TALENT

Higher education assets in the PHX East Valley are anchored by Arizona State University, one of the fastest growing research institutions in the U.S., the largest community college system in the country and numerous private traditional colleges and universities.

GROWTH

The PHX East Valley region is one of the most dynamic in the country, having welcomed almost one million new residents in the past 20 years. The area is also expanding its base of science and technology companies and offers a wide array of cultural and recreational opportunities, including major professional sports and entertainment venues.

OPPORTUNITY

The region of vibrant communities is just a quick flight or short road trip from the major business and population centers of the Western United States. It’s true – we enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine each year. But did you know the region also offers businesses a progressive, low-cost operating environment and a vast pool of young, diverse talent?

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Highly-Skilled, Young Workforce

PHX East Valley’s nearly 1.5 million residents have a lower than average median age (34.98) versus the national average and higher educational attainment, providing an outstanding workforce for knowledge-based industries.

Cutting-Edge Business

PHX East Valley is home to global innovative brands such as Intel, Orbital ATK, Amkor, InfusionSoft, The Boeing Company, General Dynamics, GoDaddy, PayPal, Honeywell, GM Innovation Center and Microchip, making it a magnet for cutting-edge technology companies.

Prestigious Education for Future Generations

PHX East Valley’s education, science and research programs foster a strong future talent pool and act as a business accelerator and economic generator for progressive business and digital globalization. From entry level to executive training, PHX East Valley schools including Arizona State University, A.T. Still University and several community colleges deliver market-relevant, customized education for the workforce and renewable solutions. MCC is among the top two largest community college systems in the country. These schools also provide STEM education to fill skill gap jobs.

Robust Infrastructure

Decades of highway, utility and airport infrastructure planning make PHX East Valley a highly-valued connectivity point for commerce. Well planned highways not only connect PHX East Valley to ports in California and Mexico but also reduce work commutes for the high-tech workforce. PHX East Valley’s four airports offer a diverse portfolio of aerospace, defense, aviation and other high-tech industries, plus the operations to support those such as maintenance and repair operations, cargo and research and development activities. Local PHX East Valley public transportation and a 20 mile light rail system is an effective example of leveraging federal partnerships and local government funds.

Local Renewable Energy

Years of sophisticated planning ensures reliable energy and water supplies are available today, tomorrow and in the future.

Arts and Sports

PHX East Valley is rich in progressive arts, entertainment and leisure hospitality with a vibrant Southwest heritage, providing a bounty of activities for all demographics. Outdoor community and sporting events such as Major League Baseball Spring Training are held year-round in both urban and residential PHX East Valley communities, as well as golf tournaments, auto auctions and equestrian activities.

Trendy Lifestyle

PHX East Valley is a playground for millennials because of its pedestrian-friendly downtowns, trendy hotels, award-winning eateries, designer fashion malls, entertainment and sports arenas, outdoor recreation and state-of-the-art science and technology business presence. Agritainment in rural communities provides farm-to-fork activities and lifestyle.

Regional HQ Sites

PHX East Valley business parks feature some of the country’s largest commercial developments, such as State Farm’s $600 million regional headquarters in Marina Heights, a 20-acre, two million square-foot mixed-use project, which will house up to 10,000 employees. Rivulon is a 250-acre mixed-use development that will include approximately three million square feet of Class “A” office, 500,000 square feet of retail space and hotels.

Diverse Real Estate

PHX East Valley communities offer diverse housing lifestyles that meet the individual demands for C-level executives, families, millennials, retirees and students through master-planned communities, urban skylines and amenity-rich driven multi-housing. The region is also one of the fastest growing residential communities for families with rich master-planned public infrastructure such as parks, pools and A+ public schools. It is safe and affordable for first-time home buyers and very inclusive.

Global Medical Destination

PHX East Valley is a premier U.S. medical research and training cluster with world-class healthcare leaders such as Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Celebration Stem Cell Centre and Dignity Health.

Ideal Climate

PHX East Valley’s Southwestern historic roots, iconic state parks and warm climate make it an international year-round destination for travelers and retirees.

