State & Local Resources

Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is a state-wide economic development organization that uses a three-prong approach to advance the overall economy: recruit, grow, create–recruit out-of-state companies to expand their operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to grow their business in Arizona; and partner with entrepreneurs and companies large and small to create new jobs and businesses in targeted industries.


Bottom-line enhancing programs and incentives –

  • Quality Jobs Tax Credit: Encourages business investment and the creation of high-quality employment opportunities in Arizona by providing tax credits to employers creating a minimum number of net new quality jobs and making a minimum capital investment in the state—$9,000 income tax credit for each qualifying new job.
  • Job Training Grants: Job training grants reimburse up to 75% of eligible training expenses for employers creating new jobs.
  • Research and Development Tax Credit: This program provides am income tax credit for investing in R &D in Arizona.
  • Computer Data Center (CDC): This provides Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) & Use Tax Exemptions (UTE) at the state, county, and local levels on qualifying purchases of CDC equipment.
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit: This is a federal tax credit provided to private-sector businesses from groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.

Manufacturing Opportunities

  • Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP): A program designed to help Arizona manufacturers achieve their business goals.
  • Qualified Facility Tax Credits Program: Refundable income tax credit for a manufacturing facility or a manufacturing-related research or headquarter facility.
  • Sales Tax Exemptions for Machinery and Equipment: A sales tax exemption for various machinery or equipment.

Small Business Tax Credits, Grants and Loans

  • Angel Investment Tax Credit: Provides credits to investors who make capital investments in small businesses certified by the ACA.

Renewable Incentives

  • Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program: Provides tax incentives to companies in the solar, wind, geothermal, and other renewable energy industries which are expanding or locating in Arizona.
  • Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit: An individual or corporate income tax credit is available for taxpayers who own a qualified energy generator that first produces electricity from and after December 31, 2010 and before January 1, 2021, using a qualified energy resource.
  • Commercial and Industrial Solar Tax Credit Program: Provides an Arizona income tax credit for the installation of solar energy devices in Arizona business facilities.

Location-based Tax Credits, Reductions and Exemptions

  • Military Re-use Zone (MRZ): If a project is located in a MRZ, it may qualify for tax credits, a TPT exemption or property reclassification.
  • Foreign Trade Zone: Businesses located in a zone or sub-zone are eligible for up to an 80% reduction in state real and personal property taxes.

Financial Resources

  • Private Activity Bonds:Through the Arizona Industrial Development Authority (AZIDA), private borrowers can reduce their financing costs through the issuance of tax-exempt bonds.
  • Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET): GPLET is a state statute, which allows a private party to construct new improvements on a parcel, transfer free title of the land and improvements for government agencies to hold, and then have it leased back to them. Government ownership of the land results in the parcel not being charged an Ad Valorem Property tax but instead, taxed an Excise Tax.  In most cases, this creates a savings for a development/redevelopment project.
  • Arizona Finance Authority: AFA is a one-stop shop for financing, supporting, expanding and relocating businesses, communities’ infrastructure needs, and first-time homebuyers.

Mentoring Programs

  • Venture Ready: Business mentor that partners a company with an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) who will coach the company through five panels that focus on intake, marketing, finance, dry run and final graduation.


  • Venture Madness: Pits the most promising startups against one another in a live pitch, head-to-head competition. Applying is free and open to early-stage firms demonstrating proven market. Presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the ACA.
  • Arizona Innovation Challenge: A business plan competition awards qualified, innovative start-up and early stage companies capital to grow their business in Arizona. At the end of the Challenge, between 6-15 companies are awarded up to $250,000 each.  Awards the most money in the country for a technology challenge—$3 million—to the world’s most promising technology ventures.
  • SBIR/STTR Grant Programs: The ACA helps educate Arizona small businesses and connect them with resources to compete better for funding through the program.
  • Venture Madness: Pits the most promising startups against one another in a live pitch, head-to-head competition. Applying is free and open to early-stage firms demonstrating proven market. Presented by Invest Southwest in partnership with the ACA.

Business Start-ups

Maricopa County

Maricopa County is one of the fastest growing counties in the country and has an estimated population of 4.3 million people, making it the fourth-most populous county in the United States.  The governing body is the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.  It is comprised of 27 towns and cities.

301 W. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors


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City of Phoenix

The City of Phoenix has a wealth of programs and activities to assist businesses, large and small.  The information listed below summarizes the programs offered to assist customers with the permitting and plan review process.  For more details contact the City of Phoenix (contact information listed below).


