Finance Department Recognized for Excellence
For the fourth consecutive year, the City of Goodyear's Finance Department was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. It is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The award celebrates the City's comprehensive annual financial report, which demonstrated full disclosure and clearly communicated the City's financial story.
And the Emmy goes to…Goodyear’s Leading Edge promo video!
Goodyear's Leading Edge video won the Emmy Award for Government Programs, Segments and Specials. The award was presented by the National Academy of Television Sciences and Arts, Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
The three-minute video was created by the Goodyear Economic Development Department and was a key element in the Leading Edge promotional campaign. Earlier this year, the Leading Edge campaign won five other prestigious honors, including two 3CMA Silver Circle Awards, an Award of Excellence, and two awards from the International Economic Development Council.
Goodyear's Fleet and Equipment Management Team Wins Top Awards
Government Fleet Magazine named Goodyear's Fleet and Equipment Management Division one of the top 100 fleets in the nation for 2010. The award recognizes the top performing public sector fleets among the 38,000 eligible North American municipalities, counties, states, and federal agencies. The award was presented to Goodyear at the annual Government Fleet Expo and Conference awards ceremony on June 21 in Austin, Texas.
Goodyear's Fleet and Equipment Management Division maintains and repairs more than 350 vehicles and apparatus in the City's fleet, manages vehicle and equipment acquisition and disposal, coordinates emissions and environmental regulations compliance, and oversees fleet availability for Police and Fire. All of Goodyear's fleet mechanics are Master ASE service technicians and Emergency Vehicle Technicians.
The division was recently awarded the Blue Seal of Excellence by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence and the Police Chief's Citation for Excellence, acknowledging the division's ongoing assistance and management of the Police Department's fleet needs.
Goodyear Named All-America City
This is big. This is really, really big. Only 10 cities nationwide win each year. Being named an All-America City in 2008 puts Goodyear in the select company of only 500 cities out of 4,000 nationwide who have tried for this designation over the past 59 years.
Only four cities from Arizona have been winners - Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe and, now, Goodyear. Maricopa County and Tucson's Flowing Wells neighborhood have also won. Some cities try multiple times without winning. Goodyear is extremely proud to have won this coveted award on its first try! That says a great deal about how special our community is, the innovative way Goodyear meets challenges and how engaged our citizens are.
It is an award for the whole community - our citizens, our businesses, and our City government. It recognizes how all these parts of a community work together to face issues and meet challenges. So, it is YOUR award. We hope you will take pride in getting this honor and spread the word, so everyone will know you live in an All-America city.
Goodyear Wins Most Livable City Award
Right on the heels of being named an All-America City, Goodyear was also named one of the five "Most Livable Cities" in America with populations fewer than 100,000 people. For the past 29 years, cities have competed for this very prestigious award, which recognizes mayoral leadership for developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America's cities. Mayor Jim Cavanaugh accepted this honor at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' annual meeting on June 21, 2008 for his vision and successful and innovative recruitment efforts to bring universities to Goodyear.
Fire Station 185 Wins Bronze Award
Goodyear's newest fire station, Station #185 at 15875 W. Clubhouse Dr., was recognized in 2008 as one of the most outstanding stations in the nation. It won a bronze award from Fire Chief® magazine for outstanding architecture and design within fire departments nationwide. This Goodyear station won in the Satellite Station category for its excellent architecture by LEA Architects, LLC. of Phoenix, Ariz.
Sanitation Campaign Wins Top Environmental Award
In 2008, Goodyear earned top environmental awards for its educational campaign introducing and implementing the city's new recycling and automated curbside collection program.
Curby the Mascot is the central character in Goodyear's award-winning sanitation campaign, which recently received Valley Forward's Crescordia Award in the environmental educational campaign category. Valley Forward is an organization representing the private and public sectors, promoting cooperative efforts to improve the environment and livability of Valley communities.
The Curby campaign was also named the best municipal marketing campaign in the nation in 2007 by 3CMA, a national municipal marketing association.
Key elements of the city's five-month campaign included Curby the Mascot, Curby and the Collectors singing group, brochures, featured web pages on Goodyear's website, T-shirts, block parties, fliers, news stories, and articles in the city's newsletter, INFOCUS.
Goodyear Wins Two National Marketing Awards
Goodyear's Communications Office was awarded the prestigious 2007 President's Award for the nation's "Most Outstanding Marketing Program" by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). This top honor recognized Goodyear's communications group for its outstanding marketing campaign which educated residents about the city's new automated curbside trash and recycling program. The extensive marketing program, designed around a red-headed mascot, Curby, was developed by the Communications Office in cooperation with the Sanitation Division.
This same marketing campaign also won the 3CMA Savvy Award for Marketing Government Services, the highest award in this particular marketing category. At 3CMA's annual conference, more than 700 entries were submitted for 10 Savvy categories by cities and counties nationwide.
Westmarc's Higher Education Award
During the 15th Annual Best of the West dinner and awards, Westmarc (a consortium of 15 West Valley cities) honored Goodyear in 2007 with its top award for Higher Education for our strategy in recruiting private institutions of higher learning. Goodyear's aggressive, innovative efforts yielded commitments from two private colleges: Franklin Pierce University of New Hampshire and Illinois' University of St. Francis. A Higher Education Conference and President's Summit were part of Goodyear's unique recruiting process.
Two Awards Recognize City Center Plan As Innovative
The "Goodyear City Center Specific Area Plan," prepared under the direction of the Development Services Department, is the recipient of two major awards. The precedent-setting plan, which provides regulatory land use, zoning and architectural guidance for the development of Goodyear's future 200-acre downtown site, was awarded the Arizona Planning Association's "Best Project" in 2007. This top state planning award went to the City Center project due to its originality, innovations, comprehensiveness and extensive citizen participation process.
The Valley Forward Association, which promotes cooperative efforts to improve the environment and livability of Valley communities, gave Goodyear's plan an "Award of Merit" for Environmental Excellence. The plan calls for the positioning of buildings so they create wind tunnels to cool public spaces and addresses solar orientation through shade and shadows cast by buildings.