Welcome to WESTMARC

by Sintra Hoffman

Sintra Hoffman HeadshotGreater Phoenix West Valley has achieved tremendous growth over the last several decades. An influx of residents and businesses is helping the region shed its image as a bedroom community, now earning its reputation as a great place to live, work and play. Today, more than 1.7 million people call the West Valley home, and its population over the next five years is projected to grow at twice the national rate of growth. The region’s mix of luxury and affordable housing contributes to a diverse community that attracts both executives and first-time home buyers. The West Valley’s average household income is currently $75,566 and continues to rise. 

West Valley amenities attract people to the region. These well-known areas include State Farm Stadium (home of the Arizona Cardinals), Gila River Arena (home of the Arizona Coyotes), Phoenix Raceway (home of NASCAR Championship Race), Westgate, P83 and Park West entertainment districts. Additionally, the region is home to five spring training stadiums and numerous outdoor recreation opportunities at three regional parks — Lake Pleasant, White Tank Mountains and Estrella Mountains parks. Unique dining options are also on the rise but likely kept a secret by locals in the sub-regions of this 3,000-square-mile mega-region. 

The West Valley’s large talent pool, affordable cost of living, ease of doing business and availability of land has attracted healthcare, advanced business services and advanced manufacturing and distribution companies to the region. Recent business announcements include Microsoft, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing (TSMC), Ball Corporation, White Claw and many more, bringing thousands of jobs for talented West Valley residents. 

Luke Air Force Base is another great asset for the local economy and talent pool. Luke is a major economic driver in the region with an economic impact of $2.2 billion in the State of Arizona. Each year, more than 600 professionals separate from military service and many stay here, adding to the strong workforce in the region.

The West Valley has a solid transportation infrastructure network that provides regional and interstate connections from coast to coast, to global markets through California ports of entry and direct links to Mexico, our nation’s leading trading partner. Many West Valley freeways continue to strategically attract major industries based on location, amenities and great community planning. 

To round out the West Valley’s story, the region is served by more than 25 post-secondary colleges, universities and career technical education (West-MEC) and numerous public and private K-12 education school districts, which include award winning districts. 

As president and CEO of WESTMARC, I’m proud to represent, market and work with our partners in attracting quality company and jobs for our residents. WESTMARC is the collaborative hub for business, government, education and nonprofits ready to charge forward and lead the West Valley’s growth. 

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