Robust Infrastructure
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The Elliot Road Technology Corridor has everything high-tech companies need to get up and running fast at a significantly lower cost than any other location in Arizona and possibly the Western U.S.
 
Large Redundant Power Capacity – The Elliot Road Technology Corridor is located adjacent to Salt River Project’s (SRP) 500kV, 230kV and 69kV transmission lines and Browning receiving station. Perfect for companies needing large amounts of redundant, dedicated power (20MW or more). www.srpnet.com
 
Affordable Power – SRP provides some of the most affordable power in the Western U.S. SRP also has energy efficiency rebates for qualifying companies. www.srpnet.com
 
Robust Dark Fiber Network – SRP owns and operates the largest independent fiber network in Arizona which includes 1,600 route miles of dark fiber and is physically diverse from incumbent networks. SRP provides redundant dark fiber to the Corridor allowing easy access for customers.
 
Available Natural Gas – Southwest Gas provides competitively-priced natural gas service to the area. www.swgas.com
 
Sufficient Water is provided by the City of Mesa. The Elliot Road Technology Corridor also falls within SRP’s Water District, thus SRP has the ability to secure additional water for large water users.
 
Waste Water Capacity – The Corridor has plenty of waste water capacity for potential high-tech and industrial users with a 24” sewer line recently installed along the Corridor.
 
Convenient Freeway Access – Easy freeway on/off ramp access to Loop 202 and I-10 links the area to the markets across the nation.
 
Airport Access – The Elliot Road Technology Corridor is conveniently located within 5 minutes from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Gateway Airport provides commercial service to more than 35 destinations throughout the U.S. via Allegiant Airlines. The Gateway Airport is an attractive low-cost solution for air cargo service with three runways that can accommodate the largest wide-body cargo aircraft in the world. The Corridor is also within 40 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, which provides commercial and cargo service to technology hubs around the nation. www.phxmesagateway.org, www.skyharbor.com


Assets, Programs, Incentives
 

From property to educational institutions to research facilities, Mesa has all the right assets in or in close proximity to the Elliot Road Technology Corridor. You will also find the key programs and incentives to help your company be successful.
 
Available Property – The Corridor has more than 1,000 acres of available, shovel-ready property for projects large and small, all with access to the robust infrastructure of the Elliot Road Technology Corridor.
 
Arizona State University (ASU) Polytechnic Campus – The Corridor is in close proximity to ASU Polytechnic campus with more than 11,000 students enrolled in professional and technological programs. ASU Polytechnic has thousands of square feet of laboratory space for project-based learning, from flight simulators to leading-edge semiconductor fabrication. campus.asu.edu/polytechnic
 
Grand Canyon University, Chandler Gilbert Community College – Also located within few minutes of the Corridor is Chandler Gilbert Community College and the forthcoming Grand Canyon University (GCU). GCU will open fall of 2015 and will accommodate as many as 10,000 students. www.gcu.edu, www.cgc.edu

 

LAUNCHPOINT, Mesa Technology Accelerator – LAUNCHPOINT was created in collaboration with Arizona State University to assist young, innovative technology companies accelerate their growth. The Accelerator provides office space, shared services and customized business consulting. www.mesaaccelerator.com

Arizona Laboratories for Security and Defense (AZLabs) – The City of Mesa is currently leasing AZLabs from the U.S. Air Force and is in final stages of purchasing the facilities. AZLabs includes 93,000 sq. ft. in 10 buildings on 6.5 acres just west of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. AZLabs has retained the security protocols of the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory and can support a broad range of sensitive projects including conferences, workshops, experiments, prototype evaluations, distributed test and training with access to highly skilled, Department of Defense-focused workforce. The facility is well-suited for high-tech companies conducting high-security research and development. www.azlabs.org
 
Mesa’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ), one of the most competitive in the nation, the Mesa FTZ can reduce or defer tariffs and duties, and can reduce property taxes by nearly 80% in perpetuity for qualified users. www.tinyurl.com/MesaFTZ
 
