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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


New Market Tax Credits

Attracts private investment in economic development projects in distressed communities with a 39% federal tax credit that can be claimed over 7 years

Foreign Trade Zone

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

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

* 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
    International Trade offers Arizona based companies export services to amplify trade opportunities in international markets.
  • AZ State Trade & Export Promotion Program (STEP)
    Export assistance grants for small businesses as they export their products for the first time or expand to new markets.
  • Navigator
    A no-cost talent acquisition program that connects companies moving to or expanding in Arizona to the state’s highly skilled and available workforce.
  • Rev AZ
    The Rev AZ program helps match the needs of manufacturing companies.
  • 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 cash prizes and investor opportunities.
  • 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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Latest News

New Hydroponics Operation to Grow its Business at Ak-Chin

On July 19, Ibarra Family Farms broke ground on its first U.S. hydroponic operation at Santa Cruz Commerce Center, the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s industrial park. The wholesale operation will produce leafy greens for farmers markets, supermarkets and local restaurants. Phase1 will consist solely of the installation of a 16,128 SF pre-engineered/pre-fabricated greenhouse manufactured by Cravo […]

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