Each year, we welcome more than 5,000,000 visitors.
1,227 patents have been granted to Flagstaff entrepreneurs between 1976 and 2018.
Flagstaff's key industry sectors include:
- Advanced Manufacturing
- Craft Brewing
Explore these businesses and learn why Flagstaff is home to:
Our peak performers.
Smaller businesses – those with fewer than 20 employees – represent the backbone of Flagstaff’s economy. Now that our The Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology (NACET) business incubator has the Moonshot accelerator, we’re also seeing more local entrepreneurship.
In addition to our smaller businesses, Flagstaff is home to many large companies and organizations.
Here’s a list of our major local employers:
- Northern Arizona University - 2,571 Employees
- Flagstaff Medical Center - 2,200 Employees
- W.L. Gore & Associates - 1,950 Employees
- Flagstaff Unified School District - 1,375 Employees
- Coconino County - 1,200 Employees
- City of Flagstaff - 657 Employees
- Walmart - 630 Employees
- Nestle Purina PetCare - 240 Employees
- The Guidance Center - 219 Employees
- US Forest Service - 200 Employees
- Coconino Community College - 189 Employees
- Northern Arizona Healthcare - 188 Employees
- Hozhoni Foundation - 170 Employees
- Pepsi-Cola Bottling - 152 Employees
- The Peaks Senior Living Center - 140 Employees
- Joy Cone - 133 Employees
- Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff - 120 Employees
- Little America Hotel - 120 Employees
- IML Containers - 100 Employees
Flagstaff’s strong entrepreneurial spirit is fueled by our educated workforce, cutting-edge research, and quality of life. NACET is the place where businesses get started and bring their ideas to life, put people to work in good jobs, and pour money into the regional economy.
Looking for a business incubator that’s out of this world?
If you’re accepted to Moonshot at NACET, you’ll embark on an entrepreneurial journey will take you from business idea to commercialization.
Centrally located in Flagstaff, NACET consists of two state-ofthe-art LEED certified buildings. With a total of 38,000 square feet, these buildings house furnished and unfurnished offices, wet labs, light-manufacturing space, and conference and meeting rooms. Tenants and NACET-hosted events enjoy free parking, access to the Mountain Line Transit, a quick walk to Buffalo Park, and the Flagstaff Urban Trail System (FUTS).
Tourism is our #1 industry. Let’s visit the numbers.
Only 80 miles from the Grand Canyon! Even closer to other attractions.
Our visitors come from all over America – and the world!
In Flagstaff, tourism and hospitality is a $563 million industry with more than 8,000 employees.
Our well-trained hospitality workforce is also well-educated. Many employees have four-year degrees and transferable skills.
Did you know that Flagstaff has more hotel rooms per capita than Las Vegas?
Accelerating the speed
Businesses, entrepreneurs and job-seekers from around the world are attracted to Flagstaff’s innovative spirit and friendly business environment.
Made in Flagstaff.
Our manufacturing community produces everything from life-saving heart stents at W.L. Gore & Associates to the millions of tasty ice cream cones that Joy Cone produces every year. Our companies’ strengths range from traditional manufacturing like Nestle-Purina to Prent Thermoforming, an international leader in precision packaging for companies like Apple and W.L. Gore & Associates.
Discovered Pluto. Then new worlds of scientific collaboration.
In 1894, Percival Lowell established Lowell Observatory on Mars Hill. What has followed is a history of innovation and exploration in Flagstaff, the First International Dark Skies Community. Today, researchers from around the world travel to Lowell Observatory. Collectively, they’re advancing astronomy, using the most advanced resources and tools in the world
Lowell Observatory: Our homegrown astronomical incubator.
The 4.3 meter Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) is the observatory’s flagship instrument. Owned and operated by Lowell Observatory, scientific partnerships have been formed with Northern Arizona University, Boston University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Toledo.
The Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI), a highly specialized telescope, is a collaborative effort among the U.S.Naval Observatory, the Naval Research Laboratory, and Lowell Observatory.
Proof that entrepreneurship
is brewing in Flagstaff.
With eight breweries, one distillery, and one meadery, Flagstaff is a Craft Brew City! Many of our locally produced, award-winning beverages are distributed not just throughout Arizona but across the western United States.
Use this list to start your Flagstaff Craft Brew Tour!
The quality of retail fits all needs.
Thinking of opening a new retail store in Flagstaff? Or are you looking to expand your retail operations? Here’s how the City of Flagstaff can help.
We subscribe to Buxton Analytics, a consumer research company that uses Experian credit card data to provide various “snapshots” of a community. For example, you might be a retailer interested in expanding to Flagstaff. Buxton allows us to compare Flagstaff demographics to your existing location. This comparison provides you with valuable market information and can help you predict how successful your expansion could be.
Want to learn more? We’d be happy to show the tools that can help your retail business succeed in Flagstaff.