"Through its economic development investments and programs, the City of Scottsdale retains, grows and attracts targeted sources of wealth generation to enhance the community’s tax base and quality of life, preserve the natural environment and foster prosperity for all citizens."
Danielle Casey joined the City of Scottsdale in June 2013. She is responsible for the oversight of the Economic Development Department, which includes executing the City’s initiatives related to new business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial support, and employment center revitalization. Under her leadership, the Scottsdale Economic Development Department has received four awards of excellence from the International Economic Development Council, status as an Accredited Economic Development Organization, the 2015 ‘Large Community Economic Development Organization of the Year’ award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development, and unanimous Council approval of a Five Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. Since its approval, the city has seen nearly $19 million in 5-year direct fiscal impact, 3,000 or more new jobs in the first 12 months of their operation and $150 million in new capital investment.
Prior to joining the City of Scottsdale, Ms. Casey served in various executive roles at the City of Maricopa since June 2005, most recently as the Assistant City Manager. Departments under her oversight included economic development, community services, development services, and City-wide marketing and communications activities. Since the inception of the City of Maricopa, she managed a number of noteworthy tasks in the establishment of the City’s economic development office, such as the creation of an Industrial Development Authority, the creation of the City’s Redevelopment District Area Plan, a City-wide branding initiative and Five Year Economic Development Strategic Plan. Prior to her time in Maricopa, Ms. Casey attained significant experience in the non-profit sector working in fundraising, marketing, and event and membership management.
Ms. Casey received her Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University, and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) as well as a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP). She is a member of the International Economic Development Council and serves on its Board of Directors, is a member of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council’s (GPEC) Healthcare Leadership Council and is a GPEC Emeritus Ambassador. Ms. Casey is a Past President of the Arizona Association for Economic Development, a statewide professional association with more than 480 public and private members. In May 2010, Ms. Casey was the honored recipient of the ‘Economic Developer of the Year – Small Community’ award from the Arizona Association for Economic Development and in January 2017 she was recognized as a national top ‘40 under 40 Rising Star’ in economic development by Development Counsellors International.
She is a proud resident of the City of Scottsdale.
Christian Green joined the City of Scottsdale in April 2014 to lead strategic marketing for the Economic Development Department. Some of his numerous responsibilities include departmental brand management, graphic design, digital media and business development outreach.
Christian has had a distinguished career in communications and development with a history of success in dynamic public and private organizations. An accomplished team builder, he brings with him a proven track record of advancing an organization’s mission through innovative messaging, strong community and media relations, and brand management. His range of experience garnered in nearly 20 years of work in the private development and public sector field includes economic development programming, government relations, finance and acquisitions, complex project management, strategic analysis and implementation, and creating synergy with diverse partners by instituting a goal-focused approach. To date, Christian has played a key role in more than $13 Billion in large-scale development projects in the aviation, defense, technology and education markets throughout the southwestern United States.
Before coming to the City of Scottsdale, Christian served as Economic Development project manager for the City of Goodyear, Arizona. In Goodyear, Christian worked with City and community leaders to create the five year economic development strategic plan. Christian was also instrumental in working with the City of Phoenix Aviation Department to develop the long range strategic plan for the Goodyear Airport Master Plan.
Christian researched and developed the strategic plan which identified the community as being “At Risk” during sequestration and developed and submitted a report to the Economic Development Administration demonstrating the community’s vulnerability. As a result of this progressive action the community was awarded its first EDA Grant a week before the announcement that Lockheed Martin, the community’s largest employer, would be ceasing operations in the community. This closure represented a loss of over 600 high paying defense industry jobs to the community. As a result of the strategic plan the community was prepared to engage the employer in negotiations for existing leasable space to start an aviation, defense and technology incubator. Research documented in the strategic plan was used to procure furniture fixtures and equipment for this incubator at no cost to the community.
Christian worked with partners at Maricopa County Community College District to establish three schools in the area, Including Scottsdale Community College, as Centers of Academic Excellence for two-year colleges in cyber security programs.
