Expansion and Relocation Opportunities for European Companies

Expand in Greater Phoenix

Companies from across Europe have found second homes in Greater Phoenix. The region exported more than $3 billion worth of materials and goods to the European Union in 2019, and the international presence in the region has grown in the years since with the expansion of European companies including HelloFresh, Meyer Burger and EMD Electronics. Home to more than 5 million residents, Greater Phoenix is the center of the Arizona economy and ready to welcome your business.

Resources

GPEC’s expert business development and research teams have experience in helping international businesses locate to the United States.

Primed for Growth

With population growth outpacing the national average, Greater Phoenix is ready to grow with your business.

Source: MAG Community Profiles

Skilled Workforce

The region’s workforce is fueled by internationally recognized institutions, including Arizona State University and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Recent European Expansions

Greater Phoenix is a popular destination for European companies looking for expansion opportunities near the United States’ West Coast. Several companies have created their U.S. home in Greater Phoenix, including:

France
810 Phase 1 Jobs
$12.93M CapEx

Germany
75 Phase 1 Jobs
$28.0M CapEx

Switzerland
225 Phase 1 Jobs
$39.5M CapEx

Belgium
45 Phase 1 Jobs
$2.80M CapEx

Switzerland
156 Phase 1 Jobs
$130.85M CapEx

Austria
140 Phase 1 Jobs
$159.00 CapEx

Top European Companies in Greater Phoenix

There are more than 500 European companies operating inside Maricopa County, employing a total of more than 51,000 people. Here are some of the top European job creators in the region.

1,696 Jobs

1,460 Jobs

1,200 Jobs

1,117 Jobs

European/Arizona Trade Profiles

Download a pdf to find insights on trade, population, foreign direct investment and business operations related to Arizona and your country.

Soft Landing Programs

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Global Growth Accelerator 

The Global Growth Accelerator helps international companies accelerate their U.S. growth plans by providing low-risk soft landing programs to do business in the United States. This land-and-expand initiative was co-founded by GPEC, the world’s leading economic development organization, and Arizona State University, the largest public research institution in the country.

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Tech startups in Phoenix find support for R&D through economic innovation partnerships
Mayo/ASU MedTech Accelerator

The MedTech Accelerator, a flagship program of the Mayo Clinic and ASU Alliance for Health Care, provides early-stage medical device and health care technology companies with an entrepreneurial curriculum and personalized business development plans to accelerate go-to-market and investment possibilities.

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Greater Phoenix has a wide variety of networks, accelerators, incubators and funding challenges of which startups can take advantage.

Coworking Spaces

Greater Phoenix is home to more than 40 coworking spaces. With access to a wide variety of spaces, incubators and accelerators, leaders are able to expand their network in more ways than ever before. Whether you are an established company or just getting your idea off the ground, these spaces can accommodate any sized business. See the regional map and comprehensive list here.

Greater Phoenix-European Cooperation

Greater Phoenix works in cooperation with many cities around Europe, which has allowed for the establishment of many councils, chambers and other associations with a variety of partners.

International assets include:
  • German American Chamber of Commerce
  • Treffpunkt
  • Alliance Française of Greater Phoenix
  • Italian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Arizona Italian Club
  • Swedish American Chamber of Commerce
Greater Phoenix offers a competitive tax environment for Ecommerce, Distribution, and Logistics operations
Arizona- and U.S.-based groups include:
  • Arizona District Export Council
  • Diplomatic Corps of Arizona
  • Global Chamber
  • Global Ties Arizona
  • Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
  • Small Business Administration
Greater Phoenix’s European Sister Cities

Communities around Greater Phoenix have relationships around the world. Scroll over the images below to see which cities and towns in the region are sister cities of other places around Europe.

Chandler Sister Cities
  • Tullamore, Ireland
Fountain Hills Sister Cities
  • Dierdorf, Germany
  • Kasterlee, Belgium
  • Zamosc, Poland
Phoenix Sister Cities
  • Grenoble, France
  • Ennis, Ireland
  • Catania, Italy
  • Prague, Czech Republic
Gilbert Sister Cities
  • Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland
Glendale Sister Cities
  • Orland, Norway
  • Memmingen, Germany
Tempe Sister Cities
  • Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, France
  • Carlow, Ireland
  • Regensburg, Germany
  • Skopje, Macedonia
  • Trollhauten, Sweden
Scottsdale Sister Cities
  • Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Killarney, Ireland

Contact Our International Business Development Experts

Our team of experts can help you navigate each step in your international expansion, providing no-cost services and resources.

Casey Gilchrist

Senior Director, International Business Development

602.262.8604 // cgilchrist@gpec.org

Bethany Bennick

Director, Corporate Development & International Engagement

602.262.8607 // bbennick@gpec.org