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Tempe encourages residents to ride Orbit to ASU home football games July 8, 2009

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The city of Tempe transit program, Tempe in Motion, will make it easy for residents to get to all Arizona State University home football games.

Residents who live along any of the Orbit routes (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and Jupiter) re encouraged to use the service. Hours of operation on Orbit will be extended until midnight on game days. Residents who do not live along an Orbit route are encouraged to park at the Tempe Library Complex (3500 S. Rural Road) located at the southwest corner of Southern Avenue and Rural Road and take Orbit Jupiter to the game.

Below is a list of all ASU home football games and tentative kick-off times:
• Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. – ASU vs. Idaho State
• Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. – ASU vs. Louisiana-Monroe
• Oct. 3 at TBA – ASU vs. Oregon State
• Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. – ASU vs. Washington
• Oct. 31 at TBA – ASU vs. California
• Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. – ASU vs. USC
• Nov. 28 at TBA – ASU vs. Arizona

For more information, please call 480-858-2350 or visit www.tempe.gov/tim.

Survey ranks Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area among top 10 places for recent college grads May 19, 2009

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As President Barack Obama welcomes the more than 8,000 graduates of Arizona State University to ‘the real world,’ those who choose to stay in the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area might feel a bit more confident.

Apartments.com and CBcampus.com have named the region as one of the 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates. Based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s figures, inventory of new jobs requiring less than one year of experience and the average cost of rent for a one bedroom apartment, Phoenix ranked seventh.

Graduates should have an easier time finding jobs in sales, customer service and marketing, according to the survey.

“This is great news as our local graduates look for jobs in the worst economy in decades,” said Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, home of Arizona State University. “Tempe is the only city in the region that has more jobs than residents. We also have a large number of marketing, advertising and public relations firms in our downtown, including Sitewire Marketspace, Terralever, Off Madison Avenue and Spark Creative.”

A page at www.tempe.gov/jobs also has listings of positions for which students may apply. Details on how to get involved in Tempe’s business community may be found at www.tempe.gov/business.

“Tempe’s outstanding mix of employers provides a unique opportunity for graduates to walk right into a challenging career and lifetime opportunity for not only professional but also personal success,” said Tempe Economic Development Director Sheri Wakefield-Saenz. “Arizona State University is a job engine for the Greater Phoenix region and provides the natural Town and Gown link for graduates, particularly in the engineering, technology, healthcare and business fields.”

Read the story at: http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/05/13/cb.top10.cities.grads/index.html
According to Apartments.com and CBcampus.com, the top 10 cities for new grads are:

1. Indianapolis
Average rent:* $625
Popular entry-level categories:** sales, customer service, health care

2. Philadelphia
Average rent: $1,034
Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, management

3. Baltimore
Average rent: $1,130
Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, health care

4. Cincinnati
Average rent: $691
Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, health care

5. Cleveland
Average rent: $686
Popular entry-level categories: sales, marketing, customer service

6. New York
Average rent: $1,548
Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, admin-clerical

7. Phoenix
Average rent: $747
Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, marketing

8. Denver
Average rent: $877
Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, health care

9. Chicago
Average rent: $1,133
Popular entry-level categories: sales, marketing, customer service

10. San Antonio
Average rent: $696
Popular entry-level categories: sales, customer service, management

About the City of Tempe:

Tempe, Arizona is a community of 165,000 residents. Home to Arizona State University and the state’s highest per capita rate of technology companies, Tempe is an innovative, forward thinking community. Tempe employs 175,000 and draws 4 million tourists annually. Approximately $1 billion in new development is under way, much of it along the light rail line. Details: www.tempe.gov

More information? E-mail us at: business@tempe.gov

Expect traffic and bus service delays for ASU Commencement May 12, 2009

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Tempe, Ariz – Expect traffic and bus delays and traffic congestion in
downtown Tempe May 13 during Arizona State University’s Commencement at Sun Devil Stadium. Commencement begins at 7 p.m.

