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Tempe City Council has set Strategic Priorities, which are overarching goals that are important to our City, such as creating a safe and secure community, quality of life, sustainable development and more. City of Tempe staff has worked to create Performance Measures to accomplish the Council Priorities.  As a national best practice, we created the Tempe Accelerates Program to publicly share the strategies being worked on by our employees and to search for new ways to accelerate reaching those goals.

Join us for Tempe Accelerates, a series of explanatory talks about how these goals help the community and what we can do to reach our targets more effectively. These sessions are data-driven and often involve collaboration from several city departments. People can view the data and download it at and find other pertinent information at Open Tempe or (Best opened in Chrome browser).

Tempe Accelerates takes place in Council Chambers, 31 E. Fifth Street, and also airs on Tempe 11. It is free and no RSVP is required.

Topics include:

Thursday Jan. 17, 2 to 3 p.m.
Online Service Satisfaction Rate: Improving Tempe’s utility Bill Pay - 2.05
Workforce Development: Creating employment in Tempe - 5.13

Thursday Feb. 21, 2 to 3 p.m.
Kid Zone Participation: Enriching the lives of our children - 1.18
Community Services Programs: Programs and activities for all - 3.17

Thursday Mar. 21, 2 to 3 p.m.
Feeling of Safety: Helping residents be and feel safe - 1.05
Police Services Satisfaction: Improving Tempe police services - 1.07

Thursday Apr. 4, 2 to 3 p.m.
City Recreation, Arts, & Cultural Centers: Quality facilities for the community - 3.16
Solid Waste Diversion: Improving the planet by increasing recycling in Tempe - 4.04

Thursday Apr. 25, 2 to 3 p.m.
Youth Safety and Juvenile Crime: Reducing juvenile crime - 1.32
Employee Vertical Diversity: Creating a better workforce through Diversity - 2.20

Thursday May 2, 2 to 3 p.m.
Graffiti Removal: Reducing graffiti for a beautiful City - 3.22
Carbon Neutrality: Creating a sustainable environment - 4.19

Thursday May 16, 2 to 3 p.m.
Post-Secondary School Achievement Rate: Being competitive in the job market - 3.09
Veteran-Supportive Community Designation: Support for those who Served - 3.21

Thursday Jun. 20, 2 to 3 p.m.
Poverty Rate: Partnering to lift the community out of poverty - 3.31
Housing Attainability Index: Creating housing options for every income level - 4.09

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