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 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 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.
Some of Tempe’s largest employers include Arizona State University, Salt River Project, Honeywell, Insight, the three school districts and the City of Tempe.
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.