Business & Industry

Maricopa’s economy is thriving, in large measure because the community is a great place to live. This also means that Maricopa is a great place in which to locate, expand or grow a business. Increasingly, Maricopa’s economic base is diversifying as the community moves from being a ‘start-up’ city to one that is maturing rapidly into a well-rounded place in which to live, do business and work.

Maricopa’s thriving economy not only helps grow the tax base, but also means that it’s a great place to attract and retain first-rate talent. And the economy’s increasing diversification means that more and more highly-educated professional workers and entrepreneurs are establishing their careers and enterprises in Maricopa.

Top Industries for Employment

The economy of Maricopa, AZ employs about 22,000 people. The largest industries in Maricopa, AZ are Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance (18.9%); Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative (11.3%); Manufacturing (11.1%); Retail Trade (10.4%) and Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIRE) (9.4%).

(Source: 2019 ESRI; Arizona COG/MPO Employer Database 2019, employers with 5 or more employees)

Major Employers in Maricopa, Arizona

Rank

Business Name

Employees

1 Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino 950
2 Maricopa Unified School District 20 860
3 Ak-Chin Indian Community 465
4 City of Maricopa 300
5 Nissan Technical Center of North America 275
6 Walmart 250
7 Ak-Chin UltraStar Multi-tainment Center 225
8 Pinal County 190
9 Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 150
10 Fry’s Food Stores 110
11 Sequoia Pathway Academy 100
12 Mobile Mini, Inc. 100
13 U.S. Arid Land Agricultural Research Center 90
14 Arizona Soaring, Inc. 90
15 Bayer Crop Science, LP 80
16 University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center 60
17 Banner Health 50
18 Pinal Energy 50
19 Hyponex Corporation 50

(Source: Arizona COG/MPO Employer Database 2019, employers with 5 or more employees)

Targeted Industries

Agritech/
Agribusiness

Clean Tech

Healthcare

Professional & Technical Services

New & Emerging Projects

La Quinta Hotel

As of Summer 2019, the City of Maricopa was unable to provide non-casino, overnight lodging accommodations even though there are now more than 54,000 people who call Maricopa home.

Although it is primarily a residential community, Maricopa is home to both Nissan’s and VW’s proving grounds, USDA and University of Arizona research facilities, a convention center at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Resort and Casino, an entertainment and events center at the Ak-Chin Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center, Copper Sky Recreational Complex and Apex Motor Club, all of which bring in national and international visitors and sporting events, as well as a growing retail and restaurant sector. Maricopa was in great need of hotel rooms to accommodate business and leisure travelers!

Recognizing this need, the City of Maricopa commissioned a hotel feasibility study in early 2018 to help attract a hotel into the city. Over the years, with prior such studies, several well-known hotel brands had been in the works but did not come to fruition. Ultimately, the timing has to be right and the right decision-makers have to be in the right place. Steve Murray, Broker and Owner of The Maricopa Real Estate Company brought Andy Bhakta, with ABR Consulting, in to meet with new City Manager, Rick Horst in late 2018. Steve and Andy had evaluated many properties but none met all of the hotel developer’s needs. Rick suggested the City’s Copper Sky Commercial Complex which is being developed for a mix of uses to include dining, office, housing and equally important, a hotel.

Fast forward to September 20, 2019, when La Quinta Inn & Suites broke ground on its 81,990-square-foot (1.88-acre) site in the Copper Sky Commercial Complex. The property, which is expected to open on January 1, 2021, will feature 89 rooms, a breakfast dining area, 730 square feet of meeting space, an indoor pool, a fitness room, a lobby workstation, a market pantry, a guest laundry room, and an outdoor patio.

La Quinta Inn & Suites is a nationally branded, upper-midscale, limited-service hotel and will enjoy a premier location along State Route 347, a major thoroughfare connecting Maricopa to the greater Phoenix region, Pinal County and points beyond.