Analysis shows proposed spring training facility could bring $278 million boost to Gilbert economy

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and Elliott D. Pollack and Co. have released an impact analysis showing that Gilbert's proposed Major League Baseball spring training facility would bring thousands of jobs and an estimated $278 million boost annually to the local economy.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce and Elliott D. Pollack and Co. have released an impact analysis showing that Gilbert's proposed Major League Baseball spring training facility would bring thousands of jobs and an estimated $278 million boost annually to the local economy.

As part of the analysis, the Milwaukee Brewers submitted an outline of its commitments to the city for the facility, which includes the team covering the cost of construction and operation.

According to the chamber, the report shows the facility could create over 1,900 jobs for construction and about 2,500 jobs created to operate the facility.

"The Gilbert Chamber is encouraged by these findings and believes having a second economic study provides additional information for the Town Council to consider, ensuring due diligence in making these big decisions,” Gilbert Chamber President and CEO Kathy Tilque said in a statement. “Spring training has a regional benefit and positions Gilbert to potentially reap local revenues and expand our tourism attractions. It’s a decision that should be fully vetted to include long-term benefits and we look forward to getting additional details through that process."

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