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2015 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognizing Excellence in State Job Creation and Economic Development Efforts

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)
Area Development’s annual awards recognize individual states for their overall economic development effectiveness. This year, we honor 21 states for their achievements in 2014 in garnering investment and job creation with Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Nevada awarded the Gold Shovel. More

Expanding the Cloud: The Top Data Center Markets in North America

Area Development Research Desk (Data Centers 2015)
The data center market is seeing high demand and low price. The competitive pricing is due in part to the large number of options available, yet the industry is expected to enjoy 32 percent growth in North America by 2016, ultimately becoming a $14.8 billion market. More

Regional Report: A Rosy Economic Outlook in the Southwest U.S.

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2015)
The well-known investment disclaimer states that past performance is not indicative of future results. It stands to reason that just because Texas has led the nation in job growth for four years in a row, that doesn’t mean growth will continue to sizzle in the future. And yet, analysts expect that it will. The same rosy outlook holds true in Arizona, and there are healthy jobs reports in New Mexico and Oklahoma as well. More

Six Predictions Regarding the Industrial RE Market Recovery and How They Have Played Out

John Morris, SIOR, Industrial Services Lead for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q4 2014)
When the industrial real estate recovery began, the trends that likely would drive its transformation and progress became a favorite discussion topic among industry practitioners. Just a few years later, our sector continues on a solid, positive trajectory. Now feels like a good time to look at whether those early prognostications have played out. More

Electronics, Photonics, and Digital Media Sectors: Key to Future U.S. Competitiveness

Mark Crawford (Q3 2014)
These interconnected industries will be drivers in stimulating economic growth, creating jobs, and improving global competitiveness. Collaboration among private-sector companies, universities, and government on research and commercialization will be vital. More

Location Notebook: Union Pacific Intermodal Opens in Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Q3 2014)
The $400 million investment for the 2,200-acre site will connect businesses to strategic markets in the southwestern U.S. and beyond. It will provide logistics gains for shippers along its Sunset Line, which runs 760 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Los Angeles and serves key locations in Mexico and Arizona. More

Market Report: Food Processing Companies Grow at a Steady Pace

Clare Goldsberry , Area Development Contributor,  (Q2 2014)
While some processors are closing plants to eliminate redundancies, others are expanding to be in closer proximity to customers. More

Arizona Direct Financial Incentives 2014

Area Development Research Desk (Q1 2014)
Arizona's economic development, finance and tax organizations provide a range of incentive programs to initiate new business and commercial investment. More

ARIZONA at a glance


LABOR FORCE: 3,034,166


TRADITIONAL INDUSTRIES:High-tech manufacturing (semiconductor and aerospace), software and information, financial industries

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Renewable energy, high-technology manufacturing, bioindustry (medical devices), environmental technology, optics, plastics and advanced composites, and financial

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 36.0% (2013 Census ACS, includes Associates Degrees; 27.4% without)

Corporate Income Tax: 6.5 percent (2015: 6.0%; 2016: 5.5%; 2017: 4.9%)

State Level Sales Tax: 5.6 percent (city and county taxes may apply)

Personal Income Tax: 2.59-4.54 percent

Arizona has no corporate franchise tax, no business inventory tax, and no worldwide unitary tax; virtually all professional and personal services are exempt from transaction privilege (sales) taxes as is equipment used directly in manufacturing; Arizona allows a subtraction from income for dividends from controlled subsidiaries, allows an NOL to be carried forward for twenty subsequent taxable years, and has aggressive accelerated depreciation schedules for personal property.

Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program

Qualified Facilities Program

Computer Data Center Program

Arizona Job Training Program

Quality Jobs Tax Credit Program

R&D Income Tax Credit

Sales and Use Tax exemptions for Manufacturers

Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Foreign-trade zones (with property tax benefit)

Military reuse zones

Healthy Forest Enterprise Program

Commercial/Industrial Solar Program

Pollution-Control Tax Credit

Solar Liquid Fuel Tax Credit

Enhanced Accelerated Depreciation

Small Business Capital Investment Tax Incentive Program (Angel Investment Program)

Arizona Innovation Accelerator Fund Program

Arizona STEP Program

Arizona Innovation Challenge

Arizona Fast Grant

SBIR/STTR Proposal Training

Tucson Empowerment Zone

Waste Reduction Assistance Program

Principal Manufacturing Industries

  • Computer & Electronic Products
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Chemical Products
  • Food & Beverage
  • Fabricated Metal Products
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, GDP by Manufacturing Segment, 2012 (accessed November 2014)