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Posted on: April 20, 2018

Redevelopment of Public Housing Breathes New Life into Community

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A re-dedication ceremony for the new Coffelt-Lamoreaux development near 19th Avenue and Buckeye launches a new era for many of its residents.

90-year-old Lucio “Chief” Villalpando says he can’t wait to get into his newly remod...

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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Hundreds Ditch Cars, Celebrate Bike to Work Day in Downtown Phoenix

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More than 400 bicyclists from Maricopa County, City of Phoenix, State of Arizona, and other downtown organizations participated in this year’s Bike to Work Day. Most of the riders opted for a three-mile, police-escorted group ride from midtown P...

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Posted on: April 17, 2018

MOSAIC substance abuse program finds success at old Tent City jail site

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It has been one year since the Tent City jail officially closed and six months since the Sheriff announced the space would be used to help inmates struggling with substance misuse.  The air-conditioned, former Tent City day room is now classroom ...

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Posted on: April 10, 2018

Maricopa County IDA grants $500,000 to MANA House

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Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority granted $500,000 to MANA House, a transitional housing facility that connects homeless veterans with resources and training. The facility is run by Catholic Charities Community Services.

Although the origina...

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Posted on: April 12, 2018

State, County Unite to Provide Permanent Housing Solutions for Homeless

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In an effort to provide a sustainable, impactful solution to the issue of homelessness in Phoenix, State and County officials will redirect funding that has previously gone toward the temporary overflow shelter to permanent housing solutions. For more tha...

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Posted on: March 22, 2018

Maricopa County Sees Most Population Growth of Any County

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Maricopa County is growing in ways no other county in the country can match, according to newly-released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.  In 2016-2017, Maricopa County added 73,650 people—or a little more than 200 per day.  T...

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Posted on: March 14, 2018

National Group Finds No Deficiencies in County Jails

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PHOENIX – Daniel started taking opioids as a “recreational thing” when he was 18, then turned to heroin because it was cheaper and more powerful. One day he did a shot of heroin at his mom’s house and fell asleep wi...

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Posted on: March 7, 2018

Detention Officer Adopts Retiring K9

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A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office K9 that made a career of sniffing out drugs is taking a breather.

Axa, a seven-year-old Dutch Shepard, is retiring after five and a half years with MCSO.  Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 7, 2018

Innovative Jobs Website Goes Live

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Millions of people in Maricopa County have a new pipeline to success.  PipelineAZ.com went live this week.  It aims to be the nation’s premier software platform connecting job seekers and employers in a way that will address cr...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 28, 2018

CHS Awarded Nearly $400,000 for Demonstrating Patient Care to the Underserved

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Maricopa County’s Correctional Health Services (CHS) is being awarded nearly $400,000 as part of a groundbreaking and proactive effort to provide care to underserved populations, using its electronic health records system.CHS is the first jail system in t...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 28, 2018

Property Values Increasing, 2019 Notices Go Out

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Property in the nation’s fastest-growing county is worth more than it was last year.

In late February, the Maricopa County Assessor's Office sent approximately 1.6 million valuation notices for tax year 2019 to all property owners in the county.

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 27, 2018

Maricopa County Partners with ASU on Workforce Development Program

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Maricopa County is teaming up with the ASU Foundation on a project to develop and train the next generation of entrepreneurs and workers in Arizona’s burgeoning medical-electronic technology (MedTech) industry.  The Industrial Developme...

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Posted on: February 21, 2018

Helping Paw: Donation Allows Animal Care & Control to Fight "Strep Zoo"

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Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors took a moment to recognize a community partner that made a big difference during a time of crisis. The Board officially accepted a $25,000 donation from the non-profit Two Pups Wellness Fund. The money was do...

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Posted on: February 20, 2018

Maricopa County Maintains Highest Possible Bond Rating

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PHOENIX—February 20, 2018—The three major credit rating agencies agree: Maricopa County is a safe bet and deserves to keep its AAA bond rating, thanks to strong financial practices and management. A strong credit rating means county bonds can be issued wi...

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Posted on: February 15, 2018

Grant Will Fund Job Assistance Program for "Opportunity Youth"

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At-risk youth in Maricopa County received a big boost today thanks to a collaboration between the Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) and Chicanos Por La Causa Workforce Solutions (CPLC).  The IDA awarded CPLC an $827,631 grant...

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Posted on: February 8, 2018

Walls Go Up at Durango Jail Replacement

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The walls are going up at the new Maricopa County facility that will bring increased efficiency to the way people are booked into jail, assessed, and treated. On February 8, county and municipal leaders joined the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and ...

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Posted on: February 7, 2018

A Hero's Retirement: Board Ensures Deputy, K9 Will Stay Together

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A valued member of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office was granted an early retirement today by the Board of Supervisors.  Just not a human member.

“Retiring at 35?” quipped Supervisor Clint Hickman.

K9 Hero, a 5-year-old (35 in dog years) Belgian...