Street closures and restrictions May 13 include:
. Veterans Way between University Drive and College Avenue will be closed in both directions from 1:30 to 10:30 p.m.
. Sixth Street between Packard Drive and Veterans Way will be closed in both directions from 2 p.m. until traffic dissipates.
. Alpha Drive will be closed in both directions north of University Drive
from 2 p.m. until traffic dissipates.
. Eastbound and westbound Loop 202 exit ramps onto Scottsdale Road will be closed from 8 to 10:30 p.m.
. University Drive will be closed to westbound traffic west of McClintock
Drive from 8 p.m. until traffic dissipates.
. Rural Road southbound will be closed between Curry Road and Sixth Street from 8 p.m. until traffic dissipates.
. Rural Road northbound between University Drive and Rio Salado Parkway will be closed from 8 p.m. until traffic dissipates.
. Rural Road southbound will be restricted to two lanes between University Drive and Terrace Road between 1:30 and 10:30 p.m.
. All traffic heading eastbound on University Drive will be required to turn south onto Mill Avenue from 8 p.m. until traffic dissipates.
. All traffic heading south on Ash Avenue will be required to turn west onto University Drive from 8 p.m. until traffic dissipates.
. All traffic exiting the stadium area from Rio Salado Parkway will be
required to go north on Rural Road or east on Rio Salado Parkway to
McClintock Drive or SR 101 from 8 p.m. until traffic dissipates.
. All traffic heading northbound on Rural Road will be required to turn
right at University Drive from 8 p.m. until traffic dissipates.

METRO light rail and Valley Metro bus detours May 13 include:
. METRO light rail trains will not operate in either direction between the
University/Rural and Tempe Transportation Center (College and Veterans Way) light rail stations from 6 to 9:30 p.m. From 6 to 9:30 p.m., a special shuttle will operate from the University/Rural light rail station to the Tempe Transportation Center at College Avenue and Veterans Way. An additional shuttle will operate from 3 until 6 p.m. from the University/Rural light rail station to the north side of Sun Devil Stadium and from the Tempe Transportation Center (College and Veterans Way) to the north side of Sun Devil Stadium.
. Flash and Flash to University Drive will not operate after 3 p.m.
. Route 30 Westbound – Regular route west on University Dr. to McClintock Dr.; south on McClintock Dr. to Apache Blvd.; west on Apache Blvd. to Mill Ave.; north on Mill Ave. to University Dr.; west on University Dr. to resume regular route.
. Route 30 Eastbound – Regular route east on University Dr. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to Apache Blvd curve eastbound; east on Apache Blvd. to McClintock Dr.; north on McClintock to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to resume regular route.
. Route 72 Northbound – Regular route from Tempe Transportation Center to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Mill Ave.; north on Mill Ave to Curry Rd.; east on Curry Rd. to Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd; north on Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd to resume regular route.
. Route 72 Southbound – Regular route south on Scottsdale Rd./Rural Rd to Curry Rd., west on Curry Rd. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to 5th St.; east on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center (TTC); from TTC south on College Ave to University Dr.; east on University Dr. to McAllister; south on McAllister to Tyler Station (University & Rural Station); from Tyler Station south on Rural Rd to resume regular route.
. Route 76 Northbound – Regular route from Tempe Transportation Center to 5th St.; west on 5th St. to Mill Ave.; north on Mill Ave to Curry Rd.; east on Curry Rd. to Miller Rd.; north on Miller Rd. to resume regular route.
. Route 76 Southbound – Regular route to Miller Rd. and Curry Rd.; west on Curry Rd. to Mill Ave.; south on Mill Ave. to 5th St.; east on 5th St. to Tempe Transportation Center (TTC).

For more information call (480) 350-2775

Tempe provides advice for weathering heat at ASU Graduation May 12, 2009

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1,000 bottles of Tempe water to be picked up at 3 p.m. today

Tempe, Arizona – The City of Tempe urges attendees of tomorrow’s Arizona State University graduation festivities to plan ahead to weather the heat and enjoy the commencement ceremony.

Tempe Fire Department employees will be on hand tomorrow to provide emergency aid and “cooling stations” for those attendees who need relief. And, as part of the effort to keep attendees cool, the City of Tempe is donating 1,000 bottles of its “Tempe Tap” water to ASU.

ASU will pick up the cases of donated water at 3 p.m. today at the city’s Kyrene Water Reclamation Plant, 311 W. Guadalupe Road. Fire Department spokesman Mike Reichling also will be available to discuss heat-related precautions for tomorrow’s event. At the facility, news crews can proceed to the east security gates and press “# 3” to be buzzed into the complex. Proceed past the gate to the west end of a gray building on the site.

Reichling will provide advice like wearing light colors, hydrating well in advance of the event, and wearing hats and sunscreen. Water bottles must be discarded when arriving at the security check points at Sun Devil Stadium. Complimentary water stations will be located inside and outside the facility. Concessions also will be available.

http://www.evliving.com/2009/05/12/6548/weathering-heat-at-asu-graduation/