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Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona and the nation’s 38th-largest city. The city provides the advantages of a thriving metropolis while maintaining the feel of a suburban environment. Just 15 miles east of Phoenix, Mesa covers 128 square miles.

MESA AND BUSINESS

Mesa continues to offer the whole package, boosted by a nearly 60 percent surge in population since 1990. A combination of good local jobs, a commitment to high-quality education and a family friendly, laid-back lifestyle continues to attract residents to Mesa.

BUSINESS ATTITUDE

Business opportunities abound for new residents; in fact, in 2006, Entrepreneur magazine named the Phoenix-Mesa area as the best U.S. city to start and grow a business. The magazine cites the continued exodus of California residents relocating to more affordable western states as a prime factor in the valley’s continued growth.

Mesa has eight business corridors and centers throughout the city’s planning area of approximately 170 square miles. These corridors are: Mesa Riverview, Union Pacific, Fiesta on the west side, the downtown area, Superstition Freeway West, the Falcon Field district, Superstition Freeway East and Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport corridor on Mesa’s east end. These economic activity centers host about 70 percent of the city’s jobs and 66 percent of the city’s businesses.

Mesa is counting on the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and surrounding business corridor to be the hub of the city’s future economic growth as the airport becomes a major passenger reliever airport to Sky Harbor International in Phoenix.

BUSINESS

Allegiant Air passenger service from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway began in October 2007. Allegiant’s service to 28 destinations is expected to bring more than 400,000 visitors to Mesa during a five-year period and yield more than $3 million in fees and revenue, according to airport officials. More than 5,000 people already work at 35 aviation companies in the airport’s business corridor. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway is a new name for an airport with a rich history. Until recently, the airport was known as Williams Gateway, a former Air Force base that closed in 1993. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway’s governing board voted for the new name last year in September after discussions for potential passenger service with several airlines. Officials say the name change is important to reflect the airport’s location.

These major employers in the city of Mesa help to keep the unemployment rate lower than the national average:

MAJOR PUBLIC EMPLOYERS

City of Mesa
Mesa Community College
Mesa Public School District
United States Postal Service

MAJOR PRIVATE EMPLOYERS

AMPAM Riggs Plumbing
Banner Health System
The Boeing Company
Empire Southwest
TRW Safety Systems

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