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  • Business Retention and Attraction - Incentives

    The Pima County Board of Supervisors enthusiastically supports new businesses and business expansion in Pima County. The Board has an approved a business attraction and expansion plan and has directed staff to assist business development and expansion in any way possible.

    Pima County will work closely with Sun Corridor, Inc. and the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) to identify appropriate programs and financial incentives that could greatly assist companies locating within Pima County.

    The County offers the following incentives for business location and expansion:

    Workforce Recruitment and Training: Pima County operates two One Stop recruitment and training centers and an additional center specifically for recruitment of military veterans. Value of training can be as much as $3,000 per worker hired, which is in addition to any Arizona Commerce Authority or City hiring incentives. 

    Planning, Zoning and Permitting Assistance: Pima County already processes most permits within one business week. For new and expanding companies the county offers additional technical assistance and accelerated permitting. If the new company requests, the county will send a development specialist to meet with it on-site and explain and facilitate the zoning and permitting process. 

    Financing: Pima County offers business and capital financing assistance through the Pima County Industrial Development Authority (IDA). In many cases financing may include tax free bond loans that substantially reduce payment cost. Pima County also may be able to facilitate financing through various private business and government financial organizations. 

    Foreign Trade Zone: Based upon numbers of jobs and average pay, Pima County will support new company applications for federal Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) designation. FTZ status will substantially reduce a company’s import and export duties. 

    Location: Pima County owns a number of commercially feasible sites. Normally the County does not compete with private owners; but in certain cases the County may have land that meets very specialized new business needs or very large tract requirements. In such cases and especially for a business that creates high quality, high technology jobs the County may be able to negotiate favorable lease or sale terms. 

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    Heath S. Vescovi-Chiordi, 

    Patrick Cavanaugh,
    Deputy Director

    Kelle Maslyn,
    Assistant Director

    (520) 724-8450
    201 N. Stone Ave., 2nd Floor
    Tucson, AZ 85701

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