Scottsdale Economic Development Experts

Economic Development Staff

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 an estimated $16.2 million 5-year direct economic impact, 2,576 new jobs in the first 12 months of their operation, 226 business retention visits, and 1 million square feet of commercial space filled.

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 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

Economic Development Manager - Strategic Marketing
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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.

Bob Tunis, CEcD

Economic Development Manager- Business Retention & Expansion
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Mr. Tunis is Economic Development Manager- Business Retention & Expansion. He has been with the City of Scottsdale since January 2011. He is responsible for business attraction and retention with additional responsibility for research, workforce and small business.

He has over 20 years economic development experience, his last position being Economic Development Director for the City of Sanford, Florida and Executive Director of the Sanford Community Redevelopment Agency. His international experience includes twelve years as a Canadian Foreign Service Officer with postings in Germany, Thailand, Trinidad and Jamaica. He also served eight years as Director (Europe) for the Alberta (Canada) Ministry of Economic Development and Tourism.

Rob Millar, CEcD

Economic Development Manager - Business Attraction
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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 A. Paratore

Economic Development Specialist - Small Business + Workforce/ Research
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Mark Paratore joined the City of Scottsdale in December of 2013.

Mark is primarily responsible for administering the Small Business Assistance program, strengthening workforce development initiatives, and performing research for the Economic Development Department. Prior to joining the City of Scottsdale, Mark served in various roles at the City of Glendale since 2010, most recently as the Business Attraction specialist, focusing on Retail in Glendale. While with Glendale, Mark worked closely with the downtown businesses, and in 2008 he was part of a partnership between ASU and the City of Glendale, where his junior year Planning Studio worked on the Redevelopment project- Centerline. Shortly thereafter, Mark accepted an internship with the department, and he continued to build relationships in the downtown and assisted the Redevelopment manager on a number of key initiatives.

In 2010, Mark officially joined Economic Development as a Specialist, where he assisted the Director on special projects and performed research for the department. In 2011, Mark took over citywide and downtown redevelopment, where he administered the city’s commercial Visual Improvement Program, which offered assistance to commercial businesses located in the Redevelopment area. Mark worked on a total of 8 VIP projects, totaling more than $500,000 of reinvestment back into the community. In 2013, Mark began to assist the Business Attraction Administrator, focusing on retail attraction and supporting on office and industrial development.

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), Urban Land Institute Arizona (ULI AZ), and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

Mark is currently a proud resident of the City of Scottsdale.