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About Scottsdale

The City of Scottsdale is one of Arizona’s ten largest cities with a population of more than 230,000. With a rich history in tourism, Scottsdale is visited by more than 9 million people annually, generating an economic impact of 3.7 billion. Home to Arizona’s finest shopping and dining, Scottsdale offers ranches, hiking trails, award winning resorts and acclaimed art galleries for its residents that enjoy a quality of life like no other.

More than 20 percent of Arizona corporate headquarters are in Scottsdale, and 98 percent of Scottsdale’s software companies are growing with 14 percent software employment growth forecast in Arizona over the next five years, the highest in the Mountain West region. Scottsdale is ranked the sixth safest city in America, holds a Gold Ranking as one of Top Ten Best Burbs for Biking, and is an up and coming foodie location. It was also honored as Arizona’s 2013 “eCity” by Google, and is home to some of Arizona’s top performing public and private schools.

The Scottsdale Airpark is one of the largest employment centers in the State of Arizona with more than 2,900 businesses and 51,000 employees in over 2 million square feet of commercial space. Strategically located along the Loop 101 corridor, it has access to a workforce of nearly half a million within a 30-minute commute and transportation links include a world-class municipal general aviation airport. Some of the most prestigious business headquarters locations in the western United States can be found here, including GoDaddy, Taser, JDA Software, Nautilus Insurance, and regional operations for CVS Health, Ingenu and Vanguard.

The “Cure Corridor” located along Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road boasts the city’s health care and biotech industry clusters. These medical leaders are working cooperatively on innovative research and treatments that are placing Scottsdale at the forefront of a number of medical breakthroughs. Thirteen percent of all Metro area bio-life sciences employment is located in the City of Scottsdale, at facilities such Mayo Clinic and Honor Health.

Downtown Scottsdale is home to a number of corporate users, including YELP, Indeed, Deskhub, Clearlink, Weebly, Zivelo, and one of the most successful shopping centers in the southwest United States—Scottsdale Fashion Square. Technology companies and young professionals are attracted to the area because it provides a mix of specialty retail, art galleries, dining to suit every taste, legendary nightlife, and public art and cultural attractions with broad appeal. These individuals and companies find that they can enjoy a higher standard of living for a fraction of the cost in other metropolitan areas in the U.S. and enjoy easy access to the 101 and Sky Harbor Airport. Only a five minute drive from Downtown Scottsdale is SkySong, the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center, which is home to a global business community linking technology, research, education and entrepreneurship. This half built 42 acre mixed use development will eventually house 1.2 million square feet of commercial space with on-site luxury residential apartments and retail/restaurant offering and now offers an on-site incubator space, 1951@SkySong.

You Should Know

There are a great number of things that you should know about the advantages of locating your business in Scottsdale. Below are our favorite top 15 Scottsdale offerings to get you started:

  1. Location provides low catastrophic risk, and ranks among the top 10 US cities for lowest disaster risk
  2. Exceptional cost of living in comparison to other major cities
  3. More than 300 days of sunshine annually
  4. 200 golf courses in the immediate area
  5. More than 600 restaurants, 70 hotels and 9,300 rooms
  6. Flourishing arts & culture scene: more than 100 art galleries
  7. McDowell Sonoran Preserve: Over 30,000 acres with 60 miles of trails in the McDowell Mountains
  8. 100+ years of planning & investments in region’s water supply system
  9. A 336-mile system brings 1.5 million acre-feet of water per year to the area via the Central Arizona Project
  10. Population projected to grow 50 percent between 1995 & 2025, but water demands to grow ONLY 25 percent
  11. Two primary electric utilities – Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project - both ranked as TOP BUSINESS SERVICE PROVIDERS by JD Power & Associates
  12. More than 60 fiber, telecom, broadband & wireless providers
  13. One of top 5 regional fiber optic deployments in US with more than 156,000 route miles of network capacity
  14. Faster Internet speeds in Arizona than California, Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Utah and Nevada
  15. Significant regional educational offerings:
    • Arizona State University – Graduates 2,600 business students per year
    • WP Carey School of Business (ASU) – Ranked in top 25 in Global Business Schools
    • Thunderbird School of Global Management - Ranked # 1 “International” Full-Time MBA
    • University of Phoenix – Specializes in business curriculum; Nation’s largest private university
    • Keller Graduate School of Management
    • University of Arizona Medical School – State-of-the-art medical school with Phoenix campus
    • Mayo Clinic/ASU Medical School – Highly ranked medical school at Mayo Clinic Hospital
    • Scottsdale Community College – Nationally recognized academics, seamless university transfer
    • Infrastructure: An Environment to Support & Grow Industry
    • Scottsdale Unified School District is Arizona’s most excelling public K-12 school district

Cost of Doing Business

Did you know that the Greater Phoenix area offers a variety of business tax credits and other programs that bolster a thriving and competitive regional economy? What’s more, business costs are approximately 40 percent lower than California. The Greater Phoenix area workforce is strong, but has a lower mean wage, lower than average workers comp and unemployment costs than most other major markets across the country. This means greater access to employees at significantly reduced costs.

Strategic Location

Scottsdale is near the heart of the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area and minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, offering easy access to more than 80 domestic locations and 21 international destinations. Close to California, Texas and Mexico, Scottsdale’s strategic location offers face-to-face connectivity to a massive customer base within a few hours of travel. A large part of the city’s industrial and office base is located off the Loop 101 and Loop 202 state freeways.

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Top Employers

Scottsdale is home to a significant corporate presence, most notably in the Bio/Life Sciences and Financial Services Sectors. According to employment data from the Maricopa Association of Governments, the following represent the largest private employers in the community:

Company Employees
HonorHealth (Scottsdale Healthcare) 6,382
General Dynamics C-4  3,000
CVS Health  2,800
Vanguard 2,500
Mayo Clinic  1,851
Nationwide Insurance (formerly Scottsdale Insurance) 1,800
McKesson Corporation 1,350
Yelp 1,000
Fairmont Princess Resort 915
Quicken Loans  835
 Go Daddy 829
 International Cruise and Excursion 700

Source: MAG 2015 Employer Database and Staff Research 

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Quality of Life

Scottsdale is a safe, family-friendly community with unmatched options for outdoor recreation, entertainment & dining, shopping and relaxing. The city offers a true mix of lifestyle options to match a wide range of income levels and living preferences – modern urban living, high-end foothills estates, family neighborhoods – all at a cost of living that’s more affordable than many comparable areas in the country. Here are just a few of the reasons why businesses and residents continue to Choose Scottsdale:

  • Scottsdale already boasts a reputation as one of the finest communities to live, work and play. Fit City Scottsdale seeks to make our city known as the most fit city in America.
  • Scottsdale is an environmentally conscious community with a long history of open space preservation and environmentally & financially sustainable municipal operations & facilities.
  • Sunset Magazine named Scottsdale one of the West’s best places to live.
  • America’s Promise Alliance has named Scottsdale one of its 100 Best Communities for Young People for five consecutive years.

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