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Brian Dalke awarded recertification in economic development designation

Post Date:03/02/2017 4:04 PM


For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Bolton, Public Information Officer       
Office:  623-882-7053 



Brian Dalke awarded recertification in economic development designation


Goodyear, Ariz. (March 2, 2017) – Goodyear City Manager Brian Dalke has been awarded a recertification by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). Brian first achieved the certification in 1992 by passing a rigorous three-part, two-day examination testing his knowledge, proficiency and judgment in key areas of economic development.

CEcD recertification, required every three years, was awarded to Brian after he met the demanding requirements for continuing education and service to the profession. The exam tests a practitioner’s knowledge, proficiency and judgment key areas of economic development, including: business retention and expansion; finance analysis; marketing and attraction; strategic planning; entrepreneurial and small business development; neighborhood development strategies; and workforce development strategies.

The designation of Certified Economic Developer is a highly recognized national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to professional growth. As a highly skilled economic development practitioner, Brian joins over 1,000 other Certified Economic Developers in the United States who work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create and retain high-quality jobs, establish economic vibrancy, and improve the quality of life and opportunities for the community.

Brian has served as the past President of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED). In 1997, he received the Arizona Economic Developer of the Year, and in 1993 was selected as the AAED Member of the Year. In 2014, Brian received the prestigious Arizona Association for Economic Developers William Lampkin Long Term Excellence in Economic Development Award. He has also served on the Boards of the International Economic Development Council, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), the Urban Land Institute, and was the chairman of the GPEC Economic Development Director’s Team. 

Brian first joined the city of Goodyear in March 1994, serving as the economic development director for ten years before being promoted to deputy city manager in 2004. He became city manager in March 2012. Prior to joining Goodyear, Dalke spent 16 years with SRP where he was a senior representative of business and industrial development, a community and public affairs information specialist, and a budget analyst. He served as adjunct faculty teaching small business finance in business department at Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC) for 17 years and on EMCC Education Advisory Board. Dalke also owned a consulting business from 1986-1990 that served local government, small business and consumers. A native of Arizona, Dalke holds a bachelors degree in Business Administration.

Significant accomplishments during Mr. Dalke’s tenure include:

  • In 2015, Goodyear was named #7 on the list of America’s 50 Best Places to Live by financial blog Wall St. 24/7. The only city in Arizona to receive this national recognition;
  • Leadership in developing/managing the City’s annual budgets, to include high-growth periods and economic recession, ensuring that a high level of service and quality of life was maintained for our citizens while maintaining high bond ratings and cash reserves; 
  • Restructuring of several city departments for efficiencies and enhanced communication between staff and with residents and stakeholders;
  • Led effort to acquire 129 acres for $233 from Maricopa County for Goodyear Community Health Park; recognized nationally as public/private partnership for health and wellness to include Abrazo West Hospital Campus, Cancer Treatment Center of America.
  • Primary role for recruiting Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds spring training baseball stadium/player development 125-acre campus; managed site/developer selection, development agreements, financing, team recruitment/negotiations. Nearly 20 separate contracts/agreements were required.

For more information, contact the Goodyear City Manager’s Office at 623-932-3910.


About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,700 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions. 


About Goodyear
As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, the city of Goodyear is poised to rapidly add to the current population of 78,189. Set in the West Valley of metropolitan Phoenix, the city encompasses 191 square miles that is only 10 percent built out. Home to a strong, educated and skilled workforce, Goodyear is well-positioned for growth. Featuring an ideal location, major transportation corridors – Interstate 10 and State Route 303 – reliable infrastructure, abundant land and a low cost of living, Goodyear has already attracted many major employers including Amazon, REI, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Macy’s, Subzero and the Michael Lewis Company. As the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians, fans from across the country flock to catch the exciting action at Goodyear Ballpark. A thriving healthcare corridor, anchored by Abrazo West Campus and Cancer Treatment Centers of America, serves not only the community but the entire region. Supported by a strong median household income of $69,078 and a median age of 36.7 years, the diverse retail, dining and recreation options offer residents choices to enjoy and support the local community. According to the most recent satisfaction survey, 93 percent of residents rate Goodyear as a good/excellent place to live.