Phoenix Named All-American CityThe National Civic League and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading named the city of Phoenix as a winner of the 2022 All-America City awards for its commitment to improving digital equity and education in underserved areas. Phoenix is one of the most honored U.S. cities, winning the All-America City designation six times: 1950, 1958, 1980, 1989, 2009, and 2022.

The city’s commitment to improving digital equity and collaborating with Phoenix residents in underinvested areas and public housing communities landed the city a winning spot. Phoenix was one of 20 finalist cities across the nation and is one of 10 communities to be recognized this year.

Volunteers Needed for Tax Season
The city needs volunteers to help residents with their 2022 taxes. Every year, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program prepares free tax returns for low-to-moderate income individuals and families, but they can’t do it without you. VITA volunteers receive free training and are certified by the IRS to prepare basic tax returns. They need greeters, screeners, bilingual interpreters, and site coordinators. Volunteering with VITA is a great way to learn new skills and build your resume while helping others. Sign up via

Senior Programs Have Returned
Group trips and on-site congregate meals have returned to Phoenix senior centers! Contact your local senior center or call 602-262-4520 for more information. Find a center: and click the “Senior Services” tab under the “Our Services” section.

I-17 Improvement Project North of Anthem Officially Begins Construction
The first phase of work for the Arizona Department of Transportation’s long-awaited Interstate 17 Improvement Project from Anthem Way to Sunset Point is now underway. Drivers will start to see changes to this 23-mile corridor as the work zone is established and construction begins.

The $446 million project, which will add capacity and reduce congestion along this heavily traveled corridor, is expected to take approximately three years to complete. It includes 15 miles of widening from Anthem Way to Black Canyon City and the construction of approximately eight miles of flex lanes from Black Canyon City to Sunset Point. Drivers can expect various construction activities through the 23-mile corridor and should plan their trips accordingly.

While some construction activities may take place during the daytime hours, lane closures along I-17 will occur only during off-peak travel times in either the northbound or southbound direction, depending on the day of the week. Most lane closures will occur weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Lane closures that impact drivers will not be scheduled on weekends and holidays to keep I-17 open and keep traffic moving during heavy travel days. For more information about the I-17 Improvement Project, visit