The Mayors of Phoenix celebrate the 140th anniversary of the incorporation of the city

On the steps of Phoenix’s historic City Hall, Mayor Kate Gallego was joined by fellow leaders today to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the City of Phoenix.

Former Mayors Terry Goddard (from 1984 to 1990) and Phil Gordon (from 2004 to 2011) each shared the vision they had for the city during their tenure and what they see for the city’s future. Governor Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community shared the ancient history of the area and the first peoples who lived in the area learned to grow crops and direct water to thrive in the desert environment.

Mayor Kate Gallego spoke about the things that make modern Phoenix such an extraordinary place: It’s the fifth largest and fastest growing city in the country, a leader in business development and a committed community where people live, work and live play .

“Every mayor and leader who came before me has been instrumental in shaping Phoenix’s legacy, and I am proud of what we have achieved. When I look to the future, I see a city that is stronger, smarter, greener and better, ”said Kate Gallego, Mayor of Phoenix. “Although we still have a lot to do, I have no doubt that we will approach the work ahead with the same enthusiasm with which a city rose from the desert.”

“Phoenix is ​​a big city – but it’s also a young city. And over the course of its 140 years, this city has not only grown, it has also flourished. We have made great strides in diversifying our economies, investing in higher education, attracting new high-wage jobs, planning our water future, and building green infrastructure. And now Phoenix is ​​ready to lead the region’s economic comeback again. And make no mistake – none of these achievements are accidental. It is a result of the decisions and investments we have made, always looking to the future, that the next 140 years will be so bright in Phoenix, ”said Congressman and former Mayor Greg Stanton.

“As Native to the valley, the Gila River Indian Community has lived side by side with the people of Phoenix since the city was officially founded in 1881. Everything our people do, and what Phoenix does as a city, affects each of us. I thank Mayor Gallego for her guidance and for the opportunity to speak today. The community looks forward to many more decades of cooperative, visionary partnership between the GRIC and the City of Phoenix. What we do together can improve the quality of life for everyone – and for generations to come, ”said Governor Roe Lewis.

Some of Phoenix’s achievements:

• Late last year, Phoenix won the largest $ 12 billion economic development contract in Arizona’s history when Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company decided to build a new manufacturing facility in northern Phoenix.

• For the eighth consecutive year, Phoenix received a perfect score for accepting LGBTQ from the human rights campaign.

• North Phoenix is ​​now one of the densest employment centers outside the city center, with more than 45,000 employees and over four hundred financial services and fin-tech companies.

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