Guest Editorial: Scottsdale’s Economic Promise Shows With Tech Firm’s Headquarters Move to SkySong

By Recker McDowell —

Technology company Limelight Networks has moved its headquarters from Tempe to Scottsdale.

Limelight has moved 220 employees from Mill Avenue to Scottsdale’s ASU SkySong development at McDowell and Scottsdale roads.

This is a bit of a reversal of fortunes. Scottsdale has lost jobs, headquarters and companies because it does not have new or available Class A office space.

McKesson moved a major and now growing operations center from the Scottsdale Galleria to the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. Harkins Theatres is also moving its corporate headquarters from Scottsdale to a new development on the Salt River.

Other tenants including technology and financial services firms have landed in Tempe, Chandler and Gilbert because Scottsdale doesn’t have enough Class A space.

Limelight Networks move to Scottsdale shows the appeal and success of the ASU SkySong development. The project has seen continued growth with new office buildings, restaurants and a hotel.

Limelight’s move from Tempe to SkySong should serve as a reminder of how desirable Scottsdale is for employers, their workers and prospective tenants.

The success of the Scottsdale Galleria in attracting the likes of, Zillow and Yelp shows that.

The success of SkySong where Limelight joins other tech firms led by Oracle and shows that.

Scottsdale can land more top employers and their workers. It just needs the Class A office space to attract them.