It's Been a Goodyear
"We’ve got Nike and Amazon. What’s next?"
Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord was recently interviewed by Commercial Executive Magazine about the record growth in Goodyear. Here's a portion of the article. For the full article, click here.
As mayor of Goodyear since 2011, Georgia Lord has spearheaded an amazing growth trajectory for the dynamic West Valley city. “Goodyear has a lot of to offer,” she says. “When a person or a company chooses Goodyear as home, they are entering a city with a number of advantages. We offer a safe and vibrant community, schools with A ratings, ample space for development, a highly educated and skilled workforce, and a business-friendly environment.”
When her tenure began, Lord faced the daunting task of reversing a commercial climate that company executives found uninviting to business. “The feeling was that Goodyear was not a place to allocate capital, relocate or expand,” she says. “Our city has invested in our community, and over time, we’ve earned a business-friendly reputation by implementing practices promoting efficiency and innovation. Best-in-class names putting roots down
in Goodyear tell the story: Microsoft, Compass Datacenters, Nike Air Manufacturing Innovation, UPS, Amazon and many more.”
Business leaders see Goodyear as a superstar with unlimited potential. “With only 11% of our 191-square-mile city developed, the opportunities for new business are almost endless,” she says. “We strive to be the best partners, be it Fortune 500 or an entrepreneurial startup. I like to say, we’re in the service business – because we are! We work closely with each business to find solutions to problems and ensure timelines are met. After all, time is money.” While Goodyear possesses many foundational elements critical to its success, a major factor involves the robust transportation infrastructure surrounding the municipality including Interstate 10, Loop 303 and MC 85. In addition, the Phoenix Goodyear Airport is in proximity, as is a rail line. “These all provide access for businesses and residents, as well as the workforce entering our city,” she says. “And don’t forget State Route 30, which currently is in the environmental study phase. This project will provide more access to Goodyear, attract more development to our community and serve as a major economic driver by increasing the connectivity for the entire region.”
Lord, City Council members and the talented government staff have been instrumental in creating a culture of engagement, synergy and constructive dialogue between business leaders, residents and municipal
personnel. “We listen to all of our partners equally. Fortune 500 companies, our citizens and everyone in between has wants or needs, and it’s our job to ensure we are all successful,” she says. “Keeping our partners happy is a common goal across the city of Goodyear. We are lucky to have such dedicated staff working in the best interest of the community.” The results speak volumes about the success of the Goodyear model. In the city’s most recent Citizen Satisfaction Survey, respondents indicated: 95% feel Goodyear is an excellent or good place to live; 96% feel safe in their neighborhood; 9 out of 10 would recommend and remain in Goodyear.
The mayor finds herself amid a flurry of activity before her final term expires after the fall 2022 elections. A new Water Treatment Facility, Recreation Campus and Civic Square at Estrella Falls are all projects in the works. Lord is particularly excited about the latter. “Our community has patiently waited for this project, and we are tremendously grateful for our partnership with Globe Corporation and for their investment in our community,” she says.
The future is bright for Goodyear thanks to Lord’s energy and enthusiasm. “It is an exciting time for Goodyear, and I am so fortunate to be the mayor at a time like this,” she says. “Providing a quality city for our residents and business community has been a main goal of mine. With the help of our City Council, our city management and external partners, I truly believe we’ve done so thus far. The next few years will be an exciting time, and I look forward to what is to come for Goodyear.”