Arizona Becoming Aerospace Hub

Southeast Valley becoming aerospace business hub

With a multibillion-dollar economic impact, the aerospace industry is the southeast Valley’s payroll leader, one of the region’s largest employers and a workplace for some of Arizona’s top research talent.

Collectively, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa and Tempe are home to more than 200 private firms, a state university, community college and an Air Force lab, all of which are engaged in a range of aerospace manufacturing and research, from helicopter assembly to space technology.

In March, a group of influential business, government and academic leaders warned that Arizona’s $3.8 billion annual aerospace payroll could dwindle unless determined efforts are made to expand the industry by supplying the science and engineering talent it demands.

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