Q&A – Maggie Tidaback, Economic Development Project Manager, Town of Chino Valley

Q: What brought you to Prescott; how long have you been here?

A: My parents moved our family here when I was 12. I graduated PHS in 1996 and then left for several years and returned to Arizona in 2008.

Q: How did you become interested in your career field?

A: Really, I wasn’t. My background is commercial real estate. I serendipitously met the town manager at a restaurant a few years ago. We started chatting (I didn’t know who she was), and by the end of our conversation she asked for my business card. Apparently I was having an initial interview that I didn’t know I was having. The rest is history.

Q: What is the biggest challenge of your job?

A: I am the only person in my department and Chino Valley is a growing community. I wear many hats. I guess if I could clone myself that would help, but that goes for all of us who work for the Town. Also family/work balance. I have three young kids, and it is has its challenges but we are doing great.

Q: What is the greatest reward of your job?

A: Helping people and creating a better quality of life for our community. I love to help businesses grow and remain successful. Business attraction is also fun! I love working across departments to help coordinate capital improvement projects. Too many to list!

Q: Where would you like to vacation next and why?

A: Loaded question. Beach in the Caribbean with nothing to do but soak in the sun and relax.

Q: If you could have dinner with any three to five people (dead or alive) who would it be?

A: Margaret Thatcher, Willie Nelson, Steven Spielberg, John F. Kennedy and Gandhi. I think that would be an interesting and well-rounded lunch conversation.

Q: What is the last book you read; what did you enjoy about it most?

A: My sister, Amanda Adam, wrote a book! MEREWIF: The Mermaid Witch. I love it and am so proud of her. It takes you back to the 90s and spins a story similar to the feeling of the Twilight series.

Q: What is your favorite Prescott activity?

A: OUTDOORS! Hiking, my paddle board and kayaking.