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The Executive Summary below about the Arizona Global Network (Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Yuma, and the Arizona Department of Commerce) is by fDi magazine editorial staff (Financial Times group). 

It is followed by supporting facts provided by these local economic development professionals to fDi, plus a 2 page article for more background and an advertisement promoting Arizona cities as potential business locations for corporate expansion projects.

These professionals assist companies through a variety of services which promote and compete for economic growth in the region.

Download a .pdf copy (large file) of this Arizona Global Network presentation as published in fDi magazine.

This Arizona Global Network presentation is for the convenience of top executives and professional advisors who are responsible for business site selection decisions for capital investment projects.

It provides a summary of topics of common interest for business location decisions from the perspective of Arizona economic development professionals who have assisted many other companies.

This presentation about Arizona is published in the February 2007 North American Location Guide of fDi - Foreign Direct Investment magazine.  It will be featured online through the new fDi Atlas tool.  Our Area Search tool can also be used to search their websites. The presentation will be featured during 2007 on the fDi magazine website at .  It can also be found through our North American Location Guide directory and map feature and relevant directories.
fDi - Foreign Direct Investment magazine presentation about the Arizona Global Network

Executive Summary:

Arizona Global Network

by Karen Thuermer, fDi magazine

fDi Atlas: Arizona Global Network

2007 North American Location Guide

Simple reference maps of Arizona or searchable Google Maps - hybrid satellite and road map of Arizona with a local business search tool.

Mention Arizona and its Grand Canyon, luxury resorts and championship golf courses come to mind.

For businesses, however, Arizona means economic opportunity and high-tech innovation.

Major sectors include aerospace, electronics and semiconductor manufacturing. Add to those: tourism, business services and back-office operations.

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor ranks Arizona the fastest growing state in the United States and places it No. 1 for job growth. Add to that, Arizona’s workforce, described as knowledge-based, is younger than the national average and tops nearly 2.85 million.

The University of Arizona (UA), Northern Arizona University (NAU); and Arizona State University (ASU) are well known for their cutting-edge research in emerging technologies. In addition, breakthroughs in advanced biomedicine are underway at Arizona institutions such as the Biodesign Institute at ASU, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), and the Mayo Clinic in Greater Phoenix.

More than 100 foreign-owned companies have operations in Arizona. Many benefit from Arizona’s gateway access to Mexico and South America.

Businesses of all sorts are expanding their footprint to Arizona. Among the most recent are Johnson Controls to Yuma, Google to Tempe, Sanofi-Aventis to Oro Valley north of Tucson, PayPal to Scottsdate, and Pella to Tucson.

Arizona’s competitive business climate and favorable tax structure are key reasons. Consequently, the state is home to both Fortune 500 and start-up companies.

Executive Summary background Information as received 1/12/2007 Facts provided by Arizona Global Network
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Agriculture and mining

Arizona. Vibrant Variety, Endless Opportunity

Arizona is one of the fastest growing, most dynamic economies in the nation.


Both Fortune 500 and start-up technology companies call Arizona home, reaping the advantages of a competitive business climate and tax structure; a skilled knowledge-based workforce; and world-class innovation, cultural and scenic resources.

Business is Booming!

1st in gross domestic product growth according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis.  (June 2006)

1st in job growth according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (October 2006)

1st on the Federal Funds Information for States (FFIS) index of state economic momentum  (State Policy Reports, 2006)

Fastest growing state in the US (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)

4th most desirable state for corporations (Chief Executives Magazine’s poll)

Recent Announcements

Johnson Controls – Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, this Fortune 100 Company is the world’s largest maker of automotive batteries.

The new Yuma site, with 280 jobs, will fill batteries with electrolyte, charge, label, package, and then ship to their retail distributors across the US and Canada.

Google – Google's mission is to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.

The new Tempe location focuses on programming and internet design and employs 350.

Principal Economic Activities

The major employment sectors in Arizona include aerospace, electronics and semi conductor manufacturing.

Tourism, business services and back-office operations are also important sectors.

Arizona's original export activities - agriculture and mining - remain significant in many rural parts of the state.

Major Employers

Refer to the local websites as above.

Labor Force Data


                                       2000          2005


Civilian Labor Force    2,505,306  2,843,997

Unemployment Rate            4.0%         4.7%


Source: Arizona Department of Economic Security, Special Unemployment


Arizona’s fast growing population is younger than the national average.

The state’s median age is 34.2, compared to the US at 35.3 years.

