Mesa Gateway Area

Anchored by the second major airport serving Greater Phoenix, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Mesa Gateway is a 35-square-miles, developing aerotropolis ideal for international companies, aerospace/aviation and defense firms, research and development, high-tech manufacturers, data centers, large industrial users, and educational institutions, as well as for residents to live, work, study, and play.

The region features highly-skilled technology talent, abundant land and building options, substantial infrastructure, and convenient market access, the Mesa Gateway Area is a smart location for intelligent companies.

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Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #221 covers 2,200 acres and provide duty exemptions, deferrals, and reductions, and up to a 72.9% reduction in state real and personal property taxes.

Military Reuse Zone (MRZ) provides transaction privilege tax exemption, income/premium tax credits for up to five years, and up to a 72.9% reduction in state real and personal property taxes.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport generates more than $1.3 billion of annual economic impact for Arizona, supports 10,470 jobs regionally, and provides commercial service to more than 1.2 million people annually.

Elliot Road Technology Corridor includes massive power infrastructure, streamlined entitlements, shovel-ready sites, and will be home to Apple’s $2B global command center.


The Mesa Gateway Area is home to a large number of international aerospace, defense, heavy industrial, manufacturing, and technology companies as well as numerous educational institutions.

Aerospace/Aviation & Defense – The Mesa Gateway Area hosts world-class players including Embraer, Cessna, Able Aerospace Services, Nammo Talley, and Orbital ATK.

Technology – In the Mesa Gateway Area you will find ground-breaking technology companies such as the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation, the Cognitive Engineering Research Institute, Arizona Laboratories for Security & Defense Research (AZ Labs), Bridgestone Biorubber Process Research Center, and the forthcoming Apple global command center.

Education – The Mesa Gateway Area is home to many institutions of higher learning focused on technology and aerospace including Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus with more than 12,000 students, as well as Chandler-Gilbert Community College, University of North Dakota Aerospace, East Valley Institute of Technology, CAE, Advanced Training Systems International, and ATP Flight School.

Heavy Industrial and Manufacturing – CMC Steel, FUJIFILM, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical, TRW, CRM Rubber, Matheson Tri-Gas, and Alcor Energy all have major operations in the Mesa Gateway Area.


Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is the heart of the Mesa Gateway Area. The Airport, a convenient alternative to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, provides commercial service to 47 destinations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

With three runways measuring 10,400, 10,200, and 9,300 feet, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport can accommodate the largest aircraft in the world. The Airport has on-site U.S. Customs Service, an FAA-contract air traffic control tower, and various buildings and hundreds of acres available for development.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is a cost-effective, global business location for maintenance, repair, and aircraft overhaul companies. Companies such as CessnaEmbraer, and Able Aerospace Services have chosen Gateway Airport because of its proximity to available labor, education facilities, and economic advantages. Businesses at Gateway Airport can take advantage of unique incentives and programs such as the Military Reuse Zone, Foreign Trade Zone, or Private Activity Bonds.


Military Reuse Zone (MRZ) – This program provides a number of tax incentives to businesses providing aviation or aerospace services, or engaged in manufacturing, assembling, or fabricating aviation or aerospace products. They include a significant reduction in property taxes of up to 72.9% for up to five years for capital intensive companies, construction sales tax rebate, and job tax credits.


Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) #221 – FTZ #221 includes more than 2,200 acres surrounding the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. FTZ-qualified companies may bring merchandise into the U.S. and into the FTZ for the purpose of storage, repacking, display, assembly, or manufacturing and may be duty exempt (on re-exports), duty deferred (on imports), or have inverted tariffs, meaning imported inputs may have a lower tariff once manufactured into a finished product. Companies may qualify for up to a 72.9% reduction in state real and personal property taxes.


Private Activity Bonds – Arizona's Private Activity Bond program is available to facilitate construction of industrial and manufacturing facilities, and the purchase of equipment. Aviation and aerospace facilities may also qualify for Tax-Exempt Airport Revenue Bonds.



Located in the northeastern portion of the Mesa Gateway Area, the Elliot Road Technology Corridor offers more than 1,000 acres of shovel-ready sites with robust infrastructure and a streamlined entitlement process – perfectly suited for technology companies, high-tech campuses, and data center operations. Apple Inc. recently announced that it will be locating its $2 billion global command center in the Corridor.



Mesa’s Pecos Advanced Manufacturing Zone, located in the southern portion of the Mesa Gateway Area, is well suited for large, heavy manufacturing operations. Major manufacturers such as CMC Steel, Bridgestone, FUJIFILM, CRM Rubber, TRW, and Mitsubishi Gas Chemicals have operations in the zone due to the large amounts of available land and extensive infrastructure. The western portion of the zone also has rail access. 



Labor Force
(age 18+)
20-minute commute
 30-minute commute
 2017  672,972  1,028,171
 2022  744,315  1,319,274
 Source: ESRI Community Analyst, 2018; Center point - Ellsworth and Ray Roads

Educational Attainment
(age 25+, highest level completed)
  20-minute commute  30-minute commute
Associate's Degree  9.6%  9.3%
 Bachelor's Degree 20.4% 22.2%
 Graduate/Professional Degree 10.6% 11.7%
 Source: ESRI Community Analyst, 2018; Center point - Ellsworth and Ray Roads


Freeways – Strategically situated on the southeastern portion of Loop 202 and just south of U.S. 60, the Mesa Gateway Area has quick access to the entire Phoenix-Mesa metro area and is within a 6-hour drive from most Southern California markets. 

Airports – Located just a 35-minute drive from Sky Harbor International Airport and a 24-minute drive from Falcon Field Airport, the Mesa Gateway Area has convenient commercial access to locations throughout the world. Below are flight times to major destinations.

Flight Time
 San Diego 1:05    Dallas 2:25
 Los Angeles 1:15  Chicago 3:40
 San Francisco 1:55  Miami 5:10
 Salt Lake City 1:30  New York 5:15



Electric Power – Electrical power is provided by Salt River Project (SRP). SRP is one of the largest and most reliable networks in the nation. The SRP network in the Mesa Gateway Area is built to handle business needs of every capacity.

Water/Wastewater – The City of Mesa provides robust water infrastructure in the Mesa Gateway Area. In addition to existing water capacity in the area, the City of Mesa also enjoys a documented 100 year assured water supply due to its acquisition of a substantial portfolio of water rights.

Natural Gas – Southwest Gas is the natural gas provider for the Mesa Gateway Area.

Fiber Optic Telecommunications Network – Redundant lit and dark telecom fiber is in place throughout many areas in the Mesa Gateway Area.



More than 6,600 people are employed in Mesa Gateway at organizations such as:

  • Arizona State University Polytechnic (600 employees)
  • TRW (418)
  • Able Engineering (400)
  • FUJIFILM (206)
  • CMC Steel (186)
  • Chandler Gilbert Community College (157)