Christian received his bachelor’s degree from Washburn University in Business Administration with an Emphasis on Marketing and Research. Prior to his career in economic development Christian served as business development and marketing director for the nation’s largest construction and architecture companies. He is an active member with the Arizona Association for Economic Development, and pursuing completion of his economic development certification through the International Economic Development Council.
Rob began his career with the City of Scottsdale in 1992 in the City’s Municipal Services Department, and since then has gained significant experience and yielded positive impact across multiple departments. In 1994 Rob was hired to help create and implement the City’s very first Citizen Service Center located at Los Arcos Mall, the City’s One Stop Shop for City services. He spent the next two years opening various Citizen Service Centers throughout Scottsdale until he received an opportunity in 1996 to become the city’s first Neighborhood Services Liaison where he implemented the City’s first neighborhood college program. Rob then went on to become a Citizen Liaison prior to serving as the Mayor’s Chief of Staff from 2006-2008.
As Business Attraction Manager, he is responsible for recruiting industry and commerce to the City of Scottsdale, administers the Scottsdale Cultural Council contract, serves as auto dealership liaison, and provides leadership over redevelopment programs. As auto liaison, Rob has coordinated the opening of two dealerships, lead efforts to increase sales, and fostered dealership communication and enhanced collaboration.
Rob holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, is a member of Arizona Association for Economic Development, and is a graduate of Scottsdale Leadership Class 17 and the Arizona State University Institute for Public Executives.
Mark Paratore joined the City of Scottsdale in December of 2013.
As program manager, his is primary role is on the advancement of startup and emerging tech to the city. He works closely with the entrepreneurial ecosystem and firms looking to grow and expand in Scottsdale. Mark has been instrumental in working with companies like Weebly, Turo, Cruise Automation, Opendoor, SiSense, Indeed.com, Acronis, and LimeBike on their expansion to Scottsdale over the last several years.
Before this role, Mark provided research and analytic support for the department, oversaw all small business efforts and worked closely to advance the departments Talent Attraction initiative.
Mark served in various capacities at the City of Glendale from 2010-2013. In 2011, Mark took over citywide and downtown redevelopment, where he administered the city’s commercial Visual Improvement Program, which aided commercial businesses located in the Redevelopment area. Mark worked on 8 VIP projects, totaling more than $500,000 of reinvestment back into the community.
Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Planning Degree from Arizona State University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and is currently working on becoming a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). He is a member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED), serves on the advisory board for SMoCA (Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art), Avant-Garde on Second Street (AG2) young professionals group through the Scottsdale Arts, and Scottsdale Rising Young Professionals group through the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mark is a proud resident of the City of Scottsdale.
Josh Utterback joined the City of Scottsdale in March 2018 as an Economic Development Specialist for the Economic Development Department.
Josh works in concert with the economic development team in support of the advancement of the Scottsdale economic development strategic plan through robust research, strategic marketing business development support.
Josh has a successful track record in the private and the public sector. An Arizona native who grew up around real estate development, his work in commercial real estate started in 2006. Over the course of the next 10 years he gained experience in a variety of disciplines from ground up development, asset management, property management, financing, leasing and budget review. In addition to collaborating with various general contractors, civil engineers, brokers, City, state, tribal and federal officials he had the privilege of working with prominent companies such as Target, Kohl’s, Weingarten Realty and CVS.
His previous experience in the public sector was at the City of Mesa serving as an Economic Development Specialist where his real estate background proved beneficial when acting as a liaison between developers and business owners and the Planning and Development Services Departments. He worked closely with Greater Phoenix Economic Council and the Arizona Commerce Authority on site selection inquiries and provided support to project managers on business attraction and business retention and expansion efforts. He also played instrumental roles in the successful recruitment and relocation to Mesa for Dexcom and Feed My Starving Children respectively.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics/Bible Theology from Wheaton College (IL) and a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Real Estate Development from Arizona State University. He is an active member of the Urban Land Institute and stays involved with the Arizona State University MRED program. He is also an active member with the Arizona Association for Economic Development and is actively working to become a Certified Economic Developer (CeCD) through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).