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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 Online 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

Manufacturing in America: Bigger, Better and Bolder

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)
American manufacturing is on the upswing, with advances in innovation and productivity buoyed by decreased energy and transportation costs, and new efforts to increase work force skills. More

Sustainability: The “Invisible Hand” Shapes Next-Generation Location Selection

Don Schjeldahl, Founder, Don Schjeldahl Group (Q1 2014)
Companies that view their location strategies through a “sustainability filter” are more likely to achieve competitive advantage and long-term stakeholder value. More

ARIZONA at a glance


LABOR FORCE: 3,006,900


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

EXPANDING INDUSTRIES: Renewable energy, high-technology manufacturing, bioindustry, environmental technology, optics, plastics and advanced composites

COLLEGE GRADUATES: (Age 25 and over) 26.6%

Corporate Income Tax: 6.968 percent

State Level Sales Tax: 6.6 percent (different 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) tax; Arizona allows a subtraction from income for dividends from controlled subsidiaries, allows an NOL to be carried forward for five subsequent taxable years, and has aggressive accelerated depreciation schedules for personal property.

Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program

Solar Energy Tax Incentive Program

Arizona Innovation Accelerator Program

Arizona Job Training Program

Arizona Innovation Challenge

Arizona Fast Grant

SBIR/STTR Proposal Training

Solar Liquid Fuel Tax Credit

Quality Jobs

Qualified Facilities Program

Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Foreign-trade zones

Military reuse zones

R&D Income Tax Credit

Pollution-Control Tax Credit

Accelerated depreciation

Tucson Empowerment Zone

Waste Reduction Assistance Program

Healthy Forest Enterprise Program

Motion Picture Production Tax Incentive Program

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

Principal Manufacturing industries

  • Computer & Electronic Products
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Food
  • Printing & Related Support Activities
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Nonmetallic Mineral Products
  • Furniture and Related Products
  • Other Manufacturing Industries