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Why Casa Grande?

The City of Casa Grande is the southern-most city in the Phoenix Metropolitan area and is conveniently located midway between Phoenix and Tucson, approximately one hour from each city. The I-8, I-10, and Union Pacific Railroad run through the city of Casa Grande, and the I-8/I-10 interchange is located just south of the downtown corridor providing convenient access to three major freight routes. Over the past two years, Casa Grande has generated significant media attention at the national and international levels with development announcements by:

  • Lucid Motors (electric vehicle manufacturer)
  • Attesa Motorsports (a 2,300-acre development that will include two professional racing venues)
  • Dreamport Villages (a 1,500-acre extreme sport themed amusement park)
  • Phoenixmart (a 1.5 million square foot international business-to-business sourcing center)

These four projects combined are projected to create over 30,000 jobs and represent over $5B in capital investment over the next 10 years. In addition, the Attesa Motorsports venue and the Dreamport Villages are expected to attract over 4 million visitors a year.

Casa Grande’s population has doubled since the year 2000, making it the largest city and tax base in Pinal County. Coupled with its rapidly growing economy and industrial sector, there has never been a better time to invest in Casa Grande!

Quality of Life

Casa Grande is a growing city with multiple major industrial and recreational projects underway. The city is on pace to continue attracting residents, businesses, and industry due to its prime location and beautiful Sonoran climate. Residents of Casa Grande are within an hour drive of the two largest Universities in Arizona – Arizona State and the University of Arizona – as well as two Northern Arizona University Campuses, Embry-Riddle’s Mesa Campus, Grand Canyon University in Glendale, and eleven of the nation’s highest, ranked community colleges in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima Counties.

Casa Grande is a food hub with popular franchises such as Olive Garden, Mimi’s Cafe and Buffalo Wild Wings along with highly rated local restaurants including Sho-Ga Japenese Restaurant, Big House Cafe, Francisco Grande Duke’s Lounge, BeDillon’s Restaurant, and Eva’s Fine Mexican Food. Boasting a population of over 52,000 residents with an average household income of over $55,000, Casa Grande provides residents and businesses alike with every opportunity to succeed in a beautiful setting just far enough outside the Phoenix Metro to get away from the hustle and bustle of urban living.

Key Industries

The City of Casa Grande is the land of opportunity for new businesses with key industry focuses on manufacturing, warehousing/logistics, and healthcare. The City of Casa Grande is strategically located between the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas along Interstate 10 and Interstate 8. The community is also served by the mainline of the Union Pacific Railroad and is within one hour of Phoenix Sky Harbor and Tucson International airports. No other community in Arizona enjoys such connectivity.

Economic Development Division promotes the city as the ideal location for industrial, health care, and aviation development.

The Economic Development Division can assist companies with identifying available sites that can meet your company’s needs. In addition, Economic Development staff will work closely with Arizona@Work Pinal County and Central Arizona College staff to help address your pre and post-employment needs as well as assist you in your recruitment efforts.

Abbott Nutrition, Frito Lay, Wal-Mart Distributions, , and Monsanto Cotton Research Center are just a few industrial employers currently providing for the Casa Grande workforce. With the addition of 30,000 new jobs introduced into Casa Grande by Lucid Motors, Attessa Motorsports, Dreamport Villages and Phoenixmart over the next decade, Casa Grande is transforming into a strong industrial hub in central Arizona.

Start Your Business

The City of Casa Grande is here to help you start your business no matter the size with a three step process.

  1. Complete our Business License Application. (This document contains the Citizenship form as it is now required for all renewals and new business license applications.)
  2. Bring your completed business license application and acceptable form of ID to the City Finance Department for processing.
  3. Review the business license application for relevant fees for your type of business and submit the appropriate fee with your application to the Finance Department.

Click here for more resources on starting a business in Casa Grande.

*Notice: Effective October 1, 2008, a new law went into effect preventing a City from issuing a license (either new or renewed) to an individual unless the individual has provided the City of Casa Grande with one of the forms of identification listed in the Citizenship form. If your business is incorporated, provide a certificate of good standing. To become or remain eligible for a license, please download and complete the Citizenship form to submit to the City Finance Department.

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