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Many Incentives for Locating at Ak-Chin

AZ gold certified siteThe Arizona Commerce Authority has confirmed Santa Cruz Commerce Center as an Arizona Gold Certified Site. Many of the incentives offered by the State of Arizona and other agencies are still applicable to businesses on the Reservation. To find out more about incentives offered by state, federal and other agencies visit the Arizona Commerce Authority.

In addition, there are some key incentives that make Ak-Chin even more attractive.


Interested in developing a project at Ak‑Chin? All Submittal Requirements are included in this downloadable PDF.



Allows businesses to relocate and expand quickly to Ak-Chin. All plan reviews, permitting and approvals are handled in house to speed time to market

Build-to-Suit Funding

Allows qualified lessees to substantially reduce front-end costs for a new facility


Permits leases to be crafted on a case-by-case basis


Certain state, county, and local taxes do not apply and certain Native American incentives do

No Allotted Land

Simplifies processes as tenants do not have to deal with individual property owners

Limited Waiver of Sovereign Immunity

Provides assurance that mitigates risks


Indian Employment Tax Credit

Entitles an employer to a 20% tax credit on a portion of the qualified wages and employee health insurance costs paid to an enrolled member of an Indian tribe or the enrolled member’s spouse.

Foreign Trade Zone

Allows companies to move foreign and domestic merchandise into zones without payment of duties, quota and other import restriction


Allows businesses to depreciate their capital expenses more rapidly which can reduce the company’s tax liability and improve the present value of its after-tax income

Work Opportunity Credit

Provides a 40% tax credit on the first $6,000 of wages paid to members of certain targeted groups, and to employers who hire qualified long-term unemployment recipients

New Market Tax Credits

Allows investors—business and individuals—who invest in Indian reservations to claim a tax credit of 39% of the cost of the investment

* Consult your tax advisor for the applicability to your business

The Advantages of Locating in Arizona

Visit the Arizona Commerce Authority for a complete description.


Santa Cruz Commerce Center target industries include fabricated metal manufacturing, construction suppliers, agribusiness, rental and repair services, and aviation-related services.


  • Arizona Certified Site
    Our status as a certified shovel-ready site means Santa Cruz Commerce Center is immediately prepared to host new projects. Having completed the requisite pre-development work, satisfying all permitting criteria, and having utilities and other services available at the site as well as the Community’s unique ability to accelerate permitting and construction approvals, Ak-Chin can speed your project to market faster than most municipalities.
  • Arizona Innovation Accelerator Fund
    $18.2 million loan participation program to stimulate financing to small businesses and manufacturers, in collaboration with private finance partners, to foster business expansion and job creation in Arizona.
  • Arizona Innovation Challenge
    $3 million awarded annually to the most promising technology ventures ($100,000 – $250,000 per company) to help promote and fund Arizona innovation.
  • International Trade
    Export assistance grant for small businesses as they export their products for the first time or expand to additional export markets.
  • Navigator
    A no-cost talent acquisition program that connects companies moving to or expanding in Arizona t the state’s highly skilled and available workforce.
  • Rev AZ
    Created through a partnership between the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) and the National Institute of Technology and Standards (NIST), Arizona’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center helps manufacturing companies improve profitability with business and operational assistance.
  • Small Business Services
    A resource program for entrepreneurs, government officials, community leaders and business organizations, focusing on support and opportunities for Arizona’s small, minority-, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises.
  • Venture Madness
    An innovative competition that pits 64 of the region’s most promising startups against each other for their share of $100,000 in cash prizes.
  • Venture Ready
    A business mentor program for the Arizona startup community to ensure small businesses can expand through all stages of development.

Some state programs do not apply on Indian Reservations. Please consult with your tax advisor or you may find more information at this IRS link.

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What do our enterprise partners say?

Never in our twenty years have we worked with a group so determined for excellence … I am honored to be a part of Ak-Chin’s history and to work with a team of such high character and dedication to growth.

Alan Grossberg
Alan GrossbergPresident and CEOUltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle

Caesars Entertainment is proud of our 20-year relationship with the Ak-Chin Indian Community. As the only tribal gaming enterprise in Arizona with an international management partner, we value and commend the Community’s continued commitment to bringing quality entertainment to the Valley.

Tom Jenkin
Tom JenkinGlobal President of Destination Markets, Caesar’s EntertainmentHarrahs Ak-Chin

With a shared heritage in farming, Ak-Chin and Hickman’s have cultivated a strong partnership. In an environment committed to product excellence, long-term environmental sustainability, and high standards for food safety, our business has been able to grow and expand.

Billy Hickman
Billy HickmanVice PresidentHickmans Family Farms

The Ak-Chin Indian Community has been a tremendous partner for Troon Golf. Their support in making substantial investments in Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club has created a wonderful asset of immense value not only to the Ak-Chin community but for the golf community as a whole. Their vision of elevating the facility to national prominence demonstrates the strong commitment they have for the project.

Jim Bellington
Jim BellingtonSenior Vice President, Troon Operations & DevelopmentAk-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club