Data Center Tax Exemption – Urban data centers that invest a minimum $50 million into land, buildings, modular units and equipment, and rural data centers that make a $25 million minimum investment may qualify for an exemption from retail transaction privilege tax and use tax for data center equipment purchases. www.azcommerce.com/incentives/computer-data-center-program
 
State Incentives – Arizona has lowered taxes, streamlined regulations, and established a suite of incentives to support corporate growth and expansion. The Arizona Competitiveness Package, groundbreaking legislation adopted in 2011, makes it easier for existing Arizona companies to prosper and establishes Arizona as one of the most desirable places for expanding companies to do business. www.azcommerce.com/incentives
 
Low Risk of Natural Disaster – The Phoenix-Mesa metro area consistently ranks among the safest places in the U.S. for high-tech companies to do business because of its low risk of natural disaster. A 2008 study conducted by SustainLane ranked Mesa as the safest place in the nation when considering natural disaster risks such as hurricanes, flooding, catastrophic hail, tornado super-outbreaks, and earthquakes.

In Good Company

Mesa is home to more than 14,000 businesses including a large number of technology companies in many different sectors. Here is sampling of some of the more prominent players in Mesa.
 
Apple Inc. purchased the former First Solar building for manufacturing and New Hampshire-based GT Advanced Technologies will manufacture products for Apple in the 1.3 million sq. ft. facility employing up to 700 people. www.apple.com, www.gtat.com
 
Boeing is the world's leading aerospace company and the largest manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft combined. Additionally, Boeing designs and manufactures rotorcraft, electronic and defense systems, missiles, satellites, launch vehicles and advanced information and communication systems. Boeing’s Mesa facility employs 4,500 people and manufactures the Apache Helicopter and composite parts and components for many of Boeings other products. www.boeing.com
 
Bridgestone Corporation is the world’s largest tire and rubber company. Bridgestone’s Mesa facility is a state-of-the-art biorubber research center exploring the use of the native Guayule plant as a sustainable source of rubber. www.bridgestone-firestone.com
 
FUJIFILM Electronic Materials USA offers a broad array of products and services used throughout the semiconductor manufacturing process, including Photoresists, Polymides: Thin Film Systems, Formulated Products, Color Mosaic, Nondestructive Testing Products (NDT), "Prescale film" and Microfilms. www.fujifilmusa.com
 
International Rectifier is a pioneer and world leader in advanced power management technology, from digital, analog and mixed-signal integrated circuits to advanced circuit devices, power systems and components. www.irf.com
 
Guided Therapy Systems, LLC is a medical technology company that develops, optimizes and commercializes unique ultrasonic therapeutic and imaging medical devices and related technologies. The company has extensive experience and a global network of relationships and resources to commercialize medical devices. www.guidedtherapy.com
 
Ulthera, with more than 200 employees, is a global, growth-stage, high-tech medical device company pioneering aesthetic and medical applications using its therapeutic ultrasound platform technology and manufacturing of various components of its patented technology. www.ultherapy.com.
 
Auer Precision, with approximately 100 employees, is renowned for being one of the leading Class A tool design/build and stamping companies in the world. The company provides services to the medical, life science, semiconductor, greentech, and automation industries and is a market leader in both high precision and transitional product development. Such transitional products include fundamental modernization such as media handling for supporting high volume manufacturing that utilize islands of automation (back-end semiconductor packaging); 200, 300 and 450mm silicon wafer expansions; and development of tooling for point-of-care diagnostic strips that launched the diabetic strip industry. www.auerprecision.com.
 
PCT International, with its headquarters and manufacturing facility based in Mesa, is a leading worldwide developer and manufacturer of last mile and access network solutions for broadband communication networks. www.pctcorporate.com
 
Iveda Solutions, headquartered in Mesa, is an established and innovative company, delivering secure, open source and enterprise class managed video surveillance services by leveraging the power of cloud computing. www.iveda.com
 
Cambridge Filter Corporation, a subsidiary of Kondoh Industries Ltd., manufactures and provides a complete line of highly-specialized air filters, particle counters and cleanroom related equipment for the semiconductor, pharma, and medical industries and other industrial applications. www.cambridgefilterusa.com
 
