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Small Businesses

Small Business Resources

Local programs that small business with technical support, network-building, capital or mentorship

Groundswell Capital

Groundswell Capital 

A 501(c)3 nonprofit created by the Tucson IDA to support access to capital for small businesses.

Connect Tucson

Connect Tucson

A City of Tucson website that shares everything you need to know about starting, growing, or relocating your business to Tucson. 

Startup Guide

Startup Guide

A community resource for entrepreneurs outlining the "who's who" for our innovation ecosystem. Learn where to find networking events, educational resources, funding, work spaces, incubators and more.  

Blax Friday

Blax Friday

BLAX FRIDAY business directory website. A comprehensive look at Black-Owned Businesses in Arizona.


Housing Resources

Local programs that support housing accessibility through education, resources, and downpayment assistance.

Pima Tucson Homebuyers Solution

Pima Tucson Homebuyer's Solution

A funding program that helps homebuyer's in Pima County to achieve homeownership by providing the capital needed for a down payment.

Family Housing Resources

Family Housing Resources

Family Housing Resources (FHR) provides affordable housing support and financial education to low - middle income families in the Tucson area.


Developer Incentives & Grants

The City of Tucson has a variety of programs to help support great projects in Tucson including TIFs, overlays, and grant programs for developers.

Industrial Building

Brownfields Grant

Brownfields are abandoned, idled, or under-used property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination. The land may be contaminated by hazardous waste or pollution but can be reused once the land has been thoroughly cleaned up. The Brownfields Program in Tucson seeks to reclaim these brownfields to redevelop them into productive private or public property for re-use.


Rio Nuevo TIF District

Rio Nuevo is a tax increment finance district (TIF) that invests in a variety of projects designed to expand the tax base, bring patrons and new businesses to downtown Tucson and the Sunshine Mile

Construction Manager

Primary Jobs Incentive

The Primary Jobs Incentive assists Tucson in its efforts to bring quality jobs and investment into the region. The incentive provides up to a 100% reimbursement of a portion of City construction sales tax to qualifying expenses such as the project’s public infrastructure improvements, offsets to impact fees, and/or job-training. 


Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET)

Arizona State statute grants the City of Tucson authority to abate property tax for up to eight years if a property is located within a designated Central Business District.

Grocery Store Staff

Site-Specific Sale Tax Incentive

The Site Specific Sales Tax Incentive supports retail projects that would not otherwise locate in the City of Tucson. For qualified businesses, the City may apply project-generated tax revenues to qualifying public expenses such as job training or public infrastructure improvements. The project must be a retail project.

Thrive in the 05

Thrive in the 05

A collaboration of Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction, Choice Neighborhoods, and Workforce & Economic Development in the 85705 zip code.

Sunshine Mile

Sunshine Mile Urban Overlay District

The Sunshine Mile is an iconic and historic area of Tucson on Broadway Boulevard east of downtown. It is a vibrant district for commerce and culture: currently being injected with fresh life.

The district fall within the Rio Nuevo TIF district and includes incentives and tools for infill redevelopment.


Downtown Infill Incentive District

The Infill Incentive District, or IID for short, is the land use tool that has facilitated much of the development in the greater downtown area. It provides zoning overlays and incentives to encourage transit-oriented development, affordable housing, high-density infill development in Downtown Tucson


Tucson Norte-Sur

Tucson Norte-Sur is a plan that will work with Tucson communities to identify opportunities for equitable reinvestment and access along a future 15-mile long North-South High Capacity Transit (HCT) corridor connecting the Tucson Mall on the northside to downtown Tucson and to the Tucson Airport on the southside. 

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