Mayor is not a title Amy Goodwin ever thought she would hear attached to her name, but it’s a position she is now proud to hold for a city she is unapologetically passionate about.
“I love sharing my personality, and my vision, and ideas,“ stated Goodwin. “So the one thing I would say to all women who are putting themselves out there, be themselves. When I think back about those people who told me to calm down or I need to turn it down a little, my response to them now is, you need to turn it up.“
January 7, 2019, was a historic day for West Virginia’s capital city. The very first female mayor was sworn into office.
Goodwin’s roots run deep in public service for the Mountain State. Her grandmother served as one of the states first female House of Delegate members and went on to serve in the Senate.
“As a child, I remember going door to door with my grandmother,“ said Goodwin. “She had these great little flyers that she would leave a bookmark attached because she was an avid reader. It said, ‘a woman’s place is in the House of Delegates and in the Senate’.“
And, while Goodwin is certainly honored to be the first woman to hold this office she says it’s not all about her.
“I’m not going to lie,“ exclaimed Goodwin. “It’s thrilling when a little girl runs up to me or a parent wants a photo of me with their children. It makes me insanely proud and I love it. And, it certainly drives more of that passion in me.“
A passion she has for the city of Charleston.
“I want to be known for so much more than that, even though it’s such and honor,“ said Goodwin. “ I want to make this city vibrant.“
And, she has a few ideas to get it there, starting with Slack Plaza.
“That’s our core, $100 million investment in the civic center“, Goodwin stated. “You have a really quaint downtown capitol street but you are missing that centerpiece, that city center. So I see that as a green robust thriving space.“
She says tourism is key. After serving as Commissioner of State Tourism, it’s something she knows well.
“The greatest skill set I can bring Charleston is using my head and my heart,“ exclaimed Goodwin. “Most important is the team we have created here to sell this city to get on the phone with CEO’s across the country to invite them to Charleston to bid on events and be competitive. That’s something I feel very comfortable doing, that’s something that is in my wheelhouse.“
Most importantly, she says encouraging the next generation of female leaders is a duty we all share.
“We should tell them you are capable and you can do it,“ concluded Goodwin. “If you want and I’ll be here to support you, those are the things we need to say to our young women.“