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Scottsdale Wins Two Golden Prospector Awards


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Sept. 13, 2016 - The City of Scottsdale has won two Golden Prospector Awards from the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), recognizing excellence, innovation and creativity in economic development.

Scottsdale’s “Swipe Right Scottsdale” special event and its “JDA Software” deal of the year earned top honors.

The “Swipe Right Scottsdale” campaign was created to educate brokers, startup companies and opinion leaders about Scottsdale as a good place to live, work and do business. The campaign was highly successful in garnering media attention and getting people to talk about Scottsdale as more than just a great place to visit.

The retention of JDA Software, a company founded and headquartered in Scottsdale, was the result of a collaborative effort led by the City of Scottsdale Economic Development Department involving city leadership, private real estate industry, state level economic development leaders and compelling data analysis.

Overall, 11 Golden Prospector Awards and seven awards of merit were presented at AAED’s fall forum in Flagstaff.


About Arizona Association for Economic Development
AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy, and collaboration. For more information on AAED, visit or call (602) 240-2233.

About the City of Scottsdale
Scottsdale, one of Arizona’s 10 largest cities is a premier visitor location as well as a tremendous place to live and do business. It is home to 125 golf courses, 220 tennis courts, dozens of parks and hundreds of miles of bike paths and hiking trails, and a Downtown with more than 20 hotels, 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops and 80 art galleries. Scottsdale Airport and its surrounding Commerce Airpark area is headquarters to nearly 2,500 businesses with more than 48,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Downtown, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with Arizona State University. Scottsdale was recently named one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in the United States, and was honored as Arizona’s 2013 “eCity” by Google. For more information, visit


Media Contacts:
Christian Green
Economic Development Manager
City of Scottsdale
(480) 312-2612





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