Hello! And welcome back to Business Briefcase. This week we have a bit of sad news, and an uplifting update on a new development. Let’s get on with the news.
Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Safin said last week he will leave due to family issues. He will stay in his position until a replacement is found.
Safin has served as the chamber’s president and CEO since May 2013.
Although he will no longer serve the people in his current capacity, Safin said he intends to continue to help the community in any way possible.
“Even not being the chamber president, just the average, everyday person, at that point there’s still ways I’ll be able to be involved in the community and help make a difference for the community, its residents and for the quality of life,” he said.
In his time in the chamber, Safin has helped create a strong and sustainable business environment in the region, as the business training program has nearly tripled under his term.
As for his next steps, Safin said he is looking forward to time with his family and getting involved within the community.
“Whatever my next step might be where I can make a positive difference on either an individual or an entire community, I’m sure somebody will see me around at some point, even if it’s just reading to elementary school kids or helping the future business leaders of America to get ready for what’s coming their way in life,” he said.
As he prepares to leave the chamber after nearly eight years, Safin said he is above all grateful for members’ great work, the business community, the chamber’s loyal supporters, community volunteers and Vice President Danielle Brown.
“I think the community as a whole would be astounded to know how much the chamber of commerce does behind the scenes without looking for any type of recognition or gratitude or accolades whatsoever. They do it because they know it’s the right thing to do and because it helps the community and helps the people visiting our community,” he said.
As for the person who steps in as the new president and CEO, Safin has simple advice for his successor.
“Be prepared for greatness. It truly is such a great community,” he said.
The chamber board posted the position on Indeed.com and will accept resumes through Feb. 25.
ViaWest Group broke ground on Goodyear Crossings Industrial Park at the southwest corner of Elwood Street and Sarival Avenue in Goodyear.
The project, a joint venture with a Philadelphia-based investment company, is being built on the 25.91-acre parcel ViaWest acquired in November 2019. The plan includes three industrial buildings of 284,290, 58,473 and 67,476 square feet. Each building is planned for single or multitenant use, and all include state-of-the-art specifications. Delivery is intended for Q3 2021.
“In Goodyear’s booming market, the ViaWest spec buildings located in the Goodyear Opportunity Zone will not only be a cost savings for a new business, but they will create an accelerated time-to-market, which means a business can be up and running faster providing more jobs for our citizens,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord.
“We are excited to see the growth and new developments helping our community build a solid future for years to come.”
The site is 3.2 miles south of a full-diamond interchange at Cotton Lane and Interstate 10, less than a mile from the future Loop 303 southern extension, and directly adjacent to buildings occupied by large industrial tenants such as Amazon and Macy’s. Being the most westerly connection to California, the West Valley serves as a strategic growth market for industrial, residential and commercial demand.