Community Profile | City of San Luis

Western Arizona Economic Development District

City of San Luis

Background

Strategically located at the southwest corner of Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border with Sonora, Mexico is the City of San Luis. The community sits on an intersection of two countries and four states: California, Arizona, Baja California, and Sonora.

With access to a consumer market exceeding 53 million people within a 500-mile radius, San Luis is highly competitive for new business development. San Luis has experienced sustained population and commercial growth, making it one of Arizona’s fastest-growing cities.

Principal Economic Activities

The agriculture, commercial, government, and manufacturing sectors make up a large portion of the local economy. The San Luis Port of Entry I is one of Arizona’s busiest ports, with eight million people crossing the border every year. San Luis Commercial Port of Entry II is the second-largest commodities port of entry due to fresh produce imported from Mexico.

Since the Arizona Service Highway connection to Interstate 8 and Highway 95, the city’s industrial base increased with two new major industrial park subdivisions totaling 220 acres of shovel ready sites. San Luis has abundant natural resources like water and sun, making it an ideal location to locate your business.

Scenic Attractions

San Luis offers a variety of downtown shopping opportunities, and the proximity to the border provides a tremendous opportunity to leverage bi-national recreational and cultural assets. As a bi-national region, tourism experiences bi-national events such as the Taco and Beer Festival, Tierra Sonora Concert, Fourth of July, Off-Road Expo, and Sonora Rally Dakka events.

Shopping in the Mexican border town is always a favorite. The open-air market in this town offers Mexican souvenirs, while dentists, doctors, and pharmacies are within walking distance from the border.

San Luis is the gateway to the Sea of Cortez, and the El Golfo de Santa Clara is merely 70 miles south of the border, offering abundant recreational opportunities, including driving, sailing, and swimming as well as great seafood restaurants.

The new coastal highway, La Costera toll road, connects Puerto Peñasco (Rocky Point) to El Golfo de Santa Clara while creating a safe passage for visitors wanting to experience beautiful beaches, quality resorts, cruises, deep-sea fishing, and snorkeling.

Community Facilities

The City of San Luis offers excellent recreational facilities and various community services targeting people of all ages. The senior center administers educational courses and activities to the aging population. The Cesar Chavez Cultural Center offers art, music, and dance classes and displays the city mural.

Art and music expos are held at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center. Joe Orduno Park is a central location that offers various services, including a youth center, an aquatic center, a gymnasium, and recreational fields. Joe Orduno Park hosts numerous special events, including the famous Fourth of July and Off-Road Expo.

Local Resources

City of San Luis

Jenny Torres,
Economic Development Manager
1090 E. Union Street
San Luis, AZ 85349
Phone: 928-341-8584
Email: Jenny Torres
Website: City of San Luis

Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation

Julie Engel,
President & CEO
899 E. Plaza Circle, Ste. 2
Yuma, AZ 85366
Phone: 928-782-7774
Email: Julie Engel
Website: Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation

Yuma County Chamber of Commerce

Kimberly Kahl,
Executive Director
180 W. 1st St., Suite A
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-782-2567
Email: Yuma County Chamber of Commerce
Website: Local First Arizona

Local First Arizona

Kimber Lanning,
Chief Executive Officer
407 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone: 602-956-0909
Email: Local First Arizona
Website: Local First Arizona

Arizona Commerce Authority

100 N. 7th Ave., Suite 400
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone: 602-845-1200
Email: Arizona Commerce Authority Information
Website: Arizona Commerce Authority Home Page

Last Updated by University of Arizona - Yuma (CAST): 04/21/2021

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