Mayor, Council to Celebrate Innovation and Efficiency Savings

Dec. 5, 2011

At Tuesday's City Council meeting, City Manager David Cavazos and private-sector volunteers will present results from the city's 2011 organizational review and Innovation and Efficiency Task Force efforts.  Innovation and efficiency savings now total $40 million, and this year's organizational review eliminated 40 additional positions, making Phoenix the smallest government per capita in more than 40 years.

"What the City Council, city management and our private-sector members have been able to accomplish in just two short years is nothing short of amazing," said Mayor Phil Gordon.  "Phoenix is now known throughout the country for its outstanding focus on innovation and efficiency savings."

"For more than two years, I have worked closely with city leadership to make this a priority, and I am very pleased with the efforts of city staff and our private-sector partners to find these savings.  It’s a win for our entire city, especially our taxpayers," added Councilman Bill Gates, chairman of the City Council Finance, Efficiency and Innovation Subcommittee.

The $40 million in innovation and efficiency savings is from departments throughout the city organization.  Strategies range from right sourcing to insourcing, refinancing debt, consolidating departments, and other creative ideas that save money, such as eliminating paper pay stubs and printing fewer copies of contracts and City Council agendas.

The meeting begins at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St.  For more details, visit and click on the "Innovation & Efficiency" box.


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