You may want to look at the North Central Phoenix area with Charles Schwab and American Express and Henkel (Dial). Also the Scottsdale Airpark area. The Chandler area has hi tech companies like Intel.
See the Arizona Book of Lists published by the Phoenix Business Journal for their annual top employer list. This is can be viewed for free at the library or go to http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/research/bol-marketing/ The book of lists lists all employers by employee size and also lists the top public and also top private companies with headquarters in Arizona.
Check the school links by the city you may be interested in for a specific employer at: http://www.arizonahomesland.com/aboutarizona.html
Jeff Masich, Realtor
Arizona Homes and Land
The Madison School District is one of the highest rated elementary/middle school districts in the region and highly praised by parents.
North Central Phoenix is a hop, skip and jump to many find job opportunities. Downtown Phoenix is brimming with business activity as well as being home to the ASU downtown campus. We expect an announcement in the next 2 days of a new employer bringing nearly 1000 jobs to the downtown area. The rumor mill say it is Google, but we can say who it is for certain.
If you would like to know more about the region, http://www.urbanconnectionrealty.com is our downtown site that has lots of news and information about the area.
Best to you as you consider the many possibilities... Gene
great businesses and is very close to Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale Etc..
It's really a great city!
Please feel free to contact me anytime, I would love to help! Cell # 480.335.3636
What skill sets might you offer as you consider employers? No one area of the Valley is locked in for employment type but we do tend to have some clusters that we might be able to help match you up with.
My family and I love living in Arizona! Been here since 1998. I suspect you might find the cost of living to be much lower than in CA?
Once you might think about choosing a house, find out what school district and elementary school area you are in by asking neighbors. School websites are also very good to check out. In addition, here is where you will find the list of high achieving schools. The top level is called â€œExcelling Schools.â€ Here is the list, by district and by school:
The next level of good schools is called â€œHighly Performing,â€ and here is how to find that list of schools, by district and by each school name:
There is also a District and School Report card online, which gives you information about a district in terms of things like how many of their schools met the federal AYP, or Annual Yearly Progress goal. DO NOT get disturbed if a school did not meet AYP because the numbers game on this is currently almost impossible to make. However, I notice, for example, that only 3% of schools in Scottsdale didnâ€™t meet AYP, which is only one school. Good job! Here is how to find the Scottsdale Report Card, for example:
DO, however, get concerned if you see a school listed in a district report card, as 2nd year under needs improvement, or under state intervention---something like that.
Here is the State Department of Education link to find all the district report cards:
If you look to the left-hand column, you can click on District/School Report cards. Then click on the list you want, like â€œExcelling,â€ or â€œHighly Performing.â€ I would go to District first, rather than school by school.
When dealing with the real estate agent and a potential home, I would also ask what police beat that home is in. Regarding children, I would then go to that beat under the city name online and find out what the crime statistics look like, especially juvenile crime. Some of the nicer looking neighborhoods might be deceiving. You can also go online, you know, and map out where all the sexual offenders live---making sure itâ€™s not on your street, of course.
Once you think you have narrowed down a home and neighborhood school, I would go back and talk with the principal again about teacher selection. Like, is there a choice? Tell them about your children and know that although school choice is important, the teacher choice is even more important. Kids are actually the most important thing here, and itâ€™s so worth it to plan ahead and choose a home that works well for the entire family. After all, there are many home choices available right now.
Best of luck in relocating to Arizona!