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Phoenix's Historic Orpheum Theatre Reopened 20 Years Ago After Massive Restoration ProjectPhoenix's Historic Orpheum Theatre Reopened 20 Years Ago After Massive Restoration Project<p>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><strong>PHOENIX (Jan. 27, 2017)</strong> – Did you know that it has been 20 years since Phoenix's historic Orpheum Theatre reopened after a 12-year, $14M restoration project?  On Jan. 28, 1997, the theater reopened to the delight of local residents who held fond memories of the historic venue, which was the last major construction project in Phoenix prior to the Great Depression.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Originally constructed as a vaudeville house, the state-of-the-art Orpheum Theatre was ahead of its time and solidified its reputation as a magical place where one could go to enjoy the arts.  The theater changed its name to the Paramount and Palace West under different ownership while continuing to serve the entertainment needs of the community, at one point it served as a Spanish movie house.  By the early 1980s, the aging facility was in need of major repairs and the City of Phoenix purchased the property and placed it on the National Register of Historic Places. Through public and private support, the theater closed in 1985 to undergo a massive renovation to restore the venue back to its original grandeur. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Upon completion of the restoration project, the Orpheum ushered in a new era and celebrated a grand reopening with Carol Channing starring in a performance of Hello Dolly.  Over the last two decades, the venue continues to host notable performers such as Lily Tomlin, Bryan Adams, Lewis Black, Boz Scaggs, Eddie Izzard, Jimmy Fallon, David Feherty, Michael Bublé, Louis C.K. and others.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The Orpheum Theatre, which originally opened in 1929, will celebrate its 90th Anniversary in 2019.</p>1/31/2017 11:00:46 PM
Phoenix Final Four Seeks 3,600 VolunteersPhoenix Final Four Seeks 3,600 Volunteers/pdf/Final%20Four%20Volunteer%20News%20Release.pdf<font color="#373737" face="Helvetica-Bold" size="3"><font color="#373737" face="Helvetica-Bold" size="3"><font color="#373737" face="Helvetica-Bold" size="3"></font></font></font><p>PHOENIX - The Phoenix Local Organizing Committee seeks 3,600 volunteers to assist with the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four.<br><br> The PLOC is recruiting volunteers for the numerous community and ancillary events before and during the Final Four, set for April 1 and 3. Duties include hospitality areas, operations, information centers and transportation.<br><br> "We could not possibly execute this event without the time and talents of thousands of volunteers," PLOC Executive Director and CEO Dawn Rogers said. "The volunteers are the backbone of every successful major event. Volunteering for the 2017 Final Four is a great way to show your pride in Arizona - and it will be a blast for everyone who pitches in." </p><p>Volunteers may register at Beginning Dec. 7, registered volunteers may begin signing up for shifts.</p><p><br> Here are requirements for Final Four volunteers:</p><ul dir="ltr" style="margin-right:0px;"><li>Must be at least 18 years or older by march 1, 2017.</li><li>Must volunteer for a minimum of three shifts over the course of the event (shifts range from three to five hours).</li><li>Must complete Samaritan registration application with accurate information.</li><li>Must undergo a background check before the Men's Final Four, per NCAA requirements.</li><li>Out-of-town volunteers must be able to find their own accommodations.</li></ul><p dir="ltr">Final Four Volunteers will receive the following:</p><ul dir="ltr"><li><div>Official 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four polo shirt.</div></li><li><div> Final Four hat.</div></li><li><div>Final Four drawstring bag.</div></li><li><div>A special invitation to the post-Final Four Volunteer Appreciation Party.</div></li></ul>12/9/2016 3:03:19 PM
Phoenix Convention Center Recognized for Performance ExcellencePhoenix Convention Center Recognized for Performance Excellence/pdf/SWAE%20PCC%20News%20Release.pdf<font class="ms-rteThemeFontFace-1 ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteStyle-Normal"><p><strong>(Phoenix, Dec. 7, 2016) </strong>− The Southwest Alliance for Excellence (SWAE) has recognized the Phoenix Convention Center (PCC) as one of six recipients of SWAE’s 2016 Performance Excellence Program. The program honors organizations in different industries for excellence in quality, performance and results, and is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program.</p> <p>PCC completed a comprehensive organizational profile and mid-level application, answering questions assessing seven different criteria: Leadership, Strategy, Customers, Measurement, Workforce, Operations and Results. A team of expert SWAE examiners met with Convention Center staff for a multi-day site visit to verify and clarify information in the application.</p> <p>“The Phoenix Convention Center is honored and excited about SWAE recognizing our ongoing commitment to excellence,” said PCC Director John Chan. “We look forward to working with SWAE, guiding our team to pursue continuous improvement, employee engagement, customer satisfaction and performance outcomes.</p><p>”The SWAE process is the latest step in PCC’s organizational evolution, which includes a “Guest Service Promise” to enhance customer experience and “Pillars of Excellence” setting high standards for employees.</p> <p>“SWAE is proud to continue empowering organizations to pursue performance excellence, improve outcomes and contribute to the economic strength of their community and state,” said SWAE Executive Director Karen Shepard. “This evaluation process and feedback is one of the best methodologies available to help develop a higher level of organizational performance.”</p> <p>Other organizations that SWAE is recognizing with Performance Excellence Awards this year are the Nathan Adelson Hospice, Las Vegas (Achievement Award). Along with PCC, the following organizations are Commitment Award recipients: Montevista Hospital, Las Vegas; Bristol Global Mobility in Phoenix; Scottsdale Medical Imaging and the Yuma Regional Medical Center.</p></font>12/8/2016 5:55:45 PM