The City of Scottsdale hired Danielle Casey as economic development director, the top choice from an open recruitment that resulted in 111 candidates. She start June 10.

Casey has spent the past eight years with the City of Maricopa, including two years as economic development director and the last year as assistant city manager. She has more than seven years of experience in economic development as an analyst, manager and director and is the president-elect of the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED).

“It is a true honor to be joining the Scottsdale team,” she said. “The professionalism of the organization and staff was obvious to me in the thorough nature of the recruitment process.

“I am humbled to have been selected to lead the economic development department as it works to achieve the goals set forth as part of the Council’s strategic planning process, and am eager to begin my service to the City of Scottsdale.”

In Scottsdale, Casey will direct a staff of nine whose responsibilities include: business retention, expansion and attraction; supporting Downtown Scottsdale as a destination attraction for visitors and residents; and administering contracts for the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and Scottsdale Cultural Council.

“Danielle is an energetic and creative professional who will be a very positive addition to our economic development team,” said Paul Katsenes, Scottsdale’s community and economic development executive director. “We are in a very exciting time as the character of Scottsdale’s economy evolves, and Danielle will play a very important leadership role as we move forward.”

Casey holds a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from Northern Arizona University. She is a Certified Economic Developer (International Economic Development Council) and a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (National Development Council).