Current City Issues

Thank You, Scottsdale! (Nov. 7)

E-Newsletter (Nov. 7, 2016)

It is almost over … tomorrow is finally Election Day. I have had plenty of challenges in my life. I ran my family’s car dealership with hundreds of employees, worked with non-profit organizations to help them make ends meet in a tough economy and worked to establish our Mountain Preserve when some people thought it was a crazy idea.

In fact I have never worked harder than I have in the last year campaigning for my second term on the City Council.

I want to thank all of you who have worked on my behalf by volunteering your valuable time. I want to express my appreciation to the many of you who have contributed financially to my campaign. And I also want to thank all of those who voted early in the election whether they voted for me or not.

Many of you will vote at polling places tomorrow. For the final time during this campaign, I am asking for your vote. I would also appreciate it if you would tell your family, friends and neighbors who have not voted yet to vote for me to help keep Scottsdale moving in the right direction.

Thank You Very Much!


Virginia L. Korte

Your Commitment Matters (Nov. 6)

E-Newsletter (Nov. 6, 2016)

On Friday City Hall was packed with people voting. City Clerk Carolyn Jagger said she had not seen anything like it since October 31, 2008 during the presidential election.

I want to thank all of you who made the commitment to wait hours to vote. It means you realize how important your vote is to our country and city.

Since early voting started October 12th, more than 80,000 Scottsdale residents have voted. After the polls close at 7PM Tuesday, we may be able to say that at least 100,000 of us voted this year.

For those of you have not voted yet, I would really appreciate your vote. And please tell your family, friends and neighbors how important their votes are in helping me keep Scottsdale moving in the right direction.

Thank You!


Virginia L. Korte

Thank You For Your Vote of Confidence (Nov. 2)

E-Newsletter (Nov. 3, 2016)

With less than one week to go before Election Day next Tuesday, I believe the race to fill three seats on the City Council continues to be extremely close.

As I campaign throughout the city, many people assure me of my re-election. They say that everyone they talk to has already voted for me or intends to do so.

I really appreciate their vote of confidence. But it is the votes through the mail or at polling places that matter now. Please do not take my election to a second term on the council for granted – I’m not.

If you have already voted for me, thank you. If you haven’t voted yet, I would really appreciate your vote. And please tell your family, friends and neighbors how important their votes are in helping me keep Scottsdale moving in the right direction.

Thank You!


Virginia L. Korte

Latest Voter Survey Report (Oct. 30)

E-Newsletter (Oct. 30, 2016)

The latest update from the City Clerk’s Office shows that 52,455 Scottsdale residents have voted by mail. The total of those requesting early ballots has risen to 136,084. That means just over 38% of those who requested early ballots have mailed them.

City Clerk Carolyn Jagger, who is doing an excellent job of collecting the data, says she expects to see a surge in returned ballots this week.

The latest voter survey indicates that the election for City Council, as they say, “is too close to call.” The four of us who are running to fill three seats are neck and neck. So your vote matters more than ever.

I am not taking the election for granted and will be working right up to when the polls close at 7PM on Election Day Tuesday, November 8th.

If you have not voted yet, I would appreciate your vote – because I need every vote I can get.

Thank You!


Virginia L. Korte

How Many People Have Already Voted By Mail? (Oct. 26)

E-Newsletter (Oct. 26, 2016)

Answer: 31,565 Scottsdale residents have voted by mail so far. Of those who have already voted, 8,239 are between the ages of 50-64 and 15,043 are over 64 years old. That means more than 70% of those who have voted by mail are over 50 years old. If you have already voted for me, thank you. And if you have not yet mailed your ballot, I would appreciate your vote.

Thank You!


Virginia L. Korte

Your Early Voting Update (Oct. 23)

E-Newsletter (Oct. 23, 2016)

After 10 days of early voting, I thought you would appreciate an update on how the process is proceeding for Scottsdale voters.

So far, the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office has processed 133,241 early ballot requests. As of Friday, 17,755 ballots have been returned.

Historically, nearly 90% of Scottsdale voters vote by mail. This year is not expected to be an exception.

I do not have to explain how important this election is for the country, the state and our city. So, if you have not voted yet, please remember to mail in your ballot as soon as possible.

When you do, I would appreciate your vote for the City Council.

Thank You!


Virginia L. Korte

Please. Don’t Take This Election For Granted (Oct. 20)

E-Newsletter (Oct. 20, 2016)

When I began my campaign I said that I wouldn’t take this election for granted, and neither should you.

With early voting underway, I remind you that every vote matters.

Two years ago, Councilman Dennis Robbins lost his re-election by only 54 votes. His defeat changed the political chemistry of the City Council.

I am asking for your vote to continue my commitment on the City Council to create more jobs, enhance tourism and keep our taxes low.

Thank You!

 


Virginia L. Korte

Your Early Voting Ballot is on the Way!  (Oct. 13)

E-Newsletter (Oct. 13, 2016)

If you are an early voter, you should receive your ballot in the next few days.

There are four candidates campaigning for three seats on the City Council. It is expected to be a very tight contest – so your vote matters more than ever.

I have worked hard the past four years on the City Council representing all of Scottsdale. I hope I have earned your vote for another term to continue my mission of Putting Scottsdale First!

Please fill out the ballot, seal it, sign it and send it as soon as possible.

 

Thank You,
Virginia L. Korte

Only One City Council Candidate Helped Establish Our Mountain Preserve  (Oct. 16)

E-Newsletter (Oct. 16, 2016)

One of the greatest honors I’ve had in my 30 years of community service to Scottsdale is when Mayor Herb Drinkwater asked me to serve on the very first McDowell Sonoran Preserve Task Force. I was equally as honored when Task Force members elected me to chair the group.

The Task Force led the effort of what has grown today to be more than 30,000 acres of open space sonoran desert for people to enjoy – including our residents and visitors.

My ongoing commitment to the Preserve has allowed me to meet devoted people like Bobby Alpert and a great group of volunteers who look after what we started almost 25 years ago.

“I met Virginia in one of our McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Steward Classes. I was very impressed with her knowledge of the McDowell Mountains and her passion for preserving their integrity.

“Later I heard her speak about the history of the Preserve from her perspective of when it started in the early 1990’s. That experience was so profound that I asked her for a copy of her speech.

“Interacting with Virginia on both personal and professional levels, I find her to be refreshingly honest and straightforward. Her work ethic and integrity are exceptional – and her continuing commitment to our wonderful Mountain Preserve is truly inspiring.

“These are some of the reasons I’m voting for Virginia.”

Bobby Alpert

 

With gratitude,
Virginia L. Korte

Your Early Voting Ballot is on the Way!  (Oct. 13)

E-Newsletter (Oct. 13, 2016)

If you are an early voter, you should receive your ballot in the next few days.

