The Goodyear economic development team is here to help


Goodyear's Economic Development experts can assist you with Site Selection, Market and Costs AnalysisDevelopment Services and  help Grow or Relocate your business.

Our knowledgeable team can assist with a myriad of services and connect you with the key resources in an effort to Propel Opportunity and Power Connections.



Harold Stewart
Interim Economic Development Director

(623) 882-7910


Harold Stewart currently serves as the Interim Economic Development Director. Harold is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Harold has worked in business retention and expansion, business recruitment , international business attraction, industrial development, worked with tourism agencies, participated in foreign trade missions and worked extensively with small business startups and early stage companies. In the region he has worked as  the economic development director in the cities of Mesa and Scottsdale. He has also served as interim economic development director in the City of Maricopa (twice), City of Sierra Vista and currently Goodyear.


 LoriGary_150x188   Lori Gary

Economic Development Director starting September 25, 2018

The city of Goodyear has hired Lori Gary as director of Economic Development. Lori has more than 25 years of economic development experience and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). She also served as Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) president in 2010-11.

Lori spent the last six years in economic development with the city of Mesa and most recently served as a Senior Project Manager.  She promoted new investment, redevelopment and reuse, and job creation within Mesa’s Fiesta District, Falcon District, and West Mesa.

As for other community and professional affiliations, Lori is currently a member of Toastmasters International, IEDC, Arizona Rural Development Council and the Industrial Development Authority.  She has also held several positions with numerous non-profit organizations including, American Red Cross, United Way of Pinal County, Decatur Area Women's Network, Shemamo Girl Scouts Council and YWCA.




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Robert Ito 
Project Manager
Retail & Entertainment, Data Centers

(623) 882-7874




Darah Mann 
Project Manager
Health Care, Higher Education, Office, InnovationHub

(623) 882-7958

  Darah Mann brings years of regional economic development experience to her role as economic development project manager. Responsible for business recruitment, retention and expansion for healthcare, higher education and office sectors, Mann also manages the InnovationHub @GoodyearAZ, providing one-on-one mentoring, programming, and facilitating ASU Startup School assisting entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their small businesses.

Mann joined the city from WESTMARC, where she served as the director of marketing and communications from 2008–2013, and director of marketing and strategy from 2014–2015. Mann also served as Interim President and CEO in early 2015.

From 2013–2014, Mann held the position of director of marketing and public relations at the West Valley Arts Council, and assisted in the development of the Arts HQ and the inaugural Goodyear Lakeside Music Festival (GLMFest).




Harry Paxton, CEcD 
Project Manager
Industrial, Aviation & Aerospace

office: (623) 882-7900
mobile: (623) 696-9105


Harry Paxton has over 25 years of experience in the Economic Development field serving communities in Arizona and Southwest New Mexico. He has been with the City of Goodyear since July of 2007 and prior to coming to Goodyear he worked for the City of Chandler Economic Development Office. During his years in Economic Development he has had the opportunity to work in all types of development - from retail to industrial to mixed use and downtown developments. 




Angela Woods
Marketing Coordinator
(623) 882-7904


Angela brings extensive knowledge in Marketing and Graphic Design to the City of Goodyear.  Her experience includes 19 years with the Phoenix Suns (NBA) basketball team, spending the last ten of those years as Director of Design, managing a team designers and multiple freelancers. The design team created marketing materials, logos, arena signage, season tickets, and a plethora of other projects for the Suns, Diamondbacks, Mercury, Rattlers and several other local sports and entertainment venues.  Prior to the sports industry, Angela worked in the commercial real estate field as a Senior Graphic Designer for CB Commercial Real Estate, now known as CBRE.




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