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Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east.
Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation's most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Check out our latest awards and accolades .
Scottsdale's vibrant downtown is considered the finest urban center in Arizona. It is home to more than 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops and more than 80 art galleries.


Business and Economic Development

Economic Development Program

The City of Scottsdale is an exciting and dynamic community that has matured since its incorporation in 1951 as a City of 2,000 citizens into the sophisticated and cultured southwestern city of today. This is truly a community where economic prosperity and lifestyle converge.

Our Economic Development Team is dedicated to providing quality service in six focus areas:
  1. Business Retention, Expansion and Attraction
  2. Tax Revenue Generation and Preservation
  3. Tourism Development
  4. City Economic Vitality Initiatives that support our Economic Development Mission
  5. Clear Economic Vitality Communications
  6. Arts and Cultural Development



Recipient of the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award

The City of Scottsdale issues solicitations for construction projects; to purchase products and services, to determine availability of vendor products and/or services and to sell surplus property items.

Vendors can obtain current solicitation opportunities , plan holder/download lists , results/tabulations , Intent to Award Notifications and Award information . Vendors can also obtain the City of Scottsdale Procurement Code document.

Construction - projects consist of building, altering, repairing, improving or demolishing any public structure or building, or other public improvements of any kind to any public real property, including the routine operation, routine repair, or routine maintenance of existing structures, buildings or real property.

Non-construction/Other - includes the purchase of commodities and services as well as the sale of surplus property items and to determine the availability of products and/or services.

Leases / Licenses / Concessions on City Property - includes agreements for use of City property owned in fee by private entities, including concession licenses at WestWorld, Scottsdale Public Library and City Parks; and leases for golf courses, wireless, retail and other real property uses.

Architect, Engineering, Construction Management, Design Build & Job Order Contracts - for the design and preparation of construction documents, master planning and construction management of public structures, buildings, streets & storm drains, sewer, water, parks, or other capital improvements.

Opening a business in Scottsdale

Before You Start

Prior to seeking permits and licensing in the City you will likely have:

  • Determined there is a market for your business.
  • Registered the business name.
  • Established financing.
  • Defined or completed a legal structure for the business.
  • Searched for an appropriate business location.

Before the doors open there are important local regulatory issues that require attention.
The needs and circumstances of each business are different.
Resources presented here cover key issues affecting most small businesses.

  • Verify that the zoning of your proposed business location allows your business.
  • Apply for permits that are required for the business to open or operate.
  • Verify your required parking requirements.
  • Place signage at your business location.
  • Understand the process to expand a business or change your business use.

Business Revitalization

The Revitalization department is focused on encouraging continued reinvestment in commercial properties within the mature areas of the community through partnerships with existing and new property owners.

The Scottsdale City Council has stated that the revitalization of the southern portion of Scottsdale is their number one priority. Southern Scottsdale is defined as all areas south of Chaparral Road; and much of the data for this area is divided into two subsections: Downtown Scottsdale and South Scottsdale.

Investment Activity in Southern Scottsdale from 1/03 - 7/08*

Downtown $2,074,300,000
Outside of Downtown $1,332,000,000
S. SCOTTSDALE TOTAL $3,406,300,000

*Investment has been in all sectors: residential, office/employment, retail, hotels and cultural/institutional.

For more information on Southern Scottsdale, follow this link to Southern Scottsdale Investment Activity . The "Investment Activity in Southern Scottsdale" map depicts all projects that are planned, under construction, or have been completed since January 1, 2003.

Commitment to Southern Scottsdale

The public sector is making significant investments into this area in a variety of public infrastructure projects. The City of Scottsdale is investing $273 million in capital projects; including, street improvements, water/sewer lines, parks/libraries, public safety, and community amenities. The Scottsdale Unified School District is making an additional $80 million in improvements to support this area, including and entire rebuild of Coronado High School; making the total public sector investment in this area nearly $353 million.

The Citizen and Neighborhood Resources Department has focused a targeted neighborhood revitalization program in this area since 2003; including such things as building permit fee reductions, a housing rehabilitation program, alley cleanups, enhanced code enforcement, new landscaping, etc.

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