Cochise County offers a wealth of pro-growth and development opportunities thanks to low taxes, land availability, affordable commercial space, high quality healthcare and education, and easy access to Interstate 10 and rail transportation. Additionally, the county offers endless recreational opportunities, a temperate climate, low cost of living, unique communities, an excellent quality of life, and a highly educated and bilingual workforce.
The Cochise County Board of Supervisors has determined Economic Development as the top priority in its 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. Specifically, the county will devote resources to improving cross-border trade, to ensuring data is current and relevant, to supporting the growing wine industry, improving county airports and technology infrastructure, and promoting the region to businesses and visitors.
The Board of Supervisors has committed to providing the necessary funding and staff time to ensure Cochise County continues to foster diverse, vibrant and safe communities where economic development can flourish in a business-friendly environment.
Economic Development Priorities
The Douglas Port of Entry is the second largest commercial port in Arizona in terms of total value of imports and exports, estimated at $1,897,996,833 in 2017. In December 2018, the General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. Custom and Border Patrol (CBP) confirmed the need for a two-port solution to meet the future needs of the port of entry, and communities of Douglas and Agua Prieta. CBP has stated the remodel of this facility is a top priority, and Cochise County has committed to working with its regional and federal partners to ensure the future success of this major project.
The growing Willcox Wine Industry (Willcox Wine Country and Willcox Wines) is recognized by the Board of Supervisors as one of Cochise County’s major economic drivers. A 2017 Arizona Office of Tourism study estimates the wine industry creates an estimated $56.2m in economic output, provides around 640 jobs, and contributes $3.6m annually in state and local taxes. With more than 75 percent of the state’s grapes grown in Willcox, coupled with the increasing popularity of the area’s tasting rooms, viticulture has become a key component of Cochise County’s economic future. The county has committed to providing significant infrastructure support to the wine industry, including the paving of a major vineyard and tourism road, and additional signage in 2019.
The Villages at Vigneto is a Tuscan Territorial style, master planned community that anticipates construction of up to 28,000 homes over the next 20 years on about 13,000 acres along State Route 90, Benson. Developer El Dorado Holdings announced in November 2018 that the company had received its final permit and plans to break ground in 2019. The development is expected to include golf courses, restaurants, shops, and more than two dozen recreation and community facilities. Cochise County supports El Dorado Holdings in its pledge to build a master planned community, sensitive to the surrounding environment and water conservation needs.
A network of state highways
Easy access to I-10 throughout the county
Eight general aviation airports
Extensive rail system (the line running from Benson to Naco is no longer active)
Learn more about our 6,200 square miles of opportunity and why you should choose Cochise County, Arizona!