Guest Editorial: Scottsdale Can Parlay International Tourism Into Economic Development Gains

By Recker McDowell — Scottsdale hosted 1.7 million international tourists last year, according to a new tourism impact study released by the city earlier this month. Those international travelers account for 15.7 percent of the 10.8 million of Scottsdale’s visitors in 2018. This is the first study where Scottsdale tracked international visitors and their $443.9 million spending here. That spending … Read More

Arizona Department of Environmental Quality Grants Air Quality Permit to Alliance Metals USA; La Paz County Already Home to Seven Operations With Same Permits

(LA PAZ COUNTY, Ariz.) — The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has approved Alliance Metals USA’s application for an air quality permit for a proposed $30 million economic development, jobs producing investment in La Paz County. The permit award is a major milestone and victory for Alliance Metals USA and its commitment to operate an environmentally safe and secure … Read More

Guest Editorial: After The Rush What White Castle & Fry’s Food Stores Show About Scottsdale’s Brand, Salt River & Downtown Phoenix

By Recker McDowell — The initial rush and much covered openings of the new White Castle restaurant in Scottsdale and the new Fry’s Food Stores supermarket in downtown Phoenix are a little bit in the rearview mirror. The new White Castle still says a lot about Scottsdale’s brand and the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community where the restaurant located … Read More

What Are They Smoking?

A variety of factors are now coming to light about the true motivation for a “legal protest” against a plan to replace a tattoo parlor with a medical marijuana dispensary on the east side of the Galleria Corporate Center in downtown Scottsdale.  Those motivations according to local media reports include a desire to assemble the city block where the Sunday … Read More

Winners & Losers From The Scottsdale Bond Election Landslide Victory & SUSD Win

Winners:  Kathy Littlefield, Guy Phillips & Solange Whitehead.  Phillips and Littlefield had opposed previous bond efforts.  Not this time.  Nor did newcomer Whitehead who frequently votes with either or both.  The three stood up for Scottsdale with integrity and independence and the community is the better for it. Winners:  Conscientious Activism.  There were many reasons for the landslide bond win.  … Read More

Secret Developer Group Launching Suspect Campaign to Stop Legal Medical Marijuana Dispensary So It Can Build High-Rise Project in Scottsdale

(SCOTTSDALE) — It really ultimately is Patients vs. Developers. Health Care vs. High-Rises in Scottsdale — and developers are trying to dupe the public and Scottsdale City Council. A new email shows real estate developers, including out-of-state ones, and some downtown property owners are working covertly to undermine and oppose a needed medical marijuana dispensary in downtown Scottsdale. Developers want … Read More

Guest Column: Congratulations Scottsdale Voters

By Virginia Korte — The overwhelming victory on all three bond questions is a time to celebrate. The last time we had this kind of overwhelming success for a bond election was 20 years ago. While there are still more challenges ahead in solving some of our future infrastructure needs, Tuesday’s election results were a significant step toward making our … Read More

Scottsdale Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Questions 1, 2 and 3; First Major Bond Program in City Since 2000

(SCOTTSDALE) – Scottsdale voters have approved the city’s first major bond program in 19 years by overwhelmingly backing Questions 1, 2 and 3. The three Scottsdale questions passed with an average of 70 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. The program invests in 58 projects totaling $319 million. Question 1 (which invests in senior centers, parks and recreation facilities) passed … Read More