By MICHAEL SEIDEN
Scottsdale Leadership Class 24
The City of Scottsdale is viewed differently by various people. There are those who view it as the “Beverly Hills” of Arizona. Others relish in the old established neighborhoods that flourished under the “Western Town” image of the 50’s through the 70’s. Hikers enjoy walking through the beauty of the desert in the McDowell Mountain Preserve while the partiers love the weekend action at the Waterfront. Scottsdale is the venue for exciting events such as the Barrett Jackson Auto Auction, the Arabian Horse Show and the Open at the TPC. It is the home of world class resorts, an active local airport, a budding bio-tech incubator and one of the most successful shopping centers in the country, as well as a number of massage parlors and strip clubs. It is considered the “fifth whitest city in the U.S.” but has led the way in promoting diversity.
This is Scottsdale today but what will the City be like tomorrow? What is our vision for the future? Scottsdale Leadership provides the city’s future leaders with a comprehensive view of most aspects of our city; the services that are provided to our citizens, the venues used for the exciting events that provide some of the revenue for those services, the historical locations that have served as foundations for the present, the inner workings of our government. By putting together an understanding of how all of these pieces come together, we can work with the current leadership of Scottsdale to build a vision of the future. That vision takes the city’s core values and defines what Scottsdale will look like five or ten years from now.
While learning about the city and developing their leadership skills, members of Scottsdale Leadership Class XXIV can contribute to Scottsdale’s future by addressing the following questions:
- What are Scottsdale’s core values?
- If we adhere to those core values now and into the future, what will Scottsdale look like five and ten years from now?
- What specific things can we do as committed citizens to make that vision come about?
Visions become reality through dialogue and discussion. What better place to have this dialogue and discussion than through Scottsdale Leadership? This dialogue is open not only to members of Class XXIV but to alumni, as well. It’s almost a certainty that there will be diverse views and not everyone will agree. However, by submitting your ideas to this blog, we will have a compilation of how a group of creative and committed leaders view the future of their city.