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What we do

Sun Corridor Inc.’s role is to coordinate all economic development activities and programs within the Southern Arizona megaregion under one umbrella.  This megaregion includes Pima, Pinal, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties.

The primary goal of our organization is to facilitate primary (non-retail) job creation and strengthen/grow the economic base in Southern Arizona.  In other words, we act as the sales and marketing agency to attract new companies, new jobs, new talent and new capital investment.

To be successful, we must have a competitive environment that allows primary employers to flourish and succeed.  Thus, Sun Corridor Inc. convenes Southern Arizona’s top leadership to ensure our competitiveness and influence economic and public policy. As a stakeholder, you are recognized in the ranks of the region’s top leadership to accomplish these goals and make sure your company has a voice at the table.

Sun Corridor Inc. Investors employ more than 85,000 people throughout Southern Arizona.

how we are funded

The most successful economic development groups are led by the private sector, with public sector involvement and input.  Sun Corridor Inc. is 75% privately funded.

Our unique mix of private funds and public influence allows us to move with speed and efficiency. Our board consists of leaders in industry, government, academia and leading nonprofits. Between our strong board and our relationships with top government officials, we have the power to transform this economy.

driven by a strategic plan

Our efforts in facilitating job growth in a competitive environment are driven by a multi-faceted, data-driven strategic plan called the Economic Blueprint.  This plan includes a targeted list of industries that match the current and future assets of the megaregion and provide the best opportunity for long-term success.

Primary Industry Targets:

A list of the most recent successes can be found here.

Our Core Services

Our body of work includes the recruitment of primary companies, expansion of companies and marketing the region to a national and international audience.  These activities require significant investment of people and resources to be successful.  Specific activities we engage in day to day with your financial support include:

  • Outbound sales missions and road shows across the country with site selectors and companies
  • Hosting client visits of companies considering Tucson and Southern Arizona for a location
  • Central analysis of municipal, county and state economic development tools for client projects
  • Facility start up assistance
  • Real estate and facility research assistance
  • Soft Landing Program management
  • Supply chain assistance
  • National/international media tours
  • Relationship-building with site selectors
  • Relationship-building with real estate and economic development reporters
  • Email, newsletters, social media and web-based marketing

What is the ROI? What does your organization get out of the relationship?

Bringing in new businesses and helping businesses expand, in turn, benefits existing businesses here, by providing them with new customer prospects, new suppliers and new potential partners for their own growth plans.  A stronger economy attracts professionals to move and stay here, expanding the talent base in our region.

How Can I Join?

We hope you’ll consider joining as an Investor to help support the group’s core client services to sell and market this region.  Private companies fund 75% of Sun Corridor Inc. and its success depends on private sector support.

The Chairman’s Circle is comprised of Board Members dedicated to advancing the Southern Arizona economy. Top executives in the region meet regularly with our CEO to set strategies and influence Sun Corridor Inc.’s direction.

Sun Corridor Inc. is governed by a diverse Board of Directors. This group includes leaders from business, education, nonprofit and government.  Sun Corridor Inc. Board of Directors meet quarterly to implement a strong workplan aimed at increasing our region’s competitiveness.

Sun Corridor Inc. Investors make a commitment to advancing our region’s economy. Our Investors participate in meetings with company officials and Sun Corridor Inc.’s Soft Landing program.

For more information, contact Laura Shaw at 520-243-1940 or

Connect With Us

Want to learn more? A member of Sun Corridor Inc.’s Business Development team will respond to any written inquiry within one business day.

Laura Shaw

Senior Vice President
Email or Call 520.243.1940

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