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Scottsdale celebrates National Economic Development Week May 7-12, 2018

National Economic Development Week

Scottsdale, Ariz. (May 4, 2018) –National Economic Development Week was created and is coordinated by he International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest professional membership organization for economic developers. It is being held during the week of the organization’s 92nd anniversary.

Typically, economic development can be described in terms of objectives. These most commonly include the creation of jobs and wealth, and the improvement of quality of life. IEDC specifically defines economic development as “A set of programs and policies that aid in the creation, retention and expansion of jobs; the development of a stable tax base; and the enhancement of wealth.”

“We are excited that Scottsdale, along with many Arizona communities and the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, will participate in the 2018 National Economic Development Week,” said Scottsdale economic development director Danielle Casey. “This will be the third time we have participated in this event which celebrates the impact economic development efforts make on their local communities. It’s through our commitment to creating tools and partnerships between public and private enterprises that we are able to assist the business community’s growth in Scottsdale.”

Recently, Scottsdale economic development relaunched with enhanced tools to help small business, entrepreneurs and large business thrive and succeed. Some of the latest tools include:

  • Job search at A tool to connect talent looking specifically for employment opportunities with Scottsdale companies. Firms such as JDA Software, Vanguard and The Hartford are just a few examples of the many already using this tool to promote opportunities.
  • Site Selection at A tool used to assist companies looking for available real estate options in Scottsdale with multiple layers for research and analysis of market conditions, demographics, and community data.
  • Interactive Maps Interactive maps demonstrate locations of numerous city amenities such as downtown parking locations, parks, public art, libraries and many other enhanced layers. They are designed to give the user the opportunity to experience Scottsdale’s rich features while gaining knowledge of Its unique geography.

2018 will be the third consecutive year that National Economic Development Week was coordinated by IEDC. More than 75 communities participated in the 2016 campaign. In 2017, 170 communities and 188 organizations across North America celebrated. In 2017, dozens of elected officials at the city, county and state level officially proclaimed Economic Development Week, including Scottsdale’s Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane.

The City of Scottsdale’s economic development efforts have created a measurable, significant economic impact for the community. On February 17, 2015, the City Council adopted a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan which is the guiding document for these efforts. Since the adoption of that strategy, the department has had a material influence on $19.5 million in 5-year direct economic impact, 3,143 new or retained jobs in the first 12 months of operation, and 277 business retention visits to local firms.

“I’m consistently impressed with the level of commitment our city’s economic development department provides our business community,” said Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane. “Danielle Casey and her team provide the best services and tools that any city can provide, and I’m pleased to have the opportunity to officially proclaim the week of May 7 Economic Development Week in the City of Scottsdale.”

To learn more about tools, services and training Scottsdale economic development has available to businesses located in the City of Scottsdale visit or email the team at


About the City of Scottsdale

Scottsdale is one of the state’s leading job centers, with a diverse economy built on medical research, high-tech innovation, tourism and corporate headquarters. Scottsdale is home to nearly 18,000 businesses supplying over 150,000 jobs. The high-tech innovation center SkySong, located just a few miles from Old Town, is designed to help companies grow through a unique partnership with nearby Arizona State University. The Scottsdale Cure Corridor is a partnership of premier health care providers and biomedical companies seeking to advance medicine and patient care through cutting-edge research.

About National Economic Development Week:

Economic Development Week is an event created by the International Economic Development Council to celebrate economic development and the achievements of economic developers. The event will occur for the third time from May 7-12, 2018. Communities and organizations may find celebration planning materials and resources, including an updated Toolkit at Official 2018 hashtags are: #EDW2018 #EconDevWeek #QualityofLife

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a nonprofit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development


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