Downtown District Employment Center

Downtown Mesa Opportunity Map 070516_Page_2 Located in the heart of the City, Downtown Mesa offers a wealth of opportunities for business owners, consumers and art enthusiasts alike. In addition to offering a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere, Downtown Mesa is host to many high-profile events to entertain and inspire the young and young-at-heart, including:

* Motorcycles on Main
* 2nd Friday Nights Out
* The MAC Fest
* Mesa Old West Days
* Arizona's Celebration of Freedom
* Sculptures in the Street
* Parades & Markets

The City of Mesa is growing by leaps and bounds and Downtown Mesa is fast becoming the hub of activities for this prospering region. Downtown's cultural anchor, the renowned Mesa Arts Center draws more than 400,000 patrons to events in its facilities annually. A mix of art galleries, studios, and attractions including the Mesa Arts Center, i.d.e.a. Museum, Mesa Amphitheatre and the Arizona Museum of Natural History contribute to the creation of a unique and lively core that reflects a diverse community of artists and cultural organizations, businesses, venues and events.    

In round numbers, Downtown Mesa has 7,000 employees, 3,000 residents, and more than 11,000 daily visitors who come to shop, play, learn, and conduct commerce. Businesses located in Downtown Mesa are strategically positioned to take advantage of a large workforce that is accessible by three integrated freeways:  the Superstition (US 60), Price (101) and Red Mountain (202).  When considering total business activity Downtown Mesa is a $2 billion dollar square mile business district.

Invest in Downtown Mesa! 

  • Valley Metro light rail runs through Downtown Mesa

  • More than 40 acres of developable land within ½ mile of Downtown Mesa light rail stations, ripe for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) opportunities

  • 253,000 SF of office space, 48,000 SF of retail space

  • Over $200 million in public/ private investment since 1997

  • 250 commercial property owners and 490 businesses

  • Minutes away from three major freeways 

  • The Central Main Plan establishes an Urban Village Concept

  • Pedestrian friendly Main Street with abundant free parking

  • An established Arts and Cultural District with  unique destinations

  • Five National Register historic districts offering residents close proximity to Downtown

Labor Market
   
Population 20-minute commute    
 30-minute commute      
2000            900,805  
         1,562,314  
2016            980,488          1,890,803
2021         1,039,128          2,019,185
     
Educational Attainment (highest level completed)
High School Graduate           
             19.1%             17.7%
Some College
             26.0%             24.4%
Associates Degree or Higher
             39.2%             42.8%
     
Trade Area
   
Population by Age
 3 mile radius
5 mile radius
Total      
174,031 353,445
14 and under
             24.8%              21.2%
15-24              15.5%              16.0%
25-44              31.1%              29.9%
45-64              19.5%              21.4%
65+                9.2%              11.4%
Median Age
              30.1                32
     
Median HH Income
$36,390 $43,053

Source: ESRI Community Analyst 2016; Center point - 1 W. Main St.

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