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May 2008 – Georgia Lord, Councilmember
One of my goals as a Councilmember and representative of you, the residents of Goodyear, has been to attract new business and clean industry to our city to bring employment opportunities and improve the lifestyles for our families. So, I feel fortunate to have been appointed by our Mayor to be Goodyear’s representative on the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors. This partnership of public, private and higher education institutions was formed to generate high quality investments and jobs in the Valley. Through our partnership with GPEC, many economic leads have come before our City.
Being on the GPEC board has given me a better understanding of the importance of our city becoming more sustainable through an effective and competitive economic development program. Due to my international experience, I was also appointed to the Arizona Global Network Committee and International Leadership Council working in concert with the Arizona Department of Commerce to attract foreign companies and direct investments to our state and to Goodyear.
Goodyear has made great strides working with landowners and the development community to develop business parks with the infrastructure (i.e.: roads, water, and sewer systems) to attract new companies. The recent opening of Macy’s Logistics and Distribution Center is testimony to that effort. We have created a positive development environment motivating developers to take the risk of building large, 500,000-square-foot spec buildings which make Goodyear more competitive.
With these improvements, Goodyear is better able than ever to attract more diversified companies such as solar, biotech and the next generation technology which translates into higher paying quality jobs that can eliminate the long, congested commutes for our families. We are making great strides in developing our city’s infrastructure.
The experts say, “Jobs go to the communities with the best educated work force, the most competitive infrastructure, a creative environment and a supportive government.”
Goodyear’s future is bright!