By Bob Burns | The Fountain Hills Times
Back in the early 1990s an author was researching a book on the best places to retire in the United States and visited the Sun City communities in the Phoenix area. They also happened by chance onto Fountain Hills and decided it would be a great place to feature in a new book on the “50 Best Places to Raise Children in the U.S.”
Oprah Winfrey promoted the book, and Fountain Hills, on her television talk show and the results were measurable and incredible. The freshly incorporated town was in fact one of the fastest growing communities during the ‘90s, doubling its population.
The publicity was welcome – but other events factored in. Recent incorporation, construction of the Mayo Clinic just over the hill and a greater commitment to education all played a role in growth. Growth does have a tendency to help pay its own way, but only so far, with one-time revenues from fees.