Mayor Georgia Lord's State of the City Address
There’s no question that our city has flourished over the past year. Looking around, construction can be found every which way we turn. This construction symbolizes the confidence our partners have in the direction Goodyear is heading and in the current state of our city.
Our recent economic growth has been astonishing with the announcements of Microsoft’s two data center campuses, Nike’s Air Manufacturing Innovation, Colados Coffee & Crepes, Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park and the long list of committed businesses choosing Goodyear as their home. We also celebrated the opening of Adelante Healthcare and Goodyear Medical Plaza. Both provide exceptional healthcare to our community and to the region – ultimately helping us to attract even more diverse businesses.
My excitement grows each time I drive by the construction of the city’s two new hotels, Tru by Hilton and Springhill Suites by Marriott. I can already visualize the baseball fans visiting to cheer on the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds during spring training; or executives staying for a local business meeting.
Mot far from these hotels is the future home of Goodyear Civic Square at Estrella Falls. I am especially proud of this public-private partnership as I was the former chair of the 2004 Goodyear City Center Technical Advisory Committee. This committee was charged with the task of establishing the vision for the heart of our city, and it is finally coming to fruition. Our partnership with Globe Corporation is held dear to my heart, for without them, we would not be constructing this project to house a new city hall and Class A office space to attract high-wage jobs for our professional workforce. A park will be the centerpiece for the civic square, and will serve as a traditional gathering space that we have all dreamt of providing for the community to enjoy for generations.
Goodyear Civic Square is just one of the many projects we are thrilled to see coming to life. In 2019, we celebrated the groundbreaking of the Goodyear Recreation Campus and the Goodyear Water Treatment Facility. This year, we’ll celebrate the start of construction of two new fire stations! This will improve our fire crews response times in an emergency.
Among the celebrations, the city council and I made the unquestionable decision to protect our young adults by expanding our current smoking ordinance and raising the age to purchase vape and tobacco products to 21. I recently had the honor of representing Goodyear at the state capitol to help promote new state legislation which would follow in Goodyear’s footsteps. I'm proud to have received the invitation to preserve the health of our state and end the vaping epidemic in Arizona.
All these new amenities and important decisions help promote the quality of life we strive to deliver. Supporting our public safety departments, increasing our water supply to support future economic growth, and providing a community for friends and families to grow has been a constant priority for the city council and me.
As we continue to grow and expand to the undeveloped areas in our community, more homes are being built and filled with families and new residents. It is essential to provide new opportunities for all of us to gather as a community. Adding two new signature events – Hop & Hops and Camp Go Back – allow for residents of all ages to relax and build comradery even more. Both events kicked off in 2019 and were a huge success.
The moments we’ve shared over the past year have been some of the most memorable in my civic career. I want to thank all of you for being part of our community and to thank the city’s staff for their dedication and perseverance during such a busy year. Goodyear was recognized as the 22nd best place to live in the U.S. by Money Magazine. This tremendous recognition serves as a tribute to the work that we’ve accomplished as a community and supports the vision we set forth for the future. I look forward to continuing our journey together and celebrating along the way.
Mayor Georgia Lord