Flagstaff is a governmental, educational, transportational, cultural, and commercial center. Government is one of the largest employment sectors. Tourism is also a large employer as the City sees over 5,000,000 visitors per year. In addition, the City houses Northern Arizona University and other scientific and high tech research and development industries.
Northern Arizona University
NAU, the largest employer in the City, has a major economic impact annually. The campus is used year-round and hosts many professional athletes including; the Arizona Cardinals, the Phoenix Suns, and Olympic athletes that choose Flagstaff as training site because of the climate, altitude, and available facilities.
The University, in partnership with the City of Flagstaff and the State of Arizona, has institutionalized this with the development of the High Altitude Sports Training Center. The Center invites athletes worldwide to train at an elevation of 7,000, which has proven to offer a competitive advantage. The Center offers facilities, health assessments, and other services to these international athletes.