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Scottsdale named first Smart Cities Readiness Challenge Winner of 2022 

The Smart Cities Council recently named Scottsdale the winner of the Smart Cities Readiness Challenge. The city will partner with a team of industry experts from across the world united by a common goal: Scaling Innovation. Key elements of the program include identifying technology solutions that meets the needs of residents, prioritizing processes that accelerate the deployment of solutions and integrating sound governance practices to promote community engagement and trust.

On April 6, the city will host a collaborative brainstorm event that engages city staff, community leaders, industry experts and more as they identify innovative smart city solutions to community challenges. This effort is consistent with the Scottsdale Smart City Strategic Roadmap which was accepted by the City Council in April 2021. Previous challenge winners include Nashville, Tennessee, Austin, Texas, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Miami, Florida.

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Be a part of the Scottsdale Tourism Strategic Plan's community survey

The city of Scottsdale, in partnership with Experience Scottsdale, is developing a Tourism Strategic Plan to determine and identify sustainable growth, expansion and management opportunities, while enhancing the city’s long-term quality of life for residents and visitors. In preparation, the city is conducting a survey about living, working, and playing in Scottsdale. The responses will help us better understand the community experience, as well as identify how we can protect, improve, and enhance Scottsdale’s economic prosperity.

Please help us by taking the survey before Feb. 22. We appreciate your valuable time and insights and promise to learn from your answers to make Scottsdale an even better place to live, work, play and visit. 

Take Survey

Welcome Scottsdale Community Bank!

Scottsdale Community Bank - which obtained the state’s first independent bank charter in more than 14 years - opened at 8767 E. Via De Ventura after receiving final regulatory approval from both the state and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Mayor David Ortega welcomed the new bank: “This is a significant sign of the thriving economic climate that Scottsdale’s business community and government sector have been producing for years,” he said, predicting the bank “will bring local banking and cutting-edge financial services to our businesses, which are the lifeblood of our flourishing economic engine.

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Thinkzilla launches new DEI scorecard

The new DEI scorecard for clients can be used for audits, to support training and programs, and to help organizations build more inclusive workplaces and workforces.

Thinkzilla Consulting recently expanded into Scottsdale and helps organizations create a positive economic impact through cultural diversity. For more information on Thinkzilla's services visit: 

February is Black History Month

Black History Month provides the perfect opportunity to support the Black-owned businesses in Scottsdale that help create our unique community identity. Check out Experience Scottsdale's list of seven innovative enterprises that may become your go-to spots for delicious food, specialty cooking items and some well-deserved pampering. 

Scottsdale asks businesses to voluntarily cut water use by 5%

Due to the Colorado River supply shortage, Scottsdale is taking a proactive approach to water conservation. The city is asking all residents, businesses and visitors to use less water. This comes as the city also looks at their internal processes and audits city-owned facilities for maximum water conservation. Businesses can find ways to save water on the Scottsdale Water Resources website.

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North Scottsdale is the hottest office submarket in Metro Phoenix

The hottest submarket in the previous cycle, North Scottsdale posted a huge year with 607,000 SF of net absorption. This was more than the whole metro market. Read more in the Lee & Associates Arizona Fourth Quarter 2021 Office Report.

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Bizwomen Mentoring Monday

February 28 | 9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050

Bizwomen Mentoring Monday brings women together in a casual, fast-paced coaching atmosphere. Participating mentors are founders, CEOs, innovators, and board members. They volunteer their time to help mentees and they have a lot to share.

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Venture Madness 2022

March 2-3

Kimpton Hotel Palomar

2 E Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

The Venture Madness Conference is scheduled for March 2-3, 2022. It is here where emerging growth companies will live-pitch their way through the conference. In addition, companies selected to present from each track receive prize money.

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Choose Scottsdale Job Board

Are you a Scottsdale-based small business currently hiring? Join the Choose Scottsdale Job Board today to begin posting job openings that will be shared with hundreds of qualified candidates.


Scottsdale Company Spotlight

Peerlogic is a voice-based technology startup specializing in conversational intelligence. Co-founders Ryan Miller (CEO), and Ana Tomboulian (CTO) partnered in 2020, launching Peerlogic with a mission to help medical practices leverage custom call data to improve business performance. Powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI), our technology platform processes data points captured from human speech, providing business owners with key insights to inform a data-driven business strategy.

“We are located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, a thriving entrepreneurial environment where innovation and technology intersect. We are grateful to be a part of this culturally diverse and inclusive community, where we’re able to build our company and contribute to Arizona’s flourishing ecosystem.” Natalie Figueroa - Director of Marketing, Peerlogic.  

Learn more about PeerLogic
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