There are four candidates campaigning for three seats on the City Council. It is expected to be a very tight contest – so your vote matters more than ever.

I have worked hard the past four years on the City Council representing all of Scottsdale. I hope I have earned your vote for another term to continue my mission of Putting Scottsdale First!

Please fill out the ballot, seal it, sign it and send it as soon as possible.

 

Thank You,
Virginia L. Korte

Get Out And Vote!  (Oct. 9)

E-Newsletter (Oct. 9, 2016)

I do not think my friend Ellen Andres-Schneider would mind me calling her one our community’s real “workhorses.” There are very few types of activities or events in Scottsdale in which she has not played a principal role.

Ellen has been involved in too many things to mention. She is, however, especially active in the business and arts communities.

I have known Ellen for going on 30 years. We have worked on many projects together. There is no one I respect more than Ellen for her work ethic, compassion and willingness to give back to our community.

Ellen also knows more than a thing or two about politics, so I am grateful for her insights on issues and input on campaigning. When I announced that I was going to run for the City Council again, she reminded me that neither I nor my supporters should take my re-election for granted.

“Before my husband, Ralph, and I moved here in 1983, I was active in politics. I worked under three different governors in Oregon and served on the Salem, Oregon City Council for nine years.

“From what I am told, this election is extremely close between the four candidates running for three seats on the City Council. So it is critical that Virginia’s supporters vote.

“I urge all of our friends in the arts and culture community to vote, as well the business community – especially the members of our Chamber of Commerce.

“Early voting begins next week and the election is on November 8th. Please get out and vote for Virginia. She needs every vote she can get.

Ellen Andres-Schneider

 

With gratitude,
Virginia L. Korte

We Need Virginia’s Voice of Reason and Vision  (Oct. 2)

E-Newsletter (Oct. 2, 2016)

Serving on the City Council the past four years has been an honor.

I have been involved in our community in a variety of capacities for almost 30 years.  I managed my family’s car dealership, Ray Korte Chevrolet, in Southern Scottsdale. I also helped lead the Chamber of Commerce and was the President and CEO of Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS).

All of those activities had their challenges.  But none of them carried the responsibility of representing the more than 200,000 citizens of our great city.

I am grateful for all of you who have placed your trust in me.  I hope I have earned your vote November 8th.

“I’ve been friends with Virginia for 33 years.  I’ve known her as a businessperson and throughout most of her civic career.  I believe strongly that we need a voice of reason and we need someone with a vision like Virginia’s on our City Council.

“Virginia listens to all points of view and is thoughtful about the issues our city faces.  I know for a fact how she deliberates over each and every issue, and how seriously she takes her job on the Council of representing citizens.  I very much respect how Virginia works to represent every area of our city.

“Scottsdale citizens need her experience, integrity and voice of reason during the next four years.  That’s why I’m voting for Virginia and hope you will too.”

Eileen Rogers

 

With gratitude,
Virginia L. Korte

Following in Our Forebears’ Footsteps (Sept. 25)

E-Newsletter (Sept. 25, 2016)

I respect our city’s history, its rich heritage and all of those who have and are now contributing to making Scottsdale so unique.

Those who preceded us decades ago were always looking toward where they wanted to go, not where they had been. They wanted to improve our city and create opportunities for their families to prosper – and they did.

I believe we owe our predecessors a lot of gratitude for putting Scottsdale on the right track and keeping us moving forward by staying focused on the future. Their legacy of success should not only be respected, I think it should be used as a roadmap on our journey to make our great city even better.

As I campaign around our city, I am finding many of you feel the same way – including, my friends, the Seidens.

“My husband, Michael, and I have supported Virginia since she first ran for the City Council in 2012 because of her forward thinking for Scottsdale, not the idea of looking back on yesterday.

“Virginia believes building diversity is a strength of our community. We support the importance she places on maintaining Scottsdale’s inclusiveness and tolerance. She stands for and continues to support the need for our city to be in the forefront of today’s issues, not in the background.

“Virginia speaks for what can be, not what was. That’s why she has our support and our votes.”

Enid Seiden

 

With gratitude,
Virginia L. Korte

How I Met Virginia 38 Years Ago (Sept. 18)

E-Newsletter (Sept. 18, 2016)

“I met Virginia 38 years ago, way before she met me. She was doing TV commercials for her family’s car dealership, Ray Korte Chevrolet at Scottsdale and McDowell Roads.

“When I think back over the years, the name “Virginia Korte” has always been known and respected in our community.

“Virginia and I share a love for our beautiful city as well as a sense of responsibility for what kind of city we leave for future generations. The next few years are critical for the growth and beauty of the entire city. Infrastructure maintenance, downtown development, mass transportation, our desert preserve and an ordinance to protect the LGBT community are just a few of the issues that will be addressed by the City Council.

“One of the most important attributes that I value in a leader is an open mind. Elections do matter. Personally, I am interested in electing candidates who are not driven by an ideology. Our special city belongs to all of us, and I believe most citizens are looking for candidates willing to represent all of us.

“We will never all agree on everything. But we can agree that we are smarter and stronger when we work together.

“I am supporting Virginia for the City Council because I believe she has the track record of deep commitment to Scottsdale. I also believe she is open minded to facts and reality, as well as having a respect for community consensus.”

 

Laurie Coe

Meet Two of Scottsdale’s Unsung Heroes  (Sept. 11)

E-Newsletter (Sept. 11, 2016)

There are many things that make living, working and raising families in Scottsdale so terrific.

The things that come immediately to mind are relatively low taxes, our wonderful parks, exceptional schools and reliable services. And, of course, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Indian Bend Wash and our special quality of life.

Something that is often overlooked is our residents – especially those citizens who contribute so much of their time on our boards and commissions, at our libraries and the police and fire departments.

I’m speaking about our volunteers, the nearly 4,000 residents who are truly the unsung heroes of our community. It is our residents who contribute so much to our quality of life.

I want you to meet two of them who are my long-time friends:

“I am currently the Chair of the Bond Oversight Commission and my husband, Bob, is the Chairman of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve Commission. We have been supporters of Virginia during the nearly 30 years of her involvement in Scottsdale. So we have had direct experience with her consensus building on many projects that have kept our city moving in the right direction and helped it become so special.

“We were elated when we learned she was running for re-election. Our city needs her leadership and vision. That is why we are both voting for our friend Virginia.”

Judy and Bob Frost

 

Virginia Korte

A Message From Art DeCabooter (Sept. 4)

E-Newsletter (Sept. 4, 2016)

As I campaign for re-election to the City Council, I meet with lots of people to discuss issues and how to keep our city headed in the right direction.

I have made many new acquaintances. And I am also reminded of how blessed I am to have such great long-time friends since I became actively involved in our community more than 30 years ago. I depend on these friendships to support me not only during the good times, but when times get tough.

