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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).

Opportunity Zone
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.

General Information
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

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 completed an asset inventory; a constantly changing work in progress.

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

San Pedro Valley Railroad
Aaron Lovelady,
General Manager
PO Box 1420
Benson, AZ 85602
Hildeberto Moreno
Director of Land Development and Sales
5001 Avenida Creel
Santa Teresa, NM 88008

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Benson Airport Information3 documents

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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

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Economic Development Strategic Plan2 documents

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