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Pam Goronkin to guide downtown Tempe planning effort


Oct 7, 2006

Former Tempe Councilmember and longtime south Tempe resident Pam Goronkin has been named president and executive director of Downtown Tempe Community Inc., the action arm of the downtown area’s economic development and marketing efforts.


The selection followed a months’-long, nationwide executive search. Goronkin succeeds Rod Keeling, who announced his retirement following 13 years with the organization.


Goronkin starts her new duties Oct. 23.


Until earlier this year, Goronkin served as an elected member of the Tempe City Council, chairing its Finance/Diversity, Technology Advancement, Tourism and Redevelopment subcommittees.


She was a member of the Community and Economic Development Steering Committee of the National League of Cities from 2003 to 2006, served two years as a director of the East Valley Partnership’s Economic Development Committee, and was a Steering Committee member for the new Tempe Center for the Arts. She also served on the successful 1996 initiative campaign backing Tempe Citizens for Transit.


Said Goronkin:

“I’m thrilled and honored to accept this opportunity. I look forward to providing leadership, along with the (DTC) Board, in creating the roadmap for decision making about how to prepare and position the Mill Avenue District to compete successfully in the region for our share of technology, residential, retail and entertainment development opportunities.”


Mike Jennings, who chairs the organization’s board of directors, said:

 “Pam Goronkin brings an exciting combination of leadership, knowledge and strategic skills. She’s already known as one of the most vocal champions of business interests in our community.


“We look forward to working with her to meet the significant development, marketing and business challenges the Mill Avenue District faces,” he said.

Goronkin had a 14-year career in progressively demanding administrative/management positions for Motorola (now General Dynamics).


She was president and founding partner of Abbey Gardens Inc. a successful retail/restaurant business in Mesa, in which she sold her interest in 2000.

According to municipal code, Goronkin is precluded from Tempe City Council lobbying until July 1, 2007, one year following her previous council membership.


DTC board members and senior staff are prepared to step in during the interim. She resides in Tempe with her husband, Herbert.

Downtown Tempe Community Inc. is a private, non-profit organization that manages the Mill Avenue District and is responsible for its cultural, lifestyle and commerce endeavors.


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