Town of Fountain Hills, AZ
Fountain Hills is a unique community – the town is centered around, and gets its namesake from, a spectacular fountain that reaches 560 feet. “The town was built to take advantage of the views throughout the entire area, including our iconic fountain, the Sonoran Desert and the McDowell Mountains,” says Mayor Linda Kavanagh, who, along with Town Manager Grady Miller and Economic Development Director Scott Cooper, spoke with us from Fountain Hills’ Town Hall.
The story of Fountain Hills is a distinct tale from the sun belt of the United States. A California developer, McCullough Properties Inc., bought a former cattle ranch of some 12,000 acres to build a “master planned” lakefront community. Disneyland designer Charles Wood Jr. designed the town around the world’s tallest fountain, which started flowing in 1972 to greet the town’s first residents. The community was incorporated in 1989 and today is home to more than 23,000 individuals.