keys to the city of scottsdale Cacti and desert shrubs fill the McDowell Sonoran good Preserve, left; tee off with a view of the Sonoran living the Desert at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, east of Scottsdale. life I By Nor a BurBa trulssoN P. 58 - 59 : lo n n a t u c k e r / c o u r t e s y o f s c ot t s da l e c v b , P. 6 0 : dav i d m o o r e / c o u r t e s y t starts innocently enough. You visit Scottsdale for a golf weekend, a spa retreat, or just a couple of restorative days in the desert sun. Then you fall in love with the city and start daydreaming about living here. What would that be like? o f s c ot t s d a l e c v b , P. 61 : lo n n a t u c k e r / c o u r t e s y o f s c ot t s d a l e c v b Actually, that’s not such a far-fetched idea. Unlike many cities that have a strong tourist appeal and a not-so-great lifestyle for locals, Scottsdale has a strong quality of life, a diverse economy, a generous and welcoming spirit, and plentiful community amenities that make the residents as happy as the visitors. While tourism is certainly important, a diversity of other business ventures fuels the local economy. Companies such as General Dynamics, CVS Caremark, Go Daddy Group, TASER International, Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, Discount Tire Company, and Dial Corporation, a Henkel Company, are all based here or have a strong regional presence. It’s a city that encour- ages entrepreneurship, with many small businesses flourishing in the Scottsdale Air- park, a business park surrounding the local airport. “The endless days of sunshine and great entrepreneurial atmosphere in Scotts- dale make it an ideal place to live and work,” says Eric Luoma, president/owner of Scottsdale-based Cactus Flower Florists. “After my travels around the world, I find • 60 • • 61 • keys to the city of scottsdale the business spirit in Scottsdale to be unmatched. Even if a business owner or president of a large cor- poration is located elsewhere, the odds are good that they vacation or live here part-time.” Scottsdale’s housing market has broad offerings. The south side includes well-established neigh- borhoods of vintage homes, while downtown has boomed recently with condos and lofts. Farther north, newer communities such as DC Ranch, McDowell Moun- tain Ranch, Grayhawk, and Des- ert Mountain offer golf course and desert lifestyles. In the mar- ket for a palatial estate? Look to Paradise Valley or to Scottsdale’s northeastern-most reaches. Residents don’t have to leave Discount Tire's $23 million the city to find superb doctors, corporate headquarters hospitals, and treatment facilities, opened in 2002 on 16 acres either. Scottsdale Healthcare has of prime land in Scottsdale. two medical centers, plus a recent- ly opened hospital, with a total of more than 800 beds. The Osborn Road locale has a Level 1 Trauma Center, while the Shea Boulevard location’s Virginia G. Piper Can- cer Center houses the Scottsdale Clinical Research Institute and TGen Clinical Research Services at Scottsdale Healthcare. Ad- ditionally, the world-renowned Experience the ‘Best Mayo Clinic opened its Scotts- Value’ in Arizona! dale location in 1987, offering a team approach to healthcare at Amenities include: its Shea Boulevard location and at • Complimentary full Cooked-to-order Breakfast (eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, etc.) its hospital in northeast Phoenix. • Complimentary Evening Reception Mayo Clinic Arizona boasts some • Complimentary Individual Airport Shuttle 6am-10pm 400 physicians and scientists, and • Complimentary Tennis/use of Fitness Facility more than 4,000 members of the • Close proximity to Scottsdale’s finest shopping, nursing and allied health staff. entertainment & golf • Complimentary In-room Wireless Internet Besides having access to the na- 5001 North Scottsdale Road tion’s best in quality healthcare, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250 • No Service Fees Scottsdale’s residents are among courtesy of discount tire comPany (480) 949-1414 • (480) 947-2675 www.chaparralsuites.com 1-800-528-1456 Mention “US Airways” promotion & receive 10% OFF our best available rate.