Why Pinal County?

Pinal County, formed in February 1875, comprises 5,376 square miles. Nestled between Maricopa County (Phoenix) and Pima County (Tucson), Pinal County is home to over 350,000 residents. The county has two distinct regions: the eastern mountainous area (copper mining and tourism) and the western lower valley desert area (manufacturing, distribution and agriculture).

Pima CottonLocated in the very heart of the Sun Corridor, Pinal County has a very diverse economy. Since the county’s inception 135 years ago, copper mining has and remains a county economic mainstay, over the many years creating thousands of great paying jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue to the state, county and local economies. Another major economic engine is agriculture. The central to western area of the county is home to hundreds of family, corporate and university based farms supporting various types of agricultural products including Pima cotton, hay, sorghum, millet, corn, sheep, dairy & feeder cattle and several varieties of fruits and vegetables.

Manufacturing and major distribution firms are centered along Pinal County’s main traffic corridors of Interstate 10 (California to Florida), Interstate 8 (Pinal County to San Diego) and US Route 60. Transportation corridors in the county also include the Union Pacific Sunset Line (Long Beach to El Paso) and Copper Basin railroads. With the proposed development of a 950 acre Union Pacific Railroad rail park locating near Red Rock, and close to I-10 and I-8, Pinal County has a great opportunity to create a major multi-modal warehouse/distribution network along with opportunities for the location of national and global rail served manufacturing concerns.

The 5th largest and busiest airport in the United States, Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, is located minutes away from nearly any point in Pinal County. The Sky Harbor overflow airport, Phoenix Gateway International Airport in Mesa, is located at the northern and eastern boundary of Pinal and Maricopa counties. Several general aviation airports are located in the county including Pinal Airpark, located near Marana, AZ in the southern area of the county and home to Evergreen Air Center, one of the world’s largest airplane storage and heavy maintenance facilities for large and jumbo jets.

Recreation AreasSeveral national, state and county parks and recreation areas are located in the county ranging from the Casa Grande Ruins National Park in Coolidge, to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park near Superior, the Town of Florence Historical District, and McFarland State Historic Park, both located in Florence, Picacho Peak State Park near Red Rock, the Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction and Oracle State Park near Oracle. Water sports and fishing are available at San Carlos lake, located in the northeast area of the county above the Gila River on the San Carlos Indian Reservation. Thousands of people from around the world come to Pinal County to visit these and other parks and recreation areas and to take advantage of the moderate, year-round weather.

The traditional economic opportunities of agriculture and mining combined with the emerging technologies of aerospace (conventional and unmanned aerial vehicles), bio-med, renewable/green technologies (solar and wind) and high tech manufacturing facilities, along with very robust recreational, cultural and tourism opportunities, all lends itself to the creation and continuation of a diverse economy and high wage job opportunities; thus creating a vibrant residential population enjoying a very high level quality of life unsurpassed in Arizona.

These factors along with a “pro-business” atmosphere developed and implemented by Pinal County and the local community governments, availability of low cost land, available water resources, an excellent transportation system and power grid and a skilled, trained and available workforce, all create a county of opportunities, a County where you want to live, work and play. That’s why. Welcome to Pinal County!

“Pinal County – Wide Open Opportunities”

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