What makes Greater Phoenix so great: Cora Rodriquez

Published: 02/14/2023
Updated: 02/17/2023

What city do you currently reside in?


How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix?

My whole life 

Where do you currently work and what is your title?

I work at GPEC as the Events Coordinator. 

Why did you decide to stay here?

I love the warm weather, affordability, and many of my friends and family members live here. 

If you graduated from college, where did you attend and what was your degree?

I graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 with a degree in Filmmaking. 

What’s your favorite restaurant and why?

I was lucky enough to experience the exquisite Binkley’s Restaurant in Phoenix. It was an artfully unforgettable 20 course meal in a small, intimate setting. 

What do you like to do in Greater Phoenix on the weekends?

On the weekends, I enjoy country dancing at spots such as The Stillery in Downtown Chandler, grabbing a beer or glass of wine at any of the Postino locations, hanging out with friends on High Street in Desert Ridge, and taking walks in my lovely neighborhood, Willo Phoenix. 

What’s your go-to staycation spot and why?

I love staying in a small town in northern Arizona called Clarkdale. My mom’s family is from there. 

How do you stay “cool” in the Arizona summers?

Drinking a Mai Tai at Hula’s Modern Tiki. They are 100% better than all Mai Tai’s I’ve had while in Hawaii. 

What do you like about our winters and why?

I enjoy Arizona winters because they are chilly, yet the sun is usually shining, so it mitigates any sort of seasonal depression that can be common in certain parts of the country. 

What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix?  

I love the diversity in Greater Phoenix. There’s a diverse array of job opportunities, businesses, people and experiences. 

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