City of Goodyear, Arizona
Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: April 1, 2008
Creative ideas needed for Goodyear’s
All-America City Award presentation;
Join the brainstorming session
GOODYEAR, AZ – Residents of Goodyear are invited to take part in a new kind of collaborative civic exercise. Please come to a special brainstorming session at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 8 in City Hall, Room 117, 190 N. Litchfield Rd.
Goodyear needs help designing an original, creative, winning presentation highlighting the challenges of some special projects that ultimately improved the community.
Goodyear was recently been named one of 17 finalists for what is known as the “Nobel” prize of city awards – the All-America City Award. The contest is about real people and real civic engagement.
Winning depends upon a 10-minute tech-free presentation to be staged by a delegation of Goodyear residents who will appear at the National Civic League Conference, June 4 - 6 in Tampa, Florida.
Four residents of Goodyear laid the foundation for this honor, working tirelessly on the recently submitted application for the All-America City Award. The authors were asked to focus on challenges facing the city, and to describe three projects that addressed those challenges and improved the city.
The three challenges showcased by Goodyear’s application writers were:
- Widening Interstate 10 several years ahead of schedule
- Recruiting private universities to Goodyear
- Resolving early problems at Goodyear’s skate park in a positive way
To make this presentation a real winner, Goodyear needs all the ideas residents can come up with that portray the city in a uniquely compelling, uncluttered way. The 10-minute presentation must be simple in its execution and memorable in its power, and will be followed by a question-and-answer period of the same length.
Powerpoint, video and electronic presentations are strictly forbidden by the judges. High-end audio tools are not allowed, but use of a “boom box” is permitted. The entire presentation is limited to low-tech devices such as pictures, props, people, narration and music. Creativity is a must.
So, get your creative juices flowing and join fellow residents in a new kind of collaborative civic exercise. Bring your best ideas for persuasively presenting the “best of” the I-10 widening, recruitment of the universities, and skate board park problem-solving. In addition to the three main projects, bring your ideas about other key messages you think should be shared about Goodyear.
Welcome to Goodyear’s All-America City Award brainstorming session.