Economic Development Team

Economic Development Specialist

Bobby G. Davis

(928) 474-5242 ext. 396

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Kenny Evans

(928) 474-5242 ext. 222

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Town Manager

Debra Galbraith

928-474-5242 ext. 262

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Economic Development Division

Whether your business is just getting started, expanding, or relocating to Payson, we are here to help streamline the process. Take advantage of our free and confidential service designed to assist new and existing businesses succeed in Payson.

About Payson

Mogollon RimPayson nestles below the Mogollon Rim at an elevation of about 5,000 feet, nicely situated between cooler mountain climes to the north and rugged desert to the south.  The Mogollon Rim is a 200 mile escarpment with elevations up to 7,500 feet, that joins the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff in north central Arizona with the White Mountains in eastern Arizona.  The largest Ponderosa Pine Forest in the United States runs the length of this high country which is dotted with streams, lakes, trails, campgrounds, wildlife and other recreational opportunities.  Head 30 miles South of Payson and you are in the heart of the central deserts or enjoying Roosevelt Lake. Payson serves as a cool summer retreat for vacationers from the Phoenix area and retirees seeking four seasons in a mild climate.

Payson sits in the United States largest Ponderosa Pine forest comprised of three National Forests. Coconino and Sitgreaves National Forests incorporate the higher elevation mountains and forests. Tonto National Forest incorporates forest and the lower elevation deserts and the Verde and Salt River reservoir systems.

Strategic Location

Payson is the largest town in Gila county with a 2013 population of 15,245. Connected by the Beeline Highway (AZ-87) to the greater Phoenix area only 90 minutes South, and to Flagstaff 90 minutes to the North, and with I-40 via AZ-260 to I-17, Payson is strategically located in the center of Arizona. AZ-260 also connects the area with other eastern Arizona recreation oriented communities in the White Mountains.

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Business/Payroll Tax
The Town does not impose a business/payroll tax.

Fast Track Permitting Process
Series of policies and procedures created to speed up the construction permitting process:

      - Commercial Building Permit Process
      - At Risk Grading Permit
      - Foundation Only Permit
      - Water Impact Fee Payment Plans

Impact Fee Payment Deferral