One of the long-time friendships I cherish most is the one I share with Art DeCabooter, the past president of Scottsdale Community College. I have worked both for and with Art longer and on more projects to improve our education system than I can remember.

I want to publicly thank Dr. DeCabooter for his unconditional friendship and support. He has been a true inspiration to me.

“I’ve known Virginia for close to 40 years since moving to Arizona in 1978. We have served together on a number of initiatives during that time.

She has always provided leadership and brought integrity and honesty to whatever endeavor in which she has been involved. I am voting for her and urge you to do so as well.“

Art DeCabooter

 

Virginia Korte

My Campaign Is Shifting Into High Gear (Aug. 28)

E-Newsletter (Aug. 28, 2016)

For those of you who have not already voted by mail, this Tuesday is Primary Election day. You can vote the traditional way at the polls or, if you have not filled out your early ballot, you can drop it off at a polling place.

You can find your polling place at Maricopa.Vote

As I have previously mentioned, the Scottsdale mayoral and City Council races are on the November 8th ballot. Early voting for the election begins October 12th.

Because I am not taking my re-election to a second term on the City Council for granted, I have been working hard since January on my campaign. I have been meeting with many groups throughout the city to create a dialogue about the issues that matter most to them. I have also met with individual citizens to listen to their ideas and discuss my priorities.

I want to thank all of those people who have shared their thoughts with me during the past eight months. Your input has been especially helpful.

In a couple of weeks my campaign will be shifting into high gear and I will be stepping up my pace with my volunteers by walking in more neighborhoods. There will also be several candidate forums that I hope you will be able to attend.

Thank you for your support.

 

Virginia Korte

Why I’m Voting For Virginia (Aug. 21)

E-Newsletter (Aug. 21, 2016)

I strongly believe we are all responsible for providing what the next generation will need to keep our city moving in the right direction.

Our focus on the future needs to be balanced with preserving our character and values. It is critical that we maintain our special quality of life that makes Scottsdale so unique.

I thought you would appreciate an email I recently received from Barry Graham:

“I’m supporting Virginia because of her vision and her decades-long involvement in so many aspects of our community.

“Virginia’s vast experience in business, the non-profit world and serving on boards and commissions in both the private and public sectors give her great perspective. That translates into leadership that helps build consensus across different groups.

“I live in Southern Scottsdale and I’ve seen firsthand how Virginia has engaged neighborhoods and encouraged businesses to locate in this area. She has truly been one of the driving forces in reinvigorating Southern Scottsdale where many know she has ‘deep roots.’

“Virginia has earned my respect and my vote in November.”

Barry Graham

 

Virginia Korte

Your Answers About The Primary and General Elections (Aug. 14)

E-Newsletter (Aug. 14, 2016)

I have learned that some Scottsdale residents are unsure about when the election is being held for mayor and City Council – so I thought I would help clarify several important dates.

FYI: The races for mayor and council candidates are not on the August 30th Primary Election ballot. Because there are only two candidates running for mayor and four candidates running to fill three seats on the City Council, both elections are on the Tuesday, November 8th General Election ballot.

Early voting ballots will be mailed to voters on Thursday, October 6th.

The General Election ballot will also include Proposition 490, a Scottsdale City Charter amendment adopted by the City Council (Ordinance No. 4247). The proposition, if approved by voters, would correct outdated language in the City Charter regarding when Scottsdale candidate elections are held and when mayor and councilmembers’ terms begin.

In addition, two proposals from the Scottsdale Unified School District, a bond and capital override, will be on the November ballot.

I encourage all Scottsdale registered voters to vote in both the Primary and General Elections. If you are not registered to vote, it is easy. Simply call Maricopa County Elections at 602-506-1511 or go online.

As a Scottsdale resident, there is no more important thing that you can do for yourself, your family and our city than to vote in these upcoming elections.

 

Virginia Korte

My Support For Virginia Korte - Louise Lamb (Aug. 7)

E-Newsletter (Aug. 7, 2016)

One of the things I enjoy the most about campaigning for the City Council is getting to meet people and having a dialogue about the important issues that impact Scottsdale.

We do not always agree. But it is a healthy process for me to receive our residents’ input and ideas – and for them to understand my positions on our city’s priorities.

The following is a note of support from Louise Lamb:

“I first met Virginia four years ago when she was campaigning for her first term for City Council. I was open to listening to her opinions and reasons for her support or nonsupport of various issues.

“Over the years, we have discussed many issues. I value her opinions as she does mine. We do not agree on every issue, but do respect each other. I have learned much from her.

“Scottsdale is a great city in which to live, and I would like to see it continue that way. I often hear people discuss politics, but few seem to get involved in the process. I would like to see more residents get involved. This includes registering to vote, and then actually voting. Every vote does matter.

“Virginia cares for Scottsdale and its future. I fully support her.” -- Louise Lamb

More Good News For Southern Scottsdale (July 31)

E-Newsletter (July 31, 2016)

As you probably remember, my family sold Chevys at the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads for 28 years. So I had firsthand experience of the ups and downs of the McDowell Road Corridor.

Because of my deep roots in this great area of our city, I am proud of our efforts to revitalize Southern Scottsdale, including the new businesses that have located here and the pride existing businesses have taken in improving their properties.

SkySong and the more than 1,500 employees who work for the scores of companies at the facility have also played an important role in restoring the prominence of the McDowell Road area.

Recently we learned that four restaurants are soon to be built on the property which will not only cater to SkySong employees – but also those who work and live in nearby neighborhoods. Last week we received even more good news: A Starwood hotel is going to be built at SkySong.

The 120-room hotel, which will be located in the southwest area of the property, is expected to attract people traveling on business either to SkySong or elsewhere in Scottsdale as well as families wanting lodging near the Phoenix Zoo and Desert Botanical Gardens. Anticipated to be approximately 100,000 square-feet, the city will receive $42,000 a year rent for the hotel in addition to collecting bed tax dollars to support our tourism industry.

SkySong and Starwood are only part of the story of success for Southern Scottsdale. I still believe the best is yet to come.

 

PS: I have posted a new video on my YouTube site that I think you will enjoy. Please visit: youtube.com/c/VirginiaLKorte

 

Virginia Korte

Why I’m Supporting Virginia (July 24)

E-Newsletter (July 24, 2016)

My name is Dana Close and I’m the coordinator of “Allies of Korte,” Virginia’s grassroots campaign.

I worked on Virginia’s first campaign for City Council in 2012. As a resident of Southern Scottsdale, I arranged for her to meet people in my neighborhood. Since then, she and I have worked on countless projects that have contributed to the revitalization of the McDowell Road Corridor.

Earlier this year, when Virginia asked me to consider coordinating her campaign’s citywide grassroots activities, I immediately accepted.

