B E A U T I F U L LY C O N N E C T E D ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
O V E R V IE W
IN LESS THAN 25 YEARS, THE TOWN OF SAHUARITA HAS GROWN INTO A COMMUNITY THAT APPEALS TO FAMILIES AND IS AN IDEAL LOCATION FOR THE AEROSPACE, TECHNOLOGY, RESEARCH AND MODERN MINING ACTIVITY THAT IS KEY TO THE SOUTHERN ARIZONA ECONOMY. Located in the picturesque high desert between Tucson and the U.S.-Mexico border, Sahuarita is a central location for commerce and tourism, situated next to Interstate 19 and a short distance from Tucson and Interstate 10.
Sahuarita is a thriving, modern community offering the natural beauty unique to Southern Arizona and strategically connected to a region of exciting opportunity.
POPULATION - 2000
POPULATION - 2012
POPULATION - 2015
SAHUARITA MEDIAN AGE (YEARS)
OVER VI E W
Boasting modern infrastructure, a business-friendly environment, talented local workforce and lots of room to grow, Sahuarita is the place for both business success and a quality life.
SAHUARITA MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME
$69,425 Pima County Median Household Income
State of Arizona Median Household Income
COM M ER C E
A CENTRAL LOCATION FOR TRADE AND COMMERCE IN THE REGION AND BEYOND, UNIQUELY POSITIONS SAHUARITA TO ACCOMMODATE A VARIETY OF COMPANIES AND INDUSTRIES LOOKING TO RELOCATE OR EXPAND. Located just 50 miles north of the Mexico border, the town is central to the Sun Corridor economic development region with convenient access to Interstate 19, rail freight at the Port of Tucson and air travel at the nearby Tucson International Airport. These hubs and proximity to Interstate 10 put Sahuarita in the crossroads of commerce coming through ports in Mexico, California and Texas, carrying goods to and from South America, Asia and Europe. Important enhancements are planned for the region, including the Pima County Aerospace and Defense Corridor, an economic development initiative that promises to enhance business prospects in the area.
POPULATION OF GREATER TRADE AREA
COM M ER C E
Major employers including Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, ASARCO, Raytheon Missile Systems, Caterpillar Inc., Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and the University of Arizona Tech Park provide an array of potential partnerships and business prospects for start-up firms such as World View and Vector Space Systems. Educational institutions in the area, including the University of Arizona, provide world-class research facilities. Pima Community Collegeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s workforce development program customizes worker training and education to meet specific employer needs, bringing everevolving opportunities to improve the skills of employees.
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE
Over 3.8 million vehicles, commercial trucks and buses cross the Nogales land ports of entry, making their way along I-19 and through the Sahuarita region.
B U SIN E SS AD VAN TAG E S
SAHUARITA IS POISED TO JOIN YOU IN CULTIVATING YOUR BUSINESS. Concierge-style teamwork. A community business workspace. No impact fees, business license fees or town property tax. It all adds up to your place for doing business in Southern Arizona. Through the “Building Sahuarita: Partners in Development” program, the town provides a guiding hand for business start-ups to overcome obstacles, efficiently complete licensing processes, and get your business up and running.
“BizHUB” is a town-sponsored small business workspace that provides meeting rooms, resources and technology to help you create your business niche. Here you can connect with other business operators who have found success in our supportive business climate. And Sahuarita has business-ready space waiting for you! The town has acres of available land zoned for commercial and industrial use, including the future Sahuarita Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, a 32,000 square-foot manufacturing center that will offer space for growing your small business.
IMPACT FEES • PROPERTY FEES BUSINESS LICENSE FEE • STATE FRANCHISE TAX BUSINESS INVENTORY TAX • ESTATE TAX
LOCAL TAXES STATE OF ARIZONA SALES TAX RATE
REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY TAX
TOWN OF SAHUARITA LOCAL SALES TAX RATE
TOWN OF SAHUARITA CONSTRUCTION SALES TAX RATE
STATE UNEMPLOYMENT TAX RATE WAGES SUBJECT TO TAX
NEW EMPLOYER RATE
B U SIN E SS SU CC E SS
DRONE CONTROL SYSTEMS Shortly after finding a prime base of operations in Sahuarita, Drone Control Systems (DCS) found the perfect partner to launch a pilot project. Joining forces with the Town of Sahuarita Police Department, DCS provided the software technology to launch the Local Area Drone Dispatch and Authorization System. The partnership allows Sahuarita police to deploy drones to situations in advance of sending officers or emergency responders. Drone Control Systems is now positioned to provide software systems for unmanned aircraft that comply with regulations governing the use of drones while ensuring that operators can still have the freedom to fly.
B USI NESS SUCCESS
HYDRONALIX Hydronalix develops robotic lifesaving vehicles used in maritime emergencies. It has found a home in the high desert of Southern Arizona. Founded in 2009, Hydronalix will be among the first tenants in Sahuarita’s future Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, a 32,000-square-foot facility that is expected to be open for business in 2019. Riding the success of E.M.I.L.Y. – a remote controlled motorized floatation device formally known as the EMergency Integrated Lifesaving lanYard – Hydronalix now employs a dozen high-wage workers, including scientists and electrical engineers. The firm uses Arizona-manufactured parts and components and sells its products in Europe, Asia and South America as well as domestically.
