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: Arts & Culture

A Pop of Color Makes the Perfect Backdrop

Posted 10.09.17 by Miranda

If you've been to Downtown Tempe lately, taken a stroll on Mill Avenue or simply scrolled through your Instagram feed, you may have seen this larger than life Adirondack chair, which debuted during Spring Training. The chair was originally painted red to support Tempe's "home team" during Spring Training -- the Los Angeles Angels. 

Tags: Spotlight

How Out-of-Town Visitors Benefit Downtown Tempe and Tempe Residents

Posted 10.03.17 by Miranda

Did you know that millions of out-of-town visitors come to Tempe each year?

Recently, the Tempe Tourism Office released the findings from a comprehensive research project, conducted by Tourism Economics, that details the economic impact of the tourism industry in Tempe. The results of this survey revealed that approximately 3.7 million travelers spend $730 million in Tempe annually. When combining that amount of direct spending with indirect and induced impacts, tourism in Tempe generated $1 billion in total business sales.

Tags: Restaurants & Dining

5 Ways to Make Game Day a Full Day Affair

Posted 08.26.17 by Miranda

Downtown Tempe LOVES to get in the Sun Devil spirit, especially during college football season. One way we tend to show our Sun Devil pride is simply through good eats and quenching drinks. Visitors to Sun Devil Stadium flood Downtown Tempe both before and after the games, popping in and out of restaurants and bars and engaging in some good ole tailgating. Make your Sun Devil football a full day affair and be sure to check out these 5 locations that are unique to Downtown Tempe and your game day experience! 

Tags: Spotlight

5 Ways for ASU Students to Stay Sane This Fall

Posted 08.16.17 by Miranda

It's that time of year again...another academic year and another clean slate for our beloved ASU student population -- this one is for you Sun Devils!

Tags: Restaurants & Dining

Stay Cool With These Sweet Treats

Posted 07.19.17 by Miranda

With summer in full swing, it’s always good to have some ways to cool down in your back pocket. Nothing says you deserve to indulge in a sweet treat more than bearing the triple digit heat day in and dayout for several months. Thankfully, Downtown Tempe’s ¾ square mile business district is packed with a delicious selection of cold desserts for those trying to stay cool this summer, and we’re not here to judge. Enjoy…