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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

Primer: The Impact of Taxes & Incentives on Data Center Locations

Chris Schastok, Vice President, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE, Inc. (Q1 2014)
Many states and communities are using incentives to lure data centers and establish clusters of these facilities, which, in turn, stand to benefit from tax breaks and cash grants for necessary infrastructure improvements. More

Regional Report: Reaching for the Stars in the Southwest

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2014)
Most of the Southwest is enjoying better job growth than the nation as a whole, and all of these states have ramped up their economic development efforts. More

A Look Back - and Ahead - at the 2013/2014 Legislative and Incentives Landscape

Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates, LLC (Directory 2014)
From what we witnessed in 2013, we can only expect more dynamic developments in state incentive programs and a continued focus on additional transparency. More

Tech Incubators’ Outsized Impact on Innovation and Job Creation

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q4 / Fall 2013)
The ecosystems created by high-tech incubators popping up all over North America have become true job-creation drivers, attracting attention from CEOs for their distinctively collaborative workplace culture that drives innovation and growth. More
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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