Targeted Industries Descriptions

AEROSPACE, AVIATION & DEFENSE

Arizona is top-ranked in aerospace and aviation employment as well as defense contracting with many industry leaders planting their roots in the state. Glendale is home to several of those major aerospace giants and continues to be a prime location for new and expanding AA&D companies. Luke Air Force Base which is home to the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the world and the only active-duty Air Force F-16 training wing that also operates as the sole pilot training center for the F-35A Lightning II, is located in Glendale. The partnership with the air base, along with an abundance of opportunity that surrounds the base and the adjacent municipal airport, makes Glendale a premier location for aerospace, aviation and defense companies to locate and grow.

Featured Glendale AA&D Companies:

honeywell logo, lockheed logo

 

ADVANCED BUSINESS SERVICES

Arizona is a highly attractive location for corporate headquarters, business operations centers, and computer data centers because of the stable climate, top-ranked business schools consistently producing a future workforce, and credit programs for quality job creation. Glendale has proven to be an ideal location for large business operation centers with significant opportunity for growth in this industry. The city has significant land available for new office development in prime locations that are surrounded by first-class amenities for employees.

 Featured Advanced Business Services Companies:

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HEALTHCARE & BIOSCIENCE


Arizona’s healthcare sector growth continues to outpace other industries within the state and is one of the fastest growing nationwide. Arizona is also home to bioscience funding leaders including the
Flinn
Foundation, which supports the industry statewide, and the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation, which supports brain cancer research. Academic research and development expenditures in life sciences, bioengineering and medical engineering in Arizona have totaled more than $383 million annually. Glendale is home to Banner Health, the state’s largest private-employer and Midwestern University, a leader in educating healthcare professionals and supporting faculty research in Arizona. Glendale continues to offer significant opportunity for growth in the healthcare sector with an additional focus on attracting bioscience R&D to take advantage of this growing asset to the community.

Featured Glendale Healthcare and Bioscience Companies:

Banner Logo, Dignity Logo


MANUFACTURING

The State of Arizona has thousands of vast and varied manufacturing companies propelling Arizona's economy into the next era of growth with a focus on advanced methods. Glendale is home to over one hundred manufacturers employing thousands in the industry. The average wage for manufacturing jobs continues to remain higher than the average wage in Arizona, and Glendale is uniquely positioned with available land opportunities and a proven workforce to continue growing our manufacturing industry.

Featured Glendale Manufacturing Companies:

Avanti Logo, Nutrasuma logo, Corning logo

 

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION

Arizona is poised for continued growth and strong economic performance in high-tech and innovative industries. The Technology and Innovation industry is diverse in that it can serve as a cross-over into other industries including: aerospace, avionics and manufacturing. Glendale is already home to some major high-tech manufacturers and has recently attracted real estate investment from Technology and Innovation industry leaders. With a recognized gap in this industry within the West Valley, Glendale’s existing assets, strategic partners and available development opportunities, make it the most viable leader for an emerging technology and innovation industry in the region.

 

 Featured Glendale Technology and Innovation Companies:

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NEW FRONTIER

NEW FRONTIER

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The New Frontier District is Glendale’s emergent area for development providing new industrial, office, and retail opportunities for Glendale and the entire West Valley. This district is over 23-square miles and is easily accessible for businesses and residents as it is served by the Loop 303, which connects to the I-10 to the south and runs north to the US 60. Glendale has five miles of double sided frontage along the freeway for development. Northern Parkway provides additional connectivity in the area giving vehicles easy east/west access in the area. Future expansions of the Parkway will connect it to Loop 101 and the Sports and Entertainment District. This district has more than 5.5 miles of rail served property through the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Coupled with the large land sites available for development, this district provides an opportunity for manufacturing and logistics companies looking to establish a presence in the Valley of the Sun.

BOUNDARIES?

Key Assets:

Loop 303, Luke Air Force Base, Northern Parkway, available land, BNSF rail-service, Woolf Logistics Center, Foreign Trade Zone magnet site, proactive Annexation Policy

 District Focus:

Glendale is focused on smart growth and The New Frontier District provides the prime opportunity for the city to strategically attract new employers that provide increased employment opportunities and businesses that have a positive economic impact on Glendale. Because of the proximity to Luke Air Force Base and the Loop 303, property within this district is prime for manufacturers and ancillary uses that support the military base. Frontage along the Loop 303 also offers additional commercial opportunities for potential retail development and e-commerce end users that will support growth of the city’s revenue base. Also, a significant focus for this district is the available rail-served property that is highly sought-after and attractive to industrial users. 



SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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Glendale is home to one of the most dynamic Sports and Entertainment Districts in the United States. Our 6-square-mile, mixed-use district is the home of the NHL Arizona Coyotes, NFL Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox Spring Training facilities and the Fiesta Bowl. The City-owned Gila River Arena, operated by AEG, serves as the anchor for the Westgate Entertainment District that is owned by Yam Properties. This district has hosted Super Bowls, BCS National Championship football games, World Cup Friendly matches, NCAA Final Four Men’s Basketball Championship and countless world-class concerts at State Farm Stadium and continues to be a major driver for additional hotel and entertainment development. This vibrant, regional destination is becoming a major employment corridor including offices for Ring, Bechtel, Humana, Terminix and others who employ over 2,500 professionals within the district. With significant land opportunities for new office development projects specifically along the Loop 101 freeway, this dynamic district is the prime location for new employment growth.

Key Assets:

Westgate Entertainment District, Tanger Outlets, Gila River Arena, State Farm Stadium, Camelback Ranch, Topgolf, city-owned land, growing hotel sector, prime land availability with Loop 101 frontage and major arterial exposure, flexible zoning, CVB, committed investment partners, freeway access, major league sports franchises, signature retailers, major employers

 District Focus:

The city continues to focus on attracting strategic investment and development within this district that provides, unique, innovative entertainment and experiential opportunities for residents and visitors. Additionally, Glendale is focused on building an even stronger employment base and is seeking corporate partners that are interested in calling this world-class district home to their business operations.


DOWNTOWN

DOWNTOWN

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Glendale’s Downtown District encompasses less than 0.2 square miles of commercial space that is prime for redevelopment opportunities. Glendale’s downtown was built to support a pedestrian-friendly experience that now provides significant benefit to an urban revitalization. High vacancy rates, prohibitive zoning, and aged infrastructure are some of the challenges that plague this district. The Downtown District is however within the city’s designated redevelopment area and within an Opportunity Zone which provides additional investment tools and opportunities for this strategic district.

 Key Assets:

City-owned assets (including City Hall, Library, Civic Center), Murphy Park (green space), Available parking, Amphitheater, urban environment, Adaptive Reuse Program, Opportunity Zone

 District Focus:

Revitalization and future growth within this district will require new investment with a focus on the experiential market. Traditional retail will not support the future sustainability of this area, rather a mix of uses that increase consistent density in this area is needed. Food & Beverage, Arts and Culture, Interactive/Entertainment-based Retail are all attractive opportunities for this district.