City of Goodyear, Arizona
Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: June 9, 2008
Goodyear wins All-America City Award
GOODYEAR, AZ – Goodyear was named an All-America City on June 6 at the National Civic League Conference Awards Ceremony in Tampa, Fla. Goodyear is one of only 10 cities nationwide to receive this “Nobel prize” for constructive citizenship.
More than 30 delegates representing the city of Goodyear returned to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Saturday evening and were greeted by a cheering welcome-home committee as they celebrated the city’s success.
“Winning the All-America City Award is like taking home a Nobel Prize or an Oscar,” said Mayor James Cavanaugh. “We are honored to be receiving this award.”
Goodyear was recognized for three key endeavors:
1. Moving up the widening of Interstate 10, making the most dangerous stretch of that freeway safer—sooner.
2. Successfully recruiting three universities to establish campuses in the city of Goodyear.
3. Resolving issues with the world-class skatepark in the city of Goodyear.
Three key projects demonstrating civic engagement, including one that is youth-oriented, are required for All-America City consideration. Goodyear’s submittal highlighted the city’s leadership and collaboration with neighboring cities on the I-10 widening acceleration, Goodyear’s successful recruitment of private universities and its resolution of the skate park usage issue.
“The All-America City Award is the ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes,” said National Civic League President Gloria Rubio-Cortes. “It recognizes the efforts of entire communities and exemplifies extensive civic engagement.”
“I am extremely proud to win this prestigious award, “said Mayor Jim Cavanaugh. “It will really show people what an exceptional city Goodyear is. We expect it to be a definite asset in our future economic development endeavors and know it will add to the pride our citizens have for Goodyear. I have to thank our delegation for their commitment to our city and their hard work on this award. I also want to thank our sponsors and our citizens for making Goodyear an All-America City.”
Councilmember Georgia Lord added, “I am honored to have been a part of this delegation. Our citizens and staff worked so hard on this award and we really deserved to win it. It shows how special Goodyear really is.”
Other winners of the All-America City/County Award are: Cerritos, California; Aurora, Colorado; New Haven, Connecticut; Kissimmee- Osceola County, Florida; Gladstone, Missouri; the St. Louis Region, Missouri-Illinois; Lenoir, North Carolina; Reidsville, North Carolina; and Akron, Ohio.
The National Civic League is a Denver-based organization that is a leader in the science of local government, the art of public engagement, and the promotion of collaboration within communities.