Mayor Jenn Daniels has declared May 6-12 as Economic Development and Travel and Tourism Week in Gilbert.
“Economic development and tourism are incredibly important to Gilbert, both for our future and the long-term sustainability for our community,” Daniels said in a press release. “We are excited to share the impact that both lines of service have on the community.”
The city is holding a series of community and business-focused events, in line with the celebration.
On Thursday, there will be a free Business Lunch ‘N Learn with Local First: Capitalize on Tourism and Economic Development Efforts to Boost Your Business program.
Then, on Saturday, the Gilbert Office of Economic Development (OED) and Discover Gilbert will be at the Gilbert Farmer’s Market to mingle with visitors and discuss the town's economy and top tourism amenities.
Gilbert’s Economic Development and Travel and Tourism Week coincide with the International Economic Development Council’s National Economic Development Week and the U.S. Travel Association’s National Travel and Tourism Week.
The two national events “support Gilbert’s vibrant community by enhancing the quality of life for residents, the creation of jobs and economic opportunity, and the enhancement of wealth in (the) community," according to the Gilbert Office of Economic Development.
“Tourism promotion creates many economic opportunities,” Dan Henderson, director of the Gilbert Office of Economic Development, said. “It opens the door for business relocation and new startups, while highlighting the quality of life attributes that are critical to relocation decisions.”