Area of Jurisdiction: 517.948 sq
Population: 1,563,025 people
Height: 3,841 meters above sea level
Location: Located in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert
Twin city agreement signature date: May 30th, 2005
Official site of Phoenix: http://www.phoenix.gov
On May 3oth, 2005 a Sister City agreement was signed between the city of Ramat-Gan and the city of Phoenix.
Phoenix is one of the most vibrant and livable communities in the United States, and a city where a strong, diverse economy supports a thriving and growing business community.
Phoenix is in the heart of the fastest growing region in the country, serving all the major markets in the western United States. With a population of almost 1.4 million, Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country and the centerpiece for almost 3.4 million people in the metropolitan area. The city's location is ideal to service not only of the Southwest, but also of Southern California and the international markets of the Pacific Basin and Mexico.
Local, national, and international businesses find that Phoenix has an excellent transportation infrastructure, with frequent non-stop air connections to all major cities, and easy freeway access and rail service destined to major ports. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is now the fifth busiest in the world with over 1,300 commercial flights per day. The Airport is serviced by 23 airlines with non-stop flights to 198 cities, including various cities in
Canada, Mexico, and Europe.
Thousands of companies have discovered that it pays to do business in the city of Phoenix . Among other things, the state has no corporate franchise tax, business inventory is not subject to property tax, and Arizona is a right-to-work state. The city also offers two programs for businesses located within designated areas. Qualifying businesses within the City of Phoenix Zone (COPEZ) can receive income tax and property tax benefits. Qualifying businesses within the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ). It is possible to defer or eliminate duty on imported goods prior to entering the US market.
In Phoenix, you can find everything from world-class dining to exhilarating adventure, trendy shopping, modern nightlife and enriching culture. The celebrated resorts and spas of Phoenix will sooth you and the Sonoran Desert golf courses will challenge you.
Outside Phoenix you can experience the entire Valley with each surrounding city contributing its own unique character.
Arts and cultural activities abound in Phoenix, with more than 20 museums in the metro area and numerous performing arts groups. A sampling of museums include the newly renovated and expanded Phoenix Art Museum, with more than 13,000 works of art including an impressive collection of Western art, a Chinese art selection and an extensive collection of contemporary work; the internationally renowned Heard Museum of Anthropology and Primitive Arts, which houses more than 75,000 artifacts of Southwestern Indian culture; and the Arizona Science Center, with 350 hands-on exhibits, giant-screen theater and state-of-the-art planetarium.
On any given night one may find small-scale productions to larger well-known performances such as the Arizona Theatre Company, Arizona Opera, and the Phoenix Symphony.