Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona. The New York Times described Scottsdale as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach". It also said it is famed for having "plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene". The southern border of Scottsdale extends along the Eastern boundary, which borders Fountain Hills and the McDowell Mountain Regional Park. The tourism industry is Scottsdale's primary moneymaker and it accounts for 39% of the city's workforce. There are many historical and cultural events that take place in Scottsdale, including the Scottsdale Jaycees Parada del Sol. The event starts with the ‘Parada del Sol Parade’, the world's largest horse-drawn parade, with over 150 entries every year. There are many amenities throughout Scottsdale, including banks, libraries, parks, convenience stores, bars and restaurants, making this an ideal location in which to host business meetings or meet friends after work.
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The immediate area surrounding the Scottsdale Airport, known locally as the Airpark, has developed rapidly as a regional center of commerce. The Airpark houses nearly 2,500 individual businesses, with a combined economic impact of over $3 billion annually. Among the companies with headquarters in Scottsdale are APL, Dial, Fender, Go Daddy, Kahala, Kona Grill, Medicis, Paradise Bakery & Café, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Rural Metro, iCrossing, Discount Tire, and Taser. There are countless networking opportunities with like-minded professionals in the area. The transport system is efficient and thousands of commuters use it every day.
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Things to do in Scottsdale
Scottsdale is proud of its rich Western history. The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show has taken place since 1955, and even today the show attracts thousands of visitors and tourists. Scottsdale is home to the Barrett-Jackson Auto Show, which has proved so successful that the organizers have now put on similar shows in Palm Beach, Florida and Las Vegas, Nevada. Since 2007, the city has been hosting fashion shows in the annual Scottsdale Fashion Week. The Scottsdale International Film Festival uses film to look further into the world’s cultures, lifestyles, religions, and ethnicities. Scottsdale houses more than 125 professional art galleries and studios, one of the highest per-capita anywhere in the United States. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from in Scottsdale including Arcadia Tavern, which is famous for its ‘overstuffed sandwiches’ and the ability to eat in an open-air setting.
- Subway: No subway service
- Railway: Rail service operational in Phoenix
- Nearest freeway: I-10
- Nearest airports: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- Other: All major bus routes served nearby