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Posted on: February 2, 2018

Maricopa County Supervisor To Transition From Office In 2019

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Supervisor Denny Barney, District 1, will be serving the East Valley in a new way. The sixth-generation Arizonan will be slowly transitioning out of his position on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to assume a new role as President and CEO of East...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 20, 2018

Bike Race Showcases Maricopa Trail

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More than 200 mountain bikers raced the scenic Maricopa Trail today during the third annual Prickly Pedal Mountain Bike Race.

The race benefits the Maricopa Trail which connects all 11 county parks and currently stretches nearly 300 miles...

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Posted on: January 18, 2018

Board Appoints State Senator for District 21

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Rick Gray is heading back to the State Capitol, this time to the Senate. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed Gray, a Republican, as the new State Senator for Legislative District 21. Gray will replace Republican Debbie Lesko, who stepped as...

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Posted on: January 9, 2018

Steve Chucri Elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors

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January 10, 2018 – PHOENIX – Speaking as the newly-elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Steve Chucri, District 2, pledged “a new commitment to the hard work involved in building a smart, sustainable f...

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Posted on: January 5, 2018

Board of Supervisors Appoints New LD-13 Senator

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Dairy farm owner Sine Kerr has been appointed as the new State Senator for Legislative District 13. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors picked her unanimously during a special meeting on Thursday. Kerr will replace Republican Steve Montenegro, who st...

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Posted on: December 19, 2017

Maricopa County Plans to Consolidate Animal Shelters

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PHOENIX— Maricopa County is planning to consolidate all animal shelter services into a renovated and expanded central location, minutes away from a major interstate (I-17) on the county’s Durango campus. This is the next step in Animal...

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Posted on: December 14, 2017

The latest adaptive reuse project in downtown Phoenix is a long-vacant county jail

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Demolition is underway to repurpose the former Madison Street Jail and during a ceremony, county leaders used a robot to demolish parts of the former jail.Once remodeled, 225 Madison will provide the County Attorney’s Office with 263,595 square feet of fi...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Maricopa County employee honored for heroic actions

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors honored a county employee for his heroic actions during the Las Vegas shooting in October.Maricopa County Public Defender Attorney Jamie Jackson was at a music festival in Las Vegas with his wife, when a gunman ope...

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Posted on: December 13, 2017

Maricopa County Becomes "Second Chance Employer"

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PHOENIX—Maricopa County will become a “second chance employer” by removing from most job applications the question related to prior criminal convictions. The Board of Supervisors approved the policy unanimously, as a way to lower recidivism rates and prov...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

Board Approves New Redistricting Map, Some Precincts Added

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This week, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a plan to update voting precincts across the county.  In some cases, new precincts were created.  The changes were made primarily to account for population growth.

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Posted on: November 21, 2017

Chase Field Repairs Named Top 3 Global Project

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The group responsible for ongoing steel and concrete repairs at Chase Field is receiving international recognition for the scope and substance of their work, further highlighting the Maricopa County Stadium District’s (MCSD) good stewardship of the nearly...

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Posted on: October 4, 2017

Board Approves Construction Contract for Chase Field Work

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Today the Maricopa County Stadium District (MCSD) Board of Directors approved a contract that paves the way for $3.75 million of additional improvements to Chase Field. The work will take place during the 2017-2018 off-season.

“Right now, I think...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 20, 2017

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control: Working Together, Saving Lives

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Maricopa County Animal Care and Control knows the lives of our four-legged friends are precious, so they’re working harder than ever to give them a second chance.

For the past eight months, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control has consistently...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 6, 2017

Board of Supervisors appoints new constable for Arrowhead Justice Precinct

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed a new constable today for the Arrowhead Justice Precinct.

Michael Branham will fill the position Constable Ron Myer had for more than a dozen years.

“Mr. Branham is a leader and has extensive exper...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 1, 2017

Maricopa County works to combat opioid epidemic

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During National Recovery Month, Maricopa County is highlighting its work with community organizations and other agencies to help combat and bring awareness to the opioid epidemic.

Across the nation, there were at least 60 thousand deaths related to opioid ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: August 16, 2017

Board of Supervisors Appoints State Legislator

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The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to appoint Geraldine Peten to fill the Legislative District 4 seat in the Arizona House of Representatives.  The seat was left vacant by the July resignation of Jesus Rubalcava.

Peten earned her doctor of...

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Posted on: July 12, 2017

County Wins 54 National Awards

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Imagine leaving the Maricopa County jail system with a substance abuse problem, no resources, no job prospects, and no hope. What are the odds of long-term success? Now enter the reality of Maricopa County’s Smart Justice initiatives, through wh...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 12, 2017

Rapid Rehousing Improves Lives, Provides National Model

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As a 48 year-old man with disabilities that make him unable to
work, Marcus wishes his life was different.  He used to work as a chef andcaterer in the Midwest before he moved to Maricopa County for a change.
Unfortunately, in addition to the...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 19, 2017

Board of Supervisors Approves Final FY 2018 Budget

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved its final FY 2018 budget to ensure Maricopa County’s status as the fastest-growing county in the nation is sustainable. The $2.49 billion budget makes significant investments in future growth w...

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