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June/July 2008 - Joanne Osborne, Councilmember

Hello, fellow "All-America" Goodyearians! What an exciting time to live in Goodyear. Look what's coming?employment, shopping, another hospital, baseball and recreation. All these new businesses will be supported by the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce, which I want to congratulate on its 50th anniversary.

As a business owner in our town, it has been a pleasure to work with, learn, network, and grow with the Chamber. One of its favorite mottos is "Shop Locally." During this economic pinch, you should know that for every dollar spent in Goodyear, the majority of it will be reinvested in some way back into our local economy. In addition, 40 percent of the basic services provided by our city come from the sales tax spent in our town. So, spend your dollars in Goodyear. The sales tax is the "life blood" of our city.

Councilmember Joanne Osborne
Councilmember Joanne Osborne

To help Goodyear businesses, I made the suggestion to our Police Department for some sort of "pro-active" business collaboration. They came up with a "Protect Your Business Program," which will be easily accessible from the City's website in mid-July.

I may be a Councilmember and a business owner, but first I am a wife and mother. I have asked our City staff to look into creating a "city platform" to strengthen families and youth. The backbone of any great city is its people. As we grow, we need to lay the foundation for services important to our future.

Lastly, being an Arizona native, I have some tips on how to get through the hot summers with bored kids. Try the Palm Valley Cinema's free, kid-friendly movies three days a week. Or how about bowling, vacation bible schools, or Goodyear's summer recreation programs? Help kids establish a reading schedule. Check out Goodyear's new library services. Let teens take pride in designing and painting their own room. They might even clean it in the process!

Don't miss Goodyear's All-America Star Spangled 4th of July. Our citizens deserve one big congratulatory celebration. Our whole community is on the Goodyear Team. I'm sure proud to be on it.

Stay cool, be safe and be blessed.

Joanne Osborne


Last Updated: 10/30/2008

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