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For Immediate Release:

Friday, February 17, 2006

Fast-Growing, Dynamic Goodyear, Arizona

Seeks Private Colleges and Universities



(Goodyear, AZ) The City of Goodyear, Arizona, is aggressively pursuing an initiative that City leaders hope will result in bringing private institutions of higher education to the City.


A Request for Information (RFI) was distributed to publications, organizations, and institutions across the country in an effort to attract colleges and universities to the community.  City officials believe that private, postsecondary institutions will bring significant social and economic opportunities to its residents as well as the state of Arizona.


Goodyear Mayor James Cavanaugh is hopeful that through this process a powerful partnership between the City and a college or university will develop that will yield significant results for both entities.  “The purpose of the RFI is to initiate a dialogue between our community and a private, postsecondary institution to determine how that partnership can be achieved,” stated the mayor.


The City of Goodyear is at a remarkable point in its history.  Over the past several years, the community has witnessed tremendous growth.  Located 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Goodyear is one of the fastest growing cities in the fastest growing county in America – Maricopa County.  The City is growing at an annual rate of 17%, and by 2010, is expected to reach a population of 100,000. 

According to City officials, the time to bring colleges and universities to the community is now while prime real estate opportunities still exist. 


City leaders hope that the addition of private institutions of higher education will be a key component of the City’s growth over the next several years. Mayor James Cavanaugh believes “higher education will serve as a critical tool in addressing the needs of our residents.”  According to Cavanaugh, “City officials are committed to bringing high quality, postsecondary education to our community that will attract students from across the state of Arizona as well as the entire country.” 


Responses to the Request for Information are due on April 21, 2006.  The RFI can be obtained by visiting the City’s website at or by contacting Kelly Dalton at



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