the apartment building I live in houses lots of people who are collecting section 8 housing , section 8 housing should be a temporary assistance , the money that Scottsdale would save would go to the schools for better Education. there is so much Money wasted on the section 8 program. Eliminating section 8 in the Scottsdale area would lower crime, and cleanup the area

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Dear Members of the Scottsdale City Council,

As representatives from a wide array of Arizona businesses, including associations with thousands of member companies in a variety of industries critical to the economic sustainability of this city and state, we collectively urge you to pass a non-discrimination ordinance that protects all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

As business leaders, we are committed to improving Arizona’s image and reputation on the national and international stage. Doing so is essential to ensuring a thriving future for Scottsdale and the rest of our state. An ordinance that covers all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, would go a long way toward advancing these goals.

Scottsdale’s 2015 Strategic Economic Development Plan, which you adopted in February, prioritizes growing and attracting quality firms and jobs in targeted sectors such as technology, innovation, bioscience and hospitality. Scottsdale’s economic success relies heavily upon the community’s ability to “support efforts that will enable Scottsdale’s present and future employers to cultivate, retain and attract the talent they need,” according to the plan.

Fulfilling the priorities of your economic development plan requires the city to remain competitive. Right now, Scottsdale can do much better in outpacing competitors. One-third of U.S. states and more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies already prohibit discrimination against gay and transgender people. Indeed, more than 70 percent of millennials support non-discrimination laws that cover sexual orientation and gender identity. Many young people see these protections as a litmus test when deciding where to work, live and shop. It is imperative that Scottsdale maintains and expands its ability to attract millennial talent, which will account for 75 percent of the workforce by 2030. If leadership choses not to act, or is at odds with non-discrimination ultimately the city’s economic development plan will never be poised to reach it’s potential.

Moreover, tourism is Arizona’s largest export, generating $20.9 billion in direct spending—$57 million each day—in 2014. As tourism goes, so goes Scottsdale. Scottsdale can be more inviting to tourists, further fueling the city’s economic engine, if all people, including gay and transgender individuals, are protected from discrimination.

Finally, Arizona has long been a destination for those with an entrepreneurial spirit seeking opportunity. Arizona has a proud history of valuing liberty, freedom, and hard work. Non-discrimination laws advance that history by updating the law to reflect our values. Gay and transgender people are our friends, neighbors, family, coworkers, clients and customers. When it comes to being able to earn a living, having a place to live, or being served by a business or government office, they should be treated like anyone else and not be discriminated against.

We strongly urge you to pass a non-discrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity. In doing so, you will send a strong message that Scottsdale is open for business to everyone. Your legacy will pave a more prosperous path for all of Scottsdale and Arizona.

Respectfully,

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The new "Impulsion" sculpture is great. The light on the stainless steel is spectacular at sunset. The McDowell Mountains behind me are obscured by high voltage lines. The tent on the left is temporary for events in the month of January so that is understandable. To put such a wonderful sculpture in Scottsdale and yet have light poles ruin any vantage point for a photographic opportunity is sad.

I hope the city will see this picture and realize that this sculpture could be a landmark for Scottsdale if they make this shot photogenic.

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Google is considering Scottsdale as one of several possible new locations for their Google Fiber internet access service.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57619129-93/google-fiber-bulks-up-with-plans-for-9-more-regions

We should support this proposal in any and all ways possible to provide true competition in the consumer ISP market. Affordable high-speed internet access is crucial to start up and established small businesses as well as to education both in school and at home. Internet service of this nature would attract new residents and business to Scottsdale.

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Ask yourself did your private employer give you this deal after 10 years work? Scottsdale employees "retire" under the ASRS system. This union based system pays "retirees" more in retirement than they ever made working.,,,,and you can "retire" anytime after 50. The ASRS system in Arizona is underfunded and will require non public worker tax increases. All non public safety employees should be under a Defined Contribution Plans like your 401K's.

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We are a tourist destination, so anything that offers them something to do will appeal.Select an architect that can design a destination building to house it, tie it to the zoo and the botanical gardens and wait for the hordes of sightseers. This will lead to redevelopment all along McDowell as they cater to the attendees.

It will be expensive but should pay off over the years

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Paul Townsend about 5 years ago

Approach the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community regarding the land that borders McKellips Road south and Hayden Road east . . . currently that piece of land is vacant and farmland.  How about Legend City 2020?  Reintroduce Valley residents to our original theme park built with 21st Century technology for ride safety and summer cooling.  Right next to the Tempe Marketplace.  Could be very large tourist destination shared with Scottsdale and Tempe . . . new hotel development on the vacant MDowell Motor Mile. New sales tax revenues from the park and new surrounding businesses . . . would create LOTS of jobs in the Valley.  Good for schools . . . perhaps we could get a loan from gaming revenue to put this on the front burner and pay it off quickly with monies from advertising.  Better than Skysong or a Coyotes arena!  http://www.legend-city.com/

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Nicholas Blank about 5 years ago

There is a lot of vacant land in the Downtown / South Scottsdale area owned by the City of Scottsdale. Turn some of these lots into temporary spaces and create mini-parks, putt putt golf courses, temporary retail spaces, retail incubators, food truck parking, etc.

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Scottsdale is a relatively small but loyal community.  When jobs are posted with the city, hiring preference should be given to qualified residents, who will then turn around and spend the money they earn in the City of Scottsdale.  I was commuting to downtown Phoenix for a while, but would much rather work in my own city.  I am super-experienced in my field, but was not even interviewed for an entry-level position in same.  I would have spent every dime of my paycheck in Scottsdale.

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Let's have weekend evening food-truck events at local libraries.  These could become a gathering place for the community, a place to interact and create connections while generating income for the city.  Portland (shown in the image) does this and the sense of community is almost palpable when people from all walks of life and different neighborhoods for once interact and get to know each other.  In addition, one might expect use of the library to increase as a side-benefit, though this would be held after the libraries are closed.

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