Mayor Lane lauds pillars of Scottsdale: tech, business and tourism at State of the City

Mayor Jim Lane during the annual State of the City address on Feb. 25. (photo by Melissa Fittro)

Mayor Jim Lane during the annual State of the City address on Feb. 25. (photo by Melissa Fittro)

Hundreds of community members, elected leaders and city dignitaries gathered at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess resort Feb. 25 to hear Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane give the annual State of the City address.

Mayor Lane’s address covered the vast array of amenities the city offers to residents and tourists alike. Amenities such as Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, which has recently partnered with the Smithsonian and TPC Scottsdale, the home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open that brought in a record amount of people at the beginning of the month.

The speech also touched on the Cure Corridor and the growing local technology field.

The large group enjoyed a luncheon prior to the address, with proceeds benefiting Scottsdale’s Operation Fix-It program. Last year, over $20,000 was raised during the State of the City luncheon.

The mayor called 2015 another year of accomplishments.

“A vibrant and enjoyable community,” said Mayor Lane.

“Vibrant is the right word to describe our community, full of energy and enthusiasm. Each year about this time, Scottsdale shines brilliantly in the spotlight of an unprecedented span of events — The Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction, the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, spring training — we handle it all with stride and we look good doing it.”

These signature events are breaking attendance records and raising millions for charity, said Mayor Lane, all playing a part in the reputation Scottsdale holds.

“Much of Scottsdale’s vibrancy is seen in our business climate. You’ll find small businesses, large corporations and everything in between,” said Mayor Lane. “Our position as a hub for innovate technologies and healthcare technologies has never been stronger.”

One focus has been on retaining business in Scottsdale, and helping it grow. The Scottsdale Quarter and the McDowell Corridor are both areas of the city that has seen change and growth in recent years.

“When we say that McDowell has reinvented itself, consider that of the 55-plus companies and ASU units at SkySong, nearly half of them are in information, communication and technologies sectors,” said Mayor Lane. “It’s a very different atmosphere and a stark contrast to those of you who remember the old Motor Mile.”

In addition, the commercial vacancy rate was about 2 percent lower than the metro Phoenix average, and the values were substantially higher in December, said the mayor. But of all these successes and enhancements throughout Scottsdale, Mayor Lane is most excited about the Cure Corridor.

The Cure Corridor is a growing network of healthcare and bioscience companies in Scottsdale.

“The third annual Cure Corridor event was held in December, more than 250 people attended. They heard about the amazing collaboration happening between bio-scientists, innovators, doctors, healthcare and pharmaceutical managers and investors,” said Mayor Lane. “These are the people improving the quality and accessibility and efficiency of healthcare as we collectively drive to the cure.”

The Cure Corridor is more than a real estate deal or a way to create jobs — it is an attitude and personality of the city.

“What does it mean for Scottsdale and the Valley of the state? It means we have a growing bioscience business community — and it’s growing organically,” said Mayor Lane. “It is scientists, techs, doctors, business innovators focused on curing deadly diseases. Their results are advancing and lengthening the human life.”

One indicator is the Cure Corridor continues to grow.

“Those committed to changing the future know they can find opportunities in the Scottsdale Cure Corridor,” said Mayor Lane. “The spark of collaboration and innovation continues to attract bright minds.”

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(Photo by Melissa Fittro)

Northeast Valley News Services Editor Melissa Fittro can be e-mailed at mfittro@newszap.com or can be followed on Twitter at twitter.com/melissafittro.

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