News Releases



10/21/16  City Releases RFQ to Solicit Interest in Building Citywide Ultrahigh Speed Fiber/Wireless Network 
FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno today released a "Request for Qualifications" (RFQ) to the telecommunications industry to solicit interest from private entities to partner with the City of Fresno in building out an ultrahigh speed fiber and/or wireless network to serve the residents and business of Fresno. Such a network would stimulate the City’s economic growth and global competitiveness, foster innovation, and improve education opportunities by making broadband connectivity at speeds of at least 10-100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) available on an affordable basis throughout the City. At the direction of Mayor Ashley Swearengin, the City Manager's Office and ISD have been developing the RFQ for the last 9 months with the help of outside legal and technical experts. >more 
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10/18/16  Mayor, City Councilmembers, Local Leaders Announce Next 10 NRT Neighborhoods
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the selection of the next 10 Fresno neighborhoods of focus for Neighborhood Revitalization Teams as part of the City’s Restore Fresno initiative at a press conference held at Jane Addams Elementary School. Mayor Swearengin was joined by Fresno City Councilmembers Oliver Baines, Clint Olivier, and Esmeralda Soria, as well as Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Michael Hanson, representatives from the Fresno Housing Authority, and residents from El Dorado and Kirk neighborhoods. In recent months the Mayor convened Fresno Unified School District’s Superintendent, Fresno Housing Authority’s CEO, the Police Chief, City Manager, and City staff for a collaborative discussion on Restore Fresno, and an effort to select the Neighborhood Revitalization Team’s next 10 neighborhoods of focus. >more 
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10/15/16  City Moves Major Economic Development Projects Forward
Council Approves Heavy Maintenance Facility Land Acquisition, Infrastructure Funding, Development Agreement with Betts FRESNO, CA – The City of Fresno is celebrating the approval of three items during yesterday’s City Council meeting involving major economic development projects that will provide incentives and actions that may likely have a dramatic impact on Fresno’s economy. The items include: accepting an Economic Development Facilities Grant award that will be used to fund infrastructure improvements in the South Van Ness Industrial Area; authorizing the City Manager to acquire properties for the proposed Fresno High Speed Rail Heavy Maintenance Facility; and extending the development agreement between the City of Fresno and Betts Spring to incentivize relocate their headquarters from the Bay Area to Fresno. “Our Council not only recognized the incredible opportunities these projects will bring to Fresno, they showed the leadership necessary to make those opportunities happen,” said Mayor Swearengin. “Any time we can move the needle to increase job opportunities and improve the quality of life in our city, it’s a reason to celebrate >more 
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09/23/16  Mayor, Assembly member Arambula Announce $70 Million in Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funding for Fresno 
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula today announced that the Brown Administration has recommended that the city of Fresno be allocated a minimum of 50% of this year's $140 million appropriation to the new California Strategic Growth Council Transformational Climate Communities Program. According to the California Regulatory Notice Register, a minimum of 25% will likely be going to the city of Los Angeles and the remainder to a third site yet to be determined. >more 
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09/19/16  City of Fresno Announces Results of 2-Week Freeway Litter Enforcement Patrol Program 
FRESNO, CA – Fresno City Manager Bruce Rudd, Councilmember Steve Brandau, and Police Captain Andrew Hall today updated the results of the Fresno Police Department’s freeway litter enforcement program in front of City Hall.Over the past two weeks, the enforcement program sent six motorcycle officers out to patrol highways 41, 168, and 180 daily between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p >more 
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09/01/16  Labor Day Holiday Schedule for City of Fresno Offices 
Fresno – City of Fresno offices will be closed in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 5, 2016. Normal operations will resume on Tuesday, September 6. Here is the schedule for City of Fresno operations for the holiday: Airports: Administrative offices closed. >more 
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08/26/16  Moody’s Upgrades City of Fresno’s Ratings Again
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced that for the second time in less than a year, Moody’s Investors Service has upgraded several bond ratings for the City of Fresno. The bond rating firm has upgraded the City’s Lease Revenue bond rating from Ba1 to Baa2, a two notch increase, the Convention Center bond rating from Ba2 to Baa3, also a two notch increase, and the City’s 2002 Pension Obligation Bonds and Judgment Obligation Bonds (POB/JOB) from Ba2 to Ba1. The Lease Revenue and Convention Center bonds now have an “investment grade” rating from Moody’s, while the POB/JOB bonds are one notch below investment grade. >more 
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08/24/16  City of Fresno Announces Receipt of SAFER Grant to Increase Fire Dept. Staffing
FRESNO, CA – The Fresno Fire Department (FFD) will hold a press conference on Thursday, August 25, at 8:30 a.m., at Fire Headquarters (located at 911 H Street) to announce the receipt of a SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) grant awarded to the City of Fresno earlier this month. >more 
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08/22/16  City of Fresno Announces New Assistant Director for Water and Wastewater Services for Department of Public Utilities
FRESNO, CA – Mayor Ashley Swearengin and City Manager Bruce Rudd today announced that Brian Spindor has been named the City of Fresno’s new Assistant Director for the Department of Public Utilities. Spindor, who will start work effective September 12, 2016, will be responsible for asset management and oversight of the City’s water and wastewater facilities as well as ensuring compliance of legal mandates for all water operations. Spindor is an accomplished professional with over 30 years of experience in civil engineering, asset and performance management, public health and safety, and the operations and maintenance of water, wastewater and stormwater systems. “Brian has proven management and leadership skills with plenty of experience leading diverse staffs under challenging conditions,” said City Manager Bruce Rudd >more 
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08/15/16  Mayor Ashley Swearengin Named Next CEO of the Central Valley Community Foundation 
FRESNO, CA – Effective January 16, 2017, at the conclusion of her term as Mayor of the City of Fresno, Ashley Swearengin will become the Chief Executive Officer of the Central Valley Community Foundation (CVCF,) formerly known as the Fresno Regional Foundation. “The Central Valley Community Foundation is an incredibly important organization in our region. For almost 50 years, the Foundation has been dedicated to improving the lives of the people in this area,” said Mayor Swearengin. “I’m honored to assume its leadership in January when I finish my term of office >more 
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