City of Goodyear
Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: June 23, 2008
Goodyear Wins National Award for University Recruitment
GOODYEAR, AZ – For his vision and successful recruitment efforts of private universities to Goodyear, Mayor Jim Cavanaugh accepted the “City Livability Award” for “Outstanding Achievement” for a city with a population of less than 100,000 at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Miami on July 21. This prestigious livability award comes on the heels of the National Civic League Conference in Tampa, where Goodyear was named an All-America City on June 6.
“Winning two such notable national awards back to back, demonstrates that Goodyear is one of the most dynamic, innovative and progressive cities in America,” said Mayor Jim Cavanaugh.
Goodyear was one of five cities with populations under 100,000 to receive the “Most Livable City Outstanding Achievement Award.” In this category, Dubuque, Iowa was awarded the first place honor in the 2008 City Livability Awards Program. For the past 29 years, cities have competed for this very prestigious award, which recognizes mayoral leadership for developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities.
According to Cavanaugh, “Just like the All-America City Award, the City Livability Award is one of the most coveted national prizes for a municipality. This notable award recognizes the work we mayors do in our communities to improve the quality of life and make our cities more livable. I’m very proud of the unique partnerships we’ve formed with private universities in Goodyear and I am honored to have been recognized nationally for this effort.”
According to Mayor Douglas Palmer of Trenton, N.J. and President, U.S. Conference of Mayors,” the City Livability Awards Program highlights mayors who believe in improving the quality of life for their residents in innovative and creative ways. Cities are the
economic, cultural and social engines of America, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors welcomes this opportunity to showcase successful programs that are making a difference in people's lives in communities all across the nation. We salute these exemplary programs that can be helpful to all mayors and we celebrate the leadership that made them possible.”
Outstanding Achievement Awards were also given to these cities in the same category as Goodyear, Ariz.: Cerritos, Calif. (also a 2008 All-America City); Wilmington, Delaware; and Frisco, Tex.