The proportion of those younger than 25, as well as those over 65, is roughly the same as the nation as a whole.

Sanofi-AventisThe Sanofi-Aventis Group is the world's 3rd largest pharmaceutical company, ranking number 1 in Europe. The expansion in Oro Valley, just north of Tucson, will add 105 new jobs.

Western Wind Energy is building a 15-megawatt wind farm near Kingman’s Nucor Steel plant.   Western Wind is also working with a major Arizona utility on its plans to implement a “Hydrogen Highway” on I-40 in northern Arizona.

Scottsdale welcomes 400 jobs at the new PayPal facility. An eBay company, PayPal enables individuals or businesses with email to conduct online financial transactions quickly and easily and is available in 55 countries.

Pella, headquartered in Iowa, is honored by Fortune Magazine as one of America’s “100 best Companies to Work For”. Pella’s Tucson manufacturing facility is home to 400 jobs and produces Pella’s trademark window and patio doors.

Arizona’s Global Network: Vibrant Variety. Endless Opportunities.
Mention the word “Arizona” and it’s only natural that notions of the Grand Canyon, luxury resorts and championship golf courses spring to mind. For many others, however, Arizona means all that and much more – a hotbed of economic opportunity and high-tech innovation.

In fact, business is so good, for the last two years Entrepreneur magazine named Arizona number one in the US for starting and growing business ventures. Chief Executive Magazine's poll ranked Arizona as America’s fourth most desirable state for corporations.

Arizona has become the ideal base for companies who need to reach out to the world. That’s one of the reasons today’s largest business-to-business distributors of electronic components moved to Phoenix. “In Arizona, we enjoy a dynamic business climate and a wonderful quality of life that not many other cities can match, making it easier to attract and retain a talented workforce,” said Roy Vallee, Avnet CEO.

More than 100 foreign-owned companies have operations in Arizona: ST Microelectronics (France); Kyocera (Japan); Embraer (Brazil); Quadra Mining (Canada); Nestle Pet Care (Switzerland); SCA Tissue (Sweden); and Dial Corp. (Germany). “An increasing number of global firms recognize Arizona as a good fit – both culturally and in terms of economic scale. Moreover, Arizona is a central gateway for companies to access robust U.S. markets and also tap into opportunities in Mexico and South America,” said Jan Lesher, Arizona Department of Commerce Director.

Regional economic efforts strengthen Arizona’s communities and produce assets that make the communities and regions more competitive and attractive to business. A partnership designed to speed this momentum is the Arizona Global Network (AGN), a public-private economic development consortium that collaborates on international business attraction.

Southern Arizona

The steadily-expanding Greater Tucson region has surpassed the 1 million mark in population. The influx of people positively impacts the economy and translates directly into increased labor availability. Today, over 35,000 people are employed in the high-tech industries of Southern Arizona encompassing aerospace and defense, analytical instruments, medical devices, biopharmaceuticals, manufacturing, electronics and optics.

The region’s largest employers include Raytheon Missile Systems, IBM, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, Ventana Medical Systems and Misys Healthcare Systems.

The University of Arizona (UA), a top-20 U.S. Public Research University, is a major engine pioneering the area’s growth. Research conducted by UA scientists spawns new enterprises, develops breakthrough technologies and pushes science to new levels. The UA ranks in the top-10 of NASA grant recipients, and No. 1 in space science research. The UA Science and Technology Park, which is home to nearly 30 high-tech companies, offers an environment designed to foster technology development from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Tucson’s clear blue skies - supporting year-round product testing - and dry climate have attracted aerospace-related attention since the early 1900s. In fact, Tucson is ranked in the top-five metro areas nationwide for its concentration of companies and employees in aerospace and defense.

Located 70 miles southeast of Tucson, Sierra Vista houses the US Army Intelligence Center & School and the Army Signal Command at Fort Huachuca.

Located within a half-day truck haul to over 30 million consumers, the Greater Yuma region has encountered a variety of industry from distribution to light manufacturing companies interested in serving the Southwestern US markets. It has experienced explosive growth in the last decade in aerospace and defense testing due in large part to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, the busiest naval station in the Marine Corps, and Yuma Proving Ground, which has the land terrain to support the testing of equipment for the global war on terrorism.

