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Goodyear hires Rider as economic development director

The city of Goodyear has named Michelle Rider as the city’s new economic development director, Goodyear City Manager Brian Dalke announced earlier this week.

Rider was selected out of a field of more than 40 candidates and four finalists after a nationwide search.

“I’m excited to add Michelle to our team,” said Dalke, who was Goodyear’s first economic development director. “She comes to us with nearly 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Michelle’s expertise, knowledge of the West Valley, and leadership qualities are the perfect complement to our team.”

Rider currently serves as the President and CEO for WESTMARC – the coalition of the West Valley cities and towns, business community, and education sector – where she worked to implement a strategic plan and lead an aggressive effort in economic development and public policy advocacy.

Prior to taking the helm at WESTMARC, Rider served as senior vice president of external relations at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.

“Goodyear is a very progressive, diverse, and growing city. This opportunity will let me bring my skills and experience to a community I am familiar with,” said Rider, a Goodyear resident. “I am excited to make the move to Goodyear.”

Among some of Rider’s top priorities in her new role will be: fostering job creation; leveraging the city’s assets such as the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport, Loop 303 and Interstate 10; and enhancing retail and entertainment.

A native of Arizona, Rider graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She interned for U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, and worked at several non-profits in Washington, D.C., including the Cato Institute and Citizens for a Sound Economy. She is the granddaughter of former Arizona Governor and U.S. Sen. Paul Jones Fannin.

Rider will officially join Goodyear on Jan. 5 at an annual salary of $122,760.

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Goodyear City Manager earns award

Goodyear City Manager Brian Dalke was presented with the prestigious Arizona Association for Economic Developers William Lampkin Long Term Excellence in Economic Development Award during the organization’s spring conference in Tucson on Thursday, May 1.

Marking his 20th year with the city this year, Dalke became Goodyear’s first economic development director in 1994 when the city still was covered with cotton fields and had just a population of 10,000, Brian Dalke’s role in the city’s transformation and economic development accomplishments are long and far-reaching for the success of the West Valley and the region.

As economic development director and now city manager, he helped to lead the charge on numerous development agreements and projects that are ongoing and continue to sustain the city – while maintaining its reputation as a leading aerospace and defense contracting hub but expanding in quality healthcare, manufacturing, warehouse distribution and retail.

The award that recognizes outstanding achievements by an individual that has made significant contributions to economic development efforts in Arizona and demonstrated a sustained commitment to AAED.

He was nominated for the award on March 7.

Other accomplishments Dalke has reeled in or been a part of: He also was lead negotiator for Goodyear’s Development Agreement with Cancer Treatment Centers of America’s Western campus which brought world-class cancer care to the region, creating more than 650 jobs. He also spearheaded plans for the military re-use zone at the Phoenix-Goodyear Airport where businesses are continuing to expand – and earmarked locations for Goodyear’s foreign trade zone in addition to spearheading innovative development agreements and managed a $55 million improvement district that provided infrastructure for a major commercial corridor, the largest in the state at the time.

Key businesses that have set up shop in the city under Dalke’s tenure include: Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods Distribution Warehouse, Macy’s online fulfillment center, Sub-Zero, Snyder’s of Hanover pretzels and West Valley Hospital; just to name a few. Dalke also has been a constant supporter of the mission at Luke Air Force Base – the largest fighter jet training base in the world and now home to the F-35.”

Dalke also has found time to teach at Estrella Mountain Community College’s business classes – helping to guide others working on business plans – businesses that have come to fruition and are thriving in Goodyear today. He also supports AAED’s Basic Economic Development Course as a course instructor each year helping to educate our future economic developers.

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Goodyear backs additional F-35 squadron at Luke

Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord was among a number of state-wide officials during the Department of Defense’s announcement of three additional squadrons to the Air Force’s F-35A Lightning II fighter jet program at Luke Air Force Base.

Since the DOD’s initial announcement that Luke AFB will be the training center for the F-35s, cities and community groups throughout the West Valley have voiced their support for the military community and Luke’s mission of remaining the premier base for fighter pilot training.

“We are very pleased that Luke Air Force Base will now be home to three additional squadrons of F-35 Fighter Jets.” Goodyear Mayor Lord said. “The support of Goodyear and the surrounding West Valley communities played a huge role in this decision and we will continue to advocate on behalf of Luke and our military families.”

“Not only is this decision good for the security of our nation, but it will also have a huge economic impact on Goodyear, the West Valley and the State of Arizona.” Mayor Lord added.

The first three F-35A squadrons are scheduled to begin arriving at Luke AFB next year. Over the next several years, Luke will operate 170 aircraft; 144 will be the F-35A while 26 F-16s will remain for foreign military training.

Goodyear is among 13 Valley and West Valley municipalities partnering in the Luke Forward campaign that generated awareness of the positive impacts the Air Force’s next generation strike fighter will bring to the state. Through that community support involving tens of thousands of citizens participating in public hearings, the DOD recognized the importance of keeping Luke as the hub for fighter pilot training.

Two brand new training facilities are currently being constructed at Luke in preparation of receiving the F-35A fighter jets. An operations building will open later this year, while the 145,000 square-foot academic center is planned to open in mid to late 2014.

“This is great news for the region,” Goodyear City Manager Brian Dalke said of the DOD’s announcement on Thursday. “We value Luke Air Force Base as a neighbor as well as the economic support the military community currently provides to our city. We welcome the expansion of F-35 program with open arms. Not only will the program be beneficial for the local economy, it will strengthen national security.”