From distribution co-op to cooperative public safety 

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Photo8 1024x558Whether you need a kayak for your next trip to Arizona mountains or require emergency help at home, nearly new facilities in Goodyear will make sure you will get what you need.

Your tour day begins at REI Co-op Goodyear Distribution Center, which serves 60 stores in seven Southwest states and is one of the country’s most efficient and net-zero-energy distribution centers. The 400,000-square-foot facility, which opened in 2016, produces all of its own energy and takes an innovative approach to water conservation, earning it the highest certification (called LEED Platinum) for sustainability from the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn about the center’s technological advancements -- from its solar and cooling systems to associates’ high-tech chairs to work-process efficiencies.

Founded in 1938 by a group of climbing enthusiasts, REI operates as a co-op that specializes in top-quality outdoor gear and apparel, expert advice and rental equipment to encourage access to outdoor adventures. Today, the REI community has 5.5 million active members and 140 stores in 33 states.

For lunch, you’ll head to Verrado’s cutting-edge Tempo Urban Bistro, focused on fresh food, craft beer, music and art.

Gdyr police robot After lunch, tour the City of Goodyear’s 155-member Police Department (113 police officers and 42 civilian staff) including a briefing room, jail and vehicles used by patrol officers and military-type Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams.

You’ll also observe real-time activity within the police department’s 911 Call Center. The 10,000-square-foot, technologically advanced call center opened in 2014. The center’s intergovernmental agreement with the Regional Wireless Cooperative enables communication and resource sharing among public-safety agencies throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area, during large-scale, regional events, such as a Super Bowl or a natural or human-caused disaster.

To see Goodyear police staff members in action, view the fun, musical video below that they produced in 2018 for a nationwide lip-sync challenge among police departments. 

NOTE: At REI, be prepared for extensive walking and some stairs; wear flat, closed-toe and closed-heel shoes.

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DATE/TIME: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

COST:$ 60

MAXIMUM:40

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