Daily Archives: September 15, 2008

How would you improve tourism & hospitality in Phoenix?

[Source: City of Phoenix] — The City of Phoenix Tourism and Hospitality Advisory Board seeks proposals for projects and/or programs to enhance the tourism and hospitality industry in the City of Phoenix.  Submissions which do not demonstrate a capability of increasing tourism in the City of Phoenix will not be considered.  The 14-member Board is comprised of eight hoteliers (one from each Council District), two at-large members from hospitality-related industries, a Mayor’s Office representative, two City staff representatives, and a representative of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Proposal deadline is September 23, 2008 by 5 p.m. (Arizona local time).  If you wish to obtain a paper copy of the RFP, contact Rosemarie Tirelli, Contracts Specialist II, City of Phoenix, Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004-2231, 602-262-6990, e-mail.

When making your request, please include the company name, contact name, mailing address, and your telephone and/or fax number.  The RFP packet and required Affirmative Action reporting forms are available in the formats specified below.  To view the files in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format, which allows the document to be downloaded, viewed and printed with all of its original formatting and graphics, you must first download a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader and follow the instructions for installation.

Arizona Music Project musicians (by hometown)

As noted in a previous post, the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) has embarked upon a new project to encourage visitors to not only see Arizona but to hear Arizona.  AOT has developed the Arizona Music Project (AMP), a six-minute musical tribute to Arizona that captures the state’s diverse geography, culture, and heritage in music.  In addition to the composition, a documentary was created to chronicle the journey of the musicians who contributed to the project. 

And those musicians, places of residence, and instruments are:

  • Chandler: John Herrera, percussion
  • Gilbert: VerRona Grandil, viola, violin
  • Mesa: Dominic Amato, saxophone; Carrie Caruso, violin; Nick Sterling, guitar; Joe Swierupski, bass; Melanie Yarger, cello
  • Phoenix: Hai Jung Choi, bass; Bob Giammarco, bass: Chuck Kerrigan, tuba; Louie Moses, drums; Joshua Whitehouse, trumpet
  • Prescott: Joseph Torguson, pedal steel guitar
  • Scottsdale: Richard Bass, trombone
  • Surprise: Jason Camiolo, composer, drums; Paul Cruize, guitar
  • Tempe: Elijah Bossenbroek, piano; Nathan Mitchell, French horn
  • Tucson: Gabriel Ayala, classical guitar, flute

Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition launches website

The Phoenix Historic Neighborhoods Coalition is comprised of residents who represent different historic neighborhoods in Arizona’s Capitol City.  The organization shares issues, successes, and opportunities while planning and working creatively to assist in preserving and strengthening neighborhoods.

They are the creators of the award-winning “Historic Neighborhoods of Phoenix” driving tour.   They’ve created a new website and their next monthly meeting is Thursday, September 18.

Developer floats cancer center in suburbs, not downtown Phoenix

[Source: Jahna Berry and Edythe Jensen, Arizona Republic] — An influential developer wants the University of Arizona to consider putting a sought-after cancer center in a suburb, not downtown Phoenix.  Officials from UA, which would oversee the future cancer center, have downplayed the developer’s queries in Chandler and Surprise.  Patients need a center in a sprawling, resort-like setting, and Phoenix doesn’t have enough room for that, said the developer, Tom Hornaday.   But Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon isn’t taking any chances and wants UA to reaffirm its commitment to build the center in his city.  Gordon has reasons to be worried:

  • Last year, Phoenix lost to Goodyear on a $70 million cancer center that was to be built near Loop 101 and Thomas Road.  This year, talks collapsed for a Banner teaching hospital on UA’s fledgling downtown Phoenix medical-school campus.
  • Chandler and Surprise are jockeying to be players in the state’s bioscience scene.
  • There are new Valley political players, and leaders at UA, who were not part of the early planning for Phoenix’s 28-acre biomedical hub.

Eventually the area, bounded by Garfield, Monroe, Fifth and Seventh streets, would share a hospital, researchers, and the three state universities.  Already, UA’s medical school and Translational Genomics Research Institute and a unit from the ASU engineering college have taken root there.  State lawmakers recently approved $470 million for future campus construction.

Gordon wants UA to reaffirm its four-year-old commitment to put a branch of the Arizona Cancer Center in Phoenix.  “While outsiders are trying to put together a speculative real-estate deal, it risks slowing down and diverting the attention necessary to continue the momentum to build the biomedical campus,” Gordon said, noting the state Legislature and other groups have committed more than $1 billion to the downtown project.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]