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Georgia Lord – Most Influential Women in Arizona Business

Georgia LordMayor, City of Goodyear
Lord has served as mayor of Goodyear since 2011 and has served on the Goodyear City Council since 2005. In 2013, GPEC awarded Lord the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her promotion of economic development in the region.

Key to her success: “The most important quality that has helped me in leadership positions is my ability to build relationships and coalitions.”

Surprising fact: “I grew up in a rural Michigan house with no electricity or running water and attended a one-room school house.”

Most Influential Women in Arizona Business – Every year in its July/August issue, Az Business Magazine celebrates the amazing women who make an impact on Arizona business.

Click here to see all of the 2014 Most Influential Women.

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Goodyear Wins National Financial Reporting Award

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada again awarded the city of Goodyear the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013.

The award was announced this month and is the highest form of recognition in the areas of government accounting financial reporting. It marks the sixth straight year that Goodyear has won the award for effectively communicating its financial story with full disclosure and to motivate existing and potential user groups to read it.

In addition, an Award of Financial Reporting Achievement will be presented to those responsible for preparing the report.

“We pride ourselves on smart spending and financial reporting,” said Larry Lange, director of the city of Goodyear’s Finance Department. “Following the association’s guidelines helps us show a clearer picture of our accounting so our citizens know how closely we monitor taxpayer dollars.”

Earlier this year, Goodyear was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the GFOA – which highlights the city’s long-standing methods of fiscal responsibility – marking the 13th straight year and 18th time overall the finance department won the award.

GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving about 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

For more information on the city’s budget, visit www.goodyearaz.gov/transparency or call 623-932-3015

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Banner Health Center Breaks Ground in Goodyear

Elected and community officials from the City of Goodyear joined leaders from Banner Health on Thursday to break ground on a Banner Health Center located at Cotton Lane and Estrella Mountain Parkway.

Joining Banner leaders at the ground-breaking were Goodyear Mayor Georgia Long and Goodyear Director of Economic Development, Harry Paxton.

The 13,000 SF center will open next summer. The Goodyear center comes on the heels of four similar ground-breaking celebrations Banner Health christened last week in the East Valley. The developer is Irgens, the general contractor is Ashworth Construction and the architect is 33 North Architects.

“We are pleased to be able to expand Banner’s presence in the Valley through this new health center,” said Jim Brannon, Chief Executive Officer for Banner Medical Group. “Through our community health centers we look to provide high-quality, convenient healthcare for the whole family — from young families to mature adults and everyone in between.”

Goodyear’s Banner Health Center will offer primary care including family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. In addition, rotating physician specialists are expected to be scheduled onsite to meet patient needs. Basic imaging and laboratory services are available onsite for added patient convenience.

The Banner Health Center in Goodyear will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

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Goodyear to host small business summit; AZRE editor to be keynote speaker

The City of Goodyear’s Economic Development Division, along with Sonoran Technology, will host a Small Business Summit for existing or emerging small businesses in the Southwest Valley from 8 a.m.-3:15 p.m. on Oct. 9 at the Tuscany Falls Clubhouse in PebbleCreek, located at 16222 Clubhouse Dr.

The summit will feature eight sessions that include topics involving banking, marketing, business development, business performance and speakers, including Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord and others from the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Small Business Administration, Arizona Procurement Technical Assistance Center, Luke Air Force Base, Phoenix Industrial Development Authority, U.S. Small Business Association and West Valley National Bank.

The event’s keynote speaker will be Peter Madrid, editor of AZRE – Arizona Commercial Real Estate magazine. Madrid’s keynote speech will discuss “Embracing New Media: Big Steps to Building Your Small Business.”

“I am extremely pleased the City has partnered with one of our Goodyear small businesses, Sonoran Technology, to offer this inspiring and informative training for small businesses here in the Southwest Valley,” Mayor Lord said. “I am confident with the business experts on the program and the networking opportunities, business owners will leave with tools to help them succeed.”

Registration for the event is free, but seating is limited. Small business owners and their representatives can register online at goodyearaz.gov/summit or call Tina Daniels in the City’s Economic Development Division at 623.882.7874. The registration deadline is Oct. 1.

