About Miranda

It’s true…I’m a transplant from the Midwest. I’ve been getting acquainted with the area over the past several years and continue to discover something new & interesting each day. If there’s one thing I’ve learned…it’s that Downtown Tempe has a bright and sunshiny future.

I’m in love wiht my role at DTA because it enables me to thrive in an area that I am truly passionate about – communications!

I originally went off to college to study Political Communication because I have always been fascinated with how information is spread and how it influences politics. To this day, I am still captivated with those same processes, but after working on an actual political election campaign, I concluded that my future career in political communication wouldn’t be a suitable career choice. From politics to organizations I went, and the focus on communication has remained the same.

I’ve recently hung up my hat as a Communications Instructor, but am using my skill set to spread the word about all things Downtown Tempe -- our programs, events, businesses, developments + MORE! Being part of an organization that works effectively to bring the business community together in order to create positive change and increase the vitality of a community is important and necessary – all the way from small cities in the Midwest to up and coming cities right here in Arizona. #TempeRising


Tags: Shopping & Leisure

4 Staycation Ideas for Summer '17

Posted 05.24.17 by Miranda

Triple digit heat means that summer is officially here…yay! Ok, I’m actually not excited about the next few months – walking through misters for a drop of moisture, getting in the car with oven mitts (do people actually do this?) and the swamp…you know what I’m talking about!


Tags: Arts & Culture

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Downtown Tempe

Posted 02.16.17 by Miranda

The last day of Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, is traditionally a day of indulgence. For some, it’s over-indulgence – in food, drink and all things that scream guilty pleasure. This day is especially important for those planning to give up or cut back on something during Lent, but if you aren’t a practicing Catholic (or even religious), this is still a chance for you to eat, drink and celebrate this New Orleans tradition. Get in the Mardi Gras spirit on February 28th right here in Downtown Tempe!

1. Mask Yourself


Tags: Shopping & Leisure

All You Need is Love...and Downtown Tempe

Posted 02.08.17 by Miranda

I know some of you think Valentine’s Day is grossly commercialized, and I can’t say that I disagree with you. That’s why I wanted to share these 5 Downtown Tempe experiences with you -- Ditch the cliché box of chocolates, useless stuffed animal and bouquet of flowers on February 14th and give your Valentine’s Day a major upgrade with a super sweet and sentimental experience in the place that you love with the ones that you love, whether they be significant others, family members or close friends.

1. A Casual Date Night on Mill Avenue

So, I can’t exactly take credit for this one. We published a blog last month titled “6 Downtown Tempe Date Nights” and there was one in particular that I was drawn to because it sounded like a more casual and fun option with less pressure to impress or be overly romantic. Check out #5: The Date Night of Laughter. There is nothing that says love like laughter!


Tags: Events

7 Things to Look Forward to at Tempe Festival of the Arts

Posted 11.02.16 by Miranda

The Tempe Festival of the Arts has been around forever – I’m sure you’ve been to it at least once, and if you haven’t, I know you’ve at least heard of it…right? Anyway, do you know that feeling you get when you’ve gone to an event year after year and nothing ever changes…and part of you loves that tradition, but another part of you wishes there was something new and different? Me too! This fall, the 48th Annual Tempe Festival of the Arts is giving us life with all the old faves plus some new additions that we’re sure to fall in love with and add to the list of things we look forward to each year. Here are 7 things to look forward to, old and new! 


Tags: Events

8 Events to Fall for in November

Posted 10.26.16 by Miranda


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