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Scottsdale’s Great Arts!

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the fourteenth of a 17 article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

Vibrant Art = Sustainable Community!

Did you know that Scottsdale is home to over 100 galleries? On the evening prior to our Scottsdale Leadership “Arts in Scottsdale” topic day, Class 24 participated in the downtown ArtWalk.  We were fortunate to have presentations by the owner/staff at three galleries:  Joan Cawley Gallery, Duley Jones Gallery and Gebert Contemporary Gallery. They exhibit some of the finest and most diverse art from all over the world.

The Scottsdale Gallery Association and the 30-year old Thursday night ArtWalk were formed to promote not only the galleries, but the idea of Scottsdale as an arts town.

Visit www.scottsdalegalleries.com to check out special events and then be prepared to be awed by the vast array of artwork and the welcoming spirit of the gallery owners.  Like us, you might be lucky enough to meet an artist or two!

More Arts and Culture
Wowed by our ArtWalk experience, we spent the next day gaining an understanding of the role that arts and culture play in Scottsdale – past, present and future. It started with a musical performance by a trio from Musica Nova (Warren Cohen, Music Director).

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Scottsdale’s Unique Oasis

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the 13th of a 17-article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

Does staying Calm, Relaxed and surrounded by Natural Beauty factor into your Quality of Life?

If so, you would have really enjoyed Scottsdale Leadership’s Quality of Life and Sustainability class day.  Held in Scottsdale’s own backyard – the Gateway to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve – this pristine recreational area is amazing!

Completed in May 2009, the Gateway adjoins 383 acres and is part of Scottsdale’s vision to preserve 36,400 acres.  That’s 1/3 of Scottsdale’s total land mass!

If you don’t hike, mountain bike or ride horses along the 45 miles of trails, maybe the 8,800 SF building (pending LEED Platinum certification) would catch your eye. It has rammed earth walls and uses recycled/regional materials.  With its solar energy performance (producing 105% of annual demand), rainwater harvesting (providing 100% irrigation), water efficiency (saving 250,000 gallons annually) this building is a marvel in the desert.

Or you can take a short stroll to the Amphitheater and enjoy the amazing views. The amphitheater serves as an ideal field classroom for lectures, too. For those physically challenged, there is a ¾ mile accessible interpretive trail – one of the few in existence.

Whatever route you take, I guarantee you’ll be touched by the beauty of the land and its ability to restore calm!

Scottsdale Leadership, Class 24 not only experienced the Preserve but spent time with Virginia Korte, Class 3, and president/CEO of STARS who shared the history of preserving Scottsdale’s land since the 1960’s and how the Preserve came to fruition.

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Keeping Our Community Safe

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the 12th of a 17 article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

How Safe is Scottsdale?
Forget the statistics in the paper (they don’t tell the whole story). Come on the journey in the life of a police officer and fire fighter. With over 200,000 residents covering 185 square miles, keeping our community safe is a high priority for Scottsdale! Class 24 learned that you may be 2 feet away from a criminal or 102 feet atop a ladder fighting a blazing building but the reality of danger is still the same. Courageous men and women put their life on the line for you and me every time they respond to an emergency. They willingly serve to make our community safer each and every day.

WHAT BACKS UP THESE BRAVE SOULS?
We have 750 Police in Scottsdale, armed with about 25 pounds around their waist -a gun, handcuffs, baton, and OC (pepper spray). We learned that since 1993 another device that aids in subduing a person is a Taser. Steve Tuttle, TASER International, explained 1.8 million Tasers are used at 15,000 law enforcements agencies – many equipped with video capability.

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City Government Exposed!

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the 11th of a 17 article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

Class 24 embarked on another fact-filled, emotion-tickling day on February 5, 2010. City Government Day was hosted by Councilman Ron McCullagh, Class 18. He shared how the mayor and city council’s role is to approve the budget and set public policy for Scottsdale. Volunteerism plays an immense role with over 200 people in Scottsdale serving on City Boards, Commissions and committees.

Coffee with Mayor W. J. “Jim” Lane served as an espresso boosted view of how the City of Scottsdale is led. His philosophy is a business approach to City Hall and a citizen-driven government promoting efficiency, transparency and accountability.

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Turtle Leadership

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the 10th of a 17 article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

Class 24 participated in another exciting Leadership Academy last Friday. The Leadership Academy’s mission is to illuminate ideas, provoke thought and stimulate dialogue to help class members cultivate their own leadership style. Class 24 focused on expanded leadership teamwork through a “turtle” exercise, led by Dr. Frances Mills-Yerger, Class 16, Workshops for Youth and Families. We were put into smaller teams and our assignment was to get our whole team across a massive flowing river using turtles (don’t worry, no turtles were harmed), and navigate leadership decisions to reach the other side.

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Economic Development: Do or Die!

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience
This is the ninth of a 17 article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

What is Economic Development; How does it happen?
Scottsdale Leadership Class 24 members tackled this question on our last Topic Day. We examined it from a local, regional and state level…it was a fascinating day.

Economic development is a complex, multi-dimensional concept. Economic development is not possible without growth but growth is possible without development. Scottsdale is an established and resource-wealthy community. We’ve had many years of strong economic development. But in these tough economic times, it is important we have a clear economic development strategy.

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Super Stewards at the Helm!

By SUZANNE PAETZER
2009 Scottsdale Leadership Class Reporter

The Scottsdale Leadership Experience

This is the eighth of a 17 article series recapping Scottsdale Leadership’s nine-month Core Program. The program educates, connects and empowers citizens who are interested in community leadership.

What is community stewardship and courageous leadership all about?

On December 18, 2009, Scottsdale Leadership Class 24 explored the role of courageous leadership in community stewardship. Community stewards are the people that help our community to evolve by making tough decisions often with intense public opposition. Sometimes their decisions are very unpopular. They balance the individual needs of a neighborhood or business group with the needs of the entire community. Community stewards remain committed in stressful situations with an eye on future community development and sustainability…………why?

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