In December 2015, the Town Council adopted the Economic Development Strategic Plan outlining key strategies to ensure a well rounded approach to economic development. The Economic Development Strategic Plan process included extensive input from Town staff, council members and stakeholders. In addition, the Queen Creek Economic Development Commission provided direction on the Town's opportunities, strengths and overarching goals. Independent research was also undertaken to assess Queen Creek's strengths to support and sustain economic development, and identify any challenges that may need to be overcome.
The Economic Development Strategic Plan embraces the overall vision for the Town, and has further identified key values and fundamental principles that the community holds, which help to underpin the goals and strategies of this plan. The key values and fundamental principles are that:
- Queen Creek offers an exceptional quality of life to its residents.
- The Town strategically plans for growth, while fostering a diverse tax base and improving quality employment opportunities.
- Agritainment and a healthy lifestyle contribute to a robust economy.
- Embedded within Queen Creek is a vibrant entrepreneurial culture that stimulates new business creation.
- Fiscal sustainability is a cornerstone of Town management.
- Queen Creek Economic Development Strategic Plan (adopted December 2015)
- SWOT Analysis
- Site Assessment
- Industry Cluster Analysis
The five industry clusters identified as suitable for Queen Creek will help foster diverse job creation as well as complement the Town’s existing strengths. These industry clusters include:
- Agritainment (includes Agribusiness and Arts, Entertainment, Recreation and Visitor Industries)
- Healthcare and Biotechnology
- Higher Education
- Software & Information Technology
The Economic Development Strategic Plan is intended to guide economic development decisions and policies in Queen Creek and provide direction to the Town to focus marketing and recruitment efforts on specific and targeted industries. The plan is a tool to balance the fiscal approach to land planning to ensure that the municipal budget is always balanced and meets the needs of the community. The strategies will focus on the broader goals of the community and work towards the creation of higher paying jobs, new employment creation and an excellent quality of life by building on the community assets already in place today.
The Economic Development Commission meets at 7:30 a.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month.