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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Award-Winning County Program Addresses Link Between HIV Suppression, Stable Housing

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There are more than 18,000 people in Arizona who have been diagnosed with HIV according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.  Montez Shelby is hoping to be one of the success stories, thanks to an award-winning Maricopa County program.

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Office of Communications
Posted on: August 6, 2019

FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT’S ALERT SYSTEM WINS NATIONAL AWARD

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In 2007, the National Hydrological Warning Council created an awards program to highlight excellent work and innovation in the field of hydrologic warning. This year, at the conference and exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, the Flood Control District of ...

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Flood Control District
Posted on: July 31, 2019

Maricopa County Invests in Homelessness Solutions

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Connecting people to housing and jobs; watching out for families, youth, and the most vulnerable on our streets; helping people find stability and success upon release from jail. These are all part of a regional approach that is getting strong support and...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 25, 2019

Be Resilient. Talk to Your Neighbors About Emergency Preparedness.

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How can you become a more resilient community? Talk to your neighbors.

We encourage you to start conversations about emergency preparedness within your own neighborhoods. Discuss questions like:

Who may need further assistance during an emergency?

Who has special skills that may be beneficial in an emergency: CPR training, Com...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: July 25, 2019

Maricopa County Named Among Nation's Top Digital Counties

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Maricopa County is being recognized as one of the best in the country at leveraging technology and data to serve residents.  The Center for Digital Government (CDG) and the National Association of Counties (NACo) named Maricopa County among the w...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 23, 2019

Office of Procurement Services is Relocating July 29

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Effective July 29th, 2019, the Office of Procurement Services will be relocating to:

160 S. 4th Ave, Phoenix, Az. 85003.

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Posted on: July 18, 2019

Board of Supervisors Looks to Appoint New Justice of the Peace

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is seeking applicants for Justice of the Peace in the McDowell Mountain Precinct. Judge Michael Reagan, who has served in that position for more than 15 years, is retiring effective July 26, 2019.

The district encom...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 11, 2019

Maricopa County Reports its First West Nile Death of Season, Community Urged to ‘Fight the Bite’

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PHOENIX (July 11, 2019) – The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is reminding the community to prevent mosquito bites with 27 human cases of West Nile virus infection reported this season, including one death. The individual who died wa...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 10, 2019

Orange cones ahead? We’ve got you covered

Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is using ‘smart’ technology to shorten commute times through construction zones. The technology is known as Smarter Work Zone (SWZ) and MCDOT is one of the first in the nation to uti...

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Press Release MCDOT News & Updates
Posted on: July 2, 2019

County Administration Building to Reopen on Wednesday 7/3

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Phoenix - County leaders intend to reopen the County Administration Building at 301 West Jefferson Street on Wednesday, July 3.  The building was closed to the public on Monday and Tuesday after an electrical fire knocked out power to several dow...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 1, 2019

UPDATE: Most County Buildings Downtown to Reopen Tuesday

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Phoenix - The County Administration Building at 301 West Jefferson Street will remain closed for a second day on Tuesday, July 2 in the aftermath of an electrical fire that caused power outages to several buildings in the downtown core.  All othe...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: July 1, 2019

MCDPH Has Identified Hepatitis A Exposure at Genghis Grill Restaurant in Tempe Marketplace

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PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate ReleaseDr. Sunenshine will be available for interviews today from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Please call to schedule.

Media Contact: Sonia Charry, Maricopa County Public Health, 602-679-3098

Maricopa County Public Heal...

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Public Health
Posted on: July 1, 2019

Some County Buildings Closed on 7/1 After Fire and Power Outage

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Some County Buildings Closed After Fire and Power Outage

Phoenix - Several County buildings are closed today after a fire led to power outages and road closures in downtown Phoenix.  Buildings closed to the public include the county administration...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 27, 2019

Mandela Washington Fellows Visit Maricopa County

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Mandela Washington Fellows visited Maricopa County to learn about public management practices.

The 25 fellows are from 19 different African counties.

“These are the up and coming super stars from across Africa who have distinguished themselves in government...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 26, 2019

Board of Supervisors Takes More Active Role in Maricopa County Elections

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Today, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors took action to enhance the way county elections are run in the nation’s fastest-growing county.  The vote to approve the final, amended recommendations of a countywide election work group—following ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 25, 2019

Measurable Impact: Mosaic Program Helping Reduce Recidivism

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The Mosaic substance abuse program is having a measurable impact on Maricopa County’s moderate to high risk jail population.

