40 percent of the PHX East Valley’s population has attained a college degree.

40 percent of the PHX East Valley’s population has attained a college degree.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is contributing $1.3 billion annually to the local economy.

Our region contains approximately 750,000 jobs.

The PHX East Valley’s business environment plays a role in Forbes’ prediction of our region becoming one of the country’s next big “boomtowns.”

Arizona State University ranked as the #1 Most Innovative School in the Nation. ( U.S. News)

PHX East Valley Advantages

The PHX East Valley is one of the most prominent business and employment centers in the State of Arizona and the Southwestern U.S. spurred by the continued growth of corporate giants such as Intel, Boeing and Avnet, as well as by entrepreneurs and new enterprises. Our region continues to be a leader in private capital investment and job creation.

THERE ARE SEVEN MAJOR ECONOMIC SECTORS THAT COMPRISE
THE PHX EAST VALLEY’S ECONOMY

Advanced Business Services

Advanced Business Services

A Wealth of Top Talent

The PHX East Valley’s business environment plays a role in Forbes’ prediction of our region becoming one of the country’s next big “boomtowns.”

With more than 21 universities and the largest community college system in the nation, the PHX East Valley turns out top graduates in Business Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain Management, Management Information Systems and Information Technology.

Industry Highlights & Contributions

  • Home to one of the nation’s leading research institutions; Arizona State University
  • PHX East Valley Location Quotient is 1.02

Our region is home to dozens of notable corporate and regional headquarters, including:

  • Apple
  • AVNET
  • Acquinity Interactive
  • Bridgestone
  • Empire Southwest
  • EchoStar Corporation
  • FedEx
  • FUJIFILM
  • GoDaddy
  • Heliae
  • Infineon
  • Insight
  • Microchip Technology
  • Mitsubishi Gas Chemicals
  • PayPal
  • State Farm
  • Sonoran Document Solutions LCC
  • TRW
  • UPS
  • Unicon, Inc
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Wells Fargo

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Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing

Manufacturing a Revolution

Advanced manufacturing prospers in the PHX East Valley as this region is conveniently located, has low labor costs and an affordable operating environment.

Here in the PHX East Valley, there are several manufacturing companies that are advancing this region to the next era of growth. These companies also ensure manufacturing is more than industrial assembly lines, as the products manufactured in the PHX East Valley are the high-tech products of the future.

Industry Highlights & Contributions

  • 52 percent of jobs in this sector within the Phoenix-Metro Area are located within the six cities found in PHX East Valley
  • 46 percent of the state’s total jobs in advanced manufacturing are located in the PHX East Valley
  • Arizona State ranks 4th in the nation for Semiconductor Production
  • PHX East Valley Location Quotient is 3.71

These companies and more already enjoy the benefits of positioning their manufacturing and distribution centers in PHX East Valley:

  • Amazon
  • Boeing
  • Colnatec, LCC
  • eBay/ PayPal
  • Honeywell
  • NXP Semiconductor
  • Insight
  • Intel
  • ONSemiconductor
  • Pure – Logic Industries, INC.
  • Silent Aire
  • Raytheon

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Aviation / Aerospace / Defense

Aviation / Aerospace / Defense

300+ Days of Enviable Flying Weather

Our Aviation Systems and Aerospace/Defense market take the PHX East Valley’s economy to the sky. Two commercial service airports and two of the busiest general aviation airports in the country make our region a key point of commerce in the Southwest.

This region is home to many strategic assets, which allow us to lead in the aviation, aerospace and defense industry. Recent reports estimate that aerospace and defense sectors accounted for 9,300 jobs in the PHX East Valley, primarily in the cities of Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert.  Over the past 10 years, the number of aerospace and defense jobs in the PHX East Valley has grown by 20.1 percent, outpacing the region’s total growth in the industry.

Industry Highlights & Contributions

  • Arizona  has the 4th highest concentration of aerospace manufacturing jobs in the nation
  • Arizona is home to more than 1,200 aerospace and defense companies that contribute almost $15 billion annually to the economy and provide more than 150,000 jobs.
  • Nearly 1/3 or 32.1 percent of aerospace and defense jobs within the Greater Phoenix region are located in the PHX East Valley
  • Employment of 4,000+ people throughout the PHX East Valley
  • 300+ days of sunshine for easy flying
  • Named home to one of the fastest growing U.S. commercial airports in 2012
  • More than 200,000 square feet of available hangar space
  • Chandler/Gilbert Community College offers largest A&P program for mechanics
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is contributing $1.3 billion annually to the local economy and supports a total of 10,470 jobs across the Valley.
  • Falcon Field Airport is home to more than 80 in-airport businesses that provide aviation services including fueling, maintenance and repairs, inspections, avionics, aircraft painting and aircraft interiors, all of which support aircraft operations, manufacturing, research and development activities.
  • Chandler Municipal Airport is home to world-class aviation training institutions. This airport is among the nation’s busiest general aviation airports, and experts suggest that by 2025, the corridor will be home to more than 25,000 jobs and more than 25 million square feet of non-residential space
  • PHX East Valley Location Quotient is 2.69

