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What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix? The people- family, friends, coworkers are happy to be here and share their story of why they stayed here.

What Makes Greater Phoenix So Great: Josh Utterback

What is your first and last name?
Josh Utterback

How old are you?
37

What current city do you reside in?
Phoenix

How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix?
30+ years

Did you grow up in Arizona?
Yes

Why’d you decide to stay?
Weather, Family, Outdoor Opportunities, Career…

What college/university did you graduate from and what’s your degree?
Wheaton College for undergrad and grad school at ASU – Go Thunder and Go Devils!

Where do you currently work and what is your title?
City of Scottsdale – Economic Development Specialist

What is your job industry?
Local Government – Economic Development

What do you like to do in Greater Phoenix on the weekends?
Spend time outside with family and neighbors, hike and pick up take-out.

What’s your go-to staycation spot and why?
Holiday Inn Club Vacations in Scottsdale. It’s a great value, especially for families looking for something kid-friendly.

What’s your favorite restaurant and why?
Lou Malnati’s – Best deep dish pizza in the world.

How do you stay “cool” in the Arizona summers?
Swim frequently and escape to the mountains often.

What do you like about our winters and why?
The weather in the winter is amazing. Often overlooked is the fact that we also get nearly an hour more daylight, compared to Seattle, Chicago, New York, etc. in the winter as well.

What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix?
The people – Family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, you name it; mostly everyone is happy to be here and can share their story of why they stayed or the reasons they settled down here.

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