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City of Goodyear, Arizona

Public Information Office


For Immediate Release: Sept. 29, 2008


Goodyear hosts seminars to improve citizens’ financial knowledge


GOODYEAR, Ariz. – (Sept. 29, 2008) – The city of Goodyear is partnering with Credit Union West, a not-for-profit financial resource in the West Valley, offering four classes to help families take control of their household budgets and their future financial success.


Beginning Oct. 15, Credit Union West and the City of Goodyear will present classes every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Goodyear City Hall, 190 N. Litchfield Rd., Room 185. Each one-hour class will be followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer period. Seating is limited, so register soon. Information packets will be distributed during each class.


The program series is designed to help citizens deal with economic situations during these uncertain times. Mayor Jim Cavanaugh has joined mayors across the country in a national effort to provide free financial education to help individuals become more financially stable. With improved basic personal income money management and planning skills, Goodyear’s residents will be in a better position to own homes, raise healthy families, educate their children and invest in small businesses.


Dates and Class Descriptions


October 15 -Understanding Your Credit Score


Your credit score is one of the keys to achieving financial freedom. The higher your score, the more money you can save on the interest you pay on vehicle and home loans, insurance premiums, and utility deposits. Learn how your credit score is calculated and how it impacts the decisions financial lenders make.

October 22 - Identity Theft Protection

Arizona ranks number one in identity theft in the United States. This class identifies various methods used by criminals to steal a person’s identity and commit fraud. Learn how to minimize the risk of having your identity stolen.

October 29 - Attaining Financial Freedom via Budgeting

Creating and maintaining a budget can help you achieve your financial goals. This class will provide you with the tools you need to develop a budget that is right for you. Learn how to identify needs versus wants, set financial goals, create and maintain a budget and shop for financial products.

November 5 - Teaching Kids about Money

Parents are invited to bring their children to this class. Helping children learn how to handle money is one of the most important responsibilities parents have. Kids learn a great deal about money by observing how their parents spend and save. This class will equip parents with tools to help their children develop positive money management skills.


Log on to the Credit Union West website at to register online. To register by phone, call Goodyear Community Services at 623-882-7808.



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