New statistics show, in 2017, Mosaic participants had a recidivism rate approximately 20% below two control groups of county inmate...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 24, 2019

Board of Supervisors Approves Final FY 2020 Budget

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With a new decade on the horizon, the nation’s fastest-growing county is making smart investments to further position itself as an attractive, long-term home for families and businesses. Today, the Board of Supervisors approved a final budget of...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 20, 2019

REVISED: EPA proposes Maricopa County air quality attained the 2008 ozone health standard

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PHOENIX (June 20, 2019) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing the Phoenix-Mesa ozone nonattainment area met the 2008 Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS). This is the initial step under Clean Air Act requirements in rede...

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Federal Register Air Quality
Posted on: June 11, 2019

County Leaders Tour Maryvale Hospital

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A court room, mental health services, space for attorneys, and an active emergency room are all coming together under one roof on the west side of Phoenix. Members of the Board of Supervisors and County leaders recently joined Superior Court and Maricopa ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 7, 2019

Providing a Home to Homeless Youth

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Maricopa County partnered with Catholic Charities and Homeless Youth Connection to help buy and renovate a home that will serve as a safe place for homeless youth to stay while they’re connected to a host home. 

Maricopa County ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: June 6, 2019

Maricopa County receives 31 National Achievement Awards

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Maricopa County received 31 National Achievement Awards this year from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for programs that increase residents’ well-being and improve the use of technology to transform how we do business.

The award-winnin...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 22, 2019

Maricopa County Gets Rid of Overdue Fines at its Public Libraries

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PHOENIX, Ariz. – May 22, 2019 – Maricopa County is welcoming thousands of customers back to its public libraries. The Board of Supervisors has voted to eliminate overdue fines – and to waive existing overdue fines &a...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 21, 2019

Elections Work Group Presents Findings to Board of Supervisors

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The Elections Work Group tasked with examining the structure, staffing, and technology of the Elections Department shared its findings with the Board of Supervisors today. To see the presentation and Work Group report, please visit our 2019 Elections Proj...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 20, 2019

Board of Supervisors Approves Tentative FY 2020 Budget

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With a new decade on the horizon, the nation’s fastest-growing county is making smart investments to further position itself as an attractive, long-term home for families and businesses.  Today, the Board of Supervisors approve...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 8, 2019

Employee Eliminates Barriers to Connect with People, Receives Tom Manos Outstanding Service Award

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Maricopa County employee Michele Castañeda-Martinez has received the 2019 Tom Manos Outstanding Service Award.

Each year, the award is given to an employee who lives up to the example set by the former county manager, Tom Manos. This pe...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: May 8, 2019

Six Students Recognized for Stormwater Artwork

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Maricopa County Board of Supervisors honored the winners of the 2019 Stormwater Pollution Awareness Poster Contest this week.

Stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution in the United States. In an effort to bring awareness to this pr...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: April 30, 2019

Safe Kids of Maricopa County Transitions to Child Crisis Arizona

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Contacts: Jeanene Fowler, MCDPH: 602-722-1806 (c)Allison Hurtado, Child Crisis AZ: 480-834-9424

Safe Kids of Maricopa County Transitions to Child Crisis Arizona

PHOENIX (April 30, 2019) - Having served as the lead agency...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 26, 2019

Maricopa County Public Health Investigating TB Case at Local Hospital

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PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Dr. Sunenshine will be available for interviews today from 2-3 pm. Please call to schedule.Media Contact: Sonia Charry, Maricopa County Public Health: 602-679-3098

Maricopa County Public Health Investigating T...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 22, 2019

Parks annual fire ban to be implemented on May 1

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Maricopa County regional parks set May 1 as the start date for annual fire ban

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department will initiate its annual fire ban on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. “Given the abundance of rain we’ve received ...

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Additional Info... Parks & Recreation News
Posted on: April 16, 2019

'Commit to One Day, Help Keep Ozone Away' Campaign Kicks Off

Ozone Campaign Press Release

PHOENIX (April 16, 2019) – Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD) is announcing the start of its annual Ozone Campaign, encouraging county residents to help reduce the harmful pollutant during the spring and summer months.

