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3/22/2013 8:13:00 AM
Expansion raises economic impact of Goodwill Job Connection
The Cottonwood Job Connection office is located at 1500 East Mingus Avenue, next door to Goodwill Industries; 928-634-1397.
The Cottonwood Job Connection office is located at 1500 East Mingus Avenue, next door to Goodwill Industries; 928-634-1397.
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Job Connections

1500 East Mingus Avenue, Cottonwood, AZ, next door to Goodwill Industries; 928-634-1397.

The Job Connection hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The office closes for lunch from 12 to 12:30 p.m.

As Goodwill of Northern Arizona expands donation centers, stores, Job Connection centers and increases services to keep up with the growing needs of families and individuals, their overall economic impact to both local and regional economies continues to rise.

Goodwill of Northern Arizona expanded Good Neighbor Centers, added team members, and increased the number of people it helped to find jobs throughout the community in 2012.

That growth helped increase the economic impact of Goodwill of Northern Arizona from $22 million in 2011 to $25.2 million in 2012.

Goodwill of Northern Arizona contributed $25.2 million to the economies of Northern Arizona in 2012, according to David Hirsch, president and CEO. That figure compares with $22 million in 2011. As Goodwill of Northern Arizona expands locations and increases services to keep up with the growing needs of families and individuals, their overall economic impact to the local economy continues to rise.

The not-for-profit business uses stores and donation centers called Good Neighbor Centers to generate revenue to fund The Job Connection which provides job training, employment, and education assistance to those who are unemployed, under-employed, or who desire to advance in their careers through additional training or education and matches them with businesses in need of pre-screened, qualified candidates in order to meet local workforce demands.

Creating Jobs

To meet rising demands from the community, Goodwill of Northern Arizona increased the number of employees in their business from 118 in 2011 to 141 in 2012. Payroll increased from $1.9 million in 2011 to $2.4 million in 2012. The indirect and induced wages produced by the economic impact of those direct wages into the local economy brought total wages to $3.3 million for 2012.

Workforce Development

Goodwill of Northern Arizona, which recently opened Job Connections in Sedona and Cottonwood, helped 57 percent more unemployed individuals find jobs in 2012 than in 2011. They increased the number of northern Arizonans helped to find jobs from 307 in 2011 to 545 in 2012. The average wage increased from $8.15 in 2011 to 9.08 in 2012.

“We continue to focus on significant growth and expansion. We’re growing at a fast pace to keep up with the demands of the communities in our service areas,” said Hirsch, who is now finalizing plans for the June 2013 opening of a new 32,000-square-foot donation drive-thru center, store, Job Connection, and team support center near the Flagstaff Mall. Goodwill will re-locate its clearance outlet to its present store on West Route 66 in west Flagstaff.

Recent expansions include:

January 2012 -- opened new donation drive-up center in Village of Oak Creek, Arizona

February 2012 -- opened a second donation drive-up center in Lake Havasu City, Arizona

August 2012 -- remodeled store and opened The Job Connection in Cottonwood

February 2013 – expanded store and opened The Job Connection in Sedona, Arizona

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