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City of Tempe Economic Development specialists work daily with brokers and building owners throughout the city to help you find the best location for your business. The team can also guide new businesses throughout the development process and beyond the grand opening.

The City of Tempe’s Economic Development team partners with local, national and international companies, site consultants, brokers and developers to assist in relocation strategy. Our team works with the State of Arizona and with the regional economic development organization.

Tempe is located in the center of the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Surrounded by six freeways and just 10 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, it is easy to get anywhere in the world from Tempe. Take a look at Tempe and the surrounding area.

Population: 161,000 +/-
Workforce: 150,000 +/-
Average Age Resident: 28.1, among the youngest in the country
Education: 40 percent with Bachelor's Degree or better; nearly 90 percent high school diploma

Business Parks and Development Opportunities
Tempe has a variety of business parks and land available for build to suit opportunities. From Class A to manufacturing space, we have an answer for your needs. Take a look.

Top Employers
Here's a list of some of Tempe's larger employers.

Arizona Commerce Authority provides incentives with the City of Tempe.
• Quality Jobs Tax Credit Program
• Job Training Program
• Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program
• R&D Tax Credit Program
• Angel Investment Tax Credit
• Foreign Trade Zone Program
• Arizona Competes Package
9,000 Corporate income tax credits per job
In 2014, Sales Factor ramps up to 100 percent
In 2014, Corporate tax rate decreases to 4.9 percent
Reduction in Commercial property taxes by 10 percent

For more information visit Arizona Commercial Authority’s (ACA)

The State of Arizona has no business inventory tax, no corporate franchise tax, no sales tax on manufacturing, no income tax on dividends from out of state subsidiaries.

Tempe offers a large array of great colleges and universities as well as K-12 schools, public, private and charter.


Tempe's goal is to provide a balanced transportation system that is environmentally sustainable, accessible, preserves neighborhoods, promotes transit-oriented development and involves citizens in the process. Learn more. 

Industry Focus
High tech, Advanced Business Services, Manufacturing, Financial Services, Retail, Tourism

Brochures and Links 

Economic Development Brochure
Lifestyle in Tempe (PDF)
Business Map (PDF)
Formula for Successful Innovation (PDF)
Fast Track Permitting process


Words from Tempe companies.

Local Partners

Below is a list of key partners we work closely with to strengthen the community and promote economic development in the City of Tempe, Arizona:

Arizona Commerce Authority This is the State of Arizona economic development organization.

Greater Phoenix Economic Council The regional economic development organization.

Downtown Tempe Community Downtown Tempe is an attractive market for entrepreneurial business. DTC provides enhanced management and promotional services to the Mill Avenue District.

Other partnerships and helpful organizations.