Building a vibrant “heart” of Goodyear

Arendall Julie webFor decades, our growing community has been asking for a dynamic place we can proudly call the “heart” of our city -- a gathering place for family and friends to enjoy festivals, concerts and parades. With the announcement that Goodyear is partnering with Globe Corporation, the city is closer than ever to making that vision a reality.

At 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13, Goodyear City Manager Julie Arendall will explain what the Goodyear Civic Square project at Estrella Falls entails.

Globe Corporation owns 47 acres north of McDowell Road and west of Harkins Theater, near 150th Drive. Goodyear Civic Square will be at the center and will include a new city hall, a library, a two-acre park/gathering place, and upscale Class A office space. Globe is confident that, if it builds much-needed office space, jobs will follow, which will bring more people to the area during the day. More people mean more businesses, including restaurants, retail stores and entertainment venues coming to the area.

CivicSquareArendall was appointed Goodyear's city manager in February 2018. She has more than 19 years of local government experience and is a credentialed city manager through the International City Management Association.

Prior to joining the city of Goodyear, Arendall served as a deputy city manager for the city of Peoria. She joined that organization in 2012 as human resources director, after 12 years with Yavapai County, first as human resources director and, in 2007, as county administrator. Arendall was an executive-level human resources professional in the private sector, before transitioning to local government.

Arendall earned a master’s degree in public administration from Grand Canyon University and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Arizona State University. She was honored to attend the Senior Executives in Local Government Program at JFK School of Government at Harvard University, is a certified public manager through Arizona State University and a senior professional in human resources through the Society for Human Resources Management.

Tickets to all Monday Morning Lectures are $5 at the door of the Renaissance Theater.

For more information, see the City of Goodyear information.