Premium and Specialized Plan Review and Permit Processes

Self-Certification Program: The Self-Certification Program eliminates traditional plan review by allowing a registered professional to certify a project’s compliance with building codes, standards and ordinances. Please visit

Permit by Inspector (PBI) Program: The PBI Program was created for minor commercial interior remodels and tenant improvements which allows customers to obtain plan review and permit approval at the job site. Inspection staff will review plans on site and determine when to begin construction. Please visit

Permit by Appointment (PBA) Program: A streamlined permitting process for commercial remodels and tenant improvements. Please visit

Electronic Plan Review

Annual Facilities Program (AFP):The Annual Facilities Program is an administrative system intended to simplify the permitting and inspection process for facilities by allowing inspectors to review plans and issue permits. Staff consistency allows inspectors to become familiar with the construction history of each facility.

Express Pass Site Plan Review: Certain projects are eligible for expedited plan review.  Visit to see if your project qualifies.

Expedited Plan Review:Expedited plan review is available for qualifying projects.  Visit to see if your project qualifies.

Adaptive Reuse:The program offers development guidance, streamlined processes, reduced timeframe, and cost savings to customers looking to adapt older buildings for new business uses.

Privatized Non-Life Safety Inspections:The Privatized Non-Life Safety Inspection Program is a voluntary program that allows development customers to hire qualified independent private inspectors to perform non-life safety inspections.

Business Concierge Services

Phoenix Management Technical Assistance (MTA): For existing businesses, MTA connects businesses with experienced consultants for solutions and assistance in loan packaging, accounting and finance, human resources, technology, and most business operations.

Phoenix Neighborhood Commercial Revitalization: Grant funds are available to eligible business owners for exterior improvements or improving neighborhood stability.

Phoenix Office of Customer Advocacy (OCA): Serves as a business’ “city hall insider.”  The OCA assists businesses in understanding the range of permits needed. After applications are submitted, the OCA advocates on the business’ behalf to smooth the development process.

Financial Resources

Phoenix Industrial Development Authority

The Phoenix IDA is focused on providing bond financing for community and economic development projects. Since 2009, the Phoenix IDA has issued more than $1 billion in bonds. Their goals include increasing job opportunities within the community, supporting education and health care, and providing housing for underserved communities. Please visit

New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program):The New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC Program) was established by the Phoenix Community Development and Investment Corporation to spur investments into operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities.  Please visit

Phoenix Community Development & Investment Corporation: PCDIC assists small businesses and non-profits in low income census tracts within Maricopa County through commercial loan participation. Qualifying use of funds include working capital, acquisition or refinancing of commercial real estate, and purchase of equipment or other assets. Please visit

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Site selection assistance

Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA)

The ACA is a state-wide public-private economic development organization focused on the recruitment of quality companies and jobs to the state of Arizona.

118 N. 7th Avenue, Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC)

A public-private partnership, GPEC, is the regional economic development organization for Greater Phoenix that works to attract quality businesses to the region.

2 N. Central Avenue, Suite 2500
Phoenix, AZ 85004

City of Phoenix

Community & Economic Development Department

200 W. Washington Street, 20th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Arizona Assets Map:The Arizona Assets map is an interactive tool that identifies infrastructure, land ownership educational resources, community profiles and more.

Arizona Prospector (A service provided by APS): Explore available real estate, analyze the talent pool and workforce demographics and compare Arizona communities with other regions across the U.S.

Workforce Recruitment & Training Services

Maricopa Corporate College (operated by Rio Salado College): The Maricopa Corporate College delivers high-impact training and development solutions for business, industry, associations and government.

  • Training workshops
  • Boot camps
  • Employee development and recruiting initiatives

2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Arizona@Work:Statewide workforce development network that helps employers of all sizes and types recruit, develop and retain the best employees for their needs.  It is a public/private partnership with 12 regional areas and 47 local offices, all working together through one organization.

City of Phoenix:Phoenix is the only city in the region to have an in-house team fully dedicated to workforce business services, creating a direct pipeline between employers and talent.  Their team can coordinate customized services, and programs, tailored to meet the special needs of specific employers.

