City of Goodyear, Arizona
Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: Mar. 14, 2008
Goodyear named 2008 All-America City Award finalist
GOODYEAR, AZ – Goodyear has been honored by the National Civic League as one of 17 cities/counties chosen as finalists for the distinguished 2008 All-America City Award. Ten winners will be announced June 6.
“We are extremely proud the National Civic League has selected the city of Goodyear as a finalist for this prestigious award,” stated Mayor James Cavanaugh. “Our community and its citizens are very deserving of this honor which recognizes our civic accomplishments, collaboration and creative approaches to community issues. Winning this award would also bring national attention to Goodyear that could help in our economic development efforts.”
Three key projects, 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 original community award, the All-America City Award, is the ‘Oscar’ for communities of all sizes,” noted National Civic League President Gloria Rubio-Cortes. “It recognizes the efforts of entire communities and exemplifies extensive civic engagement.”
Other finalists are: Marana, Arizona; Cerritos, California; Aurora, Colorado; New Haven, Connecticut; Kissimmee- Osceola County, Florida; Sarasota County, Florida; Somerville, Massachusetts; Gladstone, Missouri; the St. Louis Region, Missouri-Illinois; Lenoir, North Carolina; Reidsville, North Carolina; Akron, Ohio; Upper Dublin Township, Pennsylvania; Abbeville County, South Carolina; Selma, Texas, and Caroline County, Virginia.
Next steps include preparing a 10-minute presentation and naming a delegation for a three-day awards competition and innovations forum, June 4 – 6 in Tampa. During the competition, each community will present its programs and solutions to a jury of national experts from across the United States.
“I’d like to thank Goodyear’s former Chief of Staff Laurie Hillebrands, who initiated the application, along with Goodyear residents Jennifer Barber, Charles Marshall, Brenda Bernardi and Anne Hansen, and City staff member Matt Hanson who were instrumental in the success of Goodyear’s All-America City application,” added Mayor Cavanaugh.
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.