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Welcome to Phoenix

Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun began with the discovery of the Salt River by the Hohokam Indians as early as 300 B.C. The waterways and canals built by the Hohokam society allowed the introduction of cotton, beans, corn, squash and introduced the weaving of cotton to the Southwest. These newcomers wasted no time in building a community to suit their needs, with single family homes, apartment buildings, an outdoor neighborhood recreation center, and a ceremonial spot for the celebration of special events.

The Metro Phoenix economy continues steady growth across a wide spectrum of industries. In June 2007 the Phoenix economy was ranked number one for Business Recruitment & Attraction in an Expansion Management study. National companies continue to locate operations to Metro Phoenix, adding their energy to one of the nation’s most diverse regional economies. Over 150 of the Fortune 500 companies maintain a presence in Metro Phoenix.

A study by location consulting firm, Boyd Co. of Princeton N.J., ranked the Phoenix area 28th of 30 metro areas in the overall cost of doing business.

Education has a high priority in the Metro Phoenix area. There are innovative special programs in the public schools, fine private schools and an extensive college system. In addition, vocational training is geared toward the actual needs of employers in the area.

Maricopa County has fifty-seven school districts serving over 400,000 students. Programs building a solid foundation of basic skills - reading, language, mathematics, science and social studies - are emphasized throughout the area.
Getting Settled

People moving to a new city view the experience as either a great adventure or an incredibly stressful hassle. Relocating can be a lot of both. Like most everything else in life, it's what you make it. Attitude is important.

First, the adventure part. Making friends with a new city can be a process of discovery for the individual and the family together. There's a sense of excitement, of anticipation, even a sense of the pioneer spirit in navigating new terrain.

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