Cultivate Your Business in Mesa!


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With a population of nearly 500,000 and part of Greater Phoenix, Mesa, Arizona is the 38th largest city in the United States.  Larger than Miami, Minneapolis, Atlanta, as well as European cities Zurich, Switzerland, Liverpool, England, and Antwerp, Belgium, Mesa covers 133 square miles (344 square kilometers) and is the second largest city in the region. The Phoenix-Mesa area’s population is currently 4 million and projected to reach 6.3 million by 2030 – ripe with opportunity now and many years into the future.

 Mesa offers:

  • A diverse and sustainable economy that features a balance of base industries that create high quality jobs.
  • An educated workforce
  • A partnership of government and industry that considers next generation technologies and products as economic opportunities
  • Business people who see Mesa as their home and the world as their marketplace

Business Assistance

The Office of Economic Development works closely with businesses throughout all phases of the development process. We work as a team with our partners to provide solutions and ensure your transition to starting, running, expanding or relocating a business in Mesa is smooth and successful. We are empowered to help you build your business.

StartUp MesaTell Us About Your Project
Relocating or Expanding a Business
Site Selection
LaunchPoint: Mesa Accelerator
Why Mesa Makes Good Business Sense
Incentives and Programs
Workforce Development
Doing Business with the City
City of Mesa Tax & Licensing

Crescent Crown
Strategic Initiatives

The Office of Economic Development is involved with numerous activities aimed at increasing the economic opportunities for the citizens of Mesa. These strategic initiatives vary in size and scope but are always focused on Mesa's growth and prosperity.

Arizona Laboratories for Security and Defense Research (AZLabs)
Downtown Mesa Redevelopment
Higher Education Initiative
Mesa Light Rail Extension

Mesa's Industries of Opportunity

Economic Development priorities are guided by Mesa’s industries of opportunity: Healthcare; Education; Aerospace; and Tourism. Based 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.

Click to view healthcare profile
Fast Facts:
  • Mesa boasts world-class specialty and general hospitals with more than 1,300 beds combined
  • Banner Simulation Medical Center is the largest simulation training center in the nation
Additional Resources:
Healthcare Industry Profile Medical Devices
Mesa Healthcare Assets  
Click to view education profile
Fast Facts:
  • More than 40,000 students enrolled in Mesa higher education
  • The East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) considered a model for career and technical education
  • Mesa Public Schools is the largest school district in Arizona and recognized nationally for its superb educational programs and student achievements.
Additional Resources:
Education Industry Profile Mesa K-12 System
Mesa Center for Higher Education Mesa Counts on College
Higher Education Institutions  
Click to view aerospace/aviation profile
Fast Facts:
  • Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is among the fastest growing hub airports in the United States, accommodating its 5 millionth passenger in July 2013.
  • More than 100 companies are adjacent to the Falcon Field and Phoenix Gateway airports, employing more than 10,000 employees in aerospace/ aviation high-tech, manufacturing and software industry clusters.
  • Boeing manufactures the top-rated Apache attack helicopter as well as the newly introduced Hummingbird Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) in Mesa.
Additional Resources:
Aerospace/Aviation Industry Profile Mesa Aerospace Video - WATCH NOW!
Click to view tourism profile

Fast Facts:

  • The Mesa Arts Center (MAC) is the largest arts center in Arizona offering comprehensive professional performing arts, visual arts and arts education programming on one state-of-the-art campus.
  • MAC draws nearly 300,000 patrons each year.
  • Mesa is home to Major League Baseball Chicago Cubs Spring Training-the biggest draw in the Cactus League.
  • 33.1 million domestic and international overnight travelers visited Arizona-equal to roughly 91,000 visitors per day in 2012.
  • Total direct travel spending in Arizona was $19.3 billion in 2012, which equates to almost $53 million every day. This represents a 4.6% increase over the preceding year in current dollars.
Additional Resources:  
Tourism Industry Profile


Cultivate Your Business in Mesa Brochure - PDF
Mesa's Large Employers

Mesa by the Numbers



Welcome to the Office of Economic Development Data Center. This page is intend to provide information about the City of Mesa and Greater Phoenix Region. If you are looking for information that is not here, please contact us with your request.

Dana Park ASU Polytechnic Campus Sunland Springs Golf Course  
Community Profile Business Environment

Population Demographics

Sites & Buildings


Cost of Doing Business
Major Employers Market Access
Education & Schools Incentives & Programs
Housing & Cost of Living Industries of Opportunity
Income & Buying Power




Arts & Culture



Additional Links Employment Centers
2012 Community Annual report

Downtown Mesa


Fiesta District

FY 2011-2012 Budget

Falcon Field
Small Business Guide Gateway District

     Chapter 1: First Points of Contact


     Chapter 2: Establishing A Business


     Chapter 3: Getting Started in Mesa


     Chapter 4: Regulatory Issues


     Chapter 5: Community Relations Programs


     Chapter 6: Additional Resources


Recent Announcements & Press Releases

Metso to relocate equipment repair facility to Mesa Cubs Park: behind the scenes tour
Business Facilities calls Apple "Deal of the Year" Apple coming to Mesa
Mesa's Deal Maker THINKspot grand opening
Mesa Higher Ed featured in Site Selection magazine Mesa Office of Economic Development receives awards
Matheson Tri-Gas Air Separation Unit ground breaking $1.1 Billion in East Valley Project announced
Benedictine opens new Mesa campus Gateway Airport generates $1.3 billion economic impact
Mesa Center for Higher Education grand opening

Visit Mesa launches new brand

Mesa announces Technology Accelerator

New facility for Empire Southwest

Mayor Smith featured in Governing

Oakland A's return to Mesa

Councilmember Somers joins Wilkes board

Mesa Educates U campaign is launched

Fiesta Streetscape improvements begin

Taps Signature Cuisine & Bar opens

"Discover U" highlights education options


News Archives

Newsletters Rankings
Economic Reporter Arizona #1 for future job growth


Mesa ranks in top ten for Tech start-ups

  Phx-Mesa Metro ranks #8 Top Sustainable Metro Area
  Phx-Mesa Metro ranks #4 in US for micro business
  Arizona ranks #2 in US for workforce
Marketing Material Publications & Reports

Cultivate Your Business in Mesa

Mesa Healthcare Feasibility Study


Mesa Higher Education Feasibility Study


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Economic Benefit

Aerospace / Aviation

Fiesta District Presentation 11-1-11


Mayor's Downtown Summit Packet

Downtown Mesa

Economic Development Advisory Board Minutes

Mesa Educates U

Economic Development Videos


Matheson Gas Grand Opening Grand Opening of Cubs Park
Mesa Gateway Airport Economic Impact Downtown Mesa Association

Chicago Cubs Video

Mesa Chamber of Commerce

Mesa Aerospace Video

SCORE Greater Phoenix

Downtown Development Summit Focus


Downtown Light Rail Groundbreaking  
Raising of the B - BenU at Mesa  
Upper Iowa University Mes Campus  
Mesa Center for Higher Education  
Benedictine University  
Grand Canyon University announcement  
Bridgestone America Groundbreaking  
Able Engineering Grand Opening  

Mesa Moving Forward Videos

Able Engineering  
Mesa Educates U