Jobs - Our #1 Goal
A key City Council goal is to bring jobs into this city and to make Goodyear one of the biggest employment bases in the Valley. Three major employment corridors are forming now that will have a great influence on this community's future.
Airport Gateway Center
Located just south of Interstate 10, Airport Gateway will serve as a significant employment center within Goodyear's developing 4,000-acre employment corridor anchored by the Phoenix Goodyear airport. Airport Gateway will stretch south to Lower Buckeye Rd. straddle both sides of Bullard Ave. and be adjacent to the airport.
The conceptual master plan for this 1,200-acre corridor includes mixed use development that incorporates a variety of retail, commercial, multi-family and loft residential, flex-office, and industrial uses.
Airport Gateway is a unique development in that it represents a collaborative effort between five firms including Cornwell Corporation, Sun MP, Claremont Capital, Kohnen Investments and EJM Development, with their chosen planning firm, SWA Group.
Initial construction on the project has already been initiated with the construction of the Venida Business Park (shown at top of page) by the Cornwell Corporation. The five-building office complex, located on the south side of Van Buren Rd. between Bullard Ave. and Litchfield Rd., incorporates almost 88,000 square feet of flex office space of which the City of Goodyear is leasing three buildings for Police and Fire Administrations and the Development Services Department. The Municipal Court will be moving to Venida before the end of 2008.
Palm Valley 303 Employment Center
Suncor is the major landowner in this "Luke Compatible" employment corridor. Palm Valley 303 is a 2,000-acre premier, master planned business park for organizations seeking a true "business home" in the southwestern United States.
Strategically located just north of the interchange of Interstate 10 and Loop 303, Palm Valley 303 provides office, retail and industrial land carefully planned to create a true "sense of place" with 19.6 million square feet of office, retail and industrial space.
A very attractive spec building of 440,000 square-feet exists at Palm Valley 303 and is ready for immediate occupancy.
At final build out, Palm Valley 303 will be a world class will be one of the largest business parks in the southwest at nearly 1,600 acres-with more than 60 proposed buildings ranging in size from 10,000 to 1 million square feet.
801/85 Employment Center
It's easy to see where the name of this center came from when you consider that this 1,700-acre employment corridor is bounded by MC 85 to the south and bisected by the future State Route 801. Located just south of the airport, the center lies on both sides of the Union Pacific Railroad. With such access to all these major transportation links, this corridor will be the general industrial area that is appropriate for manufacturing and larger employment facilities.
The vacant, 730,000-square-foot former Rubbermaid manufacturing facility is already located there and has been garnering a great deal of interest lately from the real estate community.
Duke Realty, a major landowner in this job center, is building two much-needed speculative buildings in this general industrial area.
New jobs already
Macy's Fulfillment Center has opened its Western region distribution plant in the 801/85 Employment Center, bringing more than 500 full-time jobs to Goodyear. Macy's opened a 603,000-square-foot distribution center at the northeastern corner of Cotton Lane and Maricopa County 85. Additionally, Amazon.com has now opened a fulfillment center in the same corridor, bringing more than 600 full-time jobs to Goodyear.