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Mayor Gallego and City Manager Barton Discuss City Priorities with the Phoenix IDA Board

Thank you to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and City Manager Jeff Barton for joining the Phoenix IDA Board of Directors meeting in July. Both leaders discussed the City’s priorities, including affordable housing, sustainability, and creating high-wage jobs.  

“It is always great to visit with community leaders who volunteer for boards and commissions and work hard to help the city grow and prosper,” said Mayor Gallego.

Both city leaders also thanked the Phoenix IDA for its due diligence and work in the local communities.

Community Collaborations

Common Sense: New rating added to help parents and caregivers navigate media portrayals of characters of color

Common Sense, supported locally by the Phoenix IDA, PCDIC, and the Arizona Community Foundation,  issued a new report highlighting its achievements to positively impact the media and technology landscape while keeping kids’ healthy and well. 

Included in the report is information about outreach to 90,000 schools and Common Sense’s critical research on diverse representations leading to an updated rating system to help parents and caregivers identify high-quality media that includes and elevates accurate portrayals of characters of color.

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Common Sense: New rating added to help parents and caregivers navigate media portrayals of characters of color

First Place AZ released its inaugural annual report. It reflects the tremendous progress made over the past decade in community advancements through services, jobs, education, and housing for adults on the autism spectrum and their families.

The report includes a highlight of the First Place Global Leadership Institute and tri-sector housing market report called “A Place in the World: Fueling Housing and Community Options for Adults with Autism and Other Neurodiversities.” This market report is proudly supported by the Phoenix IDA.

The report also marks the 10th anniversary of First Place AZ and 25th anniversary of Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center!

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Community lending and philanthropic giving included in new U.S. Bank report

U.S. Bank published its 2021 Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) report highlighting its work to address the business risks and opportunities presented by key ESG issues. 

The 2021 ESG report is divided into the following three pillars to best outline the work and progress: 

  • Lead with Core Values.
  • Enable a Sustainable Future.
  • Increase Equity, Access and Economic Empowerment.

Read more here

Community Investments

In Case You Missed It - the Phoenix IDA and PCDIC Award 59 College-Bound Students $275,000 in Scholarships

Congratulations to the 59 students awarded the Verma & Ed Pastor Scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year. The Phoenix IDA and PCDIC announced the scholarship winners this month, in partnership with the Arizona Community Foundation. The scholarship supports post-secondary education for students with financial needs attending Arizona State University or a community college in Maricopa county. 

Investing in education was a top priority for the Honorable Ed Pastor, the first Hispanic Congressman to be elected from Arizona. In his memory, and in partnership with his wife, Verma, and daughter, Yvonne, the Phoenix IDA and PCDIC established the Verma & Ed Pastor Scholarship Fund in 2018.  The scholarship’s goal is to assist local students who are dedicated to their higher education and to honor Congressman Pastor’s life, legacy, and contributions to the State of Arizona.

To date, the Phoenix IDA and PCDIC have awarded the Verma & Ed Pastor Scholarship to 264 students. 

To inquire about the Verma & Ed Pastor Scholarship, please check or email

Board of Directors Meeting - Thursday, August 18, 2022, 3:00 p.m.

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