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Flagstaff is quickly emerging as one of the major hubs for science-related industry. Long the home of W.L. Gore, a large medical device manufacturer, Flagstaff is also the home of Machine Solutions Inc., which makes catheter and stent testing equipment. Prent Thermoforming designs and manufactures custom plastic, rigid thermoform packaging for the medical device industry.

In biosciences, Flagstaff is leading the way. The city is home to the northern office of Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute. TGen North is the heart of TGen's Pathogen Genomics Division, led by Dr. Paul Keim, one of the world's foremost experts in anthrax and other dangerous infectious diseases. TGen North focuses on the diagnostic, analytic, forensic and epidemiologic research related to pathogens important to medicine, public health and biodefense.

These companies often rely on the wealth of services provided by Northern Arizona University, which is an important partner in the R&D process by providing diverse and talented scientists combined with excellent laboratory and research facilities.


The Economic Collaborative of Northern Arizona (ECoNA) was formed to create jobs, increase wealth, and accelerate economic growth in Northern Arizona by coordinating and leveraging the resources of several private, public and non-profit entities in the region. With the support of more than a dozen area groups, ECoNA strives to:

• Attract new business to the region;

• Retain and expand existing business and industry;

• Redevelop underutilized areas to maximize their economic development potential

• Increase innovation, entrepreneurship and investment in Northern Arizona.

The Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology partners with a wide variety of non-retail, service, manufacturing, high technology, science and renewable energy firms to offer a hands-on business incubation engagement program designed to transform innovation into viable companies. It is poised for a major expansion in the coming year.

Utility APS (Arizona Public Service) also has initiated many green efforts in the community, including a large solar array adjacent to its headquarters on Huntington Drive. It has committed to leading the change toward sustainable energy solutions with an innovative project called the Community Power ProjectSM. This project is being conducted in the Doney Park area of Flagstaff. APS owns, maintains and receives the energy generated by solar panels installed on customer roof-tops. Customers who participate in the Community Power ProjectSM help create solar power with no upfront or maintenance costs and save on their electric bills over time.

Flagstaff also has a wide variety of other business and manufacturing industries. The city’s economic engine is tourism related and you will find numerous hotels, restaurants, retail establishments, and attractions in our area for your pleasure.

It is also home to several manufacturing plants, such as Nestlé Purina PetCare, Joy Cone, Novakinetic Aerosystems, and SCA Tissue. Walgreens has a major distribution center here, and there are several major retailers as well.

A large economic backbone of the area is its small businesses, that typically have less than 10 employees that are responsible for creating a mountain town feel since many are one-of-a-kind and you won’t find them elsewhere.

Employer — Number of Employees in Flagstaff
Northern Arizona University — 2298
W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. — 1950
Flagstaff Medical Center — 1769
Flagstaff Unified School District — 1344
Coconino County — 1200
City of Flagstaff — 625
Walmart — 400
Walgreens Distribution Center — 340
U.S. Government/Coconino National Forest — 340
Grand Canyon Railway Inc. — 256
Nestlé Purina PetCare Company — 251
The Guidance Center Inc. — 219
UniSource Energy Services — 186
SCA Tissue North America LLC — 180
Coconino Community College — 175
North Country HealthCare — 175
Wells Fargo Bank Northeast Administration — 150
The Peaks Senior Living Community — 140
DoubleTree by Hilton Flagstaff — 121

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