Here are a few companies that soar high and manufacture in the PHX East Valley:

  • Able Aerospace Services
  • Amor Works
  • AM-SAFE Aviation
  • AZ Labs
  • BAE Systems
  • The Boeing Company
  • CAE Oxford Aviation
  • Cessna
  • Embraer
  • General Dynamics C4 Systems
  • Honeywell
  • KinetX Aerospace
  • Lockheed Martin
  • MD Helicopter
  • Nammo Talley
  • Orbital ATK
  • Pegasus Airpark
  • Perform Air
  • Stellar Airpark

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Bioscience / Healthcare

Bioscience/ Healthcare

Well Ahead of the Future

The PHX East Valley represents a pre-eminent center of health care across all areas of medical specialties and is home to some of the nation’s major medical companies. Over the last decade, industry leaders have joined forces to lead the way in medical advancements. More than 60 research institutions have relocated to this region to take advantage of this one–of–a–kind environment with a large pool of top talent.

Bioscience jobs have grown 45 percent from 2001 to 2012, resulting in 46,401 people employed in the PHX East Valley alone. Nationally-renowned hospitals, innovative health care education, state-of-the art research and development labs and clinical trials all contribute to a fast-growing, cutting-edge health care delivery system.

Industry Highlights & Contributions

  • Biomedical jobs are growing 3x faster here than the national average
  • 2002 and 2011, the state saw a 60 percent growth rate in the number of people — almost 9,000 — employed by 466 companies engaged in research, testing and medical labs
  • Home to more than 60 medical research institutions
  • Banner Simulation Center is one of the world’s largest virtual training facilities for physicians and other health care providers with 71 mannequins in a 55,000 square-foot facility that replicates an actual Banner Hospital
  • More than 20 acute care hospitals and specialty treatment centers, with many acclaimed nationally for their state-of-the-art care and technology
  • Nearly 30 institutions of higher education offering diplomas, certificates, bachelor and graduate degrees in a broad range of health care related disciplines
  • More than 43,000 workers are employed in the health care sector in the PHX East Valley, comprising 28.3 percent of the 150,000+ healthcare jobs in Maricopa County.
  • The Arizona SciTech Festival attracts about 250,000 participants annually – making it one of the largest in the nation – while engaging Arizona’s scientists of tomorrow
  • PHX East Valley Location Quotient is .91

Key contributors to the PHX East Valley’s advancement within this industry:

  • Arizona College
  • Arizona Regional Medical Center
  • Arizona State University
  • AT Still University
  • Auer Precision
  • The Biodesign Institute- ASU
  • Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Banner Baywood Medical Center
  • Banner Desert Medical Center
  • Banner Goldfield
  • Banner Heart Hospital
  • Banner Ironwood Medical Center
  • Banner Cardon Children’s Medical Center
  • Celebration Stem Cell Centre
  • Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine
  • Chandler Regional Hospital
  • East Valley Diagnostic Imaging
  • Envoy
  • Guided Therapy Systems
  • HealthTell
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Medtronics
  • Mercy Gilbert Medical Center
  • Mountain Vista Medical Center
  • Phoenix Children’s Hospital at Dignity Health’s
  • Pima Medical
  • PinPoint Clinical
  • Rural Metro/ Southwest Ambulance
  • Stryker
  • Ulthera

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Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

It’s Our Natural Advantage

The PHX East Valley’s prominence in Renewable Energy can be attributed to the presence of Arizona State University and the research capabilities found throughout its many institutes and partnerships as well as our natural climate that blesses us with 300+ days of sunshine a year. Within this industry there are 6,548 jobs in the PHX East Valley alone, which is well above the per capita national average.

