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Innovation Hubs

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An innovation hub is a geographic area that shares similar industry and development characteristics. Businesses in these areas partner with the city to optimize their defining characteristics to improve and brand their areas. Tempe has nine distinct innovation hubs. 


The Papago innovation hub is just minutes away from Phoenix Sky Harbor International on the light rail line. It's also near downtown Tempe, Tempe Town Lake, the Phoenix Zoo, Desert Botanical Gardens and more. The area is home The Grand, a 1 million sq ft. mixed use development with room for new tenants, Salt River Project and Papago Gateway Center. 

Lake District

More than 15,000 high wage and advanced business services jobs surround Tempe Town Lake. Companies may find gorgeous Class A office space with breathtaking views and phenomenal lifestyle opportunities for their workforce. Companies include State Farm, Amazon, Microsoft, Becton Dickinson and more. 

Downtown Tempe/Mill

The heart of Tempe's urban atmosphere featuring light rail, streetcar, high rise offices and downtown amenities such as hotels, Arizona State University, and businesses such as Chase, Red Door, Allstate Insurance and more. It's home to many great special events like the Tempe Festival of the Arts. Check for details.  


The Novus Innovation Corridor is a partnership between the City of Tempe and Arizona State University. This 330-acre area in the heart of Tempe combines the best of commercial and residential development with entertainment. 


The Smith Industrial Hub is approximately 302 acres with mostly light industrial and office uses. It's connected to shopping at Tempe Marketplace and Riverview malls along with Spring Training Baseball. Opportunities for adaptive reuse and greenfield development exist here. The site fronts Loop 202 and Loop 101 freeways.  


Light rail runs along the entire Apache innovation hub. The area thrives on transit-oriented development, such as mixed use, multi-family housing and more. 

Hardy/Broadway Revitalization Corridor

The Hardy innovation hub. otherwise known as the Broadway Revitalization Corridor, is known for its light industrial opportunities. This area is home to MAC6 manufacturing coworking space and the United Dairymen of Arizona processing plant, where much of the nation's blue cheese is made, Crockett Honey and many manufacturers. This is Tempe's Maker District. 

Emerald Center

This innovation hub borders Interstate 10 and is a direct route to California or Mexico. IKEA's only Arizona store is located in this innovation hub, along with many home goods providers, several new car dealerships and commercial buildings. There is room to build. 

Research and Discovery

ASU Research Park and Discovery Business Campus are key innovation areas for Arizona and the world. Companies locate here to research new ideas, partner with each other and Arizona State University. Northern Trust, Shutterfly, Go Daddy and the ASU Flexible Display Center are located here.