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Welcome to the Arizona Commerce Authority  

On June 29, 2010, Governor Jan Brewer issued an Executive Order establishing the Arizona Commerce Authority.  As the Arizona Department of Commerce transitions into the new quasi-public state Authority, it will be more competitive in attracting corporations looking for a better operating environment and a better place to collaborate and grow. Its strategies aim to diversify the overall state economy bringing in new business and most importantly creating jobs for Arizonans.

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Arizona Ranks #1 for Solar and Renewable Energy Industry

Arizona is ranked as the “solar king” by Business Facilities, a national publication and leading location advisor for site selection professionals, for both solar energy manufacturing and its alternative energy industry. The magazine reports Arizona offers, “the highest solar power potential in the nation, and the state is by far the leading producer of equipment to capture these rays.”

Read more by clicking here.


2010 Governor's Celebration Of Innovation (GCOI)

Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 3:00 - 10:00 p.m. The Governor's Celebration of Innovation is an annual awards gala that honors Arizona's technology leaders and innovators. This year’s event will take place at the Phoenix Convention Center. Click on the header above for more information.

2010 Governor's Regional and Rural Development Conference

This year's conference was held October 14-15 in Flagstaff at the High Country Conference Center.   

Click here for information on the conference, award winners, and past conferences.



2010 Census: Important to Arizona

This count is important to communities within the state. It determines political representation, $300 billion in federal funding for roads, healthcare, education and other services. Residents of communities - large and small - can help ensure we have the most accurate count to date.

Learn more here.


American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009

Click on the above link to learn more about what programs within the Arizona Department of Commerce will receive funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. 


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The Legal Arizona Workers Act
, sometimes called the "Employer Sanctions Law," went into effect on January 1, 2008. The Attorney
General's website provides basic information about the new law. Access it here.

The "E-Verify" Program, administered by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), allows employers to verify newly hired employees. It is an Internet-based system available in all 50 states, and is free to employers. It provides an automated link to Social Security Administration database and immigration records.

Access the "E-Verify" Program by clicking here.

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Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program

As of January 1, 2010, the State has a new tool in advancing its solar platform and reach into the area of renewable energy: The Arizona Renewable Energy Tax Incentive Program.  This Program is designed to  stimulate new investments in manufacturing and headquarter operations of renewable energy companies including solar, wind, geothermal and other renewable technologies.   

Complete program information is available  by clicking here

Provide $9.1 Billion Impact

Arizona’s military operations are increasingly important to the state’s economy, creating and supporting tens of thousands of jobs and generating more than $9 billion in revenue, according to a new study.

The Economic Impact of Arizona’s Principal Military Operations – 2008 is a report that details the economic contributions of Arizona’s major military installations, using data from 2005.

View the report by clicking here.


The Guide has been produced by the Commerce and Economic Development Commission, the Arizona Department of Commerce, more than 15 state and federal agencies and private investment banks as an implementation tool for Communities and Businesses. It contains descriptions and contact information for federal, state, and many private loan, grant and financing programs related to community, economic and workforce development and planning.

Download the Financing Guide by clicking here.

Designated Furlough Days

Our offices will be closed on the designated state furlough days.  Please view the dates and a full list of closed agencies by clicking here.