Economic Development

Nogales Business Resource Guide

View the City Of Nogales Business Resource Guide. 

Santa Cruz County is an Arizona international community with small- business owners and heritage mingling the two cultures of Mexico and the United States. The Ambos Nogales binational region is Mexico’s entry point to Arizona. It is the gateway for international interstate, air and rail service along 700-miles of the U.S.- Mexico border between Texas and California. With this strategic location, industry enjoys the advantages of accessing two labor forces, two tax systems, and two governments.
Years of tradition in business and community relationships have built a foundation of trust and confidence. Sales, administration, and retail are the largest employment categories, followed by professional, scientific, education and health care. Wholesale work, warehousing and transportation are big employers in Rio Rico and Nogales, because of the immense trade in fresh produce from Mexico.
Courtesy Photo by: Emily Wilson

Economic Development

In partnership with public and private sectors, the following organizations work to strengthen the regional economy, improve international trade and spur tourism and community development by making the international ports of entry and surrounding areas become most efficient and effective for commerce.  

Community Revitalization

NCD builds thriving communities in Nogales and Santa Cruz County – one business, one person at a time – by managing projects for commercial revitalization, business support for entrepreneurs, asset development for individuals and affordable housing for families and individuals. Nogales Community Campus is a project by NCD, the live-learn-work environment is in the heart of downtown Nogales and incorporates a number of historic downtown properties.

Chamber Of Commerce

The chambers aid local businesses to flourish throughout Santa Cruz County, Arizona by providing market, networking events, and education to their members. They are also the source for community events and tourism information for all our Southern Arizona towns.