Growing the Scottsdale Cure Corridor

by RaeAnne Marsh

The City of Scottsdale’s directed effort to expand the presence of medical-related business is focused on a T-shaped geography that runs along Scottsdale Road from the Airpark to Thomas Road and along Shea Boulevard from Scottsdale to the Mayo facility at 136th Street, which it has branded the “Cure Corridor.” The city created a YouTube video, The Scottsdale Cure Corridor, to promote the area and that Christian Green, Scottsdale’s economic development manager, says companies also use to recruit.

The city focuses on five industries within the healthcare sector: bio-life sciences, clinical trials, patient care delivery, pharmaceuticals and education. “Growth is exponential, because of the bio-life-science clusters that [already] exist in Scottsdale,” says Green. Citing an average wage of $60,143 Green says Scottsdale’s 21,000-plus jobs in the bio-life-science sector represents 13 percent of all such employment throughout Metro Phoenix.

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