Tempe’s prime location in the center of the thriving Phoenix metropolitan area contributes to its success in attracting and keeping dynamic companies within its borders. Tempe is surrounded by freeways providing quick and easy access to Sky Harbor International Airport.
Tempe has the greatest concentration of high technology firms in all of Arizona. In addition, Tempe has the densest industrial area in Arizona, and two zip codes (85282 and 85281) represent the highest concentration of businesses in the state. While Tempe represents less than 4 percent of the state’s population, more than 15 percent of Arizona’s high-tech companies are located here.
The city is also home to more than 100 office complexes and developments. Three of Tempe’s beautifully planned business parks – Arizona State University Research Park, Papago Park Center and Fountainhead Corporate Center – are home to internationally recognized companies.
Arizona State University’s Research Park is an elegant example of the type of developments found in Tempe. The 324-acre park boasts more than 18 acres of mature landscaping, three lakes, six miles of jogging paths, picnic ramadas and tennis courts. Established in 1984 to help build relationships between the local university and industries, its tenants are primarily research and development organizations and regional headquarters. Edward Jones Brokerage also opened its regional headquarters in the park. Currently, Edward Jones houses 450 associates and will eventually occupy up to 328,000 square feet of office space located on about 18 acres at ASU Research Park.
Many of Tempe’s manufacturing and service firms are international companies. Familiar names include Honeywell, US Airways, Insight, Wells Fargo and Medtronic Microelectronics. US Airways, US Airways Shuttle and US Airways Express operate approximately 3,800 flights per day and serve more than 230 communities in the United States, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and Latin America. Tempe is proud to have the US Airways headquarters located in the heart of downtown’s Mill Avenue District.
Some of Tempe’s largest employers include Arizona State University, Salt River Project, Honeywell, US Airways, Motorola, Tempe Elementary School District, Chase Manhattan and the City of Tempe.
Other large firms have established homes in Tempe as well. KPMG is a global network of professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services in 145 countries across the world. LifeLock is an industry leader in the field of identity theft protection serving tens of thousands of consumers nationally. Monster, a leading online career and recruitment resource, expanded its U.S. operations and launched a West Coast hub when it officially opened its Tempe facility, the largest outside the company’s headquarters. First Solar is the largest manufacturer of thin solar modules and is paving the way for the expansion of solar energy use. Jobing.com is a three-time Inc. 500 “Fastest Growing Company” that launched in Arizona in early 2000 and has grown to become one of the most widely used employment resources. With naming rights to the Jobing.com Arena, the company is recognized on a national level for the Phoenix Coyotes and other entertainment events.
Tempe’s favorable tax structure and proactive approach to business development, combined with its prime location, create the ideal climate for businesses to grow and prosper.