Its economy is driven by healthcare, education, aerospace, tourism and technology. It is home to Intel’s two Chandler campuses, Boeing’s Apache helicopter assembly plant, Orbital Sciences Corporation’s satellite and rocket production facilities, General Dynamics C4 Systems, Mayo Clinic of Scottsdale/Phoenix, the Banner MD Anderson Cancer center, and State Farm Mutual Insurance Company’s Corporate hub.
The region takes pride in its transportation system. In the air, the region is served by Phoenix Sky Harbor on its western border, Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in east Mesa, and robust general aviation airports in Mesa, Scottsdale, and Chandler. On the ground, traffic is fed through a system of freeways that includes east-west and north-south loops and a bisection of the east-west Superstition Freeway. In addition to airports and freeways, Valley Metro offers extensive bus routes and a Light Rail that connects the East Valley to the business and sporting district of Downtown Phoenix.
Arizona State University serves the region with two-campuses, the main campus in Tempe and the Polytechnic campus with its new College of Innovation and Technology in east Mesa. The region also boasts five community colleges and A.T. Still University.
Three Cactus League teams make their spring ball homes in the East Valley, sunshine fed golf courses abound, as do the natural wonders of the Superstition Mountains, the San Tan Mountains, the Tonto National Forest and the Lower Salt River Basin that beckon hikers, bikers, climbers, rafters and birders.