Mesa's Industries of Opportunity

Economic Development priorities are guided by Mesa’s industries of opportunity: Healthcare; Education; Aerospace/Aviation/Defense; Tourism/Technology. Building on Mesa’s strengths, quality infrastructure, talented workforce, projected growth and global market trends, the City of Mesa is already realizing significant benefit in each industry space.

Healthcare

Fast Facts:

  • Mesa boasts world-class specialty and general hospitals with nearly 2,000 beds combined.
  • Banner Simulation Medical Center is the largest simulation training center in the southwest.
  • The number of Arizona Life Science jobs has grown by 49% over the last 12 years, compared to 14% nationally.
Additional Resources:
 
Healthcare Industry Profile Medical Devices
Falcon Tech Center
 

Education

EducationBrochure

Fast Facts:

  • More than 40,000 students are enrolled in Mesa higher education.
  • The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) is considered a model for career and technical education.
  • Mesa Public Schools is the largest school district in Arizona and is recognized nationally for its superb education programs and student achievements.
Additional Resources:
 
Education Industry Profile                        
Education Data

Mesa Counts on College
 

Aerospace/Aviation

Fast Facts:

  • Arizona is ranked #1 for Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness. - PwC, 2016.
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is among the fastest growing airports in the United States, accommodating its 5 millionth passenger in July 2013.
  • More than 100 businesses are adjacent to the Falcon Field and Phoenix Gateway airports, employing more than 10,000 employees in aerospace/ aviation, high-tech, manufacturing and software industry clusters.
  • Boeing manufactures the top-rated Apache attack helicopter as well as the  Hummingbird Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Mesa.
Additional Resources:
Aerospace/Aviation Industry Profile Falcon Field Airport
Aerospace & Defense
Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport

Tourism

TourismBrochure

Fast Facts:

  • The Mesa Arts Center (MAC) is the largest arts center in Arizona offering comprehensive professional performing arts, visual arts and arts education programming on one state-of-the-art campus.
  • MAC draws nearly 360,000 patrons each year.
  • Mesa is the spring training home to Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs (the biggest draw in the Cactus League) and the Oakland Athletics.
  • 176 Nonstop/Direct flights between Canada and Arizona increases each week.
  • 42.1 million people visited Arizona in 2015 and collectively spend $21 billion in the state, which equates to more than $57 million every day.
Additional Resources:
Tourism Industry Profile                    
Download Mesa interactive travel guide app - Google Play  google_play
Download Mesa interactive travel guide app - AppStore  itunes
23 Best Things to Do in Mesa
Cubs Spring Training Baseball in Mesa, AZ  VideoIcon
Agritourism Guide
Mesa Sports Complex
Mesa, AZ: Horseback riding on the Salt River  VideoIcon
Mesa, AZ: The beauty of the Salt River  VideoIcon
Mesa, AZ: Outdoor family adventure at Saguaro Lake  VideoIcon
Mesa, AZ: Agritourism  VideoIcon

Technology

Fast Facts:

  • Mesa is home to major technology firms such as Boeing, Bridgestone, FUJIFILM, Mitel, Infineon, Ulthera, Guided Therapy Systems, PCT International, Telonics, LaunchPoint: Mesa's Technology Accelerator, and the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI).
  • ASU ranked as the nation's most innovative school in 2014 and 2015, ahead of Stanford and MIT, by U.S. News & World Report.
  • ASU is ranked #1 in the nation in undergraduate enrollment for engineering.
  • Arizona is ranked among the top 10 states for high-tech manufacturing employment. – TechAmerica Cyberstates, 2014.
  • The Phoenix-Mesa metro area is ranked #3 for best cities for information jobs in 2015.
  • The Elliot Road Technology Corridor boasts power, telecom, water, and gas infrastructure; zoning overlay for quick development processes; nearby commercial and air cargo service at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport; quick interstate freeway access; Foreign Trade Zone access; and thousands of acres of developable land.
  • Mesa is home to Apple's new $2 billion Global Command Center.
Additional Resources:
Technology Industry Profile
Elliot Road Technology Corridor
Data Center Opportunities
Falcon Tech Center

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