As you are probably aware, Virginia has repeatedly said she isn’t taking this election for granted – and neither should we. I agree with her. The current political climate nationally, statewide and even in Scottsdale can best be described as unpredictable and often contentious.

Our city needs leadership and someone capable of articulating a vision for Scottsdale’s future. It’s also important that we elect people who not only respect the character of our community – but also have a history of working to make our city better. Virginia’s family has deep roots in our business community and 25 years ago she played a principal role working with former Mayor Herb Drinkwater and many others to establish the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, one of our points of pride.

If you’re not already a member of Virginia’s A-OK team, please accept her invitation to join us.

Dana Close

dana@KorteScottsdale.com

 

You’re Invited To Become An Ally of Korte (July 17)

E-Newsletter (July 17, 2016)

As you know, I am not taking this election for granted.

You may have seen that I was the first City Council candidate to display campaign street signs. I have been meeting with individuals and groups to discuss the issues that matter most to them. And last week I launched my YouTube channel: youtube.com/c/VirginiaLKorte – which I invite you to visit.

I am particularly proud of the grassroots organization we have put together called “Allies of Korte.” A-OK is a group of special supporters who are what I call my “Boots on the Ground” team. They are the ones who are putting up yard signs, holding neighborhood events and contacting their friends and neighbors on my behalf.

If you would like to be a part of A-OK, please contact its coordinator, Dana Close, at: dana@KorteScottsdale.com

I want to thank all of you who have responded to my weekly e-blasts during the past five months. I appreciate your feedback about important issues and your thoughts about how to keep Scottsdale moving in the right direction.

From time to time, future campaign e-blasts will feature the views of the members of my A-OK team. I believe it is critical to have a diversity of voices not only for my campaign, but also for the city.

Thank you for your support in helping me put Scottsdale First!

PS: Always feel free to contact me directly at Korte@KorteScottsdale.com or call 602-228-9818.

 

Virginia Korte

A Time For Reflecting on Our Freedom and Good Fortune (July 3)

E-Newsletter (July 3, 2016)

On this holiday, as most of the world is in turmoil and discontent, I will be contemplating the significance of our freedom. I hope that between all of the events and activities in which you are participating, you will also have time for reflection.

When I think about how much our country has accomplished since its inception only 240 years ago, the thing that comes most to mind is our country’s grit. It was sheer grit fueled by conviction, vision and hope -- and driven by our forefathers’ quest for freedom that made America what it is today.

Those qualities are not just the ones on which our country was founded, they still reverberate across the land. These principles also continue to resonate with us here in our great city of Scottsdale.

I believe my campaign for City Council is about creating a vision and being a voice for our city’s future. But to be successful in that endeavor, it is important that we honor our heritage and respect those who sacrificed and toiled to help make our city so special.

This holiday is important to all of us, no matter what our political affiliations and philosophies. It is a time for celebrating our freedom, enjoying family and friends and reflecting on our good fortune of living in the greatest country in the world and the best city in America.

Happy July 4th!

PS: Please keep your family, friends and pets safe.

 

Virginia Korte

Good Transportation Policy vs. Poor Transportation Policy (June 26)

E-Newsletter (June 26, 2016)

The City Council’s primary job is to set policy for the city.

Citizens expect us to make decisions about both short-term and long- term policies based on the best and most accurate information available. In short, it’s our responsibility to do our due diligence by exploring every option before reaching a decision on each policy.

Residents continually tell us that the most important issues for them involve transportation -- including traffic congestion and how quickly they can travel from one place to another.

On Tuesday evening, July 5th, the Council will be approving the Transportation Master Plan, http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/transportation/studies-reports/master-plan. This is the document that will guide how the city responds to our transportation needs for the next 20 years. I regret to report that the majority of the Council has not only eliminated any reference to “light rail,” they will not even be considering potential rail routes.

That means the current version of the 20-year plan will not include all transportation options – which is like a company creating a long-range business plan while choosing to ignore all the factors in the market that could foster growth, prosperity and success. No responsible business leader would do that.

This issue should not be about whether or not our community supports or opposes light rail. It is about those of us on the City Council doing our jobs and making decisions for our future.

Ultimately, I believe it boils down to creating a good transportation policy versus a poor transportation policy.

PS: If you care about planning ahead for our transportation needs for the next 20 years, I encourage you to express to the mayor and council members your concerns about the current version of the Transportation Master Plan. You can contact all council members using the following email: citycouncil@scottsdaleaz.gov

 

Virginia Korte

Permanent City Manager Process Update (June 19)

E-Newsletter (June 19, 2016)

For those of you who have not had the chance to follow the City Council’s process of hiring a permanent city manager, I thought you would appreciate an update on the process.

The city received interest in the position from more than 80 applicants. Over several months, the list was reduced to three finalists. Councilmembers met with the candidates last Wednesday and Thursday for one-on-one interviews. Thursday evening the three candidates made presentations to the Council during a public meeting in the Kiva.

Following the presentations, Councilmembers went into an executive session to privately discuss how we wanted to move forward. We deliberated for three hours because we were acutely aware of how important it is to the city and community to hire the right city manager.

We were not convinced that any of the candidates would be a good fit for Scottsdale. So we agreed to ask the recruiter, the Mercer Group, to initiate a search for more candidates. We were assured the process would be expedited and that we would see new candidates this fall.

Our citizens hold Scottsdale to a higher standard than other cities, as well they should. Citizens have an expectation that the employees who work for them are the best we can find. I respect that, and based my decision about how to proceed with the city manager process on the standards our citizens set.

As my Dad used to say: “The success of any business is 99% due to its people and having the right people in the right positions.”

PS: My campaign yard signs are ready. I hope you will display one (or more) at your home or business. You can arrange to receive a sign by contacting my campaign’s Allies of Korte Coordinator (A-OK) Dana Close at Dana@kortescottsdale.com

 

Virginia Korte

Making A Commitment To Arts and Culture For The Next Generation (June 12)

E-Newsletter (June 12, 2016)

Everyone realizes the role arts and culture have played in building Scottsdale’s brand. Our city not only has a history of promoting arts and cultural activities, other cities attempting to expand their involvement in the arts measure themselves against Scottsdale.

Arts and culture contribute to our economic development by attracting businesses that create jobs. And, of course, the arts enhance our special quality of life that we all enjoy.

The topic of today’s email is the seldom-mentioned ways our art galleries, museums and ongoing cultural and entertainment events augment the education of our future generations.

Study after study consistently conclude the same thing: art programs and a community’s cultural opportunities help students improve their learning at every level of their education. Participation in the arts improves students’ reading and language skills. Students exposed to arts and culture even perform better in math. In addition, it has been proven that these types of opportunities also help develop our students’ “higher-order” thinking tasks.