Industry Highlights & Contributions

  • The world’s largest solar testing and certification project, TUV Rheinland PTL, is located in Tempe.
  • Our region is #1 in U.S. Solar Employment
  • More than 100 established solar companies operate in Arizona providing a range of services including manufacturing, design, installation and distribution.
  • Top two market for concentrated semiconductor workforce relative to total employment.
  • Arizona is home to the world’s two largest solar companies: First Solar and Suntec
  • Arizona is home to the largest photovoltaic array on U.S. government land with a 15-megawatt plant under construction on an existing air force base.
  • Arizona ranks 3rd in the nation for solar installations.
  • PHX East Valley Location Quotient is 1.07

The growth in this industry has led to major expansions from Clean Technology companies like:

  • ASU Research Park
  • APS
  • Heliae
  • First Solar
  • Kyocera Solar
  • Sun Valley Solar
  • Salt River Project

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Technology / Innovation

Technology / Innovation

Start, Expand, Thrive

The PHX East Valley is quickly and quietly becoming the hub of high-tech innovation with successful industry sectors in computers, electronics and software. Nearly a quarter of the total state employment within this industry is found throughout the six communities located in PHX East Valley totaling approximately 21,500. The PHX East Valley is ready for continued growth and the economic impact brought by technology and innovative ideas.

Industry Highlights & Contributions

  • Arizona State University is #2 in global student entrepreneurs
  • Our region is expected to have the nation’s fastest job growth now to 2017
  • PHX East Valley Location Quotient is 1.25

Key Companies

  • AVNET, Inc
  • Advanced Integration Technology
  • BARD Peripheral Vascular INC
  • Garmin
  • GoDaddy
  • GM IT Innovation Center
  • Honeywell
  • Innovations Incubator
  • Infusionsoft
  • Insight Direct
  • Intel
  • International Rectifier
  • L3 Communications
  • Limelight Networks
  • Monster Worldwide
  • Mobivity
  • Microchip
  • PayPal

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Higher Education

Higher Education

The Most Prized Asset

The communities of the PHX East Valley – Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Apache Junction and Queen Creek – boast one of the highest educational attainment levels in the nation. More than 40 percent of the PHX East Valley’s population has attained a college degree, with more than 25 percent holding a bachelor’s degree and 15 percent holding a graduate degree.

From preschool to post graduate, the PHX East Valley exemplifies the best of America in terms of its commitment to fostering a region that values education. In doing so, the PHX East Valley is more than capable of competing effectively in the global economy and is preparing the workers of today and tomorrow to propel the region into even greater economic success.

Rapid population growth in the PHX East Valley has attracted a world-class network of well-coordinated postsecondary learning institutions that yield huge multiplier effects for the private economy – a capable workforce, affluent consumers, workforce development programs responsive to changing industry needs, and R&D capacity that has seen exponential growth in the last decade.

The PHX East Valley is served by Arizona State University with two major campuses; Northern Arizona University with five satellite campuses; University of Arizona with a new campus in Chandler; three community colleges of the Maricopa Community College District with multiple campuses; two campuses of the Central Arizona Community College District, and 21 private colleges and universities, all delivering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Industry Highlights & Contributions

  • Total PHX East Valley Higher Education Enrollment: 137,137
  • Since Michael Crow took charge as University President, Arizona State University has achieved quantum leaps in the caliber of graduates and programs it provides to Arizona and PHX East Valley employers. Time Magazine named Dr. Crow one of America’s Top 10 Presidents in 2010, based on the university’s achievements.
  • ASU students are known for being top entrepreneurs, and in fact ASU was recently recognized for filing more global patents than Duke, Yale and Texas A&M.
  • Mesa Community College is one of the largest community colleges in the U.S offering more than 180-degree, transfer, career and certificate programs with $7.3 billion in annual impact.
  • From entry-level to executive training, PHX East Valley schools market relevant, customized education for the workforce and renewable solutions.
  • PHX East Valley Location Quotient is .85

Private/ Public Institutions:

  • Arizona State University- Polytechnic Campus, Mesa AZ
  • Arizona State University- Main Campus, Tempe AZ
  • A.T. Still University
  • Benedictine University
  • Central Arizona College-Superstition Mountain Campus
  • Chandler Gilbert Community College (Multiple Campuses)
  • Communiversity at Queen Creek
  • East Valley Institute of Technology
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Maricopa Community College District
  • Mesa Community College
  • Mesa Community College- Southern & Dobson
  • Mesa Community College- Downtown Center
  • Northern Arizona University- East Valley Campus
  • Pima Medical Institute
  • Ottawa University
  • Rio Salado College
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Sciences
  • University of Advancing Technology
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Phoenix
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Western International University
  • Wilkes University

Be innovative.
Be creative.
Be bold.

Be the next BIG thing in the PHX East Valley.

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