Cultivate Your Business in Mesa!

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With a population of nearly 500,000 and part of Greater Phoenix, Mesa, Arizona is the 38th largest city in the United States.  Larger than Miami, Minneapolis, Atlanta, as well as European cities Zurich, Switzerland, Liverpool, England, and Antwerp, Belgium, Mesa covers 133 square miles (344 square kilometers) and is the second largest city in the region. The Phoenix-Mesa area’s population is currently 4 million and projected to reach 6.3 million by 2030 – ripe with opportunity now and many years into the future.

 Mesa offers:

  • A diverse and sustainable economy that features a balance of base industries that create high quality jobs.
  • An educated workforce
  • A partnership of government and industry that considers next generation technologies and products as economic opportunities
  • Business people who see Mesa as their home and the world as their marketplace

Business Assistance

The Office of Economic Development works closely with businesses throughout all phases of the development process. We work as a team with our partners to provide solutions and ensure your transition to starting, running, expanding or relocating a business in Mesa is smooth and successful. We are empowered to help you build your business.

StartUp MesaTell Us About Your Project
Relocating or Expanding a Business
Site Selection
LaunchPoint: Mesa Accelerator
Why Mesa Makes Good Business Sense
Incentives and Programs
Workforce Development
Doing Business with the City
City of Mesa Tax & Licensing

Crescent Crown
Strategic Initiatives

The Office of Economic Development is involved with numerous activities aimed at increasing the economic opportunities for the citizens of Mesa. These strategic initiatives vary in size and scope but are always focused on Mesa's growth and prosperity.

Arizona Laboratories for Security and Defense Research (AZLabs)
Downtown Mesa Redevelopment
Higher Education Initiative
Mesa Light Rail Extension

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
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Fast Facts:
  • Mesa boasts world-class specialty and general hospitals with more than 1,700 beds combined
  • Banner Simulation Medical Center is the largest simulation training center in the nation
Additional Resources:
Healthcare Industry Profile Medical Devices
Mesa Healthcare Assets  
Education
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Fast Facts:
  • More than 40,000 students are enrolled in Mesa higher education
  • The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) 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 Higher Education Starts in Mesa - Video
Mesa Center for Higher Education How Mesa Became a College Town - Video
Higher Education Institutions Mesa K-12 System
  Mesa Counts on College
Aerospace/Aviation
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Fast Facts:
  • 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
Mesa Aerospace Video - WATCH NOW! Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
Tourism
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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 300,000 patrons each year.
  • Mesa is home to Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs Spring Training; the biggest draw in the Cactus League, and beginning Spring 2015, the Oakland Athletics.
  • 38.1 million domestic and international overnight travelers visited Arizona-equal to roughly 104,000 visitors per day in 2013.
  • 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.
Additional Resources:  
Tourism Industry Profile

 
Technology
 

Fast Facts:

  • Mesa is home to major technology firms such as Apple, Boeing, Bridgestone, FUJIFILM, Mitel, International Rectifier, Ulthera, Guided Therapy Systems, PCT International, Telonics, LaunchPoint: Mesa's Technology Accelerator, and the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI).
  • The Phoenix-Mesa metro area is ranked the 6th most competitive metro area in America – Forbes, 2014.
  • The Phoenix-Mesa metro area is ranked 9th on the list of cities with the fastest growing information sector. – 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.
  • 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.
Additional Resources:
Elliot Road Technology Corridor  
Mesa's Algae Industry  

Mesa Overview
Mesa's Large Employers

Mesa by the Numbers

Welcome to the Office of Economic Development Data Center. This page is intend to provide information about the City of Mesa and Greater Phoenix Region. If you are looking for information that is not here, please contact us with your request.

Dana Park ASU Polytechnic Campus Sunland Springs Golf Course  
Community Profile Business Environment
Arts & Culture Sites & Buildings
Education & Schools Cost of Doing Business
Healthcare Market Access
Housing & Cost of Living Incentives & Programs
Major Employers Industries of Opportunity
Population Demographics

Healthcare

Workforce

Education

 

Aerospace/Aviation

Additional Links

Tourism

2013 Community Annual report Employment Centers

Maps

Downtown Mesa

FY 2013-2014 Budget

Falcon Field

Small Business Guide Fiesta District

     Chapter 1: First Points of Contact

Gateway District

     Chapter 2: Establishing A Business

Elliot Road Technology Corridor

     Chapter 3: Getting Started in Mesa

 

     Chapter 4: Regulatory Issues

 

     Chapter 5: Community Relations Programs

 

     Chapter 6: Additional Resources

 
 

Recent Announcements & Press Releases

The Business Academy at LaunchPoint seeks applicants for entrepreneur training program Mesa's Economic Development Office and its Director Recognized with Prestigious EDDE Awards
Fiesta District shopping center to become Class A office space Mesa receives prestigious Alliance for Innovation award for education recruitment initiative
Higher Education Starts in Mesa - Video "How Mesa Became a College Town" wins local government innovation award - Video
Apple deal in Mesa earns 2nd place for "Best Sale-Single Asset" Mesa's Deal Maker
Horizon talks about Mesa's Elliot Road Technology Corridor - Video Groundbreaking for new Sheraton Hotel Mesa next to Cubs Park
City of Mesa and Mesa Chamber of Commerce to launch business retention and expansion program Mesa 9th best city in nation for finding a job
Metso breaks ground for new Mesa, Arizona service facility Metso to relocate equipment repair facility to Mesa
City receives prestigious award for "How Mesa Became a College Town" Economic Development Director, Bill Jabjiniak, talks about Mesa’s economic future - Video
Phoenix, Mesa crack list of best places to find a job Business Facilities calls Apple "Deal of the Year"
Archived Announcements & Press Releases
Newsletters
Rankings
Economic Reporter Arizona #1 for future job growth

Mesa ranks in top ten for Tech start-ups

Phx-Mesa Metro ranks #8 Top Sustainable Metro Area
  Phx-Mesa Metro ranks #4 in US for micro business
  Arizona ranks #2 in US for workforce
   
Marketing Material
Publications & Reports
Aerospace / Aviation Economic Development Advisory Board Minutes
Downtown Mesa Fiesta District Presentation 11-1-11
Education Mayor's Downtown Summit Packet
Healthcare Mesa Healthcare Feasibility Study
Mesa Educates U Mesa Higher Education Feasibility Study
Mesa Overview Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Economic Benefit
Tourism Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Guidebook
 
   
Economic Development Videos
Events
Economic Development Director, Bill Jabjiniak, talks about Mesa’s economic future  
Able Engineering - Public/Private Partnership
Able Engineering Grand Opening  
Benedictine University  
Bridgestone America Groundbreaking  
Chicago Cubs Video
Downtown Development Summit Focus
Downtown Light Rail Groundbreaking
Grand Canyon University announcement  
Higher Education Starts in Mesa - Video  
Horizon talks about Mesa's Elliot Road Technology Corridor  
How Mesa Became a College Town  
Matheson Gas Grand Opening  
Mesa Aerospace Video
Mesa Center for Higher Education
Mesa Educates U - Town of Colleges  
Mesa Gateway Airport Economic Impact  
Raising of the B - BenU at Mesa
Upper Iowa University Mesa Campus