Arizona is strategically located in the southwest region of the United States, proximate to several of the world’s largest economies—facilitating easy movement of goods and people for enhanced speed of doing business. The state’s position adjacent to California offers the benefit of accessing the market without operating in its high-cost, high-tax environment.
As the nation’s first international air cargo hub to house both Mexican and United States customs, Skybridge Arizona enables e-commerce companies, manufacturers and other commercial interests conducting business in Mexico to efficiently and cost-effectively transport goods between countries.
The ACA offers companies a suite of export assistance programs to build on an already strong relationship with trade partners such as Israel. The ACA's International Trade Program offers Arizona-based companies valuable export services to amplify their opportunities in international markets.
In 2019 Arizona opened its first trade and investment office in Israel. The office, a part of the ACA, is located in Tel Aviv and creates a platform for businesses in both countries to increase international trade and foreign direct investment opportunities. Experts in the office assist Arizona companies with trade and exports with Israel, market research, sales channel identification B2B and B2G in-country matchmaking with sales channel buyers and partners and more.
The Arizona State Trade Expansion Program (AZSTEP) helps Arizona small businesses to grow their revenues and diversify their buyer base by selling their products and services to customers outside the United States. AZSTEP companies are eligible to participate in ACA-led initiatives such as international trade missions and international trade shows, as well as U.S. Commercial Service export assistance, translation of marketing materials and export compliance training.
The ACA ExporTech program assists businesses in developing a proactive strategic plan for exporting. Group workshops are combined with individualized coaching, resulting in a complete export plan within 60 days. This accelerated program is execution driven, with a dedicated team of partners, who make it easier to go to market and implement the plan. Through the 60-day boot camp, companies will develop an export plan tailored to their product or service and near-term export markets.
A partnership between the ACA and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Arizona Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s (Arizona MEP) mission is to make every Arizona manufacturer the most successful business it can be. Arizona MEP’s team of experts assist manufacturers with customized solutions and hands-on experience to integrate into the Arizona manufacturing ecosystem.
Arizona continues to evolve unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology with the creation of the AZSkyTech program. The program positions the state as the premier place in the world to responsibly test, deploy and advance UAS technology and policy. AZSkyTech draws upon the collective strengths of national, state and private industry partners to safely advance the development and deployment of commercial UAS technology in controlled airspace.
The Institute of Automated Mobility (IAM) is a consortium of global industry leaders, the brightest minds in academia and government leaders committed to embracing innovation. These partners collaborate on state-of-the-art research and testing in Arizona and focus on advancing automated vehicle safety, science and policy.
Housed under the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona’s Workforce team manages the state’s workforce development system, ARIZONA@WORK. Comprised of educational partners and industry leaders, the system is invested in talent delivery and development. Arizona’s Workforce Strategy Consultants are dynamic experts who align and customize recruiting, retention and transition services—connecting businesses to a highly skilled talent pipeline to meet workforce needs. This team of experts moves at the speed of business, navigates Arizona’s workforce infrastructure and ensures a quality talent pool.
The ACA has three trade offices in Mexico (Mexico City, Chihuahua and Guanajuato). These trade offices provide export assistance to Arizona companies, including market research, sales channel partner identification and in-country B2B/B2G matchmaking. In addition, the trade specialists work with Arizona companies who are near-shoring to help them take advantage of cross-border supply chains, including those for the automotive and aerospace industries.
Connect with our business and trade experts to receive customized service to navigate relocating your business, begin trading with Israel or take advantage of our collaborative programs.