Jodi James, Economic Development, Tempe, AZ

What makes Greater Phoenix so great: Jodi James

Published: 01/02/2020

What is your first and last name?  

Jodi James

How old are you? 


What city do you currently reside in? 


How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix? 

Two years

Where are you originally from and why’d you decide to move to Arizona? 

I lived in Arizona as a baby girl while my dad was getting his Masters at Arizona State University, and grew up in Utah. I moved to Arizona because palm trees and sunshine make me happy! After 15 years of vacationing here, I was enticed by the thriving business climate, career opportunities, year-round recreation and endless entertainment options. This is my forever home!

What college/university did you graduate from and what’s your degree? 

I earned an Architecture degree at Dixie State University and went on to study graphic design at the Laguna Institute of Art.

Where do you currently work and what is your title? 

Town of Fountain Hills – Economic Development Analyst

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

Everything I can! Outdoor yoga, rowing on Tempe Town Lake, hiking, concerts, museums, dining out, sporting events and living big!

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

It’s a tie between Hyatt Gainey Ranch for the mineral pool and live music, or CopperWynd to get away and enjoy the spectacular views.

What’s your favorite restaurant and why? 

I love the energy and the sea bass tacos at Toca Madera.

What do you like about our winters and why?

I love festival season! There is always something fun going on, and I have lots of out-of-state visitors. Who doesn’t want to visit Greater Phoenix?!

What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix? 

Everything is within half an hour including my drive to work.

Please include anything else you’d like to share about what makes Greater Phoenix so great. 

As a transplant, I have found the business community to be supportive and collaborative.



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