Terry Goddard has a new campaign headquarters, in a building that has some sentimental connection to the presumptive Democratic nominee for governor. It was the backdrop for his press conference this afternoon, at which he released his plan to turn around the state’s economy and create jobs.
The historic Gold Spot Market building at 3rd Avenue and Roosevelt Street was built in 1925 and was one of the city’s first shopping centers. It took its name, Goddard told reporters today, from Phoenix’s nickname as “The Gold Spot,” which was derived from the region’s sunny weather. Not only was the building one of the Valley’s original shopping centers, but it represented the growth taking place in the city: It was north of Roosevelt, which was on the outskirts of town.
Goddard said he chose the location for his campaign HQ for a couple of reasons. First, it was a building he fought to save from destruction during his tenure as Phoenix mayor. But perhaps more importantly, he said, it was chosen because of what it represents. The former tenants of the suite his campaign now occupies was the architecture firm that led the renovation of the Gold Spot building earlier this decade. Feeling the pains of that recession, Goddard said the firm’s owner laid off all of its employees and now runs the company from her home.
Many businesses in the state have faced similar situations, he said, and the top job of the next governor needs to be reviving the economy and putting those businesses back to work. To do so, he proposed an 11-point plan that he said will revive the economy through incentives to businesses and investments in renewable energy and infrastructure.