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    Pima County Works

    There is perhaps no greater public policy initiative for Pima County than improving our local and regional economy. The primary role of local government is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public. Growing communities are able to provide jobs to successive generations and have greater resources for providing the key services of government, namely public safety, public infrastructure (roads, water, sewer) and education. Growing communities also are able to spread out the cost of government services more broadly, thereby potentially reducing the tax burden on individuals, businesses and properties.

    Why Pima County? We believe companies want to grow in communities that have excellent quality of life and that make investments in critical infrastructure that are the foundation for commerce. We believe businesses appreciate efficient governments that maintain an appropriate tax rate, pay off debt rapidly, provide certainty in regulations and deliver high quality service.

    Pima County is committed to growing our region and has several departments dedicated to making employers and employees successful. This page consolidates that information and provides a one-stop resource for businesses, entrepreneurs, brokers, recruiters and everyone else interested in growing their business and making Pima County work.

    Pima County Economic Development Plan, Update 2015-2017

    This plan outlines the key areas Pima County is focusing on to grow the regional economy and details specific actions the county should and will take to ensure Pima County Works.

    Pima Prospers – The County’s Comprehensive Plan

    This page summarizes the Economic Development Section of Pima Prospers, the county’s comprehensive plan, and provides links to the Pima Prospers website. This 200+ page plan is more than just a land-use planning document; it’s a guide to prosperity that examines all aspects of developing a prosperous Pima County.

    Business Attraction

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    This page provides the information and links recruiters, brokers, site selectors and decision makers will need to make an informed decision about relocating to Pima County.

    Business Expansion and Retention

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    Expanding and growing businesses these days have lots of choices for where they want to grow or expand and the competition nationally for attracting new employers is fierce. This page provides information for existing regional businesses that they will find helpful when making decisions about expanding their operations and provide reasons and available incentives for staying in Pima County.

    Workforce Recruiting and Development – connecting employers and job seekers

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    In business terms, Pima County is investing heavily in human capital. The jobs of the 21st century are not menial, they require unique and sometimes hard-to-obtain skill sets. Pima County Works to connect employers with the skilled employees they need and job seekers with the jobs they want. We also work with employers to help them train their existing employees.

    Getting Started Checklist

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    Like all states, counties and municipalities, there are laws, rules and regulations businesses have to follow when moving to Arizona. This page is a handy checklist for starting, expanding or relocating a business in Pima County.

    Pima County Success Stories

    Talk is cheap. This page provides specific examples of Pima County businesses that are prospering because Pima County Works.

    Why Pima County? Stats, Facts and Data

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    Demographic and other data business owners and site selectors will find useful about Pima County.

    Economic Development Contacts

    If you’re ready to grow, we’re ready to help you.


    For additional information about starting, operating and growing a business, visit the Arizona Commerce Authority website.ACA's free online Checklist Program is designed to help you easily navigate information on what you need to know, who you need to contact and where you need to go to license your business in Arizona. It also includes contact information to statewide resources and assistance to accelerate your business growth.

    Regionally,  Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities, Inc. is the major business and recruiting and expansion organization. Pima County works closely with TREO to provide it the information prospective businesses need when considering whether to relocate or expand in Pima County.

    The county also has numerous departments and programs that are invaluable information resources or key components of the startup, relocation or expansion process.

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    Economic Development

    Teresa Bravo,
    Coordinator of Economic Development
    and International Projects

    (520) 724-2005
    * Se habla Español

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