Business Environment

Logistics and Supply Chain Expertise

The business environment in greater Nogales, AZ has a long history in logistics and supply chain services, in providing specialized services, experienced workforce, and public infrastructure. Sales tax in the region is 6.6% (Santa Cruz County outside Nogales limits), or 8.6% (Nogales). Corporate income tax is 6.5%. The tax climate for Arizona is very positive for unemployment insurance and property tax, with relatively low individual income tax. State of Arizona incentives are Arizona State Business Tax Climate Index.

Arizona State Business Tax Climate Index (July 2014: source
Overall Index Rank Corporate Tax Ranking Individual Income Tax Ranking Sales Tax Ranking Unemployment Insurance Ranking Property Tax Ranking
23 24 19 49 4 6

Major Employers

Traded Cluster Employers Non-Traded Cluster Employers
E.D.S. Manufacturing Home Depot
Prestolite Wire Safeway
Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico
Dependable Home Health
Carondelet Health Network (Holy Cross Hospital
Mariposa Community Health Center
Nogales Unified School District
Santa Cruz Unified School District #35
City of Nogales
County of Santa Cruz
Department of Homeland Security/Customs and Border Patrol/Immigration and Naturalization Service

The largest employers in greater Nogales, AZ include both traded and non-traded cluster companies. Larger employers in traded clusters generate new wealth for the region and include transportation, logistics and distribution functions that serve the produce and manufacturing industries in the region. Non-traded cluster companies include retail, hospitality, medical, education and government. These companies largely redistribute wealth within the region, particularly if they are owned locally.

Connective Organizations

These Greater Nogales organizations can assist with business expansion and relocation.
Organization Name Street Address City Phone
Greater Nogales Santa Cruz Port Authority PO Box 4518 Rio Rico, AZ 85648
Nogales US Customs Broker Association PO Box 2770 Nogales, AZ 85628 520-980-5606
Fresh Produce Association 590 E Frontage Rd Nogales, AZ 85621 520-287-2707
Association of Maquiladoras of Sonora, A.C. Nogales Industrial Park km 6 Nogales, Sonora, MX 84096 (631) 314-0111, 0112, 1228
Nogales Community Development 124B N Terrace Ave Nogales, AZ 85621 520-397-9219
Nogales Economic Development Foundation  PO Box 1688  Nogales, AZ 85621 520-287-3671
Nogales Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce 123 W Kino Park Nogales, AZ 85621 520-287-3685
City of Nogales 777 N Grand Ave Nogales, AZ 85621 520-287-6571

Cross Border Organizational Interconnectivity

The border region connects via the Nogales-Santa Cruz County Port Authority (Port Authority) a public-private partnership whose members and ex-officio members represent key stakeholders in Ambos Nogales—both Nogales, Arizona and Sonora, México. In addition to making the international ports of entry and surrounding areas the most efficient and effective for generations to come, the Port Authority leads collaborative strategic planning efforts that strengthen the regional economy, improve international trade and spur tourism and community development.

Organizational Resources

Learn more about the quality of life in the region at the Nogales USA website.

Learn more about securing a small business loan or accessing business training services at the Nogales Community Development website.

"A Greater Nogales" coalition in partnership with: