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Why’d you decide to stay? I love the openness to newcomers, the dynamic environment for change and growth, the climate, the opportunities, the educational alternatives, the international outlook.

What Makes Greater Phoenix So Great: Michael Patterson

What is your first and last name?
Michael Patterson

How old are you?
57

What current city do you reside in?
Scottsdale

How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix?
38 years

Did you grow up in Arizona?
Yes

Why’d you decide to stay?
I love the openness to newcomers, the dynamic environment for change and growth, the climate, the opportunities, the educational alternatives, the international outlook.

What college/university did you graduate from and what’s your degree?
ASU, BA and JD

Where do you currently work and what is your title?
Partner in a law firm

What do you like to do in Greater Phoenix on the weekends?
Hiking, sports teams, great restaurants, culture, music.

What’s your go-to staycation spot and why?
Sedona, Flagstaff, Prescott or Bisbee-Tombstone (I love old fun hotels).

What’s your favorite restaurant and why?
Hard! Barrio Cafe on 16th street — great Mexican food and music.

How do you stay “cool” in the Arizona summers?
Swimming, going to the Arizona mountains.

What do you like about our winters and why?
Sunshine, great weather, so much happening (Arabian horse shows, car shows, tournaments, sports, conferences here).

What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix?
I feel I’m part of something dynamic and growing, but most of all my family and friends are here and I love them very much.

Please include anything else you’d like to share about what makes Greater Phoenix so great.
GPEC is the best in the country at showcasing why everyone should come and grow with us here!

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