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Industry Strengths

The fundamental goal of Sun Corridor Inc.’s economic development efforts is generating wealth for the community through the creation of high-skilled/high-wage jobs. Sun Corridor Inc. strives to create a vibrant, attractive and sustainable economic environment in which businesses can mature and provide wealth-building opportunities for its residents.

Sun Corridor Inc.’s business attraction, retention and expansion initiatives currently involve a strategic focus on targeted industries that were identified in the Economic Blueprint. In an effort to improve the number of high-wage jobs in the region, Sun Corridor Inc. focuses on targeted business development activity on the following industries: Aerospace & Defense, Renewable & Mining Technology, Bioscience & Healthcare and Transportation & Logistics.

Tucson & Southern Arizona: Key Growth Industries

BY THE NUMBERS

COMPANIES 200+
EMPLOYEES 25K

Aerospace Technology Graduates (UA, ASU, Cochise, PCC): 4,000+

BY THE NUMBERS

COMPANIES 100+
EMPLOYEES 5.5K

Life Science, Science Graduates (UA, ASU, Cochise, PCC): 10,000+

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COMPANIES 150+
EMPLOYEES 11K

45 million people served within 500 mile radius

BY THE NUMBERS

COMPANIES 50+
EMPLOYEES 7K

Electrical Engineering Graduates (UA, ASU, PCC): 800+

BY THE NUMBERS

COMPANIES 60+
EMPLOYEES 18K

UA Eller College of Management Graduates: 1,000+

KEY FACTS

5th highest concentration of A&D employees in the nation

Two of AZ’s largest military installations: Davis Monthan AFB (9,660) &
Ft. Huachuca (9,495)

Spaceport Tucson & Aerospace Research Campus provide unique land & expansion opportunities

Year-round flying weather, dry climate

KEY FACTS

Roche Tissue Diagnostics, the leading global supplier of cancer diagnostic systems to the pathology market, employs about 1,800

National Institute of Health (NIH) granted UA researchers over $900MM since 2010; largest NIH grant recipient in AZ

Critical Path Institute headquartered in Tucson; innovative pharma research organization that serves 13 consortia globally

Over 20 life sciences programs at UA/ASU

KEY FACTS

Port of Tucson: over 770 acres of land, 1.8M SF intermodal, foreign trade zone warehousing and logistics complex

Our proximity to Mexico is advantageous to bi-national commerce; 40% of produce consumed by U.S. comes through Nogales

Union Pacific mainline is one of the most heavily-traveled rail lines in the country

19 non-stop destinations at TUS

KEY FACTS

Caterpillar Surface Mining & Technology Division employs 600

Solar Zone at UA Tech Park is one of the largest multi-technology solar R&D sites in U.S.

Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources (UA) is the only research institute in the US with the depth of experience to tackle modern mining

320+ days of sunshine; attractive to solar tech

KEY FACTS

Eller College of Management ranks #20 among public undergraduate business programs nationwide

OptumRx employs 400; 100 are pharma techs

Comcast’s Center of Excellence employs 1,100 to troubleshoot technical problems

Ascensus, with 200 employees, is the largest independent college savings & retirement services provider in U.S.

LEADERS SAY

“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.”

LEADERS SAY

“Roche, a global leader in the bioscience industry, is very pleased to have one of its primary U.S. sites located in Tucson. With vital education and community partnerships as well as a strong talent pool, we believe the Southern Arizona region is poised to become a best-in-class biotechnology hub.”

LEADERS SAY

“Here, right along the Mexico-US border, we have access to key suppliers, an urban infrastructure and communications network and a gateway to markets both east and west.”

LEADERS SAY

“Caterpillar was very pleased with the overall acceptance rate among employees offered a relocation to Tucson, with a solid majority accepting from across our locations.”

LEADERS SAY

“Similar to most companies, we needed to find a location that would serve our workforce needs but there was one thing that Tucson had that others did not: a coordinated, positive message from every person we spoke to.”

Wes Kremer
President

Raytheon Missiles & Defense

Jill German
Head of Roche Tissue Diagnostics
Roche Tissue Diagnostics

Santiago Castro
Director General, Conservas La Costena
CEO, Faribault Foods, Inc.

Christophe Dupont
Chief Financial Officer
Caterpillar Global Mining

Shannon Kelly
President
Ascensus Retirement

Information updated 1/1/21

connect with us

Susan Dumon | Vice President, Economic Development
susan.dumon@suncorridorinc.com
520.243.1950

Daniela Gallagher | Vice President, Economic Development
daniela.gallagher@suncorridorinc.com
520.243.1938

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