Ground-level ozone forms ...

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Additional Info... Air Quality
Posted on: April 16, 2019

Maricopa County Appoints Public Health Director

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PHOENIX (April 16, 2019) – Maricopa County is pleased to announce the appointment of Marcy Flanagan, DBA, MPH, MA as its new Public Health Director effective June 10, 2019. Flanagan currently serves as director of Pima County Department of Publi...

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Public Health
Posted on: April 11, 2019

Prevent Wildfires in the Southwest

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Although many in the valley live in urban areas, other areas have what is called a “Wildland Urban Interface”, which creates an environment where fire can move readily between structures and vegetation. Winds, prolonged drought, and high temperatures have...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: April 10, 2019

Boards Appoints Kyrene Constable

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PHOENIX – Today the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors appointed a new constable for the Kyrene Justice Precinct. Ben Halloran was selected from a large pool of applicants for the position that was vacated by Kent Rini in February.

“T...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 27, 2019

Maricopa County To Manage Additional 1,000+ Acres of Public Land

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PHOENIX –The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) signed a lease agreement allowing the Parks and Recreation Department to enter into a Recreation and Public Purposes (R&PP) lease with the BLM Hassayampa F...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 19, 2019

Mowing Down Pollution

Mowing Down Pollution News Release

PHOENIX (March 19, 2019) – Want to help keep our air clean and save money? The Maricopa County Air Quality Department (MCAQD), in partnership with the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ), is relaunching the Mowing Down Pollution P...

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Additional Info... Air Quality
Posted on: March 13, 2019

Board Approves Public Safety Dock at Lake Pleasant

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Phoenix – The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved design and construction of a new dock and boathouses at Scorpion Bay Marina within Lake Pleasant Regional Park. This addition will be for the exclusive use of the Maricopa County Parks and Recrea...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 13, 2019

Donation Will Launch Pet Help Program

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Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is launching a new program thanks to a private donation.

The Board of Supervisors have accepted a $45,000 donation from Cathy Rinaldi, a longtime Animal Care and Control volunteer. This donation will help launch Mari...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: March 12, 2019

New Survey Asks Maricopa County Residents How Their Community Affects Their Health

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PHOENIX (March 12, 2019) – How would you rate the quality of life where you live? What do you feel are the biggest strengths in your community? Residents can provide valuable input on questions like these and help inform where resources are need...

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MaricopaHealthMatters.org Public Health
Posted on: February 20, 2019

Maricopa County Congenital Syphilis Rates Have Doubled in the Last Two Years

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PHOENIX (Feb. 20, 2019) – Last year, 30 babies in Maricopa County were born with congenital syphilis (CS), a preventable disease that occurs when a mother with syphilis passes the infection on to her baby during pregnancy. Five of these babies d...

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Additional Info... Public Health
Posted on: February 13, 2019

Jack Sellers Appointed as District 1 Supervisor

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Maricopa County has a new Supervisor representing parts of the East Valley. Jack Sellers was appointed today to represent District 1 by unanimous vote of the Board of Supervisors.

“What an honor and privilege it is to be appointed to serve on thi...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: February 12, 2019

GROUNDWATER RECHARGE FREE FOR PUBLIC AGENCIES ON DISTRICT LAND

The Water Cycle

PHOENIX ─ Groundwater recharge is a process where water moves downward from the surface to an underground holding place called an aquifer. In the last 23 years, several public agencies have approached the Flood Control District of Maricopa County (FCD or ...

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Flood Control District
Posted on: January 31, 2019

Last Board Meeting for Supervisor Denny Barney

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During his final official meeting as a Maricopa County supervisor, Denny Barney, District 1, expressed gratitude to his colleagues on the Board, county staff, and constituents, as well as family and close friends who attended his final board meet...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 16, 2019

Working Group Created to Make Elections Recommendations

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The Board of Supervisors directed the county manager to form a working group that may lead to substantial changes in the way elections are run in the fourth most populous county in the country.

