Phoenix mayors celebrate city’s 140th anniversary

Opening day at The Higher Ground Church of God in Christ in 1949. The building is still standing today and is located at 1302 E. Madison St. (City of Phoenix Facebook)

By AZ Business Magazine | AZ Big Media

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

Former mayors Terry Goddard (served 1984 to 1990) and Phil Gordon (served 2004 to 2011) each spoke of the vision they held for the city during their time in office, and what they see for the city’s future. Governor Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community spoke of the area’s ancient history and the first peoples who lived in the region, learned to cultivate crops and channel water to thrive in the desert environment.

Mayor Kate Gallego spoke of the things that make modern Phoenix an extraordinary place: it is the fifth largest and fastest growing city in the nation, a leader in cutting-edge economic development, and an engaging community where people come to live, work, and play.

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