Partners In Progress Business Retention & Engagement
The Gilbert Chamber Foundation works in partnership with the Town of Gilbert's Office of Economic Development, the Office of the Mayor, Development Services, and others to support the community's overall business retention and expansion efforts. Together, we identify ways in which to listen, respond to needs, and encourage further engagement within the business community. These efforts include:
Gilbert Business Walks
A Business Walk is a morning dedicated to learning more about the local business community through face-to-face interviews and conversations. Elected officials, local business owners, and community stakeholders walk from business to business asking conversationally-structured questions. In just a few short hours, hundreds of businesses can be reached and key data can be collected about the needs of our local business community.
Gilbert Manufacturers Council
This council serves as a unified voice of local-area manufacturers and invested parties for the purpose of identifying common issues and working together to find solutions. Areas of focus include Workforce Development, Logistics, Capital, and Government Policy and Regulation. In 2019, members of this council will participate in a Workforce Needs Assessment as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Talent Pipeline Management system.
The Gilbert Manufacturers Council works in tandem with the Foundation's Business & Education committee to coordinate the MFG Month Student Bus Tours and many council members open their doors to host student tours during this one-day event.
Red Carpet Tour
This annual, half-day event features a behind-the-scenes look at featured business and industry sectors, with the intention of sharing the Town's vision, economic state, and development projects.
Attendees start the day with an economic update and then board chartered buses to participate in tours at some of Gilbert's key businesses. Past events have focused on manufacturing, creative work space providers, and emerging non-traditional technologies.
Hosted by the Gilbert Chamber Foundation and the Office of the Mayor, these meetings focus on various industry sectors or geographical corridors with the purpose of gaining insight as to how the Town and Chamber can best support local business growth and retention.
Each meeting includes representation from both the Town and Chamber leadership. These leaders debrief within a week after the meeting to identify action items on behalf of each organization. It is common to have several service-oriented, actionable assignments and, in some cases, greater need for action.
Technology & Innovation Council
This council of Technology leaders serves to advance digital wellness in our community with a focus on Advocacy and responsible government policy; Resources and education; New technology and innovation; and Digital wellness and the awareness of technology’s social impact.