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|Lori Gary, CEcD
Economic Development Director
Lori Gary was chosen to lead the city of Goodyear’s economic development team in September 2018. She has more than 30 years of economic development experience and holds the professional designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
Prior to Goodyear, Lori spent six years with the city of Mesa’s Office of Economic Development and most recently served as a Senior Project Manager. As a Senior Project Manager with Mesa, Lori was responsible for leading the redevelopment effort within Mesa’s Fiesta District resulting in over $500 million of new investment. Additionally, she was responsible for leading Mesa’s business attraction efforts in the bioscience industry sector focusing on the medical device, bio-med and med-tech industries. She also championed the effort to develop Mesa’s Falcon Tech Center, a unique development aimed at creating a high-end, campus-like setting where medical device and technology companies can locate with like companies.
Lori also led a regional economic development organization and managed two municipal economic development departments. Her economic development experience spans three states – Illinois, Tennessee, and Arizona – where she designed and implemented successful economic development programs.
Lori holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and performed her graduate work at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is a past president of Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), the statewide economic development professional association with over 400 members, and served in various board roles since 1998.
Harry Paxton, CEcD
office: (623) 882-7900
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.
Darah Mann brings years of regional economic development experience to her role as economic development project manager for healthcare, higher education and office sectors.
Darah also manages the InnovationHub @ GoodyearAZ, providing one-on-one mentoring, programming, and facilitating ASU Startup School, which assists entrepreneurs as they launch and grow their business venture.
Mann joined the city from WESTMARC, where she served as the director of marketing communications and strategy, also serving as Interim President and CEO in early 2015.
Angela brings extensive knowledge in Graphic Design and Marketing 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 of designers and multiple freelancers.
The design team created marketing materials, logos, interior and exterior building 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.
Kendra Hoffman joined the city of Goodyear as the Economic Development Management Assistant, providing support to the ED Director and staff in all facets of daily operations.
Throughout college, Kendra worked in community recreation for the Parks, Recreation & Forestry department at the city of Watertown and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin. Her major in education and political science lead to a rewarding career teaching children of all ages in both Wisconsin and Illinois.
Kendra’s personal and career path ultimately lead her family to Arizona where she transitioned back into municipal government and began her economic development career at the city of Surprise. Her role supported the team in daily operations and the AZ Techcelerator program, as well as managing the annual budget, BR&E initiatives, and the Community Jobs board.