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Arizona Economic Development Directory

AZ Statewide Economic Development Agencies

Arizona Department of Commerce
David Drennon
Director of Communications
1700 West Washington Street, Suite 600
Phoenix, AZ USA 85007
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AZ Utilities

Arizona Public Service Co.
David Bentler
Manager, Economic Development
P.O. Box 53999
Phoenix, AZ USA 85072-3999
602-250-3613 or 800-423-0198
Salt River Project
Russ Ullinger, Sr.
Economic Development Project Manager
1600 North Priest Drive
Tempe, AZ USA 85281
Tucson Electric Power Company
James S. Pignatelli
Chairman, President & CEO
P.O. Box 711
Tucson, AZ USA 85702-0711
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AZ Regional Economic Development Agencies

Ak-Chin Indian Community
Phil Entz
Ak-Chin Industrial Park Board
Property Manager
42507 West Peters & Nall Road
Maricopa, AZ USA 85138
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Prescott Valley Economic Development Foundation
Gary Marks
Executive Director
7120 East Pav Way, Suite 106
Prescott Valley, AZ USA 86314
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Bullhead Regional Economic Development Authority
Lisa McCabe
1848 Highway 95, Suite 104
Bullhead City, AZ USA 86442
Central Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation
Barry Albrecht
CEO/Executive Director
540 North Camino Mercado, Suite 2
Casa Grande, AZ USA 85222
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Brad Smidt
Vice President, Business Development
2 North Central Avenue, Suite 2500
Phoenix, AZ USA 85004
Northern Gila County Economic Development Corporation
Jerry Miles
Executive Director
P.O. Box 1771
Payson, AZ USA 85547

AZ County Economic Development Agencies

Economic Development of Apache County Corporation
Dana Overson
Economic & Community Development Director
395 South 1st West
St. Johns, AZ USA 85936
Greater Flagstaff Economic Council
Steve Jaronik
Director of Business Development
1300 South Milton Road, Suite 125
Flagstaff, AZ USA 86001
Industrial Development Authority of Maricopa County
Charles P. Thompson
c/o Maricopa County Administration Office, 301 West Jefferson, Room 950
Phoenix, AZ USA 85003
Industrial Development Authority of the County of Pima
Cecilia Cruz
6700 North Oracle Road, Suite 100
Tucson, AZ USA 85704
LaPaz County Department of Community Development
Scott Bernhart
Community Development Director
1112 Joshua Street, Suite 202
Parker, AZ USA 85344
Mohave County Economic Development Department
Travis Lingenfelter, MPA
3250 East Kino Avenue, 2nd Floor
Kingman, AZ USA 86409
Pinal County Economic Development
Tom Kanavel
Program Manager
31 North Pinal Street, P.O. Box 827
Florence, AZ USA 85132
Santa Cruz County Department of Community Development
Mary Dahl
Planning Division, 2150 North Congress Drive, Suite 106
Nogales, AZ USA 85621
Southern Gila County Economic Development Corporation
Bill Marshall
Executive Director
1360 North Broad Street
Globe, AZ USA 85501
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AZ City Economic Development Agencies

Avondale Economic Development Department
Dan Davis
11465 West Civic Center Drive
Avondale, AZ USA 85323
City of Chandler Office of Economic Development
Christine Mackay
Senior Economic Development Specialist
215 East Buffalo Street
Chandler, AZ USA 85225
City of Douglas,Community and Economic Development
Victor Gonzalez
Economic Development Director
425 10th Street
Douglas, AZ USA 85607
City of Flagstaff
Michael Kerski
Community Investment Director
211 West Aspen Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ USA 86001
928-779-7632 7357
City of Glendale
Brian Friedman
Economic Development Director
5850 West Glendale Avenue
Glendale, AZ USA 85301
City of Goodyear
Harry Paxton
Economic Development Director
190 North Litchfield Road
Goodyear, AZ USA 85338
City of Mesa Office of Economic Development
William Jabjiniak
20 East Main Street, Suite 200, P.O. Box 1466
Mesa, AZ USA 85201
City of Peoria Economic Development Department
Steve Prokopek
8401 West Monroe Street, Room 190
Peoria, AZ USA 85345
City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Dept.
Don Maxwell
200 West Washington Street, 20th Floor
Phoenix, AZ USA 85002
City of Prescott Economic Development
Jane Bristol
Economic Development Director
201 South Cortez Street
Prescott, AZ USA 86303
City of Scottsdale, Economic Vitality Department
Robert (Bob) Tunis

Economic Development Manager

4021 North 75th Street, Suite 102
Scottsdale, AZ USA 85251
City of Show Low
Steve North
Business Development Coordinator
550 North 9th Place
Show Low, AZ USA 85901

City of Surprise Economic Development
John Hagen
12425 West Bell Road, Suite D-100
Surprise, AZ USA 85374

City of Tempe Economic Development Department
Sheri Wakefield-Saenz
21 East 6th Street, Suite 208
Tempe, AZ USA 85280
Downtown Phoenix Partnership
Dan Klocke
Director, Economic Development
541 East Van Buren, Suite B1
Phoenix, AZ USA 85004
Gilbert Business Development
Dan Henderson
Business Development Manager
90 East Civic Center Drive
Gilbert, AZ USA 85296
Globe/Miami Regional Chamber of Commerce
Ellen Kretsch
Executive Director
1360 North Broad Street
Globe, AZ USA 85501

Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation
Julie Engel
President & CEO
170 West 16th Street, Suite 200
Yuma, AZ USA 85364
Lake Havasu City Partnership for Economic Development
Gary L. Kellogg
President & CEO
314 London Bridge Road
Lake Havasu City, AZ USA 86403
Sierra Vista Economic Development Foundation
Mignonne Hollis
Executive Director
P.O. Box 2380
Sierra Vista, AZ USA 85636
The University of Arizona Science and Technology Park
Marshall Worden
Park Director
9070 South Rita Road, Suite 1750
Tucson, AZ USA 85747
Town of Sahuarita
Kathy Ward
Economic Development & Communications Manager
375 West Sahuarita Center Way
Sahuarita, AZ USA 85629
Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. (TREO)
Joe Snell
President & CEO
120 North Stone Avenue, Suite 200
Tucson, AZ USA 85701
Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce
Julie Brooks
Executive Director
216 North Frontier Street
Wickenburg, AZ USA 85390

Arizona State Incentives

THE ARIZONA COMPETITIVENESS PACKAGE (HB 2001) is a brand new incentive package which includes the following new incentive programs and updates:

QUALITY JOBS TAX CREDIT PROGRAM: Provides Arizona income tax credits for companies creating new jobs and investing in Arizona. The credit is valued at up to $9,000 over a 3-year period per each new employee and offers a 5-year carry forward provision for any unused tax credits. Eligibility qualifications are different for rural and metro areas. The program is capped at 10,000 new jobs being claimed each year by all participants; whereas a taxpayer is limited to a maximum of 400 new jobs per year.

JOB TRAINING PROGRAM: Originally set to expire in 2011, the Arizona Competitiveness Package extended the program an additional five years until December 31, 2016 and modified the definition of a “rural area.”

$25 MILLION DEAL-CLOSING FUND: Arizona has taken a progressive position by offering attraction funds to companies meeting performance measures that benefit both the company and the citizens of Arizona. Utilization of the Arizona Competes Fund will generate investment in business projects that stimulate and promote industries providing high-wage and stable jobs. In order to assure a return on investment to the state, performance safeguards are a requirement of these funds. To request more information as it becomes available, please click here.

Arizona now offers a 100 PERCENT ELECTABLE SALES TAX FACTOR FOR MULTI-STATE CORPORATIONS. The new legislation increases the electable sales factor for multi-state corporations from 80 percent to100 percent. The increase is to occur in equal increments over a four year period, between 2014 and 2017. This provides businesses with the opportunity to reduce their Arizona tax burden.

30 PERCENT REDUCTION IN ARIZONA’S CORPORATE INCOME TAX RATE: Corporate Income Tax rates will be decreasing in Arizona from 6.97 percent down to 4.9 percent, between 2014 and 2017. This new 30 percent lower rate makes Arizona’s rate one of the five lowest in the country.


  • Business: Accelerated Depreciation schedules for prospective acquisitions of commercial personal property have also been improved. Five-year accelerated depreciation schedules have been increased to help companies recover their investments even faster.
  • Personal Property Tax Exemption: 15 percent increase in personal property exemptions. The exemption on personal property is currently $67,000; it is being increased to $79,000 beginning in 2011 by using the Employment Cost Index (ECI) rather than the Gross Domestic Product Implicit Price Deflator (GDP IPD).
  • Commercial Property: Reduced by 10 percent, the commercial property assessment ratio will be 18 percent by 2017. This continues a 10-year trend of reducing property taxes in Arizona.

EXTENSION OF THE ANGEL INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT PROGRAM: Originally set to expire in 2011, the program is now available until June 30, 2016. Additional improvements to the program include expanded company eligibility and beginning in 2014 elimination of capital gains tax on income derived from investments in companies certified by the ACA.

ENHANCEMENT OF THE RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT TAX CREDIT PROGRAM: The R&D program now offers up to a 34 percent Arizona income tax credit for R&D made in conjunction with an Arizona public university. Tax credits are based upon R&D increases over prior years.

RENEWABLE ENERGY TAX INCENTIVE PROGRAM:  Encourages business investment that will produce high quality employment opportunities and enhance Arizona’s position as a center for production and use of renewable energy products. The program provides tax incentives to companies in the solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable energy industries who are expanding or locating in AZ. It offers two benefits; up to a 10 percent refundable income tax credit and up to a 75% reduction on real and personal property taxes.

ARIZONA INNOVATION ACCELERATOR FUND: An $18.2 million loan participation program funded through the U.S. Department of Treasury’s SSBCI and managed by the Arizona Commerce Authority. Its goal is to stimulate financing to small businesses and manufacturers, in collaboration with private finance partners, to foster business expansion and job creation in Arizona. The program ends December 2016. Loan proceeds are to be used for working capital, inventory, equipment purchase, and real property improvements but cannot be used for refinancing of existing debt or outstanding debt payments.

COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL SOLAR ENERGY TAX CREDIT PROGRAM: Stimulates the production and use of solar energy in commercial and industrial applications by subsidizing the initial cost of solar energy devices. The program achieves this goal by providing an Arizona income tax credit for the installation of solar energy devices in AZ business facilities. The tax credit is equal to 10% of the installed cost of the solar energy device not to exceed $25,000 in credits for one building in a single tax year and $50,000 total credits per business per tax year. Tax credits can be used to offset Arizona income tax liability; any unused credit amounts can be carried forward for a five-year period.

HEALTHY FOREST ENTERPRISE INCENTIVES PROGRAM (HF): Provides incentives for certified businesses that are primarily engaged in harvesting, initial processing or transporting of qualifying forest products. The program offers the following incentives:

  • Transaction Privilege Tax Exemption (TPT Exemption) on purchased qualifying equipment and leased or rented qualifying equipment
  • Use Tax Exemption – on qualifying equipment purchased out-of-state
  • New Job Income Tax Credit – Arizona income tax credit earned over a three-year period for each net new job created, totaling up to $3,000 per employee


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