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Boasting a population of nearly 500,000, Mesa is the 38th largest city in the United States and the largest in the PHX East Valley. Larger than Miami, Minneapolis, Atlanta and St. Louis, Mesa covers 133 square miles inside the Phoenix-Mesa metro area with a total population of 4.3 million, projected to reach six million by 2030. Smart companies such as Apple, Boeing, Mitsubishi, FUJIFILM, CMC Steel, Esurance, MD Helicopters, NAMMO Talley, Cessna, TRW, Embraer, Auer Precision and Bridgestone have large operations in Mesa.

Mesa’s key industries of opportunity include Healthcare, Education, Aerospace/Aviation/Defense, Technology and Tourism. Building on Mesa’s strengths, quality infrastructure, talented workforce, projected growth and global market trends, the City of Mesa is already realizing significant benefit in each industry space.

As a premier business destination, Mesa offers a diverse and sustainable economy, an educated workforce and a true pro-business partnership between government and industry. Mesa helps businesses grow with:

  • Thousands of acres available for future development
  • Tremendous utility infrastructure with affordable electricity, robust natural gas, abundant water, large industrial wastewater capacity and significant telecom
  • Two airports, light rail and multiple freeway corridors
  • 2,200-acre Foreign Trade Zone, Military Reuse Zone and low-cost financing programs
  • 40,000 students enrolled in higher education at ASU Polytechnic, A.T. Still University (medical/dental schools), Mesa Community College and 12 additional institutions of higher learning
  • Spring Training home to Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics
  • 40 golf courses, 60 hotels
  • 60+ miles of hiking and biking trails
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Key Businesses in Mesa



  • Ranked Best Big City in the Southwest –, 2015
  • 3rd Best Place to live for outdoor lovers –, 2015
  • 10th Best City for Working Parents – NerdWallet and Business Insider, 2014
  • 7th best place  to live in the U.S. –, 2013
  • 3rd Safest City in the nation (in overall lowest crime rates among cities with a population of 400,000) – based upon crime statistics compiled by the FBI, 2013
  • 8th for a Top Sustainable Metro Area- Site Selection, 2013
  • 8th Best in nation for tech startups – SizeUp 2012
  • 2014 International Economic Development  Council (IEDC) Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award – Public-Private Partnership Category – Able Engineering Headquarters/Manufacturing Facility Attraction
  • 2014 International Economic Development  Council (IEDC) Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award – Partnership with Educational Institutions Category – Recruitment of Five Colleges/Universities to Mesa
  • 2014 International Economic Development  Council (IEDC) Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award – Business Retention and Expansion Category – New Chicago Cubs Spring Training Facility
  • 2014 International Downtown Association Award – Recruitment of Five Colleges/Universities to Mesa
  • 2014 J. Robert Havlick Award for Innovation in Local Government – “How Mesa Became a College Town,” Recruitment of Five Colleges/Universities to Mesa



Mesa offers a diverse and sustainable economy, an educated workforce and a true pro-business partnership between government and industry

See What Mesa Business Owners Have to Say:




DMB Associates


  The transformation and maturation of the PHX East Valley for me is both personally and professionally, exciting. The people that reside in this region are extraordinary and I am honored to be a small part of the on-going development in places like downtown Chandler and Mesa. We are building great places for families and visitors here in the PHX East Valley.Karrin Kunasek Taylor, Executive VP
Karrin Kunasek Taylor, Executive VPPHX East Valley

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

Crescent Crown Distributing


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

Able Engineering


  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

Companies on the move, move to the PHX East Valley.

Considering expanding, relocating or consolidating? Consider Mesa. Give us a call at 480.834.8335 or send us an email.