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.


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.


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 (35.8) 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.


Arizona State University Biodesign Institute


  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


@Heliae_ Algae

Heliae started off as a small research and development arm of Arizona State University and as we set to expand here in the PHX East Valley, Gilbert was our ideal location. It was close in proximity with access to attract the talent needed in the industry and the climate algae needs to grow. As Director of Engineering it was best to move my family into the PHX East Valley. Gilbert gives my family and I that small town feel and has everything we need, good restaurants, hiking, recreational activities, etc. yet in close proximity to the airport and attractions of the big city when we need or want it. The PHX East Valley is ideal for continuing to grow business and raise a family.John Cefola, Director of Engineering
John Cefola, Director of Engineering Gilbert

Sossaman Farms


Living in Queen Creek is perfect for myself, my family and my business. We are close to everything, but not right in in the hustle and bustle experienced in the city of Phoenix. Since 1919, the Queen Creek farm has grown alfalfa, barley, wheat, corn and other crops successfully. I am the fourth generation to own the farm and look forward to the years to come as the PHX East Valley region continues to grow and prosper.  Steve Sossaman, Owner
Steve Sossaman, 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



At Infusionsoft, we're dedicated to a single purpose — helping small businesses succeed. We believe in the passion and dreams of entrepreneurs. We believe they are job creators, problem solvers, innovators and the backbone of the economy. In 2001 when Infusionsoft was founded we spent a great amount of time looking for the ideal home for what has become an eight-time Inc. 500/5000 company. We ultimately selected Chandler’s Price Corridor in the PHX East Valley because it represents a budding center for tech companies and talent. I grew up in Arizona and know this is a great place to start and grow a technology company. With the state’s incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces, as well as groups like the Arizona Technology Council and Arizona Commerce Authority, there’s a lot of great support.  Clate Mask, CEO/ Co-Founder
Clate Mask, CEO/ Co-FounderChandler

Brookdale Living


  The criteria necessary for the successful operation of my business requires a blend of talent, skill set and experience. The PHX East Valley offers a wide variety of talent and skill sets that have allowed me to select from a large cache of qualified skilled candidates that keep my business thriving. This region is very “business friendly” and each of the PHX East Valley communities have demonstrated a willingness to work with potential business leaders or owners considering relocating or starting a business.Peter Heck, Executive Director
Peter Heck, Executive Director Apache Junction

Maricopa Community Colleges


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

Orbital ATK


Why the PHX East Valley? The work being performed in Gilbert is tied to a legacy business started here. The surrounding area and the state of Arizona produces a steady supply of technical resources needed for us to succeed. This region is also relatively competitive compared to other U.S. metropolitan areas that perform type of work we do.Rick Kettner, Senior Director of Site Location
Rick Kettner, Senior Director of Site Location Gilbert

Cactus Semiconductor,Inc.


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


2018 PHX East Valley Economic Profile & Asset Map

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