Scottsdale Ahead

by Don Henninger

A big part of Scottsdale’s appeal is its unique geographic diversity, from its core urban setting in the south to the north with some of the most pristine desert in all of the Southwest. It didn’t happen by accident. It started with city residents agreeing to tax themselves to buy the land to create the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Now, 20 years and $1 billion later, the … [More]

Regional Impacts

by Don Hadder

The City of Scottsdale is nearing buildout and future land uses essentially are already established or soon will be. But there are three adjacent areas surrounding the city that will impact future uses in Scottsdale. -- The first is the “Rio Verde Foothills” area east of Scottsdale and north of the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. The 23-square-mile area is not incorporated … [More]

Economic Development Strategy

by Rob Millar

Decades of planning and long-standing partnerships have cultivated a business community in Scottsdale that supports innovation, welcomes diverse talent and celebrates business growth. Now, we are ready to continue building on that momentum with a new strategy to bolster Scottsdale’s economy. The past 18 months have been a trying time for everyone, especially businesses, yet … [More]

Airport a Billion-Dollar Lift


Scottsdale Airport is an economic driver for both the city and the region, located in a thriving airpark, one of three growth areas designated within the city.  Aviation activity at the airport and the Scottsdale Airpark created $1 billion in economic benefits for the region in FY 2019 and supported nearly 6,000 jobs with incomes of $320 million. Visitors arriving at the … [More]

Bright Future

by Laraine Rodgers

Recent city surveys show that the majority of residents are happy living in Scottsdale and like the direction in which the city is heading. They’ll get a chance to vote to confirm that this fall. Arizona requires cities to adopt a comprehensive long-range general plan every 10 years. In June, the City Council adopted the Scottsdale General Plan 2035 and it will go to … [More]

A Steady Base

by Rachel Sacco

From the 19th century well into the 21st century, tourism has been the backbone of Scottsdale’s local economy. Though it has diversified with the expansion of construction, high technology, healthcare and other industries, Scottsdale’s first industry, tourism, remains one of its largest — in jobs, tax revenue and economic impact. The industry’s beginnings were found at small … [More]

The Winning Formula

by Jim Derouin

In light of the challenges from COVID-19 and the fact that Scottsdale’s economy is heavily supported by tourists who went missing for most of the year’s high season, this is a good time to consider what makes the city tick. To keep property values and amenities high and property taxes low, the city needs to generate economic activity from a variety of sources that produce … [More]

Career Ready Tempe

by Tempe Chamber of Commerce

The City of Tempe and the Tempe Chamber Foundation want to help build our community’s workforce through a proven program that partners highly talented, lower income students with an internship that will show them career pathway opportunities to be successful professionals. Career Ready Tempe (CRT) provides students soft skills training throughout the program and covers their … [More]

Tempe Job Monsoon

by Tempe Chamber of Commerce

On July 21 and 28, more than 100 businesses participated in the Tempe Job Monsoon, which brought together job seekers and businesses to “make it rain” for everyone. The Tempe Chamber of Commerce was proud to partner with the City of Tempe, Downtown Tempe Authority and the Tempe Tourism Office to help support our businesses with job hiring challenges, which has become even more … [More]

Tempe Business Academy

by Tempe Chamber of Commerce

The Tempe Chamber Business Academy is a curriculum developed by the Chamber’s Business Innovation and Strategy Council designed to give businesses and business leaders the knowledge they need to grow their companies and strengthen our community. The six-month Business Academy will begin its next session in October 2021. If you would like to learn more about becoming a part … [More]

Tempe Chamber Signature Events 

by Tempe Chamber of Commerce

2021 State of the District  Each year, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce presents the State of the District, a federal update with Arizona’s 9th District U.S. Representative. This year’s event was an interactive live broadcast with Congressman Greg Stanton, who provided a comprehensive update on federal issues affecting our district, state and country. This year’s program was … [More]

Upcoming Signature Events 

by Tempe Chamber of Commerce

Each program is designed to deliver relevant, impactful content to attendees. If you are interested in learning more about attending or the benefits of sponsoring an event, contact the Tempe Chamber office. Stars and Strikes Bowling Fundraiser Wednesday, September 15, 2021 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Alamo Drafthouse Tempe The Tempe Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Committee … [More]

Remote Control: Changing the Channel on How Work is Structured in a Post-Pandemic World

by Kristen Merrifield

The impact of COVID on our communities has been far reaching and continues to evolve as we move into year two of this global pandemic. It has changed forever the way we view things like human connection, safety, education and even our work. Organizations have had to quickly adapt their service delivery models to a virtual environment, and millions of employees have made their … [More]

Arizona Gives Day 2021 Raises A Record-Breaking $7.1 Million For Statewide Nonprofits

by Jennifer Purcell

Donors in communities across the state came together once again to show their incredible collective and heartfelt support for nonprofit agencies by raising $7.1 million on Arizona Gives Day on April 6, generating $1 million more than during last year’s record-shattering event.  More than 40,000 donations supported 982 nonprofit organizations, both large and small, serving … [More]

Policies, Practices and Procedures That Reflect Your Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

by Katee Van Horn

I am often asked by organizations, “Where do we start?” when they want to integrate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into their company culture. There are a lot of places to start on your journey and reviewing your policies, practices and procedures (PPP) is a great one. Think about your employees first. The employee experience and being able to retain top talent should always … [More]

The JEM Foundation Fights for ‘Jake’s Law’ and Wins

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Ben and Denise, founders of the JEM Foundation, lost their son, Jacob Edward Machovsky (JEM), to suicide and vowed to do whatever they could to ensure that no one else lost a loved one in the same way. Jake’s story is, sadly, not uncommon in Arizona. Prior to his death, he had been hospitalized twice in under two months for suicidal ideation. Both times, Jake was released in … [More]

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones Shows Provides Much-Needed Support during COVID-19 

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones, or PAL, started in Phoenix in 2006 as a weekly support group but, due to intense demand, grew quickly and became a nonprofit in 2015, fully supported by volunteers. The first paid staff member was hired in 2018 — CEO/Executive Director Kim Humphrey — and now, just a few years later, PAL has 167 meetings in 41 states. The genesis of the … [More]

Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Welcomes New Board and Staff Member

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Patti Stoner is the vice president of Human Resources for Grand Canyon Education, formerly part of Grand Canyon University. In this role, she oversees the HR function that supports more than 13,000 employees for GCE, subsidiary Orbis Education and partner Grand Canyon University. With more than 25 years of experience, Stoner has served in an HR leadership or consulting role for … [More]

Supporting Undocumented Students through Scholarship

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

Scholarships A-Z was started more than 10 years ago by undocumented individuals and allies as a way of providing resources and support to students who are undocumented and wanting to pursue higher education. The organization is dedicated to the idea that everyone deserves access to higher education, regardless of immigration status. Approximately 2,000 undocumented youth … [More]

The Show Must Go On

by Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits

As with many of the stories we’ve heard over the course of 2020 and into 2021, March of 2020 brought the everyday activities of Greasepaint to a halt — the auditions, the rehearsals, the performances. Everything that makes up Greasepaint’s reason for being. In the spirit of the old Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney movies, Greasepaint and its long-time executive director Maureen … [More]

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