Scottsdale mayor Jim Lane delivers ‘State of the City’

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, right, moments before the Feb. 24 "State of the City" address. (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane, right, moments before the Feb. 24 “State of the City” address. (Independent Newsmedia/Terrance Thornton)

Roughly 430 local dignitaries descended upon the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Tuesday, Feb. 24 to hear Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane deliver his annual “State of the City.”

Prominent zoning attorneys, state legislators, powerful proprietors and public relations executives came together to acknowledge pioneers of the “West’s Most Western Town” as Mayor Lane described the “remarkable” community he represents.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey was amongst those in attendance to hear Mayor Lane’s speech. The mayor devoted most of his talk to the economic successes experienced by the city over the past 12 months.

Mayor Lane pointed to new biomedical breakthroughs blossoming along The Cure Corridor, the robust tourism season Scottsdale is experiencing and the creation of the Scottsdale Museum of the West as evidence of great things that make up the city of Scottsdale.

“It remains my distinct privilege to continue to represent the best city in Arizona, maybe the world,” he said during his opening remarks. “The evidence is all around us. If there was one word to describe Scottsdale it would be, ‘remarkable.’”

Mayor Lane began his speech by pointing out the success of recent events that shaped much of the American sports landscape over the past few weeks: The recent Super Bowl held in Glendale and the Waste Management Phoenix Open held at TPC Scottsdale.

“The game may have been in Glendale but the party was in Scottsdale,” he quipped creating a roar of laughter. “And, Scottsdale knows how to throw a party. All of us collectively … make it happen together. We make Scottsdale a remarkable place.”

Mayor Lane used his time to acknowledge the sacrifices and contribution a few residents have made to the community of Scottsdale. They were:

  • Paul Messinger — Mr. Messinger is the owner operator of the city’s first funeral home and ambulatory service
  • Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official state historian
  • Joan Fudala — Beloved local author who recently published, “The People’s Preserve” a book about the formation and preservation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

“A world-class community invests in the quality of life,” Mayor Lane opined when talking on the topic of a need for a united community ready and willing to invest in its infrastructure.

The city of Scottsdale is the No. 1 place in Arizona for venture capital, according to Mayor Lane.

“Let me be clear on this point, we do not pay companies to come to Scottsdale,” he said, pointing to companies like Weebly and Zenefits who have relocated their corporate headquarters to Scottsdale.

Mayor Lane said much of his desire is to help cultivate a civic-minded community focused on creating and maintaining the quality of life for current and future generations.

“We want to make sure we respect all people,” he said noting the city’s unity pledge ensuring members of the Lesbian Gay, Bisexual and Transgender populations are treated fairly and equitable — both personally and professionally. “Scottsdale’s quality of life is created by all of us and needs to be maintained by all of us.”

Mayor Lane lauded the recent completion of Sky Song 3, the next phase at Sky Song Center in central Scottsdale.

“The right place for serial entrepreneurship,” Mayor Lane said of Sky Song. He pointed to the recent completion of the next phase of development there as evidence the program is working.

But no community is immune from challenges, Mayor Lane explains.

“We must all work together to keep Scottsdale, Scottsdale,” he said. “Can we maintain our public infrastructure? When you cross into other communities you see and feel a difference. We simply must maintain the previous investments made.”

Northeast Valley Managing Editor Terrance Thornton can be contacted at tthornton@newszap.com

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