Phoenix Business and Workforce Development Center (for employers only); 302 N. 1st Avenue, 6th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85003; 602.256.3147

  • Talent Acquisition Assistance
    • Free job postings on
    • Promote jobs with social media blitz
    • Screen candidates and review resumes
    • Schedule interviews and staff hiring events
    • Coordinate recruitment spaces

Goodwill of Central Arizona

Small Business Assistance

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC): The Arizona Small Business Development Center network works to launch, grow and sustain small businesses in every stage of development.

  • One-on-one counseling
  • Resource assistance
  • Training to facilitate capital formation
  • Preserve and create small business jobs and revenue

Gateway Community College
108 N. 40th Street, South Building
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Nancy Sanders – Regional Center Director

Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA providesworkshops, webinars, luncheons, and loan programs from SBA are dedicated to helping business form, grow and thrive.

2828 N. Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ

SCORE: Local mentors, each with extensive business experience, stand ready to help you start a business, grow your business, or work through difficult business management issue.  Workshops and webinars are also available.

2828 N. Central Avenue, Suite 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Hive@Central: Small business, networking, start-up & entrepreneurial resource center.  Open to the public, Hive@Central offers research resources including a business development series.

Burton Barr Central Library

1221 N. Central Avenue, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85004


Collaborative co-working spaces

  • The Department –
    • Membership-based collaborative workspace for entrepreneurs and leaders in downtown Phoenix seeking to foster a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in Phoenix’s urban center
      • Private offices
      • Reserved desks
      • Flexible workspaces
  • Workuity –; 602.761.9675; 2390 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 85016; 3133 W. Frye Road, Chandler, AZ 85225
    • Private office
    • Dedicated workspace
    • Co-working and virtual office

Tech Accelerators

  • High Tide – 11 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003 – Start-up commercialization program that enables entrepreneurs to build their products and take them to market.


    • The Armory – 455 N. Third Street, Suite 1010, Phoenix, AZ 85004 – helps military veterans launch and scale start-ups.
      • Co-working space
      • Instruction
      • Mentors
    • CEI – Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation – 286.8950 – 275 N. Gateway Drive, Phoenix, AZ 85034 602.286.8950 – provides services, space and support critical to the development of startup companies. A division of Maricopa Corporate College
    • High Tide @ Luhrs City Center – 11 W. Jefferson St., #100, Phoenix, AZ
      • A startup commercialization program that enables entrepreneurs to build their products and take them from idea stage to market
    • Arizona Collaboratory – 602.730.6174
      • Provides financial, human and social capital resources for emerging Arizona companies
    • SEED SPOT – – 602.456.9944 – 515 E. Grant Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
      • Supports social entrepreneurs creating a product, service or technology that improves lives or makes the world a better place.


    U.S. Export Assistance Centers

    Local contact: Kristian Richarrdson (AZ Director)
    Office: 602.254.2907
    Cell: 602.680.0443

    Metro Phoenix Export Alliance (MPEXA):

    A program of the Partnership for Economic Innovation (PEI) which is dedicated to building a stronger export-driven regional economy.

    Arizona District Export Council (DEC):Provides local leadership in international trade through its 30+ member council of international trade veterans and experts, all appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.

    2828 N. Central Avenue, #800
    Phoenix, AZ 85004

    Arizona Division of the Export Assistance Center:Helps companies plan, develop and execute international sales strategies.

    AZ Step Program – The Arizona Commerce Authority runs the Arizona State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) which assists Arizona small businesses to enter export markets for the first time or to expand into new markets.

    Mexico Trade Office

    Foreign-Trade Zones are secure areas under supervision of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that are considered outside the customs territory of the United States at which special CBP procedures may be used. Foreign and domestic merchandise may be moved into zones for storage, exhibition, assembly, manufacturing, and processing without payment of duties, quota and other import restrictions until the decision is made to enter the goods into the U.S. market. Authority for establishing foreign-trade zones is granted by the Foreign-Trade Zones Board.

    As Grantee, the City of Phoenix is responsible for establishing, administering and marketing the Foreign-Trade Zone program for the greater Phoenix area (No.75).

    Other Resources

    Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)

    MAG is a council of governments (COG) that serves as the regional planning agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

    302 N. 1st Avenue, Suite 300
    Phoenix, AZ 85003


    Visit Phoenix

    Visitor information center located in the heart of Downtown Phoenix where information and recommendations are available on dining, sightseeing and cultural attractions

    Phoenix Convention Center West Building
    125 N. 2nd Street, Suite 120
    Phoenix, AZ 85004
    (877) CALL-PHX