partnerships and has a significant impact on the Arizona economy. Each year, the Exposition and State Fair:   Has an overall annual economic output of $92.7 million; Supports over 700 jobs and $24.5 million in wages each year; Partners with more than 80 private entities to generate over $20 million in revenue; Helps raise nearly $2 million in scholarships for Arizona youth. The Arizona State Fair opened its doors for this year on October 5th and will remain open until October 28th. Hours, tickets and event information are available HERE. For more on the history of the Arizona State Fair, visit HERE. SOURCE: Arizona Exposition and State Fair ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-10-15
    6 months ago
  • Over 260,000 New Jobs Added In Arizona Since 2015
    PHOENIX Arizona added 262,700 new jobs (seasonally adjusted, nonfarm) since January 2015 according to the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity's (OEO) monthly report for August 2018. Arizona is also experiencing the lowest unemployment rate in a decade with OEO reporting an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent.  “Arizona’s unparalleled business environment continues to result in more jobs and more opportunities for the citizens of our state,” said Governor Ducey. “A prospering economy directly benefits the people of Arizona. We remain focused on ensuring Arizona is the best state in the nation to develop new ideas and launch or scale a business.” The updated jobs numbers follow a string of recent economic development announcements across the state of Arizona. Citing Arizona’s strong infrastructure, emphasis on innovation, talent pool and quality of life, companies continue to expand or set up operations in our state. In the past two months, the following companies have announced plans to expand in Arizona: Acronis: Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection, announced plans to double its investment in Arizona to $20 million and create more than 100 new jobs in engineering research and development. (LINK) Airobotics:Airobotics, an Israeli automated drone startup that supports the mining industry, launched its North American headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, bringing 83 new jobs to the state. (LINK) Infosys: Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, announced plans to launch its first Technology and Innovation Hub on the West Coast in Arizona and hire 1000 workers in the state. (LINK) Valor ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-10-08
    6 months ago
  • BRIEF: Arizona: An International Business Destination
    PHOENIX — Since 2015, 49 California-based businesses have chosen to set up operations in Arizona, bringing more than 18,000 jobs and over $9 billion in capital to our state. But, it’s not only companies and startups from our next door neighbor choosing to expand or set up shop in Arizona — our state’s high quality of life, low taxes and qualified workers have made Arizona a destination for international businesses as well. In the last two month alone, five international companies have chosen to expand operations in our state, creating more than 2000 new jobs and investing over $40 million in Arizona. Arizona will also be home to Skybridge Arizona, the first inland cargo inspections facility in the nation to house both Mexican and United States customs, helping speed up the transfer of goods between Arizona and Latin America. Learn more about the latest international companies choosing to do business in Arizona: ACRONIS. Founded in Singapore, Acronis, a global leader in cyber protection and hybrid cloud solutions, began operating in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2017. The company recently announced it would increase its investment in Arizona to $20 million and create 100 new jobs in engineering research and development. Learn more HERE.   INFOSYS. Originally from India, Infosys, a global leader in next-generation services, announced plans to launch its first Technology and Innovation Hub on the West Coast in the state of Arizona. The Arizona Innovation Hub will hire 1000 workers and focus on autonomous technologies, Internet of Things (IOT), full-stack engineering ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-10-03
    7 months ago
  • BD Breaks Ground At I.D.E.A. Tempe Campus
    Global Medical Technology Company To Be Anchor Tenant At New Campus PHOENIX — Officials from Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD), a leading global medical technology company, were joined today by Governor Doug Ducey, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell and representatives of The Boyer Company to officially break ground on the new I.D.E.A. (Innovation, Discovery, Education and Arts) Tempe campus. BD Peripheral Intervention will be the first business to move to the new campus that is focused on attracting new technology companies to Tempe. BD Peripheral Intervention develops and manufactures innovative endovascular devices that provide critical interventions to help improve blood circulation for patients with peripheral artery disease, end-stage kidney disease and cancer. “BD will be the first company to locate on the I.D.E.A. campus, and we are so proud to have BD and its employees grow in our community,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. “The I.D.E.A. Tempe campus is designed to create a place where the brightest people in science can create and collaborate together. The space also offers exposure to the arts and instant access to the finest outdoor urban recreation area this state has to offer.” When completed, I.D.E.A. Tempe will encompass nearly 18 acres and will include more than 1 million sq. ft. of commercial buildings, including multiple office buildings, a hotel, restaurants, structured parking and additional art and classroom related space. “BD is a prime example of the type of company that thrives in Arizona’s business climate,” said Gov. Ducey. “High-tech companies, including medical technology companies like BD, will form the foundation of Arizona’s 21st century economy that ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-10-02
