(Phoenix, Ariz. – Jan 22, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard today received a Historic Preservation “Recognition of Leadership” award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation Community Investment Corporation (NTCIC).
In over 18 years, Goddard held leadership positions on the Trust board. He served as Chair of the Investment Committee for the past nine years.
Goddard was presented with this award because “Under his leadership, the Committee has approved 62 transactions, totaling $355,843,991 in gross equity and debt (over $1.2 billion in project value),” stated the NTCIC Committee.
Goddard has long been a committed leader and advocate for preserving communities and building economic development opportunities in Arizona and across the U.S. As mayor of Phoenix in the 1980s, he created the city’s first historic preservation program. Buildings preserved under this program include the Orpheum Theater, Tovrea Castle and U of A Medical School-Phoenix.
“I believe strongly that our community can only move forward if we have an appreciation for our past,” Goddard said. “The work we do today to preserve our heritage is a gift we give to future generations.”
"Phoenix is not known as a place that celebrates its past,” said Grady Gammage, who was a member of the city’s first historic preservation commission. “When Terry became mayor, there was no program. He single-handedly got the city to notice the issue and how important it was. The Phoenix program has designated a higher percentage of its building stock than any other big city in the country. Terry is responsible for taking historic preservation from 0 to one of the most respected programs in the country."