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    ARIZONA INNOVATION CHALLENGE

    The Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC) awards the most money in the country for a technology challenge – $3 million — to the world's most promising technology ventures.

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    REV AZ

    Rev AZ is Arizona’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center created through a partnership between the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the National Institute of Technology and Standards (NIST) whose goal is to become the central resource for technical assistance and all things manufacturing for Arizona’s existing community of small and medium-sized manufacturers.

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    AZ STEP GRANT

    Arizona’s State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) program helps businesses gauge their export readiness as well as assists Arizona small businesses as they export markets for the first time or as they expand into new markets.

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    NAVIGATOR

    The ACA's Navigator program will connect you - at no cost - with Arizona's highly skilled and available workforce by creating a custom recruiting strategy. 

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  • Thriving Innovation
  • Low Cost of Doing Business
  • Skilled & Available Workforce
  • STREAMLINED REGULATION
  • ACCESS TO MAJOR WORLD MARKETS
  • SIMPLIFIED TAX SYSTEM
  • EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE

Thriving Innovation

With a surging innovation ecosystem and a $3 million Arizona Innovation Challenge, Arizona attracts global corporations and forward-thinking start ups.

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Low Cost of Doing Business

Ranking seventh lowest in average workers compensation costs, sixth lowest in property taxes, and second lowest in unemployment insurance tax.

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Info - 4.9% Income Tax

Skilled & Available Workforce

Poised and ready to meet your project needs, the state's workforce is abundant, talented and young. 

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Info - 2nd for workforce quality

STREAMLINED REGULATION

Arizona has created a minimalist regulatory environment by cutting red tape and by repealing overly burdensome regulations.

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Info - Expedited Permitting

ACCESS TO MAJOR WORLD MARKETS

Arizona is immediately accessible to three of the world's largest economies -- California (#9), Texas (#13) and Mexico (#14).

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Info - 800 tons of cargo

SIMPLIFIED TAX SYSTEM

Arizona has among the lowest corporate and individual income tax rates in the nation, lowering your cost of doing business.

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Info - #2 lowest unemployment ins tax

EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY OF LIFE

From an unsurpassed number of sunny days to snow skiing, Arizona’s quality of life is second to none.

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Info - 300 days of sun (gray)

Leading the way: Thriving ARIZONA INDUSTRIES

Arizona business: in action

Company Profile: Frito Lay

Company Profile: Instant Bioscan

AIAF Recipient: Traklight

STEP Recipient: Rigid Industries

Innovation in Arizona

Surging Technology:
The TechConnect Blog

Tucson Biotechnology Firm Determined to Wipe Out Radiation-Resistant Tumors

Jul 6, 2015
 

There is a new weapon in the arsenal of radiation-resistant tumor treatments, and a Tucson-based biotechnology company is determined to wipe them out.

Arizona Business: News

Arizona Commerce Authority Announces Semifinalists in the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge

• 05.11.2015

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) today announced 25 semifinalists in the Spring 2015 Arizona Innovation Challenge (AIC), its bi-annual business plan competition awarding talented entrepreneurs who are solving today's most challenge problems with technology-based solutions.

Arizona Commerce Authority Launches New Start Up Section of AZCommerce.com Connecting all things Entrepreneurial in Arizona

• 03.5.2015

The ACA today launched its new Start Up section at AZCommerce.com as part of its ongoing efforts to align resources, connect partners and strengthen Arizona’s vibrant innovation ecosystem supporting the state’s entrepreneurs.