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Economic Development

For Benson economic development information and resources, visit the Benson Economic Development Center, a partnership project of City of Benson and Southeast Arizona Economic Development Group (SAEDG).

As part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Benson was designated an Opportunity Zone.  Situated along trade routes Interstate 10, State Route 80, State Route 90 and the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad and less than two hours from two Ports of Entry Benson is uniquely poised to expand into a a freight and long-haul economic center. See the link below for a full description of the Opportunity Zones within Benson and Cochise County.

Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., Apache Nitrogen Products, Benson School District and the Benson Hospital are the area's major employers. In addition to retail chain stores, there are several unique specialty shops found on the main 4th Street that offers a variety of goods. Many residents, however, commute to Tucson and Sierra Vista for employment and shopping.

The City supports a large retired population and is a winter refuge for visitors from colder climates. Its nearby historic and scenic sites are increasingly popular with tourists. 

Cochise County Opportunity Zones

Arizona Commerce Authority Information
Incentives, Services, Facts & Figures, About, and News & Events

Arizona Office of Employment and Population
Provides a wide variety of labor market and demographic information for Arizona, including: local area employment and unemployment statistics; occupation and industry employment estimates and projections; wage survey data; population data; and more.

Benson Airport Information


Benson Municipal Airport E95

Benson Municipal Airport is now a full-service, general aviation airport offering AVGAS and Jet A fuel, flight training, aircraft rental and aircraft sales.
The Airport is located 3 miles northwest of the the City. To visit the airport, drive north on Ocotillo for 1 mile past the interstate, then turn left on Aviation Drive for 3.2 miles.

Benson's Asset Inventory
Benson has just completed an asset inventory; a constantly changing work in progress.

Cochise County Economic Development

Cochise College Center for Economic Research
The Cochise College Center for Economic Research (CER) is dedicated to analyzing and interpreting economic information and education residents of Cochise County on the local, state, and national economy. The CER provides economic and demographic information, analysis, and forecasting to help community leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors make informed decisions.

San Pedro & Southwestern Railroad


Transfering lumber from rail car to truck in Benson
Aaron Lovelady, General Manager
796 E Country Club Drive
PO Box 1420
Benson, AZ 85602

Hildeberto Moreno, Director of Land Development and Sales
5001 Avenida Creel
Santa Teresa, NM 88008

Southeast Arizona Economic Development Group
The Purpose of SAEDG is to responsibly develop and expand the economy of Southeast Arizona.
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Benson Airport Information3 documents

  • Benson Airport Plot layout
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  • Benson Hangar Plot Layout
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  • Benson Airport Pilot Information
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Benson's Asset Inventory1 document

  • Benson's Asset Inventory
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Cochise College Center for Economic Research6 documents

  • 2018 Benson Economic Outlook
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  • 2014 Benson Economic Outlook
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  • 2013 Benson Economic Outlook
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  • 2012 Benson Economic Outlook
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  • 2011 Benson Economic Outlook
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  • 2010 Benson Economic Outlook
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Economic Development Strategic Plan2 documents

  • Economic Development Strategic Plan
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  • Strategic Plan - Executive Summary
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Local area Subdivisions2 documents

  • a pdf of all current subdivisions
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    Current Subdivisions
  • Current Developments in within Benson City limits
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