    7 months ago
  • AZ Awesome: Fall For Arizona
    It’s officially fall in Arizona. For those seeking to make the most of autumn, Arizona offers a number of scenic hikes, drives and sites for taking in the beautiful colors of fall foliage. Enjoy the best of what Arizona has to offer during the fall season by taking a trip to one of these uniquely Arizona locations: Boyce Thompson Arboretum State ParkLocated in the Tonto National Forest near the rustic town of Superior, Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden. During the fall season, enjoy live music and cider at the park while admiring the changing colors of its pistachio, hackberry, black walnut and sycamore trees. (INFO) Cave Creek CanyonFound on the eastern side of the Chiricahua Mountains, Cave Creek Canyon has earned the nickname, “Yosemite of Arizona.” To catch the canyon’s multitude of maple, sycamore and oak trees in peak fall colors, hike along the easygoing South Fork Trail from late October to early November. (INFO) Lockett MeadowLockett Meadow offers remarkable views of the Inner Basin and the San Francisco Peaks, especially when its aspen trees turn a golden hue. If visiting Lockett Meadow, take the Inner Basin Trail to view an ancient volcanic caldera and be sure to plan a trip before the campground closes in mid-October. (INFO) Ramsey Canyon PreserveLocated within the San Pedro River Basin and flanked by the Huachuca Mountains, Nature Conservancy describes Ramsey Canyon Preserve as an “ecological crossroads” serving as a stepping stone between the Rocky Mountains and the Chihuahuan ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-09-27
    7 months ago
  • Acronis Increases Arizona Investment To 20 Million, Expands R&D Center For AI And Blockchain Projects
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-09-26
    7 months ago
  • Governor Ducey Lights Arizona Purple
    PHOENIX — The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family, in partnership with PetSmart Charities, is kicking off Domestic Violence Awareness month by hosting the 4th Annual Lighting Arizona Purple Event. On October 2, 2018, from 6 PM - 7 PM, Governor Doug Ducey will light the State Capitol purple as a symbol of unity and hope to support survivors and prevent domestic violence. The Capitol Dome will remain lit purple every night through the month of October. “Lighting Arizona Purple is an opportunity for all of us to stand together, in unity and hope, supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence,” stated Governor Ducey.  “I invite families, advocates, victims, survivors and community leaders to join me on October 2nd and help light Arizona purple.” Intimate partner violence does not discriminate. Whether physical, sexual, emotional or financial, domestic violence is often hidden within the homes of our neighbors, friends, and family members, leading to cycles of generations of abuse. “Lighting Arizona Purple is about more than awareness,” stated Maria Cristina Fuentes, director of the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. “Lighting Arizona Purple is about resilience, standing with survivors and addressing the underlying causes of domestic violence and trauma.” This year’s Lighting Arizona Purple event is made possible through the generous support of PetSmart Charities. Domestic violence doesn’t just affect humans. Household pets can also be victims of violence. In some cases, pets are used as a hostage or bargaining tool to persuade victims to stay. “Not only are pets ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-09-25
    7 months ago
  • Governor Ducey's POW/MIA Recognition Day Statement
    PHOENIX - Governor Doug Ducey today released the following statement in honor of Prisoner of War/Missing In Action (POW/MIA) Recognition Day: “Today we remember and honor the women and men in uniform who sacrificed their freedom to protect the precious liberty we enjoy. “Those held as Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action have earned the unending gratitude and respect of every American for their courage and devotion to our country. “We must never neglect to recognize the faithful service of these patriots, and its with steadfast hope that we await the safe return of every last one of them. “I ask all Arizonans to join me in praying for every family that carries the enormous burden of a missing loved one on their shoulders every day– our sincerest thanks and love go out to each of them. “We also take the time to remember the great sacrifices made by the late Senator John McCain, held captive as a Prisoner of War for over five years during the Vietnam War. “And it’s with the deepest reverence that Arizona sends this message to every American hero missing in action: there is no distance too far and no passage of time too long that will ever diminish our appreciation for all you’ve given us. You are never forgotten.” To view the governor’s proclamation recognizing POW/MIA Recognition Day, click HERE. ### ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-09-20
    7 months ago
  • Infosys To Open Technology And Innovation Hub In Arizona, Hire 1000 Workers
    Represents Key Milestone In Company’s Commitment To Hire 10000 American Workers And Close IT Skills Gap PHOENIX Infosys, a global leader in consulting, technology and next-generation services, today announced that it will open its next Technology and Innovation Hub in the State of Arizona and hire 1,000 American workers in the state by 2023. This announcement reinforces Infosys’ May 2017 commitment to open Technology and Innovation Hubs in the United States and hire 10,000 American workers. To date, Infosys has hired 5,874 American workers toward this commitment. The Arizona Technology and Innovation Hub will have a special focus on autonomous technologies, Internet of Things (IOT), full-stack engineering, data science and cyber security. Infosys’ investment in Arizona is a continuation of the company’s commitment to accelerate innovation for American enterprise by amplifying top local talent with the best global talent and to shrink the IT skills gap in the marketplace.  Infosys’ new Arizona employees will include recent graduates from the state’s prestigious network of colleges, universities and community colleges, as well as local professionals who will benefit from upskilling through Infosys’ world-class training curriculum. “The number of jobs Infosys is bringing to Arizona is fantastic news for our citizens, especially given the commitment the company makes to continual training and education in technology,” said Governor Ducey. “We are thankful for companies like Infosys who enhance our efforts to prepare the workforce for the future.”  “We are excited to announce the expansion of our presence in Arizona and to hire 1,000 workers for technology jobs in ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-09-19
