Mesa Celebrates H.E.A.T.

Healthcare, Education, Aerospace, Tourism and Technology


  • Banner GatewayMedical services abound in Mesa and the East Valley. Mesa boasts world-class specialty and general hospitals with more than 1,300 beds combined.
  • Training and education is critical to build a workforce pipeline. Banner Simulation Medical Center is the largest simulation training center in the nation, while higher education in Mesa offers healthcare programs and secondary education provides training in biotech and life science industries.
  • At Arizona State University Polytechnic, Applied Biological Sciences students have access to state-of-the-art greenhouses and the Laboratory for Algae Research and Biotechnology. Unique research at the Polytechnic campus includes the work of scientists Milton Sommerfeld and QiangHu and their conversion of algal feedstock to fuel. Time magazine selected the researchers' work as one of the best innovations for 2008.


  • A.T. Still UniversityMore than 40,000 students are enrolled in higher education in Mesa at schools including Arizona State University (ASU) Polytechnic, Arizona School of Health Sciences, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, DeVry Institute of Technology, Mesa Community College, Ottawa University, A.T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health and University of Phoenix to name a few.
  • Mesa Public Schools is the largest school district in Arizona, and the 44th largest in the country and recognized nationally for its superb educational programs and student achievements in academics, sports, creative and performing arts, as well as technical and career training. Mesa boasts a new biotech academy and an advanced health sciences academy.
  • Considered a model for career and technical education by the U.S. Department of Education, the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) provides students with hands-on, advanced skills and training in over 40 occupation-specific programs which allow students to thrive in today's competitive job market. EVIT is a public school district that serves students from 10 East Valley school districts.

Aerospace/ Aviation

  • DARIn July 2013, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport reached its five millionth commercial passenger in less than six years of operation, which far surpassed initial projections to reach 5 million passengers by 2025.   Allegiant Air passenger load factors consistently hover around 90%, as they offer service to 31 cities.
  • More than 100 companies are adjacent to the airports, employing more than 10,000 employees in aerospace/ aviation high-tech, manufacturing and software industry clusters.
  • More than $100 million in new infrastructure development is scheduled for completion by end of 2015.
  • Cessna, Embraer and Hawker-Beechcraft all opened new business jet services at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport servicing more than 2,000 planes in their first year of operation.
  • Boeing manufactures the top-rated Apache attack helicopter as well as the newly introduced Hummingbird Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Mesa.


  • Mesa Arts CenterOpened in 2005, 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 300,000 patrons each year. Mesa is home to Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs Spring Training-the biggest draw in the Cactus League.
  • 33.1 million domestic and international overnight travelers visited Arizona - equal to roughly 91,000 visitors per day in 2012.

  • Total direct travel spending in Arizona was $19.3 billion in 2012, which equates to almost $53 million every day. This represents a 4.6% increase over the preceding year in current dollars.


  • Mesa is home to major technology players such as Apple, Boeing, Bridgestone, FUJIFILM, Mitel, International Rectifier, Ulthera, Guided Therapy Systems, PCT International, Telonics and the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI).

  • The Phoenix-Mesa metro area is ranked 6th most competitive metro in America. - Forbes, 2014

  • The Phoenix-Mesa metro area is ranked 9th on the list of cities with the fastest growing information sectors. - Forbes, 2013

  • Arizona is ranked among the top 10 states for high-tech manufacturing employment. - TechAmerica Cyberstates, 2014

  • The Phoenix-Mesa metro area is ranked 3rd in the nation for producing college graduates in computers (bachelor's or higher in computer engineering, programming or database administration). - Avalanche Consulting, 2011

  • Elliot Road Technology Corridor boasts major power, telecom, water, and gas infrastructure; zoning overlay for quick development process; 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.