Goodyear, known for “bagging” big-game companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Fairlife (as well as Nike, “the big one that got away”), just landed two awards for its growing trophy case.
First came the announcement that Goodyear is the winner of the 2020 Best City for Business Award by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Then, Goodyear’s economic development team won the International Economic Development Council Gold Award for its Foreign Trade Zone Program in the Multi-Year Economic Development Program category.
On top of that, Amazon said Oct. 19 it is hiring more than 1,000 full-time positions for its 855,000 square-foot fulfillment center being built at Yuma Road and Bullard Avenue in Goodyear.
According to a company release, “Employees at this facility will work alongside innovative technologies, including Amazon robotics.” Humans interested in applying for the $15-18 per hour jobs can visit amazon.com/phoenixjobs.
The Amazon news and awards made for quite a week in Goodyear.
“And we won a bronze award for Economic Development Organization of the Year,” Economic Development Director Lori Gary added.
The IEDC presented its awards Oct. 15, the day after Goodyear received the Arizona Chamber of Commerce award.
“It is an honor,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord. “Through years of planning and hard work we have created a culture that companies, both big and small, want to be a part of.”
Indeed, Goodyear has the numbers to back up the awards: In the last two years, more than 3,000 new jobs and $2 billion in capital expenditures came to Goodyear, with 6 million square feet of business development redefining the city from a farming community to a booming industrial mecca.
“Mayor Lord, the council and their entire team are committed to creating an environment where the community can flourish and businesses of all sizes can grow and thrive,” said Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.
He noted Goodyear’s skill at “strategic planning, striving to eliminate bureaucratic red tape and the ability to quickly meet deadlines for industry.”
Gary said the chamber award came completely out of the blue.
She said she was told the award was for excellence in customer service: “They evaluate things based on our efforts to streamline processes. ... There’s clear expectations on the permitting and approval process. And we have knowledgeable staff people to be able to answer questions,” Gray said.
Stream Data Centers, for one, seconds that. This month, the company launched the first of five buildings on nearly 200 acres near Litchfield and Lower Buckeye roads.
“Working alongside the city of Goodyear was a great experience, as their ongoing partnership allowed us to complete the first phase of the project on schedule during an otherwise challenging year,” said Chris Kincaid, senior vice president of construction at Stream, on the company’s website.
As for “the one that got away,” Gary said she is not sure what Nike will do its sprawling, brand-new warehouse, after the company recently announced it was not going through with plans to launch a production facility in Goodyear.
“The last time we spoke with them, they were taking a look at various options,” Gary said.
Whatever company that fills that space will be working with a city honored by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce for showing “it can drive economic development, reduce regulatory burdens on business and work with the business community to improve the local quality of life.
“Goodyear more than fills those shoes,” said Hamer.
“On behalf of Arizona job creators, we want to thank the city’s leadership and commitment to creating an environment where communities can flourish and businesses can grow and thrive.”