Investing in the future

I recently relocated to the West Valley after my appointment as president and CEO of the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce. 

I soon found out that the best-kept secret in the Valley is the West Valley. The boom of cities like Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Tolleson and Avondale won’t stop anytime soon. 

Companies will continue to expand in the Southwest Valley due to the capital improvements, a talented workforce and livability for years to come. 

These days it seems you can’t read local news without seeing an announcement of another new commercial project in the Southwest Valley. The Southwest Valley is shedding old perceptions and becoming a destination for people to live, work and play.

It’s no secret that our elected officials, government and business leaders have been working diligently to attract high-wage employment and professional companies to the Southwest Valley. The cities are preparing for our growth with improved infrastructure and improved amenities for its businesses and residents. 

Let’s start with city of Goodyear with its civic center, scheduled to be completed by the summer of 2022. The center will include a new city hall; a library; and community park for festivals, concerts, and much more.

In the city of Litchfield Park, there will be a new city center that will include commercial, retail and mixed-use developments that will keep the city’s distinctive style and engage its community. 

The city of Tolleson joins the movement with its own civic center. Once completed, it will be the Tolleson City Hall, library and senior center. 

Finally, the city of Avondale continues with its plan to repurpose the center as The BLVD. The city plan for the center will include homes, businesses, shops and entertainment. 

It is an exciting time to be living and working in the Southwest Valley. I enjoy it each day with the anticipation of great things ahead. Join us at our annual membership meeting on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Phoenix Raceway to hear from the Southwest Valley Chamber and city officials from each of the cities. For more information, visit southwestvalleychamber.org