Oro Valley is emerging as a regional center for the biotech industry. Innovation Park is the high-tech center of Oro Valley, featuring a number of medical and biotech campuses, including Northwest Medical Center. Oro Valley does not levy a local property tax. Commercial property is assessed at 25% of fair market value, while residential property is assessed at 10% of fair market value.
Golf & Resorts
The economy of Oro Valley is also fueled by the resort industry. Oro Valley features several resorts and country clubs, including Oro Valley Country Club at Vistoso. Sun City Vistoso , Hilton El Conquistadore Golf & Tennis Resort, The Golf Club at Vistosa and The Stone Canyon Golf Club.
Oro Valley supports an emerging arts scene and community. The Greater Oro Valley Arts Council (GOVAC) actively promotes artistic endeavors throughout the town.
Each winter Musical Magic for Kids is held at the Oro Valley Town Hall, along with multiple string quartet and choral performances throughout the town.
Every April the Oro Valley Festival of the Arts is held celebrating all forms of art and artistic expression. Live musical performances are held throughout the spring in the open-air amphitheater at Cañada del Oro Riverfront Park.
The annual Independence Day celebration is one of the largest events in Oro Valley. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra performs, along with several choirs. Fireworks shows and concerts are also provided by the Hilton El Conquistador Resort.
Public art is exhibited throughout the year at the Northwest Hospital-Oro Valley in Rancho Vistoso. A number of sculptures, murals, and statues
of public art are featured throughout Oro Valley.
Public schools in Oro Valley are administered by Amphitheater Public Schools of Tucson. Oro Valley is served by four elementary schools, two K-8 schools, one middle school, and two high schools (Canyon del Oro High School and Ironwood Ridge High School). In 2007 "Newsweek magazine" rated both Canyon del Oro and Ironwood Ridge in the top 5% of public schools in the U.S., two of only 12 schools in Arizona included on the list.
Oro Valley also has three private schools, two of which include high schools (Pusch Ridge Christian Academy and Immaculate Heart Preparatory School.)
Colleges & Universities
Residents of Oro Valley have access to Pima Community College Northwest, located just south of the town. The University of Arizona is also nearby in Tucson, with a student body of nearly 37,000.
Residents of Oro Valley have access to Pima Community College Northwest, located just south of the town. The University of Arizona is also nearby in Tucson, with a student body of nearly 37,000