BU SIN E SS SU CC E SS
CONTROL VISION, INC. Control Vision, Inc. was born a home-based start-up in Sahuarita, then grew to a successful small business with help from the right partners. A cutting-edge optics firm started by a military veteran, Control Vision Inc. (CVI) has parlayed partnerships with the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center and the Town of Sahuarita into a growing venture that has successfully developed and deployed optical and control systems for defense and scientific use. The three-year-old business now employs ten highly-skilled and well-paid staff members, and also benefits from proximity to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Raytheon Missile Systems and other defense and technology firms in Southern Arizona. Working in the right place with the right partners can make all the difference.
LOOK NO FURTHER THAN SOUTHERN ARIZONA’S LARGEST AND MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY DEMANDING EMPLOYERS TO SEE THE VALUE OF SAHUARITA’S WORKFORCE. Raytheon Missile Defense Systems, the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, Farmers Investment Company, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold, ASARCO, and the Tucson Airport Authority employ many skilled workers from our community.
SAHUARITA OCCUPATION PROFILE
NATURAL RESOURCES CONSTRUCTION MAINTENANCE
PRODUCTION TRANSPORTATION MATERIALS MOVING
MANAGEMENT BUSINESS SCIENCE ARTS
W O RKFO R C E
Research has shown that Sahuarita’s employed workforce displays higher levels of educational attainment overall than Pima County and Arizona as a whole. Sahuarita’s employed labor force has concentrations of higher-paying high-tech occupations significantly greater than those throughout Southern Arizona. The Sahuarita School District is doing its part to see that continue, working with multiple stakeholders, major employers, higher education and the Pima County Joint Technical Education District (JTED) to identify workforce needs and develop high-quality programs to meet those needs.
SAHUARITA RESIDENTS HAVE A BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR HIGHER
GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL DEGREE
SCHOOL RATINGS ANZA TRAIL SCHOOL (K-8)
SAHUARITA HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)
WALDEN GROVE HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)
QUALI T Y OF LI FE
SAHUARITA WORKERS AND RESIDENTS ENJOY SCENIC VISTAS OF OPEN DESERT LANDSCAPE WITH A BACKDROP OF THE MAJESTIC SANTA RITA MOUNTAINS. Locals take walks on landscaped trails and visit family-friendly parks, including Sahuarita Lake. They shop in a growing number of retail centers. Their children attend a highly-ranked and awarded school system and play in what has been recognized as one of Arizonaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s safest communities.
QUALI T Y OF LI FE
Master-planned communities such as Rancho Sahuarita, Quail Creek and Madera Highlands welcome new arrivals. From homes among the most affordable in the nation, residents have easy access to local festivals, farmers' markets and events that provide a friendly small-town vibe. Yet, just 20 minutes away are the dynamic urban entertainment and sporting scenes of Tucson.
SAHUARITA MEDIAN HOME VALUE
#5 OF THE TOP 10 SAFEST CITIES IN ARIZONA
Violent Crimes Per 1,000: .42 Property Crimes Per 1,000: 14.53
OF SAHUARITA RESIDENTS BELIEVE SAHUARITA IS A GREAT PLACE TO RAISE CHILDREN
OF SAHUARITA RESIDENTS GAVE THE SAHUARITA POLICE DEPARTMENT HIGH MARKS
OF SAHUARITA RESIDENTS ARE IN FAVOR OF THE WAY SAHUARITA HAS DEVELOPED DURING THE PAST 5 YEARS.
LO O KIN G AH E AD
RANCHO SAHUARITA, REGIONS 4-9 (2017-2032) The next phases of Rancho Sahuarita will include two new neighborhoods: Entrada del Rio and Entrada la Villita, over time building upon the existing retail marketplace and office. •
953,000 square feet of retail, office, hotel and mixed-use space
334 multi-family units
3,267 single-family housing units
Projected employment 2,435
SAHUARITA FARMS (2032-2050) Sahuarita Farms is an approved new mixed-use master planned community that will be located along the verdant Santa Cruz River supporting the growth of Sahuarita. •
Approximately 7,000 acres, with approximately 5,645 within the Town of Sahuarita
Projected residential units 19,055
Projected 5 million square feet of commercial, office, hospitality and employment space
SAHUARITA EAST CONCEPTUAL AREA (2042 AND BEYOND) SECAP is the future of Sahuarita for new residential, commercial, employment and recreational opportunities. •
47-square-mile planned area
Projected # of residents 60,000–160,000
Projected employment acreage 4,909
Projected commercial acreage 1,200
For additional information on economic opportunities and investment in Sahuarita please contact: Victor Gonzalez, CEcD, Economic Development Manager, Town of Sahuarita Tel: (520) 822-8817 • Cell: (520) 289-4091 www.sahuaritaaz.gov
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