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What makes Greater Phoenix so great: Larissa Atkinson

How old are you? 

25 

How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix? 

Since 2017 

What city do you currently reside in? 

Peoria 

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

Northern Colorado, moved here on military orders. 

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

Capella University: Bachelor of Science in Health Administration with a focus in Health Information Management 

Where do you currently work and what is your title? 

I currently work as the Government and Community Affairs Intern at Greater Phoenix Economic Council. In this role, I assist the Vice President with processing city and town contracts, updating spreadsheets, and conducting research on topics like infrastructure, workforce development, income tax and post-secondary education funding. Some of my upcoming projects include executing monthly meetings with mayors and county supervisors, and attending site visits with community partners. 

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

Trying new restaurants and hiking with my dog.

What’s your favorite restaurant and why? 

House of Tricks for their unique menu. 

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

Sedona, reminds me of the mountains in Colorado

What do you like about our winters and why? 

They feel like Colorado Summers and it doesn’t get too cold. 

What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix?   

The year-round sunshine and diversity. 

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

There are many up and coming career opportunities.

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