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05/29/13  Mayor Swearengin Presents FY 2014 Budget Calling for Maintaining Current Service and Staffing Levels, Assumes Measure G Passes
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today presented a proposed fiscal year 2013-14 budget that calls for maintaining current service and staffing levels along with reductions in personnel expenses among employees with open labor contracts.“This proposal offers a prudent balance between continued reductions in expenditures and modest revenue growth,” Mayor Swearengin said. “Assuming all elements of the proposed budget are implemented, Fiscal Year 2014 will be a turning point toward fiscal sustainability for the City of Fresno. >more 
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05/29/13  Jennifer Clark Named New Director of City of Fresno’s Development and Resource Management Department
FRESNO – Jennifer Clark, the community development director for the City of Independence, Missouri, has been selected as the director of the City of Fresno’s Development and Resource Management Department. “Jennifer Clark has a broad range of experience in managing community development functions that match Fresno’s challenges,” Scott said. “She has a great sense for customer service, urban planning philosophy, neighborhood revitalization, and staff development. >more 
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05/16/13  Mayor Swearengin Honors President Welty, Community Medical Centers With Special Recognition at State of the City
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today honored Fresno State President John Welty and Community Medical Centers with special recognition for their contributions to the community during the annual State of the City event. President Welty received the Key to the City Award in recognition of his commitment to education and improving the prosperity of Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley. Community Medical Centers received the CHAMPION (Companies Helping Advance Meaningful Progress in Our Neighborhoods) Award, which was started by Mayor Swearengin to honor companies that go above and beyond in working to improve the City. >more 
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05/13/13  This Week at City Hall - IBM Recommendations Provide Solid Roadmap
Mayor Swearengin: IBM Recommendations Provide Solid Roadmap  The City of Fresno was one of 34 cities worldwide selected to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in 2013, as part of IBM’s citizenship efforts to build a Smarter Planet. During three weeks in April and May, a team of six IBM experts worked to deliver recommendations on key challenges identified by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and her senior leadership team, namely, 1) revitalization of the Downtown Fulton Mall area; 2) leveraging broadband to expand economic growth and 3) better use of data. Mayor Ashley Swearengin said a series of recommendations by a six-member team of IBM experts funded by an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant provides a solid roadmap for the City in its economic development and neighborhood revitalization efforts. >more 
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05/10/13  Mayor Swearengin: IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team Recommendations Provide Solid Roadmap for Fresno
FRESNO – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said a series of recommendations by a six-member team of IBM experts funded by an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant provides a solid roadmap for the City in its economic development and neighborhood revitalization efforts. The City of Fresno was one of 34 cities worldwide selected to receive an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant in 2013, as part of IBM’s citizenship efforts to build a Smarter Planet. During three weeks in April and May, a team of six IBM experts worked to deliver recommendations on key challenges identified by Mayor Ashley Swearengin and her senior leadership team, namely, 1) revitalization of the Downtown Fulton Mall area; 2) leveraging broadband to expand economic growth downtown and 3) better use of data. “I appreciate the incredible work on the IBM team over the past three weeks as they engaged a wide range of individuals, groups and organizations that are committed to improving the City of Fresno,” Mayor Swearengin said >more 
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05/09/13  City Manager Mark Scott Issues Statement on FPOA Offer
FRESNO – City Manager Mark Scott today issued the following statement about an offer by the Fresno Police Officers’ Association:“The offer by the FPOA today is a positive step, only in that they recognize the need to be part of the solution to the City’s financial challenges. However, the proposal presented is not a step forward. The City simply cannot afford the conditions they apply to the concessions. >more 
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05/09/13  Friant Road Improvement Project to Impact Traffic Beginning May 20
Fresno, CA – Road improvements on Friant Road between Chaplain and Copper will impact traffic in that area beginning Monday, May 20, until June 27.Temporary striping work will begin on Wednesday, May 15. The improvement work will begin on Monday, May 20, with removal and replacement of concrete. >more 
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04/29/13  Mayor Swearengin Applauds Nomination of Anthony Foxx As U.S. Transportation Secretary
Fresno, CA – Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin today applauded President Obama’s nomination of Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx as the U.S >more 
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04/22/13  James Tyner Selected as Fresno’s First Poet Laureate
Fresno, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that James Tyner, a Fresno County Public Library employee who conducts one of the longest-running free poetry series in the San Joaquin Valley, has been selected as the City of Fresno’s first Poet Laureate. His two-year term begins today. “James Tyner has built an impressive record of accomplishment, both through his work as a poet as well as his efforts in promoting community awareness of literary arts and making poetry accessible to a wide range of audiences,” Mayor Swearengin said. “I’m confident that James’ commitment and passion will expand the audience for poetry and promote the accomplishments of our local literary artists >more 
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04/22/13  Mayor Swearengin To Welcome IBM Smarter Cities Challenge Team to Fresno For Three-Week Engagement
Fresno – Mayor Ashley Swearengin will be welcoming a six-member global team from IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge Grant program to Fresno at a kick-off event in Council Chambers at City Hall on Tuesday, April 23, at 11 a.m. Stakeholders from a number of local agencies and community groups will attend the event.In addition, representatives from federal agencies will discuss the activities of the federal Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2) team and how their efforts will complement the work of the IBM team >more 
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