Telonics is the most recognized and trusted name in the field of wildlife and environmental telemetry. Telonics products are used around the world in wildlife and environmental research programs, oceanographic and meteorological research, weather forecasting, military instrumentation, search and rescue, remote sensing and intrusion detection, and numerous special applications. www.telonics.com
 
Pyramid Technologies, Inc. (PTI) manufactures and markets bill acceptors that incorporate dual-stage, optical, anti-stringing technology. Nearly 100 transactions a second (all day, every day) are processed around the world with PTI technology. PTI products are used in the retail, vending, amusement, and gaming industries. www.pyramidacceptors.com
 
Nammo Talley has been a pioneer in developing aircrew escape systems, automobile airbag components, dispensing systems, shoulder-launched weapons, and other key propellant-loaded devices since 1960. In Mesa, Nammo Talley employs almost 300 people and operates a complete industrial complex designed for the development, testing and manufacturing of a wide range of propellant-based products. www.talleyds.com
 
MD Helicopters employs over 275 people and is headquartered in Mesa. It manufactures and markets the MD 500® series helicopters, MD 600N® helicopter and MD Explorer® helicopter around the world. Fleet users include the Korean Armed Forces, US Special Operations, Japanese Self Defense Forces, Jordanian Armed Forces, Turkish National Police, Houston Police, Columbus Police, CALSTAR, Argentina Armed Forces, the Italian government, the Finnish Armed Forces and many others. www.mdhelicopters.com
 
The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), located at ASU's Polytechnic Campus in Mesa, serves as a hub for research, testing, and commercialization of algae-based products. These include biofuels, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, and other algae biomass coproducts. The center also serves as a learning environment for the next generation of scientists and engineers. AzCATI provides open test and evaluation facilities for the algae industry and research community. The center can assess the performance of individual and combined unit operations across the algal value chain. www.AzCATI.com

Workforce: Abundant, Affordable, High Quality

Mesa, as part of the Phoenix-Mesa metro area, has access to a labor pool of nearly 2 million people. The labor force is projected to increase 85% over the next two decades compared with a national growth estimate of just 20% according to a Greater Phoenix Economic Council regional workforce profile.
 
In a 2011 Avalanche Consulting study, the Phoenix-Mesa metro area ranked 3rd in the nation for producing college graduates in computers (Bachelor’s or higher in Computer Engineering, Programming or Database Administration).


WORKFORCE & LABOR COST:
Phoenix-Mesa metro area compares well to competitive markets.

  Phx-Mesa San Jose Seattle
Workforce (nonfarm) 1,781,210 930,070 1,711,330
Annual Mean Wage $45,680 $71,650 $57,110
Workers Comp (rate per $100 payroll) $1.61 $2.92 $2.11
Unemployment Insurance (cost per employee) $140 $238 $796
Sources: Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, 2013; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013; U.S. Department of Labor, 2013

 

OPERATING COST COMPARISON: Projected assumptions based on 50 jobs, 32,500 SF of space and $5,000,000 in capital investment.

Operating Cost Phx-Mesa San Jose Seattle
Employee Payroll $2,409,691 $3,026,460 $2,773,791
Fringe & Mandated Benefits $655,298 $859,195 $844,333
Utilities $179,911 $284,424 $127,593
Building/Lease Payments $294,574 $520,048 $399,363
Property Tax $163,687 $112,892 $91,339
Total Operating Cost $3,703,161 $4,803,020 $4,236,418
Local Index 100.0% 129.7% 114.4%
Source: Greater Phoenix Economic Council, 2014


Kim Lofgreen
Marketing and Business Development Manager
Office of Economic Development
Phone: 480-644-3962
Fax: 480-644-3458
Kim.Lofgreen@mesaaz.gov

News:

Horizon talks about Mesa's Elliot Technology Corridor - Video

TechAmerica Cyberstates ranks AZ among top 10 states for manufacturing - Phoenix Business Journal

Mesa paves way for tech corridor - Arizona Republic

Mesa proposes special zoning for tech corridor - Phoenix Business Journal

Apple opening Mesa plant - Bloomberg News


 
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