Two emerging clusters are renewable energies and ag biotechnology. Development and testing of renewable energies includes a $3 billion biorefinery, various ethanol plants, fuel farms, biodiesel research and solar farm developments. Ag biotechnology, in cooperation with the UA Agriculture Extension and Arizona Western College, has transformed traditional farming into a high-tech process. The “farming” process now includes bio-seed fertilization, advanced harvesting methods, automated processing and packaging and comprehensive distribution networks. Over 90% of the nation’s production of winter loose leaf and head lettuce comes from the Yuma Valley.

Northern Arizona

The Northern Arizona Region has been preparing for economic investment and growth through the development of new resources and assets. The Flagstaff Airpark has recently added 40,000sf of flex space and is available to accommodate growth. The park is next to the airport and is home to internationally renowned Machine Solutions Inc. and TGEN Center for Pathogen Diagnostics & Research. New projects under development include a 200,000sf Science and Technology Park, which will be adjacent to the existing USGS campus as well as a new 10,000sf technology incubator facility. These facilities will provide state of the art R&D space and will complement USGS primary research such as remote sensing, water and geological mapping. An 815-acre private industrial site has been approved for development at an under-utilized military installation with rich infrastructure, including multiple rail spurs, located on I-40 and the main East-West BNSF rail line.

The region has a significant base in the medical device industry with over 1,600 jobs and has experienced high growth fueled by the expansion of WL Gore’s plant and operations.

Northern Arizona University has recently constructed new facilities that will provide 150,000sf of lab space and will be seeking a Platinum LEEDS certification. Primary research areas include infectious diseases, bioengineering, renewable energy and forest health remediation.

Just south of Flagstaff in Prescott Valley, Lockheed Martin recently announced their expansion adding more than 100 jobs to the region.

Central Arizona

As one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation, Greater Phoenix is home to 3.7 million people with the population reaching 5.9 million by 2030. This tremendous growth drives the creation of quality jobs and additional investment, attracting companies in key industries including aerospace/defense, next-generation electronics, sustainable industries, life sciences and information and communication technology (ICT).

Nearly 300 aerospace companies are located in Greater Phoenix, and major employers include Honeywell, Boeing and General Dynamics. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is the eighth busiest in the world, while Williams Gateway Airport is developing as an international aerospace center with aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, modification, testing and pilot training.

The region’s next-generation electronics and ICT industries also flourish with a large presence of microelectronics and software firms, including Intel, Agilent Technologies and Google, as well as a pipeline of emerging technologies stemming from Arizona State University (ASU).

The thriving metropolis within the Sonoran Desert allows for cutting-edge research addressing tomorrow’s energy, solar and water issues. The region is home to a Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory—one of just three in the world and the only facility in the U.S. testing the reliability of solar models.

Greater Phoenix has emerged as a hub for the life sciences industry. Unprecedented collaboration and world-class talent provide the region with a distinct competitive advantage. Connections with the Biodesign Institute at ASU, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Mayo Clinic and other innovators make Greater Phoenix a leader in advanced biomedical solutions.

Better for Business

For 10 consecutive years Arizona has reduced taxes or passed legislation favorable to business. In 2005, significant property tax reductions were introduced along with a new law, which allows multi-state businesses doing business in Arizona to “super-weight” their sales to reduce income tax liability to the state.

Arizona also offers a unique Foreign Trade Zone Program, which provides qualifying companies with the lowest effective property tax rates available in the US. Other programs including Arizona Job Training, Enterprise Zone and other business assistance add significant value to a qualifying company’s bottom line.

By any measure, Arizona’s economic opportunities are wide and varied. For business expansion assistance, incentives information and more, contact AGN at,

800.528.8421 or .

The above presentation was provided by the

Arizona Global Network for the fDi magazine 2007 North American Location Guide

Prepared by Jill Citron in Phoenix and her partners in Tucson, Flagstaff, and Yuma - see contact information above Published 1/12/2007 as received - subject to final editing by fDi magazine.
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optional links to other websites (state, labor market info, tax info, counties, cities in the metro area, etc.) can be made available for convenience, along with links to any other relevant fDi features, such as those about Arizona in general, which can include sector reports or CEO interviews, governor or mayor interviews, etc.

Refer also to our Arizona directory of economic development agencies, or to Google Maps - such as this hybrid satellite and road map of Arizona with a local business search tool.  For example, select "Find Businesses" and search for "chamber". Other presentations are pending for fDi's 2007 North American Location GuideThey will also become easy to find through our map of North America and as part of the new fDi Atlas feature on the fDi magazine website when that is launched later in 2007.

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