The Place to Grow Your Business
From its early days of poverty, the small tribe of the Ak-Chin Indian Community has grown to become the number one economic generator in Pinal County, Arizona, stimulating nearly $437 million in total economic impact annually. Now as the area’s largest employer, the Community is taking actions that will result in a balanced and diverse economic future for its less than 900 residing members and as well as for the larger Phoenix region.
Originally sustained only by its farming enterprise, the Community’s rapid growth began with the development of Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino which opened in 1995. Since that time, the Community has taken steps to foster additional economic development. Among its commitments is the development and improvement of its commercial and industrial properties.
With access to major transportation corridors, ready labor pools and unparalleled economic advantages, Santa Cruz Commerce Center is ideally positioned on the eastern edge of the Reservation between the cities of Maricopa and Casa Grande, about 40 miles from central Phoenix. With approximately 50 acres of immediately available commercial property for lease, this fully improved industrial park offers businesses substantial tax savings, low energy costs, and below-market lease rates. Shovel-ready lots start at 1.2 acres and up, and can be reconfigured to fit industrial locations for manufacturing sites, hydroponics, biomass and solar projects. In addition, the Community offers a build-to-suit option for qualified tenants.
Less than five minutes from the Commerce Center, the Community has recently completed its first phase of improvements to the Ak-Chin Regional Airport (formerly Phoenix Regional Airport), which it purchased in 2006. The 450-acre property completed renovations to the 5,000 ft. runway and taxiway; installed new pilot visual aids, including a new beacon, wind cone and segmented circle; and upgraded FBO (Fixed Base Operations) building in late 2012. In 2013, an airport manager was hired and the self-service fuel system was reactivated. The next phase of Airport renovations will include installation of runway lighting, completion of perimeter security fencing, and expansion of the apron which will allow for the addition of more tie-downs, new t-shades and t-hangars.
These projects as well as many others now underway in the Community demonstrate Ak-Chin’s commitment to growth. We welcome you to come and put down roots in our Native environment. There’s no better place to grow success for your business.