Mesa Community Profile:
Mesa Arizona offers a quality urban experience supported by a diversified economic base, educational institutions of excellence, professional local government, sophisticated infrastructure and a superior workforce. A rapid-growth community, Mesa recently surpassed Cincinnati, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; St. Louis, MO; and Oakland, CA to become the 45th largest city in the nation.
Principal Economic Activities:
Mesa's economic base consists of aerospace/aviation, agri-business, automotive, business services, education services, electronics, health services, manufacturing, retail and transportation services. Mesa boasts seven regional employment centers and/or corridors including Downtown Mesa, Falcon Airpark, Fiesta Quadrant, Superstition Springs, Williams Gateway Airport, Superstition Freeway Corridor, and Union Pacific Business Corridor.
Hiking trails are plentiful at Usery Mountain Recreation Area in northeast Mesa and Lost Dutchman State Park near the Superstition Mountains. Tubing on the Salt River was named "Best Family Experience" in Arizona by Frommer's 1999 Arizona Guidebook. The nearby Apache Trail is also listed as "Best Scenic Drive" which includes Goldfield Ghost Town, Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flat Saloon & Restaurant. Within an hour's drive are five multi-purpose recreation lakes. Baseball fans flock to Mesa's Hohokam Stadium each spring to watch the Chicago Cubs play other Cactus League teams. The Phoenix-Mesa metropolitan area is one of only eleven cities in the nation to host teams in all four major professional sports: Arizona Diamondbacks; Phoenix Suns; Phoenix Coyotes: and Arizona Cardinals.
Downtown Mesa will be home to two new state-of-the art facilities. The Mesa Arts Center and Mesa Indoor Aquatics Center. The City of Mesa offers a broad range of community & cultural facilities including three libraries, 11 theaters, 13 public swimming pools, more than 20 golf courses, over 250 tennis, basketball, & racquetball courts, & 55 parks including the Red Mountain Multi-Generational Complex. Mesa boasts six museums including Mesa Southwest Museum, Arizona Museum for Youth, Sirrine House, Mesa Arts Center, Champlin Fighter Aircraft Museum, & Confederate Airforce Museum. Mesa is also home to Ballet Etudes, Mesa Symphony, established in 1956, three chorale groups, Southwest Shakespeare Co. & Mesa Little Theater.