It’s time to grow strong again.

It’s time to grow strong again.

I have some Scottish history for you. The Clan Maxwell is from the Scottish Lowlands. The Coat of Arms for Clan Maxwell is a stag couchant before a holly bush. And upon it is the Maxwell Clan Motto: Reviresco. Translation, “I flourish again”.

I think that is the perfect word for the political climate in Scottsdale right now.  Reviresco!   

Are you like me and just completely fed up with the negativity and divisiveness at City Hall? I am. 
Listening to the naysayers all of the time you would not think there are any good people left who care about our city. People ask me all the time, why would you be crazy enough to enter the race for City Council? I tell them it is because I will never let them win. And by them, I mean anyone who is nasty, mean-spirited and wants a one-issue candidate elected in November. 

I want to be the candidate who pulls the sword of civility out of the stone. Someone has got to do it. 

Will you help me? Will you join the cause? Join the cause to ensure our way of life in Scottsdale remains strong? Will you join the cause to make sure your voice and point of view are represented? Do you want a candidate who takes a logical, data-driven approach to solve big problems? I do. It just doesn’t make any sense to support anyone who only wants to talk about a single issue. A single project. A stagnant way of life. 

I am in the race for Scottsdale City Council and Clan Maxwell needs soldiers! 

My website is up and running. On it, you can support our efforts financially. You can read about my ideas and my solutions for the city. You can sign up to volunteer. You can sign up to be included in all of the events and happenings in this campaign cycle. You can tell me what’s important to you and your family. I want to hear from you. 

If you have not seen my introduction video here is it. Please follow me on my social channels. 

Get with the Clan to stop negativity towards our city. Get with the Clan and solider up.

Thank you for your time and Reviresco! 

Kevin Maxwell 

Let’s Come Together

Let’s Come Together

With the recent Scottsdale elections in our past, the opportunity for the city to shine is now here.

We have had some rigorous discussions and debates the past 18 months. The issue of whether to build on the mountain preserve has been resolved. We have a new slate of city leaders preparing to take office. A small tax change will allow the city to fund some of its transportation needs.

Now the hard part begins. Larger infrastructure funding challenges are ahead. Some difficult decisions are ahead for the city council. I am confident they will do what is best for our city.

Despite the contentious discussions on the ballot propositions, one common thread was evident: Passion and pride for Scottsdale. Citizens in the community are prideful and want to the best for the city. While some people saw a divided community, I saw an abundance of civic spirt.

When we think about the amenities we love about Scottsdale we should not overlook the passion our residents have for our community. It is truly a gift. How many cities are apathetic in citizen involvement?

One point of pride for Scottsdale’s citizen involvement is our boards and commissions appointments. Scottsdale has 18 different citizen-lead boards and commissions. We also have six task forces and committees that provide valuable guidance to the city council. Scottsdale residents’ interest level to volunteer their time has never been higher. Competition to be selected for a board or commission is growing.

Whenever there is an opening for any of these positions the response is overwhelming. Do we realize how unique that is?  I can think of no other community in which residents are lining up at the door to give their time and expertise to important issues.

Scottsdale is attracting a vibrant, young base of citizens who are deflecting the stereotype of being indifferent and unresponsive. Unlike other communities, our youthful residents are engaged and ready to participate in the democratic process.  No less than a half a dozen organizations focused on solutions provided by a younger audience are in the works. These organizations all have two things in common: optimism and confidence. 

As a city we need to follow the lead of these groups to help propel us to continued prosperity. 

We may not all agree on who or what we voted for. But I for one have a single question for our city leaders. What can I do to help you succeed at your mission? Tell us what you need from citizens to help support the decisions ahead of you. 

Scottsdale has a tremendous opportunity to rally around one another, to help lead the city into the future.  Let’s harness our civic pride and support the city. Let show other communities what can be accomplished when we are all focused on a common issue: making the city the best it can be.

The City as an Incubator

The City as an Incubator

Scottsdale is becoming a city of entrepreneurs. Not just the innovation technology businesses that are steaming into Scottsdale. I am refereeing to the city itself. The mindset of our city staff. I find our city staff to be forward-thinking and entrepreneurial. It starts with our Economic Development Department but it permeates through the halls of City Government.

Entrepreneurship and innovation are normally terms used to describe small incubators and start-ups, not the city government. But Scottsdale is different.

As any entrepreneur knows failure goes hand in hand with success. On the Consent Agenda for City Council, November 25th will be resolution 11622 seeking the approval of 2019-178 COS. An agreement to cancel with City’s trademark of the term Eureka Loft so that another small business in California can use the name. This resolution will pass without much fanfare and gone will be a great example of Scottsdale’s forward-thinking vision. An idea the city had to help benefit all of the small, one person, freelancers or start-ups working out of their homes or huddled together in coffee shops all over the city. An idea that offered a place for them to come together, share ideas, learn from one another and become more successful as a community.

Co-working spaces and the idea of shared work environments have been around for nearly twenty years. It has only been in the past few years that several co-working concepts have gotten big and successful. Spaces like Industrious, Deskbhub and AZ CoWork in Scottsdale. Or Galvanize and CO+HOOTS in nearby Phoenix. These super cool, uber trendy workplaces offer a multitude of benefits for their tenants. They are designed to support and cater to small start-ups. I am a big fan of all of these creative outlets where lots of really smart people work. But in 2015 the City of Scottsdale decided to try to offer many of these same amenities to the citizens of the start-up community in Scottsdale, for free!

In 2015 Eureka Loft was carved out of an underutilized second-floor room located in the Civic Center Library. It was designed to operate just like any other co-working concept. With programming and speakers to help guide motivated, self-employed business people along in their entrepreneurial journey. While the Eureka Loft did not have mini-fridges full of RedBull for their users like the other co-working spaces they did offer other valuable services such as the free use of video and podcasting equipment.

Failure is an option here. If things are not failing you are not innovating enough. – Elon Musk

 They offered classes and workshops that any entrepreneur would find valuable. I was an avid user of Eureka Loft. I offered a few lectures there on Digital Reputation Management and Fair Use of Digital Property.  

Ultimately the Eureka Loft was not successful. Perhaps it was the lack of a marketing budget, maybe it was slightly inconvenient to get to. Whatever the case widespread adoption of Eureka Loft never happened. Today the second-floor room is dark and awaiting its new iteration.

I think Eureka Loft, a city-owned and operated co-working space in the public library was an idea ahead of its time. It shows how much the city is thinking about the entire population of the city. The self-employed, ordinary citizens with an idea or a dream. Eureka Loft might have been a swing and a miss for the City. But I am proud that they took a shot.