In February 2019, Gilbert unveiled its new mission: “Anticipate. Create. Help people.” As Gilbert approaches its 100th birthday in 2020, the new mission statement is focused on keeping the thriving community that Gilbert is today well into the future. While the community reflects back on the last 100 years, there is still more work to be done to prepare Gilbert for the future. To that end, we’ve identified three new focus areas to prepare us to become the “City of the Future.”
Gilbert was once a small town that quickly became the largest town in America. We’ve created opportunity and the rest of the world has noticed. We’ve been recognized as the safest, fastest growing and most prosperous city. We’d like to keep it that way.
Individuals and families prosper in clean, safe communities with great schools, high-quality healthcare options and strong social connections. When families evaluate where to put down roots, access to quality schools is paramount, along with an overall feeling of safety. People also want to feel connected – with friends, family and neigbors in a place that feels like home. That’s why we’re building unique destinations and experiences that create a sense of place and community, at a price that isn’t out of reach for the average family’s income.
The backbone of every thriving community is a strong local economy that provides economic opportunity for businesses to grow and individuals to pursue meaningful careers across an array of vocations. This starts with thriving businesses that draw from a high-quality workforce. With this in mind, Gilbert is focusing on attracting high-wage jobs in STEM-related industries, and pursuing higher education opportunities to prepare its residents to embrace the jobs of the future.
Redevelopment to revitalize and energize maturing areas of the Town is also a priority in the years ahead. Gilbert’s Heritage District -- once an aging, stagnated area -- has reinvented itself as a vibrant, family-friendly community gathering place with bustling restaurants and business that draw residents, visitors and tourists from across the region and beyond.
Along with our focus on these economic development strategies, Gilbert is committed to managing its debt and finances properly. Financial stability at the local level will help to bolster a long-term, sustainable and thriving economy.
FY2020 Wildly Important Goals (WIGs)
One of the first steps in our endeavor to become the City of the Future is to identify our FY2020 Wildly Important Goals (WIGs). These goals set the organizational priorities for the year ahead and are included below.
For more detail on these goals, please click here.