Economic Development & Advocacy

A Strong Business Voice

Economic Development and Advocacy 4.1

Economic growth must be the priority for every community. Scottsdale has a well-earned reputation for innovation and talent as well as an unparalleled quality of life. Wherever one travels in the world, Scottsdale is known and respected as a quality place – and place is important to today’s business. Increasingly, business decisions center on the availability of talent and the livability of a community.

With world-class research universities, a strong and flexible community college system and exceptional public, charter and private school options, this part of the valley is well served to prepare and provide a quality workforce. The Chamber partners with these institutions and advocates on their behalf on issues that affect the workforce.

Scottsdale is a special place to live as well. Leaders from communities around the world visit this great city in hopes of being able to replicate its livability, character and diversity. Poised adjacent to the fourth largest city in the country, Scottsdale is a significant and vibrant business center – with a resort lifestyle but a serious business edge. The city is a net importer of workers daily, belying any assumption that it is a sleepy suburb.

Key industries in Scottsdale are:

  • Business services
  • Tourism
  • Retail
  • BioMed/BioTech
  • Healthcare
  • Software design
  • Financial services
  • Light manufacturing

The community has grown dramatically since its incorporation in 1951 – from one square mile to 185 square miles, and its long, narrow shape lends itself to different character areas from the older, more densely populated and urban southern part of the city to the largely rural and high-end residential areas of the north.  One-third of the city is set aside as natural open space in the form of Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, paid for by voter-approved self-taxation.


Scottsdale Forward

Presented by the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, Scottsdale Forward is a significant economic development symposium held annually and is intended to be inspirational, informative and invigorating. Featuring a series of high profile speakers from Scottsdale and the Valley and drawing an audience of 150 to 200 attendees, this forum tackles topics that are key to the economic development of the region. Further it offers participants the opportunity to take on an advocacy role on an on-going basis, through participation in one of several Focus Initiative Groups that create on-going dialogue related to vital business and commercial interests.

Check out the 2021 Scottsdale Forward program HERE.