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Sun Corridor Inc. is a transformative economic development organization representing one of the most dynamic and growing major business centers in North America.  Located in Southern Arizona and encompassing four counties (Pinal, Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise), Sun Corridor Inc. is a CEO-driven regional alliance whose members aggressively champion mega-regional issues that impact economic competitiveness and quality of life.

The organization has helped to drive significant business investment into the Tucson and Southern Arizona region through primary job creation, resulting in an economic impact of $30.6 billion.

Company Locates & Expansions
Jobs Supported
Economic Impact

Updated through 3/24/21

Targeted Industries

Commercial Aviation

Quick Highlights

Tucson & Southern Arizona meet all needs for commercial aviation with access to a premier workforce through Pima Community College’s Aviation Center of Excellence and shovel ready properties.

Companies operating here include
Bombardier, Ascent, Honeywell, Meggitt, Sargent and Universal Avionics.

E- Commerce and Distribution

Quick Highlights

Looking to improve your current e-commerce and distribution operations? Tucson & Southern Arizona have 100-acre real estate parcels, the Port of Tucson and Southeast Employment & Logistics Center. Our workforce is prepared and expertly trained to support your business with the University of Arizona’s Operations Management major.

Notable companies operating here include, HomeGoods, Home Depot and Amazon.

Mining Technology

Quick Highlights

Southern Arizona supplies 60% of the nation’s copper (US Geological Survey USGS, 2015) and is a hub for tech talent, providing the workforce your business needs to succeed. This standing is nationally recognized as Tucson was ranked #1 of up-and-coming tech talent market (CBRE, 2019).

Notable businesses in the region include Caterpillar, Hexagon Mining, Modular Mining (a Komatsu Company) and Freeport-McMoRan.


Enjoy the benefits of two convenient airports as @AveloAir connects TUS to @fly_BUR with nonstop service starting in December. Did we mention promotional fares are $29?! #NonstopForTucson

We're thrilled to add @AveloAir to the team of airlines flying in and out of TUS! Avelo is the nation's first new scheduled airline in nearly 15 years. We are the latest nonstop route from their base in @fly_BUR. #TBT to our announcement #NonstopForTucson

Congratulations to Tucson-based Raytheon Missiles & Defense, and Northrop Grumman Corporation on the 1st test of a hypersonic missile — an ultra-fast, hard-to-destroy weapon.

Another example of amazing tech advancements happening in Southern AZ.



“We are proud to have Raytheon Missiles & Defense headquartered in Tucson, Arizona. The region’s workforce, infrastructure and community support are fundamental to our plans and enable us to meet the growing demand from our customers.”

Wes Kremer
President, Raytheon Missiles & Defense

“We’re a strong believer in economic development – it’s a pretty simple equation to know that in our business if our community does well, we do well. So economic development has always been part of our plan, in particular as Sun Corridor Inc. was formed. We’ve been very enthusiastic in our support for Sun Corridor Inc. and the work that’s being done.”

David G. Hutchens
President & CEO, Fortis Inc.

“We see our partnership with Sun Corridor Inc. as critical to our ability for our business to grow. When Sun Corridor Inc. works to recruit businesses to come to Tucson and also helps businesses expand in Tucson, that helps our business. It’s a very strategic partnership.”

Lisa Lovallo
Market Vice President, Southern Arizona Cox Communications
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