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August 2010 – Joanne Osborne, Councilmember

Growing Goodyear’s Economic Garden

Attracting large employers to Goodyear and creating opportunities for entrepreneurs have been major priorities for your Mayor and Council. Our recent efforts have been on developing the right business environment through public policy to promote job creation. Regionally, our involvement with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) in passing the solar tax credit bill led us to recruiting the world’s leading solar panel manufacturer, Suntech Power Holdings. Other companies in the solar manufacturing supply chain will follow. Good jobs in this new industry and others will produce opportunities for entrepreneurs that will make our garden bloom.

Councilmember Joanne Osborne
Joanne Osborne

However, I do understand the need for tending to the garden. My personal attention has been focused on advocating for small business through our Economic Development Department’s partnership with the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Since early 2009, the City, together with these two organizations, has been offering business workshops that inform and educate business owners on new tools and methods to help them succeed. The SBDC offers a full-time business coach available at no cost to assist small business planning.

As your City representative to the Board of Directors of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, I’ll remain committed to being an advocate for these programs and good business policy. This fall, Mayor and Council will review all City policies related to keeping our economic garden flourishing.

Joanne Osborn


Last Updated: 8/5/2010

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