Michelle Rider Archives

Goodyear hires Rider as economic development director

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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… Read More →

WESTMARC Creates United Front To Boost West Valley


“You can’t just say you ‘support regionalism,’ you have to believe it.” Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott is talking about attitude in the West Valley. Thirty minutes earlier in a separate conversation, Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord made nearly the same comment. “We believe in regionalism and we put it into practice,” she says. “On this side… Read More →

WESTMARC seeks ‘Best of the West’ nominations

by in Business News | Events | Tech

WESTMARC is seeking nominations for its 20th anniversary Best of the West Awards ceremony scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 1, at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel. At the anniversary event, WESTMARC will announce three West Valley award winners: Economic Engine Award, Quality of Life Enhancement Award and the Excellence in Innovation Award. Nominations are due Wednesday, Sept.12,… Read More →

New WESTMARC President Leverages GPEC Experience To Benefit Organization

WESTMARC Logo - AZ Business Magazine July/August 2011
by in AZ Business Magazine | Economy

In June, Michelle Rider was named WESTMARC president and CEO. On July 1, she officially replaced Jack Lunsford, who had held the post for seven years. For nine years, Rider has held key positions with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC). How is the West Valley economy fairing compared to last year? The West Valley… Read More →