Southern Arizona offers a strategic Southwest location and a key conduit between California and Mexico, the state’s largest trade partner. With strong investments in skilled workforce initiatives, a commitment to sustainable growth and award-winning water preservation, the region is primed for expansion and offers growth in its top industry sectors:
Aerospace & Defense
4000+ aerospace technology graduates
Anchored by the headquarters of Raytheon, a division of RTX, Southern Arizona has deep supply chain presence in commercial and defense activities. Our year-round flying capabilities, boosted by a dry climate, set the foundation for two of the state’s largest military installations − Davis Monthan Air Force Base and Fort Huachuca.
Bioscience & Diagnostics
10,000+ life science graduates
The region is home to Roche Tissue Diagnostics, the leading global supplier of cancer diagnostics, and Critical Path Institute, a global pharma research organization. With more than 20 life sciences programs at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, the National Institutes of Health has granted UArizona researchers more than $1.6 billion since 2010 making it the largest state recipient.
Renewable & Mining Technologies
12th among new U.S. tech markets
900+ engineering graduates
With a rich mining legacy, the region produces 66% of the nation’s copper that fuels an increasingly digital world. Southern Arizona has 15 active mines, and is home to Caterpillar, Hexagon’s Mining Division, Komatsu Arizona Proving Grounds and more. The Arizona Board of Regents approved the creation of the School of Mining & Mineral Resources at UArizona, making it the premier institution devoted to mineral resources.
Transportation & Logistics
45 million people served within 500 mile radius
Southern Arizona’s advantageous proximity to Mexico boosts bi-national commerce, with 40% of the nation’s produce funneled through Nogales, Ariz. The Port of Tucson, with over 770 acres of land, is a full-service, inland port, rail yard and intermodal facility adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad Mainline and Interstate 10.
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