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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office


For Immediate Release: Dec. 28, 2010



Michael Leone named Goodyear's Employee of the Year



GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Dec. 28, 2010) Graphic designer Michael Leone was named Employee of the Year for the City of Goodyear during the annual employee awards presentation on Dec. 3. Leone also received the Development Services Group Employee of the Year Award.


As graphic designer for Goodyear's award-winning publication, INFOCUS, Leone's distinctive style reaches the home of every resident in the city. The magazine-style newsletter includes a quarterly recreation catalog, showcasing important developments, special events and programs, and the latest information and news in the community. Leone also writes and designs the monthly employee newsletter, SamePage, highlighting the accomplishments of the individuals, divisions and departments responsible for making Goodyear an outstanding city.


Leone's efforts have been key in making Goodyear a recognizable, desirable location for business, lifestyle and opportunity. He has produced award-winning logos and promotional materials for programs as diverse as recycling, water conservation, holiday events, and top-of-the-line economic development marketing campaigns. Some of his most notable characters are Curby, the mascot for the city's award-winning introduction to its new recycling program, Cowboy Codey for Code Compliance, and water conservation's hero, Desert Dan.


Leone recently produced the dramatic Leading Edge logo for the Economic Development business marketing campaign and the compelling collateral materials which support the program.


With his professional and creative talents, Leone is known for producing beautiful materials for the education, publicity, promotional and outreach needs of every department in the city. In addition to his regular duties, Leone spends much of his off-hours taking photos at city events and council meetings, and volunteers as bagpiper at official ceremonies for fire and police honor guard.


Leone was praised for working tirelessly behind the scenes, bringing distinctive creative touches to every project he handles. He provides excellent customer service to every department in the city, often turning around last-minute requests right away, working many overtime hours and sacrificing time he would otherwise spend enjoying weekends with his family.




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