Scottsdale is a city steeped in superlatives, scenery and the Western spirit.
Minutes from some of the state’s finest shopping and dining, mountain lions still roam rugged desert canyons. Here ranches, hiking trails and cowboy bars share elbow room with five-star resorts, acclaimed galleries and world-class sporting events.
Rooted in a frontier spirit, but home to cutting-edge art, development and industries, Scottsdale reflects its motto as “The West’s Most Western Town.”
Located just east of Phoenix, Scottsdale is a great place to visit but it’s also a tremendous place to live. The city is home to 125 golf courses, 220 tennis courts, dozens of parks and hundreds of miles of bike paths and hiking trails.
Many of those amenities occur along the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, a lush system of lakes and open space. The greenbelt runs from Scottsdale’s southern boundary, through the heart of the city and transitions into a trails system serving the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
The preserve encompasses some of the most scenic desert lands and mountains in Arizona. It is planned to span 36,000 acres – about one-third the city’s land.
While the preserve offers unspoiled nature and Old West solitude, Scottsdale’s eclectic Downtown districts serve up buzz, bustle and sophistication. On any weekend night, the area hosts more than 30,000 visitors. The Downtown is home to 20 hotels, about 130 restaurants and nightclubs and more than 100 art galleries.
This blending of urban cool and natural beauty attracts more than just residents pursuing the good life. Businesses find Scottsdale a great place to thrive, too. The Scottsdale Airpark is the second largest employment center in Arizona boasting nearly 40,000 employees in more than 2,000 businesses.
SkySong, located just a few miles south of Downtown, is a high tech innovation center designed to help companies grow by providing services and programs offered or facilitated by Arizona State University.
Scottsdale business also means tourism. More than 8 million people visit Scottsdale annually generating an economic impact of $3.7 billion. Scottsdale is home to some of the finest resort and hotel properties in the world, from the Four Seasons and Princess to the trendy “W” in the Downtown.
During winter and spring, Scottsdale becomes the special events capital of Arizona. The Scottsdale TPC plays host to the Waste Management Open, the best attended golf tournament in the world. The WestWorld special events complex hosts the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction, which generates 40 hours of live TV coverage each year and the All-Arabian Horse Show, one of the largest equestrian events in the nation.
In March, Scottsdale Stadium is the spring training home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The unique urban environment and nearby events such as the Scottsdale Arts Festival attract thousands of fans annually. Last season, the Giants were among the leaders in Cactus League attendance – and the Arts Fest was ranked among the best in the nation by American Spectator Magazine.
We want to ensure Scottsdale’s future is as rich as its past and as exciting as its present. That’s why membership in the National League of Cities is important. Scottsdale is a world-class city because of engaged citizens, strong leadership and the ability to learn from other communities through organizations like the NLC.
The NLC helps keep cities up to date on proposed and pending federal legislation that affects local governments. It’s a voice for cities and towns in Washington D.C. and is effective in conveying the impacts of federal actions on communities.
The best part of being a member of the NLC is the opportunity to meet with other local government officials from around the country to learn how solutions to complex problems are being solved in innovative and cost-effective ways.