Last week the Scottsdale Unified School District Governing Board unanimously approved placing two proposals on this November’s election ballot: a bond and a budget override question. Once again, I will be proudly serving as the Honorary Chair of the “Yes To Children” campaign asking voters to approve these necessary funding measures to keep our schools performing at the highest level and continue to provide all children full arts offerings in their schools.

The citizens of Scottsdale have a responsibility to continue the commitment to arts and culture not just to grow and preserve our city’s brand – but also to provide opportunities for Scottsdale’s next generation.

PS: I encourage you to learn more about the SUSD proposals that voters can approve to rebuild old and outdated schools to make them safe and academically sound for our students.

 

Virginia Korte

How You Can Support Scottsdale’s Number One Industry (June 5)

E-Newsletter (June 5, 2016)

I want to express my appreciation to all of you who took the time to respond to my email last week about “How Tourism Enhances Our Quality of Life.” It is this kind of dialogue that helps to make our great city even better.

Many of you asked: “As a resident of Scottsdale, what can I do to support tourism?” It is probably simpler than you may think – especially if we all pitch in to do our part.

Whenever possible, we should shop and eat at local businesses. When we do that it not only supports the sustainability of shops and restaurants, it puts sales tax revenue into the city treasury so we can invest in many of the amenities that make our city unique. It is also important that we begin doing a better job of supporting and approving bond proposals to maintain some of our most critical infrastructure and services. It is essential to ensure that our arts and cultural facilities, parks and streets are in top-notch condition for visitors to enjoy – so their positive experience makes Scottsdale a place to which they return. And makes our city a better place to live.

The tourism trade is no different than any other business: repeat business is good business, particularly for our city.

By serving on your City Council, I am aware that not everyone always agrees on important issues. A diversity of opinion is often healthy. But if there is one thing on which we have consensus, it is the responsibility we all share in supporting and encouraging tourism.

As residents of Scottsdale, we have plenty to be proud about – but there is always room for improvement.

One of the most significant concepts being considered to attract visitors and remain competitive in the tourism trade is the proposed Desert Discovery Center, an educational center to serve our children and residents, too. This Tuesday the City Council will be discussing the next steps in the DDC research process. The meeting begins at 5PM in the Kiva at City Hall. I hope you will attend and show your support for the importance of our city’s tourism industry and our citizens.

 

Virginia Korte

How Tourism Enhances Our Quality of Life (May 29)

E-Newsletter (May 29, 2016)

Most of us realize that tourism is our city’s primary industry.

However, besides generating more traffic during event season and making it more difficult to get reservations at good restaurants and book tee times at our great golf courses – few of us are aware of what the booming tourism trade translates into for our pocketbooks and our terrific quality of life.

Here are some of the reasons why I am a strong supporter of tourism and our Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, and will continue advocating that our city do everything it can to attract more visitors:

Visitors annually spend $4 billion in Scottsdale. That in turn puts $38 million into the city’s coffers. And that helps make our taxes some of the lowest of any city in the Valley. Tourism creates 27,000 jobs, or 1 out of every 8 jobs in our city. The tourism industry also contributes a substantial amount to our property tax revenue that helps fund our schools.

The contributions the tourism trade makes to our city don’t stop there.

We owe a great deal to how the tourists enhance our own quality of life. Their dollars help keep our streets maintained and beautifully landscaped. They generate the money to make our parks and libraries some of the best in the country. In addition, visitors create revenue for the police and fire departments to keep our city safe, which is our number one priority for both visitors and residences.

We should never take all of these things or our visitors for granted – and we should do everything we can to encourage and enhance tourism.

In honor of Memorial Day, please remember and honor those men and women who have protected our freedoms and given their lives in service to our country.

PS: The public is invited to the American Legion’s Annual Memorial Day Service tomorrow (Monday, May 30) beginning at 10AM at the City Hall Chaplin Statue located at 3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard.

 

Virginia Korte

Community Policing Improves Our Quality of Life (May 22)

E-Newsletter (May 22, 2016)

Scottsdale is not only one of the safest cities in the Valley or even Arizona – it is also one of the safest cities in the entire country.

Obviously, the police officers patrolling our streets and responding to our calls should receive most of the credit for keeping crime under control. Citizens also play a critical role in keeping our city safe. When we are vigilant and looking out for one another we avoid becoming victims.

I doubt that there is a city anywhere in the country that enjoys a better working relationship between its citizens and police department than Scottsdale. We should be proud of that and not take the relationship for granted.

Last week I voted with the majority of the City Council to provide the SPD with additional personnel. That will ensure the department runs as efficiently as possible minimizing the need for and cost of overtime. The 2016-2017 fiscal budget will not be finalized until next month. When it is, it will include funding to help address our downtown parking limits and improve dispatching officers and records processing, which in turn will support our patrol officers.

Everyday the men and women of our police department are prepared to risk their lives to keep our families safe. That is why they have earned our respect. They also deserve our continued help and support whenever they need it.

 

Virginia Korte

Education and Economic Development Create the Cornerstone of Our Community (May 8)

E-Newsletter (May 8, 2016)

For those of you who have followed my involvement in our community for the past 30 years, you know about my long-time commitment to education. You are also aware of my interest in the revitalization of Southern Scottsdale where my family has deep roots for over 40 years.

Education and Southern Scottsdale are the topics of today’s email.

Scottsdale Gateway Alliance, an organization with which I have been affiliated for several years, has discovered some insightful data about Southern Scottsdale residents. Approximately 2,000 people have taken part in the SGA survey during the past several months.

The survey found that 42% of the respondents have lived in Southern Scottsdale five or less years. In addition, 57% of them have children enrolled in elementary schools. From my perspective, the survey indicates that those of us working to revitalize this great area of our city also need to help ensure that our schools are providing students with the resources and opportunities to succeed.

I have committed years of time and effort to many “Yes to Children” campaigns to enrich our Scottsdale Unified School District’s programs and campuses. In 2007 and 2014 I had the privilege of serving as the Honorary Chair of the “Yes To Children” campaigns; both were successful in passing the SUSD’s budget override proposals. I will be supporting this group’s future endeavors to improve our schools and offer our students the best possible education.

I believe that building a strong education system and encouraging more economic development work together to create the cornerstone of the Southern Scottsdale community.

 

Virginia Korte

Taking Steps Toward Making Our City More “Walkable” (May 1)

E-Newsletter (May 1, 2016)

Tomorrow the city embarks on a project of which few people are aware -- but one that will benefit many.

Improvements will begin on one of the most traveled multiuse paths in Scottsdale: the SRP canal banks between Chaparral Road and Indian Bend Wash. Besides constructing a desert-colored concrete path and adding more landscaping along the western bank of the canal, new pedestrian bridges and enhanced crossings will be built. There will also be an emphasis on creating more connections to nearby neighborhoods.

