Key Assets

The Greater Phoenix region offers many key assets. One of the key assets in the region is our Education system. The Greater Phoenix region is home to Arizona State University, ranked 5th by the Wall Street Journal for producing the “best prepared and most highly recruited students for the job market.” Several other higher education institutions can be found in the region, including the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Grand Canyon University, and campus extensions for both the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. The Maricopa Community Colleges system also offers an extensive community college network with ten colleges and two skill centers spread across the region.


Located throughout the region are top Health Care providers with high-ranking specialties in the areas of cardiology, pulmonology, geriatrics, neurology, and cancer treatment. Among these top hospitals are Phoenix’s Children’s Hospital which is ranked nationally in five pediatric specialties and Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. A complete listing of Top Hospitals in the Greater Phoenix area by High-Ranking Specialty can be found in the Health Care section.


As a border state, it’s no surprise that Arizona’s largest International trading partner is Mexico. However, the state has several other significant trading partners including China, Canada, and Japan. International partners can benefit from the Foreign Trade Zones located in the east, west, and central parts of the region.


Because our region is located in the beautiful Sonoran desert, many raise questions regarding water availability. However, stored water supplies contain up to five years’ worth of water demand, due in large part to good planning and management and the fact that the region enjoys a large, renewable water

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supply from the watershed of Northern Arizona. In fact, the modern canal system follows the paths created by the early Hohokam Indian settlers who built the first canal system more than 1,000 years ago. Details on water usage in the region can be found in the Utilities section.


The region is also home to Luke Air Force Base, including the Air Education and Training Command that trains F-16 fighter pilots. The base was recently chosen as the location to house F-35A aircraft and will be used to train F-35 fighter pilots as well. Several other major military installations located throughout Arizona can be viewed in the Military Bases section.