Economic Development

Got a brilliant idea for a new business? Come to Clarkdale! We're Growing - without development impact fees! We have vacant buildings and land ready for you, a fun business climate, and friendly folks, too. Stop on by and check out the possibilities. We even have connections to small business counseling and loans. See you soon!


For Clarkdale's data, view Arizona Prospector for Clarkdale.  Available sites are here, too

About Clarkdale

Clarkdale is a sustainable community of about 4,200 folks living in 10 square miles of beauty in the Verde Valley of north central Arizona. Bounded on the southwest by Jerome and Mingus Mountain, Cottonwood to the east, and Sedona and national forest to the north, the Town is bisected by the free-flowing and unspoilt Verde River. Within 90 minutes of Phoenix and 20 minutes of Sedona, Clarkdale features access to big city amenities nestled in some of the most beautiful country in America.

As the first planned community in Arizona, Clarkdale has a history of innovation and entrepreneurship which continues today. With an array of vacant commercial land and historic buildings plus an industrial area under development, there is an abundance of opportunities here. All utilities are available - broadband, gas, 3-phase power, water and wastewater although there is some variation in availability by parcel.

Do you care about our planet? Sustainable Clarkdale is an initiative guiding our interests. We seek companies and residents who embrace living in harmony with our existing resources. In fact, Clarkdale is 8th in the nation for the most zero net energy homes under development.

Residential Land for Development plus Available Utilities

Properties Available for Residential Development over 10 acres

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Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance

A volunteer organization - think free chamber of commerce, the CDBA is a volunteer group of businesses working to bring fun events and lots of visitors to Clarkdale's historic central business district. Business meetings take place on first Tuesdays monthly at Scott's Main Street Cafe in the bar. All businesses and volunteers are welcome.

Open for Business

The community welcomes development as guided by the following specific area plans for business expansion in the Town:

In addition, the Economic Development Plan with its Pillars of Business Development, Creative Clarkdale, Healthy Community, and Sustainable Clarkdale describe the approach our community takes to economic development.

Business Development
Creative Clarkdale
Healthy Community
Sustainable Clarkdale

Business Registration & Business License Benefits

An annual business license is required for anyone transacting business within Clarkdale per Town Code, Section 8-3. To register your business, complete the Business License Application (PDF) and email it to Community Development per the instructions on the form. In exchange for a paid business license, businesses may receive the following services on a first-come, first-served basis:

  • Free promotion of special events, offers, and tourism-oriented business services on the website,
  • Free promotion in the Roundabout Clarkdale feature of the Small Talk, a monthly newsletter accompanying utility bills and appearing on the Town's website;
  • Free YouTube video support for grand openings and exciting business updates on the Experience Clarkdale YouTube channel;
  • Free rack card display in the Community Development office; and
  • Free participation in the Clarkdale Downtown Business Alliance.

Resources for Developing a Successful Business

Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), Small Business Services

The ACA Checklist Program to Start, Operate and Grow a Business in Arizona is a free, interactive tool designed to guide start-up, growing, and out-of-state businesses to commonly requested licensing information. It also included contact information to statewide resources and assistance. View the Checklist Program Flyer (PDF).

Shop Local & Support Your Neighbors

Looking for particular goods or services? Shop with other Clarkdale businesses and keep the cash flowing in our community. For a list of registered businesses, contact Community Development.

Looking for fun things to see and do and great places to eat and drink? Visit Experience Clarkdale website or our Facebook page.

Experience with Sunset Background

Here's the Current Draft of the New ED Plan (PDF).

2013 Sustainable Community and Economic Development Plan

Adopted by Town Council in 2013, the Plan is currently under revision.

Economic Development Partners

Verde Valley Regional Economic Organization

Arizona Commerce Authority

  • Supporting rural Arizona with various funding programs, statewide information and a deal-closing fund.
  • Arizona Commerce Authority Website.
  • Contact: Email Keith Watkins, Senior Vice President, Economic / Rural Development
    Work Phone: 602-845-1278
    Mobile Phone: 602-432-5045

Small Business Development Center at Yavapai College