Editor's Note: This opinion item first appeared in the December 2021 edition of InFocus Magazine, published by the city of Goodyear.
The close of 2021 wraps up the yearlong celebration of Goodyear’s 75th anniversary.
Founded on agriculture and aerospace, our city grew with the investment and support of small businesses who worked to provide much-needed and highly desired services to our residents.
While we have many new industries today, with prospects of many more, our small businesses are integral to the success of our city and the region. Goodyear’s Economic Development team actively recruits businesses from the retail, restaurant and entertainment sectors to come to the city, and it also supports and encourages small businesses to consider opening in Goodyear.
This year, the city launched its Goodyear Elevates program, which offers customized solutions that help small businesses become more profitable, efficient and competitive. The city also has programs dedicated to helping entrepreneurs launch their business and turn their dreams into reality.
There’s everything from the basics of Council Corner how to get started to the resources and training required to build a successful business. All of these programs and even a list of local stores is available at developgoodyearaz.com.
Challenges related to the pandemic, such as supply chain issues, rising costs and labor shortages, still require careful navigation. The community’s continued support, coupled with grace and patience, will help them to continue to be successful.
We also have an engaged faith and nonprofit community who have a passion to serve. They stay connected by attending the Goodyear Faith and Community Roundtable, a monthly gathering at Goodyear City Hall.
Members of the faith and nonprofit community share information and resources at these meetings and seek ways to work together for the benefit of our residents.
The city of Goodyear supports local nonprofits through its Community Funding Program, which donated $160,200 in grant funding to area non-profits this fiscal year.
It’s been a memorable year celebrating Goodyear’s past, and the Goodyear City Council looks forward to partnering with our community to build a safe, prosperous and engaging community for the future.
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