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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.

Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Sterling Award.

Behring named Scottsdale's city manager

The Scottsdale City Council has selected Fritz Behring to be the new city manager.

Behring has been Pinal County’s manager and also has been city manager in two Florida cities and one in Nebraska.

City officials announced the selection Wednesday.

Behring was one of three finalists for the Scottsdale job, which attracted 50 applicants in a nationwide search.

The other two were former Tempe City Manager Charlie Meyer and Tom Wilson, the assistant city manager for development services in Palm Springs, Calif.

Last July, Scottsdale City Manager David Richert resigned after two years on the job. At the time, he said he didn’t feel there was enough support from the mayor and councilors for him to be effective.

Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Sterling Award.

Behring named Scottsdale’s city manager

The Scottsdale City Council has selected Fritz Behring to be the new city manager.

Behring has been Pinal County’s manager and also has been city manager in two Florida cities and one in Nebraska.

City officials announced the selection Wednesday.

Behring was one of three finalists for the Scottsdale job, which attracted 50 applicants in a nationwide search.

The other two were former Tempe City Manager Charlie Meyer and Tom Wilson, the assistant city manager for development services in Palm Springs, Calif.

Last July, Scottsdale City Manager David Richert resigned after two years on the job. At the time, he said he didn’t feel there was enough support from the mayor and councilors for him to be effective.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, second from left, joined city leaders March 14 at the American Animal Hospital Association’s annual conference to celebrate the millionth delegate to visit the Phoenix Convention Center since its $650 million expansion in January 2009. The millionth delegate, veterinarian Monique Weldon of Aurora, Colo., accepted a donation in her honor to the Rescue Operation for the Animals of the Reservation (ROAR). Pictured from left are Phoenix Convention Center Director Debbie Cotton, Mayor Stanton, AHAA President Mark Russak, ROAR spokeswoman Helen Oliff, Greater Phoenix CVB President Steve Moore, Weldon, and Phoenix City Manager David Cavazos.

Convention Center welcomes millionth delegate

A huge milestone at the Phoenix Convention Center arrived last week in the form of a petite veterinarian from Colorado.

Dr. Monique Weldon, owner of Loving Family Animal Hospital in Aurora, Colo., was the one millionth delegate to visit the Phoenix Convention Center since it emerged four years ago from a $600 million expansion.

Weldon, a veterinary professional in town for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) annual conference, was honored by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and City Manager David Cavazos in the convention center’s palatial North Ballroom during the AAHA’s May 14 opening general session. Phoenix Convention Center Director Debbie Cotton and Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau President Steve Moore also participated in the celebration.

“One million delegates is a testament to the drawing power of our city, our airport, our remade downtown, and this beautiful convention center,” Mayor Stanton said.

Cavazos pointed out that one million convention delegates visiting downtown Phoenix equates to nearly $1.5 billion in estimated spending for Phoenix’s economy.

The Phoenix Convention Center welcomed its first convention attendees in January 2009. With a glass-and-stone design inspired by the turquoise waters and red rock of the Grand Canyon, the convention center boasts nearly 900,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space.

Mayor Stanton characterized the new convention center as a game changer, and called attention to several other developments that either dove-tailed with the facility’s construction or followed in its wake:

* METRO Light Rail began operation with 20 miles of line and 32 stations
* More than 60 new restaurants have opened downtown
* Every major hotel in downtown Phoenix is either completely new or has undergone multimillion-dollar renovations.
* CityScape was built, adding 2 blocks of new dining and entertainment options within a short stroll of the convention center’s doors.

On a more whimsical note, in the four years since expansion was completed, the convention center’s catering staff has served nearly 400,000 chicken breasts and 68,000 gallons of Starbucks coffee.

In addition to honoring Dr. Weldon with an array of gifts that included a return visit to Phoenix, representatives from the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau and three downtown hotels—the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown and Sheraton Phoenix Downtown—donated $1,000 to the Phoenix branch of AAHA’s charity of choice, the Rescue Operation for the Animals of the Reservation (ROAR).

The AAHA matched that donation to ROAR, and another $2,500 was given to the group’s cause by BlogPaws, a collection of bloggers who write about pet-care information.

ROAR is a nonprofit that provides food, shelter and medical care to dogs and cats rescued from American Indian reservations. According to the organization’s website, extreme poverty and limited access to medical care lead to tens of thousands of animals being orphaned on Indian reservations each year; there are at least 1,500 stray dogs and cats roaming the Navajo Nation alone.

On hand Thursday to help ROAR accept the donations was Lucy, a German Shepherd mix who was found in a roadside cardboard box in a New Mexico pueblo. Lucy now lives in a mountainside home in South Phoenix, where she enjoys daily walks and swims in a backyard pool.