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Economic Development2021-05-14T16:34:16-07:00

Why is Casa Grande the place to build?

Located in the Heart of the Arizona Innovation and Technology Corridor, Casa Grande serves as the manufacturing, logistics, health care, retail and commercial hub for Pinal County, conveniently located between the state’s major metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson. Casa Grande is less than 30 minutes from Phoenix and 45 minutes from Tucson, making our City ideal for servicing both markets that boast a population of 5.5 million people.

Casa Grande has thousands of acres of developable land in its Industrial Corridor, pre-zoned for industrial uses and available at a fraction of the cost of metro-area lands. Most of this land has utilities to the site, immediately adjacent to it or in close proximity. This reduces upfront costs for project development and construction.

Because of our proximity to the metro areas, companies locating in Casa Grande have access to a highly educated and skilled workforce of over 3 million. The City works closely with state workforce experts Arizona@Work to help ensure local companies have access to the talent needed for immediate and future hires. In addition, Central Arizona College provides customized training specifi c to company workforce needs.

Connectivity plays a big role in why companies choose Casa Grande. It is the only community in the state directly served by two major interstates (I-8 and I-10), the main line of Union Pacific Railroad, and is within 1 hour of 3 international airports. The City is also situated less than 8 hours from the Port of Long Beach, 3 hours from the Port of Entry in San Luis, and 2 hours from the Port of Entry in Nogales. This provides easy access to markets in California, the rest of the Southwest, and Mexico. There is simply no better-connected community in the state.

Our Industrial Corridor is home to numerous manufacturing and logistics companies that can take advantage of incentives associated with federally recognized Opportunity and Foreign Trade Zones and New Market Tax Credits. The City employs an effective development team approach to all new projects/companies. Our team provides direct access to decision-makers who review and approve business plans and permits. We proactively communicate with your representatives to expedite all review processes.

Casa Grande also enjoys a low cost of living, 25%- 50% lower than metro areas. It provides a high quality of life featuring clean air, beautiful night skies, and over 300 days of sunshine to support an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities. It is less congested, allowing you to drive anywhere in the community within 15 minutes. There are great educational options and a robust health care system, anchored by Banner Casa Grande Medical Center and Sun Life Family Health Center, and includes over 25 specialties.

Casa Grande offers strategic company benefits, workforce solutions, and high quality of living. This is why Lucid Motors and so many other advanced manufacturing and logistics companies have chosen to call Casa Grande “home.” They have all come to the same conclusion — Casa Grande makes sense!

Quality of Life

Casa Grande residents enjoy a lower cost of living than the Phoenix metro area, especially when considering the cost of housing (20% – 50% lower) and cost of transportation (16%-30% lower).

There is an abundance of outdoor recreational opportunities (including golfing, 19 parks, and 17 miles of hiking & biking trails), beautiful night skies, thanks to the city’s Dark Sky ordinance, and far less congestion to deal with, resulting in an average commute time of less than 15 minutes.

Residents of Casa Grande have access to great educational opportunities and are within an hour drive of the two largest Universities in Arizona – Arizona State and the University of Arizona – as well as two Northern Arizona University Campuses, Embry-Riddle’s Mesa Campus, Grand Canyon University in Glendale, and eleven of the nation’s highest, ranked community colleges in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima Counties.

As the Health care hub of Pinal County, Casa Grande has a robust health care system anchored by Banner Casa Grande Medical Center and Sun Life Family Health Center and includes over 25 specialties.

The City’s proximity to both Phoenix and Tucson metro areas means residents are close enough to enjoy professional sporting events, cultural and musical events while being just far enough to be away from the hustle and bustle of urban living.

Casa Grande has seen a surge in new industrial projects (including Lucid Motors, JOMI Engineering, Triumvirate Environmental) over the past two years that will be creating thousands of high-quality jobs over the next several years.

The increase in activity has also been felt/seen in the retail and commercial sector with Arizona Native Lotions & Soaps now open in downtown; Long Wong’s Wings and Hide-out Steak & BBQ now open; and Salad And Go, Rili-B’s, and Texas Roadhouse and a Firestone Tires coming soon. Also in the works is a new Auto Mall planned for the east side of I-10 off of Florence Blvd.