* Check out the business scene at *Effective 8/1/09 -- 9/1/10 scottsdalechamber.com. Subject to availability; Restrictions may apply • 62 • keys to the city of scottsdale The city strongly supports the arts. It partners with the Scottsdale Cultural provide high-quality arts and cul- mention scores of desert and ur- tural experiences. The group over- ban parks, such as the Indian Bend Council, a nonprofit organization with sees the much-lauded Scottsdale Wash Greenbelt, a 7.5-mile-long Museum of Contemporary Art, ribbon of parks, small lakes, ball the mission to provide high-quality arts the wide range of programming at fields, golf courses, and a bike path. the Scottsdale Center for the Per- So that vacation-induced “dream” Scottsdale Museum of and cultural experiences. forming Arts, and the nationally may, in fact, become your new Contemporary Art recognized Scottsdale Public Art reality. Before long, you might be Program. The city also emphasizes watching one of Scottsdale’s fabled recreation and an active lifestyle, desert sunsets from the patio of Commemorative Air Force Aviation Museum the nation’s best educated, thanks to its 31-school Scottsdale Unified offering numerous fitness, aquat- your new home, rather than your ics, and recreation centers, not to hotel room. School District. Arcadia, Desert Mountain, and Chaparral high schools were all included in U.S. DC Ranch comes alive at night. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools 2009.” Other educational B-17 Sentimental Journey opportunities include Scottsdale Commemorative Air Force Community College, established 2017 North Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ in 1969 and offering a diverse range Phone 480-924-1940 of academic classes and credits that transfer to all three state universi- www.azcaf.org ties. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin Museum Warbird Rides Gift Shop WWII Memorabilia Guided Tours Where history flies again West has an accredited architec- ture school. Want to learn to cook or paint? The city is home to sever- al professional culinary academies and the Scottsdale Artists’ School. The city strongly supports the arts, partnering with the Scotts- Restaurant & Lounge dale Cultural Council, a nonprofit clockwise (from toP left): courtesy of scottsdale cvb, courtesy of dc ranch, courtesy of dc ranch Downtown Scottsdale, Arizona organization with the mission to not your typical ranch and trails, surrounded by lush desert d c ranch embodies the es- vegetation. the community has its own sence of desert living in elementary and middle school, two scottsdale. set on 3,700 community centers, police and fire sta- acres in the foothills of the mcdow- tions, and a private country club. ell sonoran Preserve, the planned and, no, the sidewalks don’t roll community emphasizes outdoor up after sundown. market street, the living and golf in neighborhoods development’s 37-acre commercial that range from informal and family- district, boasts offices and shops scat- No matter where your travels take you, friendly to those dotted with grand, tered through 15 architecturally unique, Estate House will always bring you home with new American cuisine and classic rambling estates. “modern-rustic” buildings. by night, comforts to refresh the spirit. a cattle ranch in the early 1900s, market street buzzes with a wine bar, dc ranch now has homes set on swanky steakhouse, rustic pizzeria, 480-970-4099 | EstateHouseAZ.com curving roads, linked by bike paths spanish kitchen, and sushi/martini bar. Open nightly for dinner. 7134 East Stetson Drive, Second Floor Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 Enjoy LIVE entertainment Upstairs • 64 • • 65 • keys to the city of scottsdale local voices the momentum to The energy of Scottsdale is what comPlete [scotts- makes it a special place to live, dale’s] mcdowell work, and play. ... That energy can sonoran Preserve be upbeat like our nightlife, but has been and con- also grounding like our natural tinues to be tremen- scenic beauty. Scottsdale makes dous. we have a you feel alive and healthy. Precious slice of R ac h e L Sacco, president and CEO, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau the high sonoran we’re a mix of the old west and new west. we have a huge desert at our edge. desert preserve, livable neighborhoods, and an urban oasis in our the Preserve is a gift downtown. we blend the business and culture of a big city with the feel of a resort and a small town. we’re a great community for for generations to anyone at any age. come. Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” L ane W i LL B Ru d e R , architect and designer, Will Bruder + Partners ake sure your next meeting is a full house. Talking Stick Resort, opening early 2010. the 497 rooms will be distinct and refined. the 50,000 square feet of indoor meeting space will be well appointed and flexible. the many dining options will serve an exquisite array of tastes. the 14th floor spa with its breathtaking views will inspire and rejuvenate. And the 240,000 square- foot gaming floor will bring people to their feet. Little wonder why everyone will want to come WO R L DW I D E WOW. N OW S C OT T S DA L E . to a meeting at the new talking Stick Resort. SOON: AUSTIN AMMAN BOSTON DU BAI FE STIVAL C IT Y H O L LY W O O D MILAN N E W YOR K C IT Y DOW NTOW N S T. 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