Tempe City Council Names Rosa Inchausti as Permanent City Manager
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The Tempe City Council voted to appoint Rosa Inchausti as the permanent city manager. She is the first female city manager in Tempe’s history.

She is a 30-year city of Tempe employee. She recently served as the interim city manager and previously was the chief deputy city manager, overseeing the areas of economic development, community health and human services, community development, information technology, and strategic management and innovation.

“Rosa will be a tremendous city manager who works alongside the city council and all city staff to serve the community members of Tempe,” says Mayor Corey Woods. “Her extensive experience and time with the city will be reflected in her decisive but thoughtful decision-making ability and her talent for connection with community members in solving tough problems.”

“Never would I have dreamed on my first day at the city of Tempe 30 years ago that the city would offer me the career opportunities I’ve been given to grow and apply my talents,” says Inchausti.

Tempe Public Library Wins Pride Award
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Tempe Public Library recently received the Phoenix Pride Community Spirit Ally Award for its work to be inclusive of all members of the community and encourage a sense of belonging for everyone. When Jessica Jupitus joined Tempe Public Library at the end of 2021, she connected with Brick Road Coffee to co-host a new LGBTQ+ book club, Friends of Dorothy.

They also began hosting queer local author events. The library partnered with Equality AZ to provide space for their programming in the library including Civic Advocacy Jam and Ask Smart People Smart Questions. Also present for the award ceremony were Dr. Velicia McMillan Humes, the city’s Chief Diversity Officer, and Eileen May, manager of Tempe Center for the Arts.

Chandler Lowers Property Tax Rate
The Chandler City Council has lowered the city’s primary property tax rate for the eighth consecutive year to help minimize the impact of increased property values. The one cent rate reduction brings Chandler’s combined property tax rate to $1.0926 per $100 of assessed property value for fiscal year 2023-2024, which began July 1.

The combined property tax rate consists of primary and secondary rates. The primary property tax rate of $0.2226 per $100 of assessed value funds the general operations of the city. The secondary property tax rate of $0.87 per $100 of assessed value funds debt service payments on outstanding general obligation bonds used to pay for capital improvement projects.
The city of Chandler represents roughly 11 percent of the total property taxes paid by residents. Public schools and community college districts account for roughly 70% of a typical property tax bill in Chandler, while Maricopa County and special taxing districts make up the remaining 19%.

For more information about the city of Chandler’s budget and property tax, visit chandleraz.gov/budget or call the budget office at 480-782-2254.
Foresight Technologies to Establish New Center of Excellence for Semiconductor Chemical Equipment Production in Tempe
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Foresight Technologies announced it will establish a new Center of Excellence for hi purity fluid and chemical system equipment production on their Tempe campus.

The Foresight Technology Center (FTC) is focused on partnerships with OEMs and Semiconductor Fabs to support development and production of Hi Purity fluid delivery equipment for semiconductor and chemical markets.

The center will consist of Foresight’s existing 80,000-square-foot Tempe operations, plus a new adjoining 100,000-square-foot facility, which is expected to be fully operational soon.

The Foresight Technology Center will create 250 additional jobs, doubling Foresight’s current employee headcount.