Scottsdale, in Arizona's Valley of the Sun, has grown from a tiny farming cluster of 2,000 persons occupying one square mile in 1951, to a vibrant community of more than 135,000 persons spread over an area of 185 square miles. Founded by Army Chaplain Winfield Scott in 1888, Scottsdale, long known as"The West's Most Western Town,"has matured into one of the premier examples of the new west --urbane, sophisticated, and cultured. Scottsdale's quality lifestyle included well-planned living, working and shopping areas. The city's emphasis on mountain conservation and protection of its rich desert areas is recognized nationally. Scottsdale is also known for its architectural and landscape design excellence and rich cultural, business and recreational environments.
Scottsdale is characterized by a hospitality industry serving both the business and leisure vistor. The Scottsdale economy today contains, in addition to its resorts, a diverse mix of financial services from banking to insurance and investment, business services from advertising and public relations to software development; computer services to market research and consulting; professional services from major health care providers anchored by Scottsdale Memorial Health Systems and the world renowned Mayo Clinic to attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers; a network of galleries that puts Scottsdale amoung the top art markets in the nation; administrative offices from national headquarters of moderate-sized companies and associations to regional offices and marketing offices of larger organizations; a vibrant retail sector whose market extends well beyond the borders of Scottsdale; and a manufacturing sector anchored by Motorola in the southern part of the city and by several small to medium sized companies in the Scottsdale Airpark.
Few places can provide as many cultural opportunities as are available in Scottsdale. Within an easy driving distance are numerous high-level dramatic, dance and musical productions, art exhibits, and performances by the Scottsdale Symphony Orchestra.
Scottsdale is noted throughout the country for its creative approach to city planning. Running the length of the city is the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt, a 7.5 mile long flood control project that uses a system of parks, lakes, and golf courses as an alternative to a conventional concrete channel. This greenbelt offers endless recreational opportunities including fishing, sailing and other sports. Scottsdale still has miles of desert both within and adjacent to the community, offering Arizona scenery at its best. In addition, the city is the winter home of the San Francisco Giants basesball team.
Paolo Soleri's studio, Cosanti, which expresses his unorthodox design ideas; and Taliesen West, the Western campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, are located in the Scottsdale area. Tours are avaiable at both locations. For Visitor or Re-location Information please contact:
Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, (602)945-8481.
Scottsdale Convention & Visitor's Bureau, (602)945-8481.
Scottsdale AZ area code if needed is (602).
Scottsdale, AZ area code if needed is (602).