Key Industries

Economic Development Division promotes the city as the ideal location for industrial, healthcare, and aviation development.

The Economic Development Division can assist companies with identifying available sites that can meet your company’s needs. In addition, Economic Development staff will work closely with Arizona@Work Pinal County and Central Arizona College staff to help address your pre and post-employment needs as well as assist you in your recruitment efforts.

Abbott Nutrition, Frito Lay, Wal-Mart Distributions, , and Monsanto Cotton Research Center are just a few industrial employers currently providing for the Casa Grande workforce. With the addition of 30,000 new jobs introduced into Casa Grande by Lucid Motors, Attesa Motorsports, Dreamport Villages and PhoenixMart over the next decade, Casa Grande is transforming into a strong industrial hub in central Arizona.

Learn More About manufacturing, warehousing/logistics, and healthcare Industries

Education

Below is a list of the educational institutions in Casa Grande. Visit their site for more information.

Public Schools:

Charter Schools:

Universities/Colleges:

Start Your Business

The City of Casa Grande is here to help you start your business no matter the size with a three step process.

  1. Complete our Business License Application and the Citizenship Form which is now required for all renewals and new business license applications.
  2. Bring your completed business license application and acceptable form of ID to the City Finance Department for processing.
  3. Review the business license application for relevant fees for your type of business and submit the appropriate fee with your application to the Finance Department.

Click here for more resources on starting a business in Casa Grande.

Small Business Administration – Starting a Business resources

*Notice: Effective October 1, 2008, a new law went into effect preventing a City from issuing a license (either new or renewed) to an individual unless the individual has provided the City of Casa Grande with one of the forms of identification listed in the Citizenship form. If your business is incorporated, provide a certificate of good standing. To become or remain eligible for a license, please download and complete the Citizenship form to submit to the City Finance Department.

A Growing Horizon – Why Casa Grande?

Economic Development News and Updates

DateDescription
04/21/2021Arizona Commerce Authority | Restaurant Revitalization Fund
04/14/2021On the Job Training | Helping Your Business Save and Grow
04/12/2021April is for Entrepreneurs in Arizona
01/27/2021Take a peek into the groundbreaking new paint shop at Lucid AMP-1
01/25/2021ICYMI: PPP Loan Portal is Open to all Participating PPP Lenders
01/12/2021CG CARES Program is Back
01/12/2021Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Reopens Today
01/11/2021Electronic Filing Now Available for Corporate Taxpayers
01/11/2021SBA Paycheck Protection Program Lenders Located in Arizona
01/08/2021Economic Development 2020 Wrap-up Newsletter
01/08/2021The next round of PPP loans will soon be available
12/02/2020SBA launches new PRIME (Program to Invest in Micro-Entrepreneurs) Business Assistance Program
12/01/2020Construction is complete on Lucid's very first EV factory
11/23/2020

Join Build Your Future Arizona’s Virtual Construction Career Awareness Fair • December 10, 2020, • 10 – 11 a.m.

09/16/2020September Economic Development Newsletter
09/15/2020Arizona Commerce Authority Job Training Program - Final Competitive Application Round
08/12/2020City Launches Casa Grande CARES Program to Financially Assist Local Businesses and Non-Profits
08/04/2020

Pinal home values soar; ‘building boom to return rapidly,’ says real estate consultant Jim Belfiore

07/29/2020Nikola Motor Company - Nikola Groundbreaking in Coolidge Arizona Highlight Reel
07/08/2020

New hospital ranking weighs commitment to diversity, civic leadership along with health outcomes

06/30/2020Economic Development Monthly Newsletter - June 2020
05/22/2020Electric Cars are About to Start Rolling Out of the Arizona Desert
05/12/2020

Pinal County has infrastructure in place to handle development boom

03/18/2020$3.3B Gasoline Production Plant Comes To Casa Grande And Fast-Growing I-10 Corridor

Partners

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