Testimonials

Crescent Crown Distributing

@CCDAZ

The City of Mesa is first rate and a model for how to get things done. The City team set an ambitious goal for the project and together we made it happen. To go from a conceptual rendering to permits in 10 weeks, particularly for a building of this size, must be a record. The entire Mesa team showed dedication, professionalism and cooperation throughout the process.Rich Marchant, Vice President-Operations
Rich Marchant, Vice President-OperationsMesa

Salt River Project

@SRPconnect

The PHX East Valley offers a great place to live, work, and raise a family. I’m proud to say that we’re one of the premier employers serving this vibrant area. We have access to a tremendous amount of talent which allows us to continue to deliver a world-class customer experience to the 1 million customers we serve every day. SRP aims to make the community a better place to live and do business and being located here in the PHX East Valley has contributed to making this possible.Renee Castillo, SR. Director of CES
Renee Castillo, SR. Director of CESTempe

Maricopa Community Colleges

@MCCCD

The vision of the Maricopa Community Colleges is to provide access to higher education for diverse students and communities, and to provide high quality educational and training needs to our many constituents in the PHX East Valley and beyond. As the largest community college district in the nation, the students we serve at Maricopa Community Colleges fuel the highly educated work-force that business looking to expand, relocate or start up seek.Maria Harper-Marinick, EVCP
Maria Harper-Marinick, EVCPMesa

Cactus Semiconductor,Inc.

@CactusSemi

When we first started the company as a pure design service company, many of our customers were located in the East Valley, with a majority of our employees coming from the area’s rich talent pool. Within close proximity to Arizona State University, the PHX East Valley was the best place to locate our thriving business as we continue to grow, recruit top talent and enjoy the lifestyle found throughout our region.James McDonald,President
James McDonald,President Chandler

Able Engineering

@AbleEngineering

  When we were deciding on a site for our new facility we had many great choices, including out of state. The City of Mesa worked hard to come up with a win-win scenario that made Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport the best value alternative for Able Engineering. All the way through the process we felt like the City of Mesa was a true partner and we look forward to many successful years working in and with the City of Mesa.Lee Benson, CEO
Lee Benson, CEOMesa

Arizona State University Biodesign Institute

@ASUBiodesign

  The PHX East Valley is home to The Arizona State University (ASU) Biodesign Institute which addresses today’s critical global challenges in healthcare, sustainability and security by developing solutions inspired from natural systems and translating those solutions into commercially viable products and clinical practices. This is a place where outstanding research programs can continue to evolve by utilizing the wealth of talented researchers found throughout the region.Dr. Raymond DuBois, Executive Director
Dr. Raymond DuBois, Executive Director Tempe

Dignity Health

@DignityHealthAZ

Excellent, caring, and affordable health care are at the heart of Dignity Health. The health system of 40 hospitals and care centers in communities across Arizona, California, and Nevada has made it a goal to create environments that meet each patient’s physical, mental and spiritual needs. Dignity Health has hospitals in both Chandler and Gilbert, and serves the entire region with compassion, respect and human kindness.Tim Bricker, President/CEO
Tim Bricker, President/CEOGilbert / Chandler

Schnepf Farms

@Schnepf­_Farms

We love the PHX East Valley and wouldn’t want to put down roots anywhere else but Queen Creek since the farm was established here back in 1941.I have had opportunities to take the farm elsewhere but have never pursued the opportunity because the convenience and quality of life here is incomparable to any other place. The PHX East Valley has a lot to offer including restaurants, shops, recreational activities, performing arts, etc. To me, it’s a great area to live, work and play.Mark Schnepf, Owner
Mark Schnepf, OwnerQueen Creek

Banner Gateway Medical Center

@BannerHealth @bannermdandersn

Banner Gateway is an acute care, full service community hospital. Our Gilbert, AZ campus is home to the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center which provides an unprecedented level of cancer care to Arizona through world-renowned resources. Our region is becoming a destination for cancer care and complex cases and as CEO, I meet regularly with other PHX East Valley Banner executives to discuss the needs of the communities we serve and strategize how we can offer the highest quality patient care and experience at a low cost. Our team here in the PHX East Valley is leading the way to the future of quality Healthcare that is affordable.Lamont Yoder, CEO
Lamont Yoder, CEOGilbert

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