Niki D’Andrea – Executive Editor
You could call Jim Keeley a sort of Scottsdale Airpark seer. As the founding partner of Colliers International’s Scottsdale office and the producer of the annual “2030 Report,” he’s seen all the shifts in commercial real estate in the area over the past three-plus decades. The report, which Keeley first published in 1981 as the “Greater Scottsdale Airpark 2010 Report,” outlines everything from the biggest employers around the Airpark to projections on real estate development in the coming years. As writer Jimmy Magahern points out in this month’s feature, “Staying Power” (page 26), Keeley also sees things no one else does. He knows about the deals going down around town, from the rumored fate of the CrackerJax family fun park land to who’s building a new hangar on a massive barren lot on 81st Street just south of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Scottsdale has a history of future-minded forward-thinkers – like the aforementioned Frank Lloyd Wright, whose winter home and architecture school at Taliesin West has started expanding its events programming in an effort to become a year-round destination for locals as well as tourists. You can read more about that in the story “Neighborhood Place” on page 32. You can also read about more of Scottsdale’s influential and innovative figures in “Reflection & Affection” (page 34), which features a guest column, “Why I love Scottsdale,” by longtime Scottsdale resident and attorney Randy Nussbaum, who is one of five inductees into this year’s Scottsdale History Hall of Fame. And you can see how Scottsdale has maintained its standards of living since being given a City Livability Award in 1993 by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in this month’s “Remember When” column (page 47). Experience Scottsdale CEO Rachel Sacco also waxes nostalgic while looking forward in this issue’s “Tourism Talk” column (page 57), which examines the city’s travel savvy and destination appeal over the years. While no one can accurately predict the future all the time, it’s safe to say the city’s draw for visitors, particularly in the late winter and early spring months, will continue to be significant. Wondering what the future holds for business and commercial real estate development? The full “2030 Report” starts on page 22. It’s about as close to a crystal ball as you’ll find around the Airpark.