SRPMIC Economic Development

Quannah Davis
Economic Development Dept. Mgr., Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community



In 2016 and 2017, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community continued its track record of successful economic development projects.  Years ago, its elected Council limited commercial development to the Community’s borders to preserve, for its members and visitors, the open landscape and views of Red Mountain. That plan has successfully guided economic development which is largely concentrated along the 101 Corridor. Today, the Community’s commercial corridor contains 2,470 acres with over 60 active business leases with 15 to 20 development inquiries received every month from every business sector.
The Community’s location, served by the 101 and 202 freeways with accessibility to Scottsdale and Phoenix Sky Harbor airports is exceptional as is its reputation for innovation. In 2011, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick opened as the first major league spring training facility on tribal land.  In 2012, Marriott International unveiled its first property in Indian Country, the 150-room Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River. In 2013, Butterfly Wonderland debuted the first butterfly atrium on Native land.  All three attractions are located within Talking Stick: A Cultural and Entertainment Destination situated in an area designated by the SRPMIC Council along the 101 freeway corridor between Chaparral and the Community’s northern boundary.
Scottsdale AutoShow at Salt River
Location: 70 acres along Indian School Road, west of the 101 Freeway
1st master planned auto mall on Native American land in U.S.
$60 million project
The Scottsdale AutoShow officially opened on Friday, August 11, 2017 when Courtesy Volvo opened its new 21,000 square foot dealership.
Chapman Ford, Chapman Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM, and Chapman Volkswagen opened in September 2017
Developer:  Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Riverwalk at Talking Stick
Location:  176 acres at Via de Ventura, east of the 101 Freeway
Class A office space offering tenants one mile of visibility along the Loop 101 Freeway
Recently welcomed I.C.E (International Cruise & Excursions, Inc.) 150,000 sq ft Headquarters and the Arizona School of Real Estate and Business Scottsdale Campus
Developer:  Alter Group
OdySea in the Desert
Location: 35 acres at 9500 E. Via de Ventura
$200 million entertainment attraction with Butterfly Wonderland and Mirror Maze
Butterfly Wonderland recently added a 2,800 sq. ft. reptile exhibit showcasing 25 species of reptiles. The OdySea in the Desert has over ten dining options and entertainment including Modern Grove Views and Humble Pie, performance stage, open air and an interactive retail marketplace. Evening programming includes a monthly family-friendly Movie in the Courtyard
Founder: Amran Knishinsky, Ph.D.
(Note: OdySea in the Desert is located within Talking Stick: A Cultural & Entertainment Destination)


OdySea Aquarium
Location: OdySea in the Desert
OdySea Aquarium is celebrating its one-year anniversary
Largest aquarium in the Southwest; first on Tribal land
200,000-square-feet on a 16-acre site
2 million gallons of water with acrylic underwater walkways
5,000 animals representing 300 different species
3-D Theatre & SeaTrek™ underwater experience
Founder: Amran Knishinsky, Ph.D.


Looking forward, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community continues to welcome high quality development and developers who understand they are making a commitment to the Community and its landowners for the long term.)


Quannah Dallas bio:
Quannah Dallas brings more than 8 years of experience in economic development and leasing in Indian Country to her position as Economic Development Division Manager for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC).  For more information about the SRPMIC, please visit