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From the Mayor - INFOCUS - March 2012

Mayor Thanks Citizens For Helping Stop Prison

 

It's finally over! Just as the INFOCUS  was ready to go to press, we found out that the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADOC) is no longer considering Goodyear as a location for a private prison expansion. The ADOC has just reissued its Request for Proposal (RFP) for the private prison expansion and has limited the sites in the RFP to only Florence and Yuma. Perryville Prison Complex is NOT listed as a potential site for expansion as it was in the previous RFP that was canceled in December 2011.

On behalf of the City Council, City management and staff, I would like to thank all of our citizens, businesses, and landowners who came forward and worked together with us to fight against the state putting this prison expansion in Goodyear. The ADOC told us they were inundated with e-mails, cards, letters, and phone calls expressing opposition from concerned citizens and companies in Goodyear. We also appreciate that you contacted your state representatives asking them to put pressure on the ADOC to keep the prison expansion out of Goodyear.

Mayor Georgia Lord
Mayor Georgia Lord

 

As the City worked diligently to garner support for our position from the entire West  Valley, you - the citizens - were actively expressing strong opposition to the Arizona Department of Corrections to expansion of Perryville. Together with State Senator John Nelson, Representatives Jerry Weiers and Steve Montenegro, County Supervisor Max Wilson, other elected officials, WESTMARC, Southwest Valley Chamber of  Commerce, and Greater Phoenix Economic Council, we were able to send a strong message that expanding Perryville was not in the best interest of our community.

It proves that when we all work together, we can achieve our goal. Your efforts definitely made the difference in ADOC's decision to exclude Goodyear as a possible site.

Mayor Thanks Well-Wishers

 

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who called, sent cards or flowers, or emailed your prayers and well wishes during my recent brief hospitalization. Thankfully, it turned out to be a minor TI incident, but it is a reminder to all of us to call 911 immediately if you have a feeling of extreme dizziness, numbness on one side, a severe headache that comes on quickly, sudden trouble seeing, or an inability to express yourself. These are warning signs and can affect people of all ages. I was very lucky. Hopefully, my experience will help others as well.

Georgia Lord

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Last Updated: 2/13/2012


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