Sal DiCiccio Inauguration

Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio gives his inauguration speech at the Orpheum Theater on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014.

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This summer, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) named Phoenix one of the top five cities to open a new business. In making this rating, the NFIB specifically cited recent reforms I helped develop — making Phoenix one of the best places in the nation to start or expand business. These reforms included 24-hour permitting, online permitting, 24-hour inspections and five-day site review.

In the short time since these reforms have been implemented, over a thousand projects have taken advantage and shaved months off the review process. This means people get hired today, not months from now. Business large and small open their doors sooner, and put people to work faster.

For example, one small business, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, used the new reforms to trim four months off the permitting process for a new location in Ahwatukee. Not only did this help the owners get their business open quicker, it means that dozens of people were able to find a job and now have more money to spend at other local businesses.

I am delighted that national organizations are taking note of these reforms. This puts Phoenix in a position to compete in the global economy, making us faster, smarter, and better than our competitor cities.

But I am certainly not going to sit back and rest on these laurels. I will continue to work tirelessly to cut red tape and make Phoenix the very best place not only to open a new business but to continue to run an existing one.

• Phoenix Councilman Sal DiCiccio represents District 6, which includes Ahwatukee Foothills. Reach him at council.district.6@phoenix.gov or (602) 262-7491.

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