Guest Editorial: Scottsdale Needs to Keep Economic Development, Jobs in Mind as City Charts Course

By Recker McDowell —

Mayor Jim Lane and the Scottsdale City Council Jim Lane will hold an Economic Development Breakfast next month.

Economic development, as in attracting jobs and getting businesses to locate in Scottsdale, should not be lost as the city navigates its growth and new development plans.

Scottsdale is a very desirable landing spot for businesses and their employees. Health care, technology and creative companies (including some escaping the higher costs of California and the Pacific Northwest) would love to land operations in Scottsdale.

But Scottsdale hasn’t had the inventory of available and at the ready Class A office space to land some of those site selections.

That has led some companies to locate jobs and offices on the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community or in Tempe, Chandler or Phoenix.

Scottsdale-based Harkins Theatres, for example, is building a new headquarters on Salt River land.

Scottsdale is facing some intersections on how and where it wants to grow as a city. Economic development, available office space and jobs should not be lost as the city charts its course.

The economic development breakfast is September 19.