It’s easy for anyone passing through Marana without getting off at any of the town’s six freeway exits to view the community as a wide-open, rural stretch of desert and cotton fields on the way to Tucson. Those drive-by views are deceiving as Marana has the second-highest population of any incorporated area in Pima County at just over 43,000, which equates to a 195% increase since 2000, and leading all of Southern Arizona combined in residential permitting. With exceptional access to multimodal transportation, including their own airport, 19 miles of Interstate 10 bisecting the town, and a local government that values corporate investment, businesses both large and small are taking advantage of development opportunities in Marana. The newly completed Economic Development Strategic Plan identifies four target industries that will lead the way for the Town’s future job growth: Information Technology, Advanced Business Services, Manufacturing, and Transportation, Logistics and Distribution. As the center of the Sun Corridor, with close proximity to the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan markets and Mexico, the Town of Marana is rich with opportunities to chart its economic development course in the 21st century global economy.