To say the PHX East Valley is the proverbial “mothership” of aviation, defense and aerospace is an understatement. Collectively, the aerospace and defense industries account for 9,300 employment opportunities — most of which are located in Chandler, Gilbert and Mesa. Additionally, the East Valley is ranked No. 1 for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness, No. 2 for largest employment in space and defense manufacturing, and No. 4 for largest employment in aviation and aerospace manufacturing.