    7 months ago
  • Arizona Awarded $20 Million To Combat The Opioid Epidemic
    PHOENIX — Arizona will receive over $20 million to continue the efforts to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The funding is provided by  the Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is the first installment of a two-year grant for State Opioid Response (SOR). AHCCCS, will administer the grant and work with other state agencies, health plans, and other community partners to address specific initiatives. “Arizona has taken serious action in the last year to fight against the opioid epidemic in our state. Through coordinated efforts and bipartisan legislation, we've reduced the number of opioid prescriptions written, reduced the total number of pills dispensed and have provided significant new funding for treatment,” said Governor Ducey. “We know this fight is far from over and this grant will help more Arizonans receive the support they need." “Opioid use disorder continues to be a public health crisis that affects families in all corners of our state,” said Dr. Sara Salek, AHCCCS chief medical officer. “SOR grant funding will allow state agencies and partners to continue to educate the public about prevention, treatment, and recovery techniques and increase access to evidence-based treatment and trauma-informed care.”  Specifically, this year’s funding will support initiatives that:   Increase access to medication-assisted treatment in both urban and rural areas of our state;   Increase distribution and public awareness of the overdose reversal medication, Naloxone; Expand access to recovery support services including housing, peer support, and job search assistance; Reduce recidivism by ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-09-18
    7 months ago
  • Governor Ducey Appoints Carter Olson and Patrick Gard To The Pinal County Superior Court
    PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey today announced the appointments of Carter Olson and Patrick Gard to the Pinal County Superior Court. These appointments are to fill vacancies due to the retirements of Judge Brenda E. Oldham and Judge Henry G. Gooday Jr. Carter Olson currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pinal County Superior Court. In addition to his judicial duties, Carter oversees the implementation and operation of a new system for selecting and overseeing court-appointed attorneys. From 1990 to 2007, Carter worked for the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, which included being elected as the County Attorney. While the majority of his legal experience as County Attorney was in criminal law, as he was also the legal advisor to Pinal County, including the Board of Supervisors and County departments, his office provided representation regarding various civil matters. From 2007 to 2013, Carter was elected as a judge to the Pinal County Superior Court. “As a former judge for the Pinal County Superior Court, Carter is well-qualified and can make an impact on the court,” said Governor Ducey. “I am honored to appoint Carter to the Pinal County Superior Court.” Carter received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Public Accounting from Elmhurst College and was an Illinois Certified Public Accountant. He received his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago. Patrick Gard also currently serves as a Commissioner for the Pinal County Superior Court. As part of the Family Law Bench, he handles hundreds of cases ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-09-18
    7 months ago
  • Innovation Award For ADOT’s I-17 Wrong-Way Vehicle System
    GCN Magazine Recognizes First-In-The Nation Thermal-Camera System PHOENIX The Arizona Department of Transportation’s pilot Interstate 17 wrong-way vehicle alert system being tested in Phoenix has been recognized with a Government Innovation Award from GCN, an information technology industry magazine. Governor Doug Ducey, who has directed ADOT to advance efforts to develop wrong-way vehicle countermeasures, including the I-17 system, said the award recognizes the state’s commitment to public safety.  "Too frequently we see reports of another death on our highways due to a wrong-way driver — often one impaired by alcohol or drugs," said Governor Ducey. "Arizona has taken meaningful steps to crack down on wrong-way driving, and we are proud to lead the way among states for developing and testing measures that make our roads safer and protect innocent drivers." In addition, Ducey championed a new law that has wrong-way drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol face felony charges.  The first-in-the-nation system being tested on 15 miles of I-17 uses thermal cameras to detect and track wrong-way vehicles while also immediately alerting ADOT and the Arizona Department of Public Safety. This can save troopers valuable time in responding to incidents rather than waiting for 911 calls from other motorists.  “ADOT is working alongside several other state agencies to explore every viable option when it comes to detecting and preventing wrong-way vehicles,” said Dallas Hammit, ADOT’s state engineer and deputy director for Transportation. “While we know that no system can be designed to completely prevent wrong-way drivers, the I-17 ... read more
    Source: Arizona GovernorPublished on 2018-09-17
    7 months ago