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Welcome toAvondale

My name is Raymond H. Shuey. I am a member of the Avondale City Council, and recently received my Master of Public Administration Degree from Arizona State University's School of Public Affairs. Although I do not practice public accounting, I am also a Certified Public Accountant in Arizona. This page is my personal contribution to sharing with you through innovative World Wide Web technology, information about my community. (It is not funded with public monies, does not utilize City staff, and is not a government document). My dad is originally from Lebanon, Pennsylvania although he has lived in Phoenix since relocating here with the Air Force around 1950.

My family and I have lived in Avondale since 1982, and are proud of its diversity and growing role in the Metropolitan Phoenix area. We have seen Avondale grow from a population of 8,000 to over 25,000--making it one of the fastest growing communities of its size in Arizona. That growth is due in part to the Interstate 10 (I-10) corridor from Los Angeles to Phoenix. Four miles of the freeway and its frontage are within the Avondale city limits. Click here to see a detailed map of Avondale landmarks and neighborhoods, including I-10's route through the City. The freeway provides our citizens with direct, efficient access to the cultural and financial heart of the Metropolitan Phoenix area. The following sections provide more information about our community's location, the Interstate 10 corridor, our City government, our climate and weather, local businesses with Web sites, and local soils geology.

James Chisum maintains a set of Web pages about Avondale and its history (click here to visit his site) that include many beautiful pictures of early Avondale including a 1907 picture of the community's general store. A metropolitan Phoenix newspaper article published earlier this year also highlights the history of one of the Avondale area's long time residents.

The Tri-City West Chamber of Commerce which serves the cities of Avondale, Goodyear, and Litchfield Park also maintains a series of informative pages about our three communities. Especially noteworthy is their comprehensive list of upcoming community events over the next year.  Their phone number is (602) 932-2260.

Cultural enrichment and the arts is important to our community and to our neighboring cities and towns. Through both public and private support, the West Valley Fine Arts Council improves the quality of life for both residents and visitors through an annual season of art exhibits, concerts, and festivals. Their schedule of events for the upcoming season is now available on the Web.

Our ideal location

Within a 15 minute drive:

Within a short 25 minute drive on Interstate 10 directly from Avondale into the heart of central Phoenix:

Within a 30 minute drive on 99th Avenue (our eastern City boundary) and the connecting outer loop freeway:

Within a 40 minute drive on I-10 and the Red Mountain Freeway to the east valley:

My commute into Phoenix

Thanks to the Arizona Department of Transportation's Freeway Management System, you can see the status of Interstate 10 from Avondale into the heart of the Valley of the Sun. The live camera shot is from the 79th Avenue park-and-ride lot entrance ramp. This camera is located 2 1/2 miles beyond our eastern City boundary, which follows 99th Avenue from Indian School Road to Van Buren Street.

My commute from Dysart Road (2 miles west of the 115th Avenue Exit) into the 59th Avenue Exit on Interstate 10 is typically uneventful and efficient. To see the current traffic conditions there and on the rest of I-10 through Phoenix, click here.

A portion of the time, I commute by bus to help reduce air pollution and traffic congestion. Two express bus routes connect our community with Desert Sky Mall and downtown Phoenix. For more information on their schedules, click on either Route 560 or Route 561. To view a map of Southwest metropolitan Phoenix bus routes, click here.

Our local government

Avondale is governed by an elected Mayor and six Council members elected at-large, as explained on the City's official website. City administration is the responsibility of a professional City Manager, who reports to the Mayor and City Council. To view an unofficial list of some City public meetings, click here. The Arizona Department of Commerce produced an on-line brochure that provides a map of Avondale's general location in the State along with 1996 and prior years data on our economy.

Our climate and weather

Avondale and the Valley of the Sun (metropolitan Phoenix) are located on the northeastern edge of the Sonoran desert. Unlike the Mohave Desert in California which has one brief rainy season in the winter, the Sonoran desert has two--typically in December and August. In addition to some rainfall from Pacific Ocean winter storms, it occasionally rains in Avondale during the final weeks of the two month summer monsoon season. Those storms come from the Gulf of Baja California in Mexico, to the south. Click here for charts and graphs of current weather conditions in the Avondale area of the Valley.

Local Businesses having Web pages (listed here for illustrative purposes only, not intended as an endorsement of a particular company)

Area Soils Geology from Iowa State University

If your business is interested in relocating to a vibrant community in the successful Phoenix area with easy access to cultural and financial facilities, then I highly recommend that you write or call the following address for additional information.

Economic Development Director
City of Avondale
525 North Central Avenue
Avondale, Arizona 85323
(602) 932-2400
(602) 932-2205 Fax

If I can help you obtain additional information about Avondale or if you are a citizen of our community, please feel free to click here to send me a note. I would particularly appreciate receiving feedback from other Avondale residents who read this page.

Thank you for your interest in my community!

Last updated 20-Jun-98, Copyright © 1996 - 1998 by Raymond H. Shuey. All rights reserved.
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