The rest of the country is recognizing Scottsdale for what we already knew

I frequently refer to Scottsdale as “The Greatest City in America.” It’s a belief I embrace. Though we have always had strong indications that this is so, it is always nice to have outside independent voices recognize it from the strength of research evidence.

Jim Lane

Jim Lane

Data Fox, a San Francisco-based, deal-sourcing and research platform, recently ranked Scottsdale as one of the best places in the U.S. to launch a startup business.
This success is no accident. It represents a concerted effort from the public and private sectors to ensure that Scottsdale is a business friendly community attracting quality jobs to keep our economy moving in the right direction.

Our city government is efficient and effective. Sales tax revenues for fiscal 2015 hit an all-time record of nearly $259 million. It’s a clear indication of a robust economy and confirms that our city finances are on solid ground. Much of the revenue growth came from the tourist sector. That’s yet another indication that the rest of the country continues to discover Scottsdale, and is a positive reflection in the investment our city has made in new tourism infrastructure.

High tech companies continue to seek us out as evidenced by the growth in downtown, and specifically the Galleria. Once a shopping center facing challenges, it has been repurposed and is now a dynamic location for high tech companies, both well-known and on the move.

A major component of our success is certainly no secret. Scottsdale’s quality of life is a defining factor in attracting businesses that seek a great place to live as well as work. It builds tourism. It puts fuel in our economic engine. Recently WalletHub named Scottsdale number one for active lifestyle thanks in part to our parks, playgrounds and public spaces.

Additionally, our public, private, and charter schools help build great communities and help bring businesses to our city that value education.

Scottsdale is known as a magnate for the medical and bioscience industry thanks to the Cure Corridor along Shea Boulevard. It not only provides new jobs, it’s also a vital resource that helps bring to Scottsdale the highest quality medical care

While we take great pride in this track record, we must never lose sight of the fact that attracting businesses and building tourism is a competitive process. That’s why we must continue to ensure the city’s quality of life remains second to none.

That’s why we must continue to seek out and recruit innovative businesses. That’s why we must never become complacent. And when we do all of these things, Scottsdale will undoubtedly continue to be the “Greatest City in America.”

Editor’s note: Mr. Lane is the mayor of Scottsdale

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