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Why Nogales

Arizona is ranked first in the nation in projected job growth and economic growth prospects, and Nogales is the #1 Port of Entry in the entire Southwestern United States. It's no wonder Nogales is a great place to do business! “Great weather, great people, great business advantages…why would I do business anywhere else?” Nogales is Arizona’s International Gateway and the county seat and economic heartbeat of Santa Cruz County. Nogales is safe, friendly, accessible, and open for business.



International Logistics & Distribution Maquiladoras & Value Added Manufacturing
Agribusiness & Fresh Produce Retail Development
Spanish-English Call Centers Customer Service Centers
Security, Aerospace, & Defense Tourism & Hospitality


Strategic advantages:

No City Property Tax University of Arizona Maquiladora/Twin Plants
Toll Free Border Crossing CANAMEX Corridor Low cost of living
Bilingual Workforce Affordable Mexican Services Mariposa Port of Entry
Excellent Quality of Life Foreign Trade Zone Interstate 19
Deconcini Port of Entry I-11 Designated Corridor Morley Port of Entry
Low utility rates Nogales Int'l Airport Tucson Int'l Airport
Close to Phoenix, Tucson, etc Border Flex Manufacturing Great Schools
Established Produce Industry Small Town Charm Supply Chain Expertise
Regional Population 400,000+ Fortune 500 Companies Industrial Parks
Retain Destination Prime Developable Land Affordable Labor Force
Cultural Events Business Friendly Gov Great Weather
Maquiladora Association Cochise College Low Crime Rate
Tax Incentives Seamless Border Crossing Art, History, & Culture


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The Ambos Nogales binational region is strategically located as Mexico’s gateway to Arizona and the entire Western United States. The strategic location allows companies to enjoy the advantages of accessing two labor forces, two tax systems, and two governments.




Companies can utilize wage structures in Ambos Nogales to make their operations cost competitive. The median age in Ambos Nogales is very young, meaning the population is young and ready to work.Young Workers




The strategic location of Ambos Nogales along the US/Mexico border allows companies here to utilize the Mexican ports of Guaymas. Stopping in Nogales, containers and products are shipped throughout North America.




With beautiful weather year round and limited threat of humidity, inventory and equipment will be kept operating with little energy costs needed.


Want more information about how to get your business started or expanded in Ambos Nogales? Contact the City of Nogales Economic Development Office at 520-287-6571 or via email at


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