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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             
September 5, 2013

Contact: Mike Sakal, Public Information Office                 

Office:  623-882-7053;

        Goodyear one of eight U.S. cities selected for Alliance for Innovation Academy

    In the months ahead, the City of Goodyear will have the chance to showcase and share its innovative methods and efficiency within city governments through the Alliance for Innovation Academy.

Goodyear was one of eight U.S. cities selected by the Tempe-based Alliance for Innovation to participate in the Alliance for Innovation Academy, an organization which partners with Arizona State University to promote innovation in local government. Other cities in the academy include Austin, Texas; Gainsville, Florida; Glenview, Illinois; Knoxville, Tennessee; Nevada County, California, Palo Alto, California and Sparks, Nevada.

“This puts us in a league of what I feel are some dynamic, progressive cities,” said Goodyear City Manager Brian Dalke. “We’re not bashful about believing there’s always room for improvement and having the ability to learn from others is a benefit to us and our citizens. We’re excited about being in good company with other forward-thinking cities.”

Goodyear was selected for this year’s academy based on its good standing within the alliance and for being known for implementing innovative practices such as its performance-based budgeting measures, employee performance measures, how emerging issues are handled, implementing its own medical clinic to help cut healthcare costs and encouraging creativity and entrepreneurship within the business community.

Goodyear will have a team of 14 employees representing nine different city departments mentoring other city employees through the course of the academy while also learning innovative concepts from them. Other cities that have been known leaders in the alliance include Palo Alto and Glenview who help to organize a new approach that can be put into action to develop a culture of innovation and create a sense of empowerment of employees in local governments.

During the course of the academy, representatives from the eight cities will meet for eight sessions addressing various topics of innovation and efficiency. During the course of the academy, each city will organize a project within their team.

“It’s very exciting to see us taking that step,” said Kim Bradford, executive management assistant for the Goodyear city Manager’s Office, of the city’s selection to this year’s academy. “It’s a great tool to take us to the next level. I’m excited to see where it goes from there.”


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