Scottsdale Update - July 19, 2018


City Council approves nearly $2 million for social service needs for the Fiscal Year 2018/19. The Scottsdale City Council recently approved close to $2 million to fund nonprofit agencies that provide programs and services to assist thousands of residents at risk and in need. Funding helps nonprofits like Teen Lifeline. The organization's mission is to end teen suicide, to provide a "connection of hope" to teens in crisis and to empower our youth to make healthy decisions.

Flood map changes save residents money. Flood Insurance Rate Maps for a portion of Scottsdale have been revised, resulting in a reduction in flood insurance premiums for more than 100 property owners. The changes come after an area along the Arizona Canal was restudied from Chaparral Road north to the Indian Bend Wash. The analysis took into account infrastructure improvements and improved flood modeling techniques. Based on those changes, 100-year floodplain zones became smaller, removing more than 100 property owners from their boundaries. Flood insurance is no longer mandatory for these property owners if they have a federally backed mortgage.

Construction to begin on fifth SkySong office building. With the other four SkySong office buildings at high occupancy, the SkySong development team will begin work on SkySong 5. The building will be 151,318 square feet, making SkySong nearly 869,000 square feet of commercial space. SkySong 5 will include extensive outdoor work and meeting spaces, public art, a second story outdoor patio and event space. SkySong, a partnership between the city of Scottsdale and Arizona State University, is a mixed-use complex on the southeast corner of Scottsdale and McDowell roads.


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Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - An American original. Every Thursday year 'round from 7 to 9 p.m. Old Town Scottsdale hosts this feast for the senses featuring galleries, food and entertainment.

Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy at Scottsdale's Museum of the West. Grab your cowboy or cowgirl hat and celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy Saturday, July 28, at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. Visitors can enjoy the day in the museum's galleries that inspire the western spirit and attend a performance of a live play. Visitors of all ages can participate in an in-gallery scavenger hunt.

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Nominations open for Environmental Achievement Recognition Award. Is your business or organization an environmental leader? The city's Environmental Quality Advisory Board is accepting nominations for its next Environmental Achievement Recognition Award. The awards serve to celebrate exemplary environmental achievements, foster partnerships with local businesses and organizations, and stimulate environmental initiatives to enrich the lives of Scottsdale residents. Nominations for this year's awards are accepted online through Sept. 10.

Scottsdale hosts state Little League championships. Scottsdale is hosting host the Arizona Little League Championships, featuring 14 teams from throughout the state. The semi-finals and finals will take place at Scottsdale Ranch Park Tuesday-Sunday, July 24-29. Games take place in the evening, no earlier than 5:30 p.m. It's rare for Scottsdale to host the championships, which are rotated annually between host cities in the 14 districts that make up Arizona Little League. The winner of the state championship will represent Arizona in the regional tournament held annually in San Bernardino, Calif. The winner of the regional tournament advances to the iconic Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa. Here's a list of the teams competing in Scottsdale and a schedule of games.

Choose Scottsdale Job Board quick stats. The Choose Scottsdale Job Board continues to grow for both employers and job seekers. There are 32 participating employers posting about 300 jobs. List job openings or search for Scottsdale-based positions for free.

Sandbags available for residents as part of monsoon preparedness. Summer monsoons can develop quickly and cause severe localized winds and flooding. Be prepared. The city offers a variety of safety tips and resources. If your property is at risk for flooding, the city offers free sandbags. Both sand and bags are available 24 hours a day for Scottsdale residents on a first-come first-served bases. Get more storm-related safety tips.


Final Moonlight Swim takes place Friday. UV rays can damage skin in less than 15 minutes. Avoid the danger by swimming under the stars at this season's final Moonlight Swims. It takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 20, at McDowell Mountain Ranch. Regular entrance fees apply.

Library hosts "Bob Dylan Revisited." Rock historian Vincent Bruno will take you on a journey from Dylan's childhood to his folk days in Greenwich Village to his ground-breaking "electric period" studio albums to becoming the rock/poet enigma of his time. The free program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Civic Center Library.

Show your cue competency at senior center billiard tournament. The free fun takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Via Linda Senior Center. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Call 480-312-5810 to register.

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