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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 12, 2013

Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Officer
Office: 623-882-7053; michael.sakal@goodyearaz.gov 

             Goodyear residents can have voice in city’s future through new website 

                                 Goodyear Connects unveiled during Council meeting, February 11

The City of Goodyear has launched a new interactive website that allows its residents to have a voice in the city’s future.
 
The website, www.goodyearconnects.com now is online and allows Goodyear residents to interact by posting ideas, suggestions and photos in connection to the city, a process that citizens can even do from home.
 
The ideas, visions, and aspirations people can post in comments or support through poll participation on the site will help drive the future of Goodyear and three critical planning efforts that will shape the city’s future: The Goodyear 2025 General Plan, the Transportation Master Plan and the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Those three plans form the foundation for how the community will grow and develop while maintaining a high quality of life and continuing to provide quality services.
 
The plan also will include a wide range of topics including economic development, sustainability, parks, housing, transportation, and land use.
 
“The General Plan Committee is really excited to see this website launch,” said Katie Wilken, project manager for the Goodyear General Plan. “We’re at the beginning of the process and want to make this as easy for the residents as we can. “We’re looking forward to seeing what the residents have to say in guiding us into the future.”
 
While Wilken was unveiling the website during the City council meeting on February 11, she said, “In no way does this replace the need for public meetings. We’ll still have public meetings over the General Plan, but this is something to be more interactive and if people can’t make it to meetings, they can do this from home.”
 
Participation is essential in ensuring the plans represent the aspirations of the city’s residents and businesses. Links also allow residents to post what their favorite park or restaurant is as well as post comments about roads and safety concerns.
 
To increase public participation, the site also provides residents award points through the amount of their interactions to win lunch with the mayor and free tickets to a spring training baseball game at Goodyear Ballpark.
To participate in the Goodyear Connects process, residents need to register on the site and set up an account to become a member and be eligible to earn reward points. Residents can register by providing an email address or through their FaceBook, LinkedIn accounts or Google.
 
City Council members also expressed support of the website during its meeting on February 11.
 
The next General Plan 2025 public meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 at the Goodyear Justice Center, 185 North 145th Avenue.
“Goodyear is continuing to grow and we want our citizens to provide their input in what they believe is important,” Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord said.
 
While speaking about the website during the meeting on February 11, Lord added, “We’ve come a long way. Just a few years ago, we didn’t have anything like this. This will be a great site and will give us a true feeling on how the city is feeling what’s important.” 

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