What makes Greater Phoenix so great: Tyson Hill

Published: 10/26/2022

Tell us a little about yourself:

I grew up in Western Minnesota, known as “Lake County” and spent most of my life in Minnesota. I was outdoors a lot as a kid, and that has continued into adulthood for me. I enjoy hiking, writing, spending time with my two dogs and playing/watching sports.

What city or town do you live in?

Phoenix, Arizona

How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix?

I moved to Greater Phoenix in October 2021.

Where are you originally from and what brought you to Arizona?

I’m originally from Glenwood, Minnesota, but I’ve spent most of my professional life in Minneapolis. A job opportunity brought me to Arizona alongside my significant other. We were hoping to land someplace that would help us avoid the grueling Minnesota winters and found a home in the Arizona sunshine.

Where do you currently work and what is your job title?

I work at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council as the Senior Director of Communications.

What’s your favorite thing to do in Greater Phoenix on the weekends?

I enjoy hiking and spending time on the lakes and attending as many sporting events as I can. My favorite outdoor activities so far have involved Canyon Lake, near the Superstition Mountains. There are great hiking trails all around Tonto National Forest and Canyon Lake offers several outlets to paddle and explore amongst deep canyons, with steep rock on either side – really breathtaking views.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

My significant other and I try to mix it up as much as possible, so we hardly ever go to the same place twice, but I love ice cream and the milkshakes at The Stand Arcadia are very good. Since it’s a short walk from our home, we go there pretty regularly.

What’s something that has surprised you about Arizona?

Growing up in the North, you hear pretty often that Arizona is a retirement stop, but it is younger and more vibrant than that. It has the Midwest vibe – really friendly and welcoming people – mixed with a year-round outdoor lifestyle that lends itself to an active lifestyle.

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