Approximately half of the project’s funding is coming from federal grants and the remainder is being paid for with revenue from the dedicated transportation sales tax.

This new project is part of the plan to create a corridor for bicyclists and pedestrians all the way from the Papago Park region, through downtown Scottsdale and eventually connecting with our McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It is just one of the projects that is either underway or being planned to make Scottsdale more pedestrian-friendly for our residents and visitors. Check out this link for more information: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/construction/az-canal-path

I believe it is important for us to continue developing connections between our shopping areas, restaurants, arts and cultural venues – and also our parks and neighborhoods. Walkability is what helps make a city a community.

I am committed to working with businesses, organizations and neighborhoods to increase our connections to one another in order to sustain our special quality of life

 

Virginia Korte

Exploring How To Expand Our Economy and Tourism (Apr. 24)

E-Newsletter (Apr. 24, 2016)

In my email last week, I mentioned that to continue being a world-class city where people want to work, live and visit, we must grow and diversify our economy. One of the primary ways we can accomplish that is by expanding our efforts to attract visitors.

As you know, the tourism industry is the engine that drives our economy. So it is critical that we consider every option to not only sustain our tourism trade, but also expand it.

Working together we must explore all opportunities, because the competition for tourists is intensifying. We can not afford to rest on our laurels. We must be creative to compete.

One opportunity being explored is the Desert Discovery Center.

Currently, the feasibility of the DDC is merely being studied. An architect will be hired to create a conceptual site plan. Additionally, an operations and business plan is in the works along with program development. The results of this process are not expected to be presented until August of 2017. However, during the interim, citizens have been invited to offer their input. In fact, two public outreach sessions happened last week.

Unfortunately, there are people trying to make the DDC a political issue. As a consequence, there is considerable misinformation that is very misleading. I believe you and your family deserve the facts, not fabrications filtered through those with a political agenda.

If you would like more information about the Desert Discovery Center, you can go to: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/construction/desert-discovery-center

 

Virginia Korte

Generating Funds To Improve Scottsdale’s Systems and Services (Apr. 17)

E-Newsletter (Apr. 17, 2016)

The most important responsibility the City Council has is to create and approve the city’s annual budget. How we spend taxpayer dollars is our highest priority.

The general operating budget for fiscal year 2016-17 currently under consideration shows projections of $278 million in revenue, for which 66% is personnel services expense. We pride ourselves with our community services at our parks and libraries, senior services at Granite Reef and Via Linda Senior Centers and our public safety.

However, our General Operating Fund does not cover our capital improvement needs. Scottsdale’s most significant challenge is finding the funds to maintain some of our most critical infrastructure like our senior centers, parks and libraries – including the technology that helps the city operate efficiently to keep the cost of government under control.

To continue being a world-class city where people want to work, live and visit, it is imperative that we grow and diversify our economy. That will help us generate more revenue to keep our taxes low and provide the funds to invest in improving the city’s systems and services.

Tuesday evening the City Council begins discussing the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year and the plan to address repairing and updating some of the city’s essential infrastructure. The meeting begins at 5p.m. in the Kiva.

It is vital that we work together to protect Scottsdale’s prestigious brand. It is also vital that everyone has a voice in the process to preserve our special quality of life.

 

Virginia Korte

Reminder: Important Transportation Meeting Tuesday (Apr. 10)

E-Newsletter (Apr. 10, 2016)

I want to thank all of you who accepted my invitation to send your input on transportation issues. Given the number of thoughtful emails I received, it is obvious that Scottsdale residents believe that addressing our transportation issues is one of our city’s biggest priorities.

I agree. That is why my campaign is focusing on Scottsdale’s current and future transportation needs and how they impact our economy and quality of life.

The diversity of opinion and the issues residents raised underscores the complexity of the topic of transportation. The feedback ranged from how to improve bus service to opening a constructive dialogue on high-capacity transit options. Several people also mentioned doing a better job synchronizing our traffic signals, abandoning photo radar and reviewing trolley routes.

While everyone did not agree on how to prioritize transportation issues, there was consensus that our city is changing and there is value in connecting Scottsdale with transit systems in our neighboring cities. So planning ahead is absolutely critical.

REMINDER: Beginning at 4p.m. this Tuesday, April 12th in the Kiva at City Hall, the City Council will be discussing the 20-year Transportation Master Plan. I hope you are able to attend or watch on Scottsdale Video Network, City Cable 11.

Once again, I want to express my appreciation for everyone’s feedback. For those of you who have not had a chance to respond, I urge you to do so. I will try my best to make sure as many of your ideas as possible are included in the Council’s discussion.

 

Virginia Korte

The Inspiring Story of Downtown Scottsdale (Apr. 3)

E-Newsletter (Apr. 3, 2016)

There is no bigger success story in the city than the resurgence of our downtown area. It is truly inspiring.

Not long ago people joked that we rolled up our downtown sidewalks at sunset. It was a short 15 years ago that our downtown had boarded up buildings and tumbleweeds were literally blowing down the street. I even remember when the canal banks were just dusty trails full of trash.

All that has changed.

Today, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues have created a vibrant area full of energy morning, noon and night. Downtown has grown from what was once only a tourist attraction to where people now live, work, enjoy the finest restaurants and experience fine arts and culture (not to mention the best shopping in town!).

Our revitalized downtown is the second largest employment area in the city, where residential property is appreciating at double the rate of the rest of the city and nearly 1,500 people now live, with many more expected to move there in the future.

This infusion of energy and employer enthusiasm to locate their businesses downtown did not happen by accident. It was by design. The city developed a zoning overlay that intensified downtown development – and it is working.

The revival of downtown is a great example of what can happen when we have a vision, work together to implement it and always put Scottsdale first.

 

Virginia Korte

I Want Your Opinion (Mar. 27)

Your opinion matters to me.

E-Newsletter (Mar. 27, 2016)

I believe that citizen input is a vital part of the decision-making process of the City Council. Your ideas help guide us not only in day-to-day decisions, but particularly our long-range planning. Citizen engagement is one of the elements that makes Scottsdale special and contributes to our quality of life.

There is no more important issue facing our community than our transportation needs. Transportation plays a critical role in keeping our economy growing and sustaining our Scottsdale way of life.

Two important meetings will be happening soon that will address our 20-year Master Transportation Plan developed by the Transportation Department and approved by the citizens’ Transportation Commission.

The Council will be meeting at 4p.m. Tuesday, April 12th in the Kiva to discuss the master plan. We will not be voting on the plan that evening. On Tuesday, May 3rd at 5p.m. in the Kiva, the Council will vote on it.

