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Sustainability Efforts Nets Huge RebatesSustainability Efforts Nets Huge RebatesSustainability Efforts Nets Huge Rebates/pdf/LED%20Light%20Rebates.pdf<p>​(<strong>Phoenix, AZ</strong> – Dec. 13, 2017) – The Phoenix Convention Center, a LEED-silver certified green building, recently completed several upgrades throughout its campus by converting outdated lighting to energy efficient LED light technology.  This past year the Phoenix Convention Center participated in Arizona Public Service's (APS) Solutions for Business energy rebate program and received more than $175,000 in rebates.  The Phoenix Convention Center, a City of Phoenix facility, took full advantage of APS's rebate program by converting to LED lighting in several areas of the campus including meeting rooms, loading docks, stairwells, food court, garages, production kitchens and its grand Atrium. </p><p>"Providing a positive guest experience and maximizing our sustainability efforts are among our top priorities," said Phoenix Convention Center Director John Chan.  "The recent conversion of our lighting fixtures to LED supports our focus on energy efficiency by extending the life cycle of equipment and minimizing the hours spent on maintenance."</p><p>Chan added that the center participates in the City of Phoenix Public Works department's initiative to increase its waste diversion rate by 40 percent by 2020. In addition to the LED conversion project, the Phoenix Convention Center participates in several other sustainability initiatives including hosting a solar generating power plant on its rooftop, which produces enough energy to power 12-14 homes annually. </p><p>"We encourage our customers to look at how they use energy and explore the many different options for becoming more energy efficient," said David Werth, APS's manager of energy efficiency programs. "The Phoenix Convention Center has done exactly that and, as a result, they're saving energy and money. The APS and Phoenix Convention Center partnership is a victory for the local community." </p><p>In 2008, the Phoenix Convention Center completed a $600M expansion, which tripled the size the facility. The Center consistently ranks as one of the top convention centers in the U.S.  Since its expansion, the Phoenix Convention Center has welcomed more than 1.7M delegates with a direct spending impact of more than $2.4B.  Over the last three years, the Center has successfully hosted fan events for Super Bowl XLIX, College Football Playoffs and the NCAA Final Four.</p>12/19/2017 9:04:25 PM2017-12-19T07:00:00Z
The Salvation Army to Provide Food and Fellowship During Annual Thanksgiving DinnerThe Salvation Army to Provide Food and Fellowship During Annual Thanksgiving DinnerSalvation-Army-Thanksgiving-Dinner/pdf/TSA%20Thanksgiving%20Dinner.pdf<p style="text-align:center;"><em><strong>Complimentary dinner at Phoenix Convention Center offers something for the whole family</strong></em></p><p><strong>PHOENIX (Nov. 21, 2017)</strong> – <a href="">The Salvation Army</a>, bringing the joy of the holidays to Arizonans for 124 years, will serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings at the Phoenix Convention Center’s South Building, on the southeast corner of South 3rd Street and Washington Street, on Thursday, Nov. 23.</p><p><br>The doors will open at 9 a.m., with meal service from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. This complimentary dinner is open to the public and will also include music, kids’ activities, haircuts and more.</p><p><br>“Everyone is welcome to join us for a delicious meal and share the day with people in the community,” said The Salvation Army Metro Phoenix Program Coordinator Major Nancy Dihle. “One of the many fantastic things about this meal is that people are served and waited on, just like they are in a restaurant.”</p><p><br>Over 1,000 people are expected to attend, and The Salvation Army and Phoenix Convention Center will also be preparing around 2,200 meals for people who are homebound and another 1,200 for Salvation Army Corps locations across metro Phoenix.</p><p><br>“Events like this cannot happen without the generosity of our corporate partners and community donors,” added Major Dihle. “We are extremely grateful for how people come together to help those in need.”</p><p><br>Visit <a href=""> </a>to find out how you can support The Salvation Army’s mission of Doing The Most Good®.</p><p><br><strong>About The Salvation Army</strong><br>The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Approximately 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster survivors, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter for the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. Eighty-two cents of every dollar donated to The Salvation Army are used to support those services in 5,000 communities nationwide. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( For more information, visit <a href=""></a>.<br><br><em>Media note: Salvation Army officers and Phoenix Convention Center representatives will be available to the media as early as 4:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day. If you wish to arrange an interview in advance:</em></p><p><em></em><br><span style="text-decoration:underline;">Contact</span><br>Scott Johnson<br>Public Relations Director<br>The Salvation Army-Southwest Division<br>(480) 415-4911<br><a href=""></a></p>11/21/2017 10:30:25 PM2017-11-21T07:00:00Z
45th Anniversary of The Phoenix Convention Center45th Anniversary of The Phoenix Convention CenterPCC-45th-Anniversary/pdf/PCC%2045th%20Anniversary.pdf<p><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"><font color="#000000"><span aria-hidden="true"></span>Forty-five years ago, </font></span><span class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-1"><font color="#000000">Phoenicians went into the event business by opening the Phoenix Civic Plaza and Symphony Hall to host conventions, concerts and events.  On Sept. 28, 1972, the Phoenix Civic Plaza and Symphony Hall welcomed its first guests for grand opening celebrations and has served as Arizona’s premier gathering place for local and out-of-town group activities ever since.</font></span></p><p>In the early 1960's, local leaders envisioned a center for cultural and theatrical performances that would grow our convention and tourism business and be a driving force for downtown revitalization.  Due to the dedication of early thought leaders, the Phoenix Convention Center & Venues continues to thrive nearly five decades later.  Since opening in 1972, the center has expanded three times with the largest expansion project being completed in 2008.  The latest expansion nearly tripled the size of the venue, which allows Phoenix to attract more conventions with more delegates and host large/high-profile events that place the City and State in the international spotlight.   </p><p>When the Phoenix Civic Plaza opened, the average conventioneer was expected to stay in Phoenix for four days and spend approximately $50 per day for an average direct spending impact of $200 per convention visitor.  Today it is estimated that the average convention attendee will spend approximately $1,498 during their stay, which includes dining out, shopping, visits to local attractions and excursions to the Grand Canyon and other parts of the State.  </p>9/28/2017 3:23:05 PM2017-09-28T07:00:00Z