The Scottsdale Coalition of Today and Tomorrow, Sept. 7, 2018 by SCOTT The SCOTT perspectiveThere has been a lot of media attention lately on millennials and their seeming lack of interest in civic issues, involvement in politics and policies in their communities and poor turnout when it’s time to vote. We are discovering that isn’t necessarily the case. At least in Scottsdale. Over the past three months or so, we have held numerous meetings and community focus groups with Next Gen citizens in our community and we are discovering quite the opposite. We have talked to dozens of them who are not currently involved but who want to get engaged in activities that make our city better. They want to better understand the issues, participate in the conversations around them and have a chance to make a difference in the city that they ultimately will be inheriting as leaders. We were pleasantly surprised to discover this, as it breaks the perception that many otherwise have had of Next Gen neighbors. Does this desire to get involved span across all younger residents? Of course not. Just the same as it doesn’t span across the reign of older residents either. One look at voter turnout throughout the city tells that story. Complacency may in fact be one of our city’s biggest weaknesses. And complacency leads to stagnation, and we are starting to see signs of that now. The potential to activate a core of Next Gen residents who want to be educated and empowered to get involved can help shake off some of that complacency. We held a reception for 40 Next Gen leaders recently to confirm what we were finding. We brainstormed issues with them, talked about ways they can get involved and decided to get things started. Soon we will be bringing a dozen or so of them back together to help them organize a group of their peers and create an organization that we hope to help them grow into a bloc of emerging leaders who will become involved in city issues, interact with city leaders and look for opportunities to get involved in the city. And ultimately vote. If you would like to know more about our emerging leaders project, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll keep you posted on our progress.Candidate ForumIn another effort to connect the Next Gen residents and emerging leaders of the city to important issues, SCOTT is partnering with students at Scottsdale Community College to hold a candidates forum featuring all five contenders in the City Council race. The forum will be on the campus at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18. It will be presented by students in the school’s Center for Civic & Global Engagement. We hope you will mark the date and attend the session as it leads up to Election Day on Nov. 6th.RSVP to Laraine@scottsdale.com if you want to reserve a seat. SCOTT on the IssuesScottsdale's infrastructure and capital improvement needs and financial solutions are among the most important issues facing the city. We will be examing various aspects of these issues over the next few weeks. Today: Transportation capital improvement projects eligible for ALCP matching funds. The City Council approved a ballot proposal to increase the city’s sales tax, by 0.10% for 10 years. These monies could only be used to provide funds for transportation projects, specifically, Arterial Life Cycle Projects (ALCP), which are eligible for 70 percent matching dollars from the county, which totals about $170 million. There are 22 proposed transportation improvement projects that qualify for ALCP match-funding. Several involve Loop 101 interchanges and address intersection redesign to increase safety and capacity. Other construction projects address raised medians, bike lanes, sidewalks and trails. There also are turn-lane modifications and shared-use crossings at 10 different intersections on Shea Boulevard from Loop 101 to 136thStreet. There are also two- and four-lane arterial construction projects across the city, Pima Road at both Thomas and Stagecoach Roads, Happy Valley to Dynamite and Hayden to 88th Street.For additional details and a look at all the projects, click here. Source: City of Scottsdale Next: The Capital Improvement Bond Committee SCOTT SpotlightsErin Perreault, American Institue of Certified Planners (ACIP)City of Scottsdale Long Range Planning Manager and VolunteerErin Perreault brings knowledge, professionalism and energy to her work with the city of Scottsdale and her role as a volunteer for a local non-profit. She moved to Arizona from Vermont by chance, after tenting across the United State for three months. Once in Arizona, she decided to attend graduate school and chose to stay! Erin began working at the city in 1997 in the Long Range Planning Department after she completed her Master of Urban Planning degree from Arizona State University and is currently the manager of the department. Her role includes public outreach, collaborating across departments and stakeholders on goals for the city, planning studies and review of private sector projects that implement the general and character area plans. Residents, businesses and visitors are aware of many projects that involve Erin throughout the city, including the Scottsdale Waterfront, SkySong and Old Town. She and her team supported two general plan task forces, the previous Redevelopment Board and Downtown Blue Ribbon Committee, the Neighborhood Advisory Commission, the Development Review Board (DRB) and the Planning Commission. Erin, a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class 30, has been a PTO volunteer since 2008 in SUSD. She has volunteered for over seven years with the Scottsdale Aquatic Club, a non-profit group whose mission is to develop champions in the pool and in life. She is one of the city’s key behind-the-scenes workers who makes things happen. Take ActionJoin us and get involvedSubscribe to our newsletters. Share our newsletter with your friends and associates.Like and follow us on Facebook.Visit our website Scottnow.com.Contribute as a guest blogger.Send us your feedback at our contact page.