I urge you to attend these meetings or watch their live broadcast on our Scottsdale Video Network, City Cable 11. Meanwhile, I would appreciate your opinion on transportation issues that you feel impact you, your family and neighbors. This is an opportunity for you to have a voice in creating the plan that will help shape Scottsdale for the next 20 years.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Virginia Korte

How You Benefit From Scottsdale's Fire Department and Firefighters’ Outstanding Performance (Mar. 20)

E-Newsletter (Mar. 20, 2016)

For years I have said that we have one of the very best fire departments and group of firefighters in the country. We recently received great news that proves it.

Every 10 years the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rates cities on the level of protection provided to citizens by their fire services organizations. During the past decade, our city has improved from a Class 3 to a Class 2 rating. Of the nearly 49,000 communities across the country that are rated by the ISO, only 2% have achieved this prestigious classification.

For a fire department that is only 10 years old, I believe that’s a terrific accomplishment and something in which we can all take pride.

Even more important is that our city’s new safety classification means a majority of our business, commercial and residential property owners are expected to enjoy savings on their insurance rates.

I hope you will join me in thanking Fire Chief Tom Shannon, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal Jim Ford, President of the Scottsdale Firefighters Association Sasha Weller and all Scottsdale Firefighters for the work they do for us. Their teamwork truly pays off for the citizens of Scottsdale.

The collaboration between the men and women who provide us with our fire and emergency services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is only one of the many examples of how city employees are delivering the top-notch services that help make Scottsdale so special.

They’re putting Scottsdale first!

 

Virginia Korte

Let's Talk About Southern Scottsdale Transportation Needs (Mar. 13)

E-Newsletter (Mar. 13, 2016)

Last week I shared with you how proud I am about the remarkable revitalization Southern Scottsdale is experiencing. It is truly worth celebrating.

Here is an important fact not many people know about this wonderful area of our city: Southern Scottsdale comprises 4% of the city’s landmass. However, 20% of our entire city’s population lives south of Osborn Road. And the population is growing.

More and more people are moving to Southern Scottsdale. New businesses are starting and some of our older ones are thriving again. SkySong continues to expand, so now there are almost 2,000 people working there. New restaurants are also being planned on its campus that will attract more people to the area. Additionally, existing home values are appreciating at greater rates than most regions in the Valley.

It’s great news for our economy and the quality of life throughout Southern Scottsdale. But that success is generating more traffic than ever.

In order to sustain the revitalization of Southern Scottsdale, it’s vital that we avoid critical mass on our streets by accommodating the transportation needs of our workforce, residents and visitors. That’s why Southern Scottsdale is such an integral part of the 20-year Transportation Master Plan, including possible bus and rail routes in the McDowell Road Corridor.

I urge you to take part in the dialogue about the Transportation Master Plan when the City Council reviews and discusses it later this spring – because it’s important that we have as much citizen input as possible.

 

Virginia Korte

The Remarkable Revitalization of Southern Scottsdale (Mar. 6)

E-Newsletter (Mar. 6, 2016)

As you probably know, my family has deep roots in Southern Scottsdale – for most of 30 years we operated a Chevrolet dealership on the corner of Scottsdale and McDowell Roads.

I have taken a special interest in helping revitalize the area and am proud of the progress being made -- including the springing up of new businesses and the sprucing up of older neighborhoods. The restoration of Southern Scottsdale has been remarkable.

It is an ongoing process. So I want to express my appreciation to those who are investing in improving the area. Thank you for all that you are doing.

Recently, the first pop-up art gallery on McDowell Road was created by Jeff Berghoff. Jeff had already done a spectacular job of re-purposing the old Scottsdale Nissan car dealership into his landscaping business, Berghoff Design Group. Now he has taken what was once the showroom of the former dealership and converted it into a 5,000 square-foot gallery.

There are also important efforts happening in education.

Southern Scottsdale resident Dana Close is working to increase the community’s awareness of how volunteers can help Coronado High School students excel. In addition, the Scottsdale Firefighters Association is a principal sponsor of Coronado’s Jobs For Arizona’s Graduates program in which 40 students are being taught special skills of how to become workforce-ready.

Several weeks ago, Business United for Scottsdale Schools (BUSS) held its “Business & Education Partnership Breakfast” at SkySong. BUSS is a new organization committed to building a bond between our business and education communities.

I urge everyone who is contributing to the revitalization of Southern Scottsdale to keep up the good work. I am proud to be a part of their efforts.

 

Virginia Korte

Developing a Community-Wide Dialogue About Our Transportation (Feb. 28)

Sustaining Our Scottsdale Way of Life

E-Newsletter (Feb. 28, 2016)

I am a consensus builder – because I believe the best outcomes are created when people come together and agree on a course of action.

That means making sure everyone has a voice in the decision-making process, no matter what the issue.

One of the things that makes our city so great and sets it apart from many other places is our ability to share our ideas with one another. Citizens are able to not only take part in shaping our short-term objectives, but also participate in planning ahead to determine the best ways to achieve our long-term goals.

As we focus on the future, one of the most important topics is the role transportation issues play in growing our economy and sustaining our Scottsdale way of life.

Transportation issues include everything from the condition of streets and controlling traffic to expanding bus and trolley services. Other types of transit options are also worth a communitywide dialogue about the least expensive and most efficient ways to move our residents, workforce and visitors around the city in the future.

The Transportation Commission recently approved a “draft” plan of a 20-year Master Transportation Plan developed by the Transportation Department. The City Council will review the plan this spring.

Over the next several months, I will be sending more emails with my thoughts about transportation and other issues. If you have any questions, please contact me at: Korte@KorteScottsdale.com

 

Virginia Korte

Why I'm Running For Reelection To Scottsdale City Council (Feb. 21)

E-Newsletter (Feb. 21, 2016)

I am running for re-election to the City Council because I respect our city’s past and all those who helped make Scottsdale so great – and, most importantly, I want to make sure we stay focused on our future.

Truthfully, some people think they can turn back the clock to what our city once was while ignoring what it can be.

Those people want to stop us from continuing to attract visitors who contribute to the city’s revenue and help keep our taxes down.  They have also stopped us from investing in maintaining some of our most critical infrastructure, which ends up putting citizen services in jeopardy.

I am grateful that voters approved two bond questions last November to build new fire stations and replace 140 miles of deteriorating pavement on our streets.  However, when the other four bond questions were rejected, it left our city with about $67 million in unfunded priority projects.

We have to work to prevent that from ever happening again.

I want to continue moving our city forward in the right direction, so I would appreciate your help to keep our quality of life sustainable.  I invite you to visit my website to learn more about my campaign to put Scottsdale first and find out how you can help: KorteScottsdale.com

I am not taking my re-election for granted – and neither should you.

 

Virginia Korte

I Am Not Taking My Re-election To Scottsdale Council For Granted! (Feb. 14)

E-Newsletter (Feb. 14, 2016)

Dear Friend:

I am not taking my re-election to the City Council for granted – and neither should you.

