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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: Nov. 4, 2011



WESTMARC Leadership Award presented to Harry Paxton, City of Goodyear


GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Nov. 4, 2011) The WESTMARC Leadership Award was presented to Goodyear Economic Development Manager Harry Paxton on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the 2011 Best of the West Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel in Glendale, Ariz.


Paxton was honored for his contributions to WESTMARC in promoting economic development in the West Valley. In his role as WESTMARC?s Economic Development Committee Chairman over the past three years, and as an executive committee member, Paxton has been instrumental in the success of projects like the Workforce Labor Market Survey, in which more than 3,700 West Valley businesses were tapped for information on their current and future workforce requirements. The data was the foundation of a comprehensive study and interactive website for economic development professionals looking for a quick, detailed snapshot of the West Valley demographics.


Paxton also involved WESTMARC in regional and state-level economic development initiatives such as the Renewable Energy Tax Incentives Program, which helped create hundreds of jobs and generate millions of dollars in capital investment for the West Valley. He demonstrated exceptional leadership in developing the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone, bringing opportunity to WESTMARC in the form of a vital economic development tool. GMFTZ has become one of the most active Foreign Trade Zones in the U.S., despite the fact that less than a year has passed since it was created. Paxton is tireless in promoting and marketing the GMFTZ, as well as educating communities, stakeholders and potential users about its benefits.


The prestigious WESTMARC Leadership Award acknowledges Paxton?s many contributions to the city and the regional community. Harry Paxton has been with the City of Goodyear since 2007.





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City of Goodyear • 190 N. Litchfield Road • Goodyear AZ 85338 • Phone 623-932-3910 • Toll-Free 1-800-872-1749