The 2018 Primary and General Elections saw massive turnout and...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 10, 2019

Bill Gates Elected Chairman of Board of Supervisors

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January 9, 2019 – PHOENIX – Bill Gates, the newly-elected Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, says county government is making a difference on pressing regional issues such as water, environmental health, and growth a...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: January 8, 2019

ASU Sustainability Grant Finalized

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At a check presentation ceremony today, Maricopa County finalized a partnership with Arizona State University that will result in practical ways to reduce urban heat and improve air quality in our region.

In November, the Maricopa County Industrial Develo...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 17, 2018

Office of the Medical Examiner Receives Full Accreditation

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The premier professional organization for medical examiners is giving its highest endorsement to the Maricopa County Office of the Medical Examiner (OME). OME has received full accreditation from the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) for th...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: December 14, 2018

Elves Donate to Shelter Pets

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This week, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors accepted a donation of collars, toy, and treats from the East Side Elves valued at $7,371. 

The East Side Elves collected the items and made sure Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter p...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 26, 2018

Board Canvasses Nov. 6 Election

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved the canvass of the November 6, 2018 General Election. Today’s canvass sends election results from Maricopa County to the Secretary of State’s office for review.

“I want to ...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 17, 2018

Celebrating Maricopa Trail and Take A Hike Day

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Maricopa County celebrated a Maricopa Trail milestone and Take A Hike Day with free entry to regional parks November 17.

“Phase 1 of the Maricopa Trail is now complete.  This is a huge achievement for our Parks Department and a cause wor...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 14, 2018

Funding the Future: Maricopa County, ASU Combat Urban Heat

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The Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority (IDA) approved a grant to the ASU Foundation for a New American University for research to help reduce urban heat and improve air quality. The $2.99 million grant is for three years and will help get th...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: November 2, 2018

External Report on 2018 Election Issues Released

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BerryDunn, the consulting firm hired by Maricopa County to review Election Day processes and related issues, has released its capstone report. The purpose of BerryDunn's work was threefold: to ensure that the Recorder's Office is implementing the recommen...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 29, 2018

Maricopa County Supports Healthy Giving Campaign

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PHOENIX—Community leaders came together today to launch a campaign to show the generous people of Maricopa County how they can be part of long-term solutions for those experiencing homelessness.  The campaign builds on the vast network of goodwil...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 22, 2018

Board of Supervisors Receives Status Update on November Election Plan

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors received a status update on the 2018 General Election today. County Recorder Adrian Fontes said his office was expecting record turnout for a midterm election, possibly a “threefold increase” com...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 18, 2018

Help Identify Missing Persons

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Maricopa County works all year long to identify missing persons and bring closure to families, but not every attempt leads to a connection.

“In the state of Arizona alone, we have 1700 unidentified, and a lot of those cases are cases where we don...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: October 5, 2018

An Example of Service

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The call came in at 7 pm on a Friday night.  Not just after work hours, but solidly into the weekend.  Ted McCreary, a Behavioral Health Case Manager, was calling his boss, Jeff Tourdot, about a Phoenix water customer who was in desperat...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 21, 2018

Maricopa County Releases Interim Report on 2018 Primary Election Issues

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READ THE INTERIM REPORT

VISIT THE PRIMARY ELECTION REVIEW WEBSITE

The Maricopa County Internal Audit Department has completed an interim report on issues surrounding the 2018 Primary Election. The purpose of this review, requested by the Maricopa County Boa...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 19, 2018

County issues proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation today recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  The county’s efforts create an opportunity for residents and Maricopa County’s more than 1...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 14, 2018

Update to Animal Shelter Plans

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Maricopa County has found a potential replacement for the East animal shelter at Rio Salado and Loop 101. Current plans call for a new facility to be built at the county-owned campus at Mesa Drive and Baseline Road. The new shelter would offer the same se...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 11, 2018

Grant helps youth aging out of foster care

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Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority granted $100,000 to Arizona Friends of Foster Children’s Keys to Success program. Executive Council Charities contributed an additional $50,000.

The money will pay for career, education, and employment devel...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: September 5, 2018

Board approves Primary Election results, money for outside review

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Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has approved the August 28, 2018 Primary Election results but has requested an internal audit and external review related to the planning and execution of the Primary Election and Election Day operations.  

The...

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Office of Communications
Posted on: August 29, 2018

Board Declares September “Suicide Prevention Awareness Month”

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The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation this week aimed at saving lives.  The Board officially recognized September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in t...

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Office of Communications