We need to continue working to grow our economy, create good jobs and enhance our unique quality of life.

Unfortunately, if some people had their way, we would not be revitalizing the McDowell Road Corridor, restoring downtown or investing in attracting the tourists who contribute so generously to the city’s revenue and help keep our taxes down.

That’s unacceptable! We can’t let that happen.

It’s critical to get my positive message out as often as possible to 100,000 voters. That takes money. So I need friends like you to contribute to my campaign and invest in the future of Scottsdale.

Individuals are allowed to contribute $6,250 and married persons can give $12,500. Please contribute what you think it’s worth to you and your family to keep our Scottsdale lifestyle sustainable.

I look forward to receiving your commitment to help me continue putting Scottsdale first.

 

Virginia Korte

An Invitation from Virginia Korte to Support Education (Feb. 7)

Strong schools create strong communities

E-Newsletter (Feb. 7, 2016)

As a business owner who has spent my entire business life involved in the Scottsdale community, I have experienced firsthand how quality schools enhance our city. Our excellent schools also help retain existing businesses while attracting new ones.

We need to keep doing everything we can to continue improving our schools to give students the chance to be competitive and succeed.

I am grateful that our business community plays such a critical role in that process. The private sector’s involvement in our public schools helps our students to excel and makes our city unique.

Today’s students are tomorrow’s work force. They will also be our city’s future business owners and leaders. That’s why I helped educators and entrepreneurs develop a new organization called BUSS, focused on encouraging the business community to expand their involvement with our schools.

Virginia Korte

Please Join "Allies of Korte" and Support Virginia's Reelection Campaign (Jan. 31)

E-Newsletter (Jan. 31, 2016)

The Allies of Korte (A-OK) is a special group of supporters who are committed to helping re-elect me to the City Council this year.

I invite you to join them.

With the changing political landscape, to be successful a campaign must have an adequate budget that supports an ambitious email and social media presence in addition to the usual mailers, yard signs and grassroots components.

However, during the last several local elections, winning campaigns have relied heavily on grassroots tactics and old-fashioned word-of-mouth strategies to make the difference.

That’s where A-OK comes in.

Please visit my website: kortescottsdale.com and click on the A-OK button to sign up for how you will be able to help.

I am busy working hard to raise the funds it will take to get my message out as often as possible to 100,000 voters. But I can’t do it without your support. My campaign needs people like you to help me Put Scottsdale First!

I hope I can count on you to be A-OK!

Thank You,

Virginia Korte

 

PS: To become a member of A-OK, here are five simple commitments I am asking you to make:

1. Obtain 10 nominating petition signatures

2. Forward email messages from my campaign to your contacts

3. Post a yard sign

4. Make at least a $50 contribution to my campaign, Korte Scottsdale

5. Vote for me!

Korte Announces Campaign for Reelection (Jan. 17)

E-Newsletter (Jan. 17, 2016)

Virginia Korte, life-long Valley resident and career-long advocate for a better Scottsdale, announced today that she will seek another term on the Scottsdale City Council.  

“I am proud of what we accomplished during my first term on City Council, but there is so much more that must get done for our community” the veteran leader said.   

“Over the past four years, Scottsdale has made significant strides in ensuring that our roads are safe and the necessities that allow our city to be great are nurtured and protected,” Korte says. “At the council’s insistence, city staff reduced staffing levels by 13 percent, or 377 employees, eliminated unnecessary services, consolidated work spaces, and sold unneeded buildings.”  

Korte said her goals during a second term are to sustain the qualities that make Scottsdale a great place to do business and create jobs, while ensuring that all residents have an opportunity to benefit from those amenities and participate in creating a great city. Korte also knows education is a critical tool for economic development and to enhance Scottsdale’s future. Korte chaired the 2014 successful “Yes to Children” campaign to renew Scottsdale Unified School District’s budget override and remains an advocate for Scottsdale’s schools.
 
Korte hails from a family that is tightly woven into the fabric of a city that ranks among the best places to live in the world.   

She is a graduate of Xavier College Prep and Northern Arizona University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology. After helping to manage her family’s car dealership, Ray Korte Chevrolet in Southern Scottsdale, she became a professor of biology at Scottsdale Community College where she developed and managed the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife.  
She was a board member, then President and CEO, of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, from 1996 to 2003. Additionally, she served as President and CEO of Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS), Scottsdale’s premier provider of programs and employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.  

Enhancing the quality of life and nurturing the city’s economic sustainability are her highest priorities. “Our downtown has become a center of employment,” she said. “In addition, Southern Scottsdale and the McDowell Road Corridor are finally experiencing a rebirth of economic vitality. The private sector has taken the lead in initiating the revitalization of McDowell Road, and I believe we have a solid start with new investments and marketing initiatives.”  

Korte Seeks New Term to Continue Scottsdale’s Progress (Jan. 13)

Korte Seeks New Term to Continue Scottsdale’s Progress

January 13, 2016

“I am proud of what we accomplished during my first term on City Council, but there is so much more that must get done for our community” the veteran leader said.

“Over the past four years, Scottsdale has made significant strides in ensuring that our roads are safe and the necessities that allow our city to be great are nurtured and protected,” Korte says. “At the council’s insistence, city staff reduced staffing levels by 13 percent, or 377 employees, eliminated unnecessary services, consolidated work spaces, and sold unneeded buildings.”

Korte said her goals during a second term are to sustain the qualities that make Scottsdale a great place to do business and create jobs, while ensuring that all residents have an opportunity to benefit from those amenities and participate in creating a great city. Korte also knows education is a critical tool for economic development and to enhance Scottsdale’s future. Korte chaired the 2014 successful “Yes to Children” campaign to renew Scottsdale Unified School District’s budget override and remains an advocate for Scottsdale’s schools.

Korte hails from a family that is tightly woven into the fabric of a city that ranks among the best places to live in the world.

She is a graduate of Xavier College Prep and Northern Arizona University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology. After helping to manage her family’s car dealership, Ray Korte Chevrolet in Southern Scottsdale, she became a professor of biology at Scottsdale Community College where she developed and managed the Center for Native and Urban Wildlife.

She was a board member, then President and CEO, of the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce, from 1996 to 2003. Additionally, she served as President and CEO of Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services (STARS), Scottsdale’s premier provider of programs and employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.

Enhancing the quality of life and nurturing the city’s economic sustainability are her highest priorities. “Our downtown has become a center of employment,” she said. “In addition, Southern Scottsdale and the McDowell Road Corridor are finally experiencing a rebirth of economic vitality. The private sector has taken the lead in initiating the revitalization of McDowell Road, and I believe we have a solid start with new investments and marketing initiatives.”

 

Virginia Korte

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