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    Pima County Works

    constructionThere is perhaps no greater public policy initiative for Pima County than improving our local and regional economy. The primary role of local government is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public. Growing communities are able to provide jobs to successive generations and have greater resources for providing the key services of government, namely public safety, public infrastructure (roads, water, sewer) and education. Growing communities also are able to spread out the cost of government services more broadly, thereby potentially reducing the tax burden on individuals, businesses and properties.

    Why Pima County? We believe companies want to grow in communities that have excellent quality of life and that make investments in critical infrastructure that are the foundation for commerce. We believe businesses appreciate efficient governments that maintain an appropriate tax rate, pay off debt rapidly, provide certainty in regulations and deliver high quality service.

    Pima County is committed to growing our region and has several departments dedicated to making employers and employees successful. This page consolidates that information and provides a one-stop resource for businesses, entrepreneurs, brokers, recruiters and everyone else interested in growing their business and making Pima County work.

    Pima County Economic Development Plan, Update Through 2018

    ED Plan 2018
    This Economic Development Plan midterm update is designed to continue guiding the County’s investments and policy actions to grow the local economy, increase jobs and income, and increase overall community wealth.  The plan consists of the same 14 chapters created for the 2015 through 2017 update; each of which focuses on an area of economic development and job creation/growth where the County can lead, directly affect and/or influence progress and outcomes. Read or download the plan.

    The Sonoran Corridor - A Regional Economic Development Catalyst

    sonoran corridorThe Sonoran Corridor is a multilevel, multistep, multiyear economic development initiative for Pima County and Southern Arizona. Once completed it will significantly transform the regional economy, adding billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs to the Tucson valley. Learn more about it.

    Pima Prospers – The County’s Comprehensive Plan

    pima prospersThis page summarizes the Economic Development Section of Pima Prospers, the county’s comprehensive plan, and provides links to the Pima Prospers website. This 200+ page plan is more than just a land-use planning document; it’s a guide to prosperity that examines all aspects of developing a prosperous Pima County. Read Chapter 6 of Pima Prospers.

    County Business Parks and Properties Available for Development

    properties brochureFrom downtown headquarters to major manufacturing facilities, Pima County has the real estate you need to expand and grow your company. We have four master planned  business parks and several individual properties, most shovel ready. Learn more about them here and download brochures with more details.

    Economic Development Contacts

    If you’re ready to grow, we’re ready to help you.

    Economic Development Resources

    For additional information about starting, operating and growing a business, visit the Arizona Commerce Authority website.ACA's free online Checklist Program is designed to help you easily navigate information on what you need to know, who you need to contact and where you need to go to license your business in Arizona. It also includes contact information to statewide resources and assistance to accelerate your business growth.

    Regionally,  Sun Corridor, Inc. is the major business and recruiting and expansion organization. Pima County works closely with Sun Corridor to provide it the information prospective businesses need when considering whether to relocate or expand in Pima County.

    The County and our regional partners offer a  range of incentives and other assistance for Business Retention and Attraction. Learn more.

    The county also has numerous departments and programs that are invaluable information resources or key components of the startup, relocation or expansion process.
    In December 2015, Pima County hosted the initial meeting of the Southern Arizona Regional Economic Development Group. The groups is made up of public and private economic development officials from four southern Arizona Counties. 
    The ad hoc group meets quarterly to share information, business attraction ledes and to discuss ways to pool resources to develop the business retention and attraction tools to make southern Arizona competitive in the global marketplace. 

    Group Participants:

    Pima County Government Members:

    Cochise County
    Santa Cruz County
    Pinal County
    South Tucson
    Oro Valley
    Tohono O’odham Nation
    Pascua Yaqui Tribe
    Pima Association of Governments
    University of Arizona Tech Park

    Private Sector Members:

    Arizona Commerce Authority
    Sun Corridor Inc.
    Southwest Gas

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    Economic Development

    Dr. John Moffatt,

    (520) 724-8450

    130 W. Congress, 10th Floor
    Tucson, AZ 85701

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