Attendees at the event will also have the chance to win an iPad by purchasing $10 raffle tickets. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Homeless Youth Connection. The Small Business Summit sponsors include APS, Insperity, Paragon Business Equipment, Sonoran Technology, Southwest Gas and West Valley National Bank.

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Goodyear Mayor Appointed To Defense Task Force

The City of Goodyear announced that Mayor Georgia Lord will serve on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ (USCM) Defense Transition Task Force. The mission of the task force will be to determine strategies for cities to deal with reductions in defense spending and transition issues that they will likely face as the nation shifts from combat roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton serves as chair of the Defense Transition Task Force.

In 2011, Congress created a bi-partisan deficit “super committee” as part of a compromise to raise the debt ceiling. The group met for three months and was tasked with reducing federal spending by $1.5 trillion over 10 years, but failed to create a plan. As a penalty for the group’s failure, mandatory across-the-board spending reductions will be imposed beginning Jan. 2, 2013. The defense portion of these mandatory cuts is $492 billion, in addition to $487 billion in defense cuts already being implemented at the Pentagon.

“If indeed these cuts amounting to nearly $1 trillion over the next 10 years must be made, then I want to fight for a strategy to ease the impact on the people who have served in wars past and the current conflict against global terrorism,” said Mayor Lord, who spent 24 years as a military wife before her husband, Ron, retired as a Colonel from the Air Force. “It goes without saying national defense is vital to everyone, especially to our residents, our employers and our community. It has been a part of daily life in Goodyear for nearly 100 years.”

With global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin located at Phoenix Goodyear Airport and numerous military personnel that operate out of nearby Luke Air Force Base currently residing in Goodyear, Mayor Lord will look to protect jobs for Goodyear citizens working in the defense industry as well as limiting the economic burdens of defense cuts for Arizona residents.

Overall, Arizona ranks among the Top 5 states in the U.S. in defense contracts, as well as in the Top 10 in aerospace contracts. According to a George Mason University study, the $500 billion in defense sequestration would lead to a loss of 50,000 jobs in Arizona, in addition to a loss of $2.5 billion in income and a $5 billion decrease in gross state product within the state.

In addition to the Defense Transition Task Force, Mayor Lord also supports Luke Forward for F-35 aircraft training at Luke Air Force Base and is a member of the Luke West Valley Council to address community issues affecting the military base. She also currently serves on the Maricopa County Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council and Transportation Policy Committee, Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) Board of Directors, Westmarc Board of Directors, the League of Arizona Cities Executive Committee, West-MEC Bond Committee and the Arizona Tax Commission.

For more information on the U.S. Conference of Mayors, visit usmayors.org.

EcoAvenues Earth Day Celebration, Green Scene

EcoAvenues Earth Day Celebration

As Earth Day approaches, companies are celebrating with events — both active and educational — that get residents into the “green” spirit. One such celebration is the EcoAvenues 2011 2nd annual collaboration of the Southwest Valley event.Green Ecoavenues blog 2011

On Saturday March 26, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Estrella Mountain Community College, families can enjoy a FREE day of activities that promote ways to see the latest in environmental products and services.

Hosts of the event include EcoAvenues, Buckeye Valley Chambers of Commerce, EMCC and the cities of Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, Litchfield Park and Tolleson.

EcoAvenues is a collection of cities and chambers that work together to help communities strive toward a sustainable community.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about energy sources, hybrid emission transportation, recyclable building materials, innovative “green” technologies, locally-grown organic foods, and much more.

Kids will be able enter a kid-friendly zone full of fun-filled youth activities such as bike rodeo, face painting, eco-crafts, science project competition and live animals from the World Wildlife Zoo.

Bringing together businesses, organizations and volunteers help the Southwest Valley be an independent, more sustainable and healthier environment — guiding the lives of those in it to be better protected.

If you have e-waste — electronic equipment nearing end of use such as fax machines, computers and cell phones, Goodwill Industries will collect them and accept donations.

New and innovative technology exhibitors will display unique and organic products to enhance our everyday living and increase public awareness.

Showcase your company or city by contributing to being green.