GILBERT BUSINESSES, EDUCATORS, LEADERS TO BE HONORED AT 22nd ANNUAL EVENT

November 1, 2017

GILBERT BUSINESSES, EDUCATORS, LEADERS TO BE HONORED AT 22nd ANNUAL EVENT
Chamber, Town, School Districts Partner to Present Excellence Awards

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Gilbert, education partners and others, will honor outstanding businesses and individuals on November 30th at the 22nd Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards, presented by APS.

The following award recipients will be recognized:

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Scott Adamson, PH.D, Educator of the Year
Sharon "Cookie" Potter, Support Staff of the Year

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
Strong Tower Insurance Group, Spirit of Business Award
Val Vista Lakes Community Association, Visionary Award
Jasmine Holmes of 910 West, Leon Uhlhorn Chairman's Award, sponsored by Strong Tower Insurance Group

Gilbert Public Schools
Shannon Gowens, Educator of the Year
Barb Zibell, Support Staff of the Year
Marie Ballerino, Volunteer of the Year

Higley Unified School District
Jennifer Robinson, Educator of the Year
Michelle Bogrett, Support Staff of the Year
Caroline Lamoreaux, Volunteer of the Year

Republic Media
Joe Johnston of Joe's Real BBQ, Beautification Award
Katie Marqueling, Young Hero Award
Eric and Amy Mendoza, Geneva Clay Community Award

Town of Gilbert
Dianna Erickson, Municipal Volunteer of the Year
Engine 252 and Ladder 253, Tim Dorn Public Safety Award
Dana Berchman, Municipal Employee of the Year

Sponsored by APS, this formal evening is filled with celebration as we honor those in the community who have excelled in the areas of business, education and community involvement. A partnership between the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, Gilbert Public Schools, Higley Unified School District, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, the Town of Gilbert and the Republic Media, the evening is truly a community event!

This event features Gilbert's Culinary Showcase with samplings provided by some of your local, favorite restaurants. A cash bar will be available for the purchase of soda, beer, and wine.
Individual tickets are $55 or a table for eight can be purchased for $440. For more information, contact Sarah at (480) 941-6322 or register online at http://www.gilbertaz.com
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 700 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com.

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Gilbert Chamber, Pollack and Company Release Impact Analysis of Proposed Spring Training Facility

Gilbert Chamber, Pollack and Company Release Impact Analysis of Proposed Spring Training Facility
Report Addresses Economic, Fiscal Impact of Proposed Milwaukee Brewers’ Facility, Mixed-Use Village

GILBERT - The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, working with Elliott D. Pollack and Company, today released a report on the benefits of having MLB Spring Training facility in the Town of Gilbert - specifically attracting the only currently available Major League Baseball team, The Milwaukee Brewers. 

At the request of local developer LGE Design Build, the Brewers put forth an outline of items to which they would be willing to commit in the analysis by Pollack.  The team agreed to pay for the total cost of the construction of the new facility, plus its operations. 

The report shows the proposed Facility and relationship with the Brewers could bring economic and quality of life benefits to the community at a reasonable and justifiable cost.  Those benefits include:
• The creation of more than 1,900 jobs associated with the construction of the Facility and Mixed-Use Village. Construction alone will produce $267 million dollars in economic benefit
• The creation of nearly 2,500 jobs associated with the operations of the Facility and Mixed-Use Village, producing $278 million in annual economic benefit to the community.
• The use of the Spring Training Facility’s baseball fields by Town residents.
• The use of the baseball fields would partly satisfy the Town’s future demand for fields, reduce future capital expenditures by the Town, and eliminate any maintenance expenses that otherwise would be borne by the Town at public parks.  The capital cost of four baseball fields is estimated at $7.1 million, a cost that would not need to be spent by the Town.  The Spring Training baseball fields could replace the costly fields (due to extensive grading and removal of soil) at the planned Chandler Heights Basin Regional Park.  
• Promotion of the Town’s tourism market and “Discover Gilbert” campaign; expansion of its hotel inventory.
• The Facility will serve as an event center that will host a variety of entertainment and cultural events.
• The Facility will serve as an economic development tool in attracting and retaining businesses in the Town.

The full report is available on the Chamber’s web site at http://www.gilbertaz.com/pollackreport
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"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,” said Gilbert Chamber President and CEO Kathy Tilque.  “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."

Under the concept, the Milwaukee Brewers will be required to pay for the construction of the Spring Training Facility at an estimated cost of $75 million and LGE would develop a Mixed-Use Village along with the team at a cost of $70 million, making the private sector investment approximately $145 million dollars. The team would be responsible for all operational, maintenance, capital repair and upgrade costs.  The Town in exchange would pay a fee of $3.5 million per year over 20 years to offset the operations of the Spring Training Facility.


 
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Gilbert Chamber to Host Jonathan Buford of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company

GILBERT CHAMBER TO HOST JONATHAN BUFORD OF ARIZONA WILDERNESS BREWING
Buford will be featured speaker of Chamber’s September 21st GEM Talks event

GILBERT – Local restaurateur Jonathan Buford, founder of Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company, will share his entrepreneurial journey with attendees at a GEM Talks event, a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce.

In 2010, while enjoying a backpacking trip in the Arizona wilderness, Jonathan—who had been hungry for a new career path—dreamed of creating a craft brewery and brewpub. The journey led him to Gilbert, were he successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign, raising $40,000 from backers to begin his new craft beer endeavor. The time it took from home-brewing beer in his garage to building a successful craft brewery was just three years!

This GEM Talks event is made possible by our sponsor, Emily Evans of Aflac. You can hear Jonathan Buford on Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 4-5:30 PM at Main Event Entertainment, 1735 S. Santan Village Pkwy in Gilbert. The cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and $5 for students. Registration is available online at bit.ly/gemtalks4.  Other sponsors include Main Event Entertainment and Infinion Marketing.

GEM Talks are a series of interesting and lively interactive sessions featuring successful entrepreneurs. They provide an opportunity to learn how the speakers became successful and hints on how attendees, too, can succeed. These events are patterned after “TED talks” and are called “GEM Talks”, which stands for Gilbert, Entrepreneurial, Motivational.

To register or for additional event information, please visit the Event Calendar at http://www.gilbertaz.com For m.ore information about Arizona Wilderness Brewing, please visit http://azwbeer.com/
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 700 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com. GILBERT CHAMBER FOUNDATION TO HOST SCREENING OF SUNDANCE-SELECTED DOCUMENTARY

GILBERT CHAMBER FOUNDATION TO HOST SCREENING OF SUNDANCE-SELECTED DOCUMENTARY
2017 Business & Education Summit to Feature Screening Followed by a Community Conversation


GILBERT - The Gilbert Chamber Foundation will take part in Most Likely to Succeed’s worldwide campaign to re-imagine education and will host a community dialog at the 2017 Business & Education Summit, an event of the Foundation’s Partners In Progress Initiative.
Most Likely To Succeed is a feature-length documentary that examines the history of education in the United States and the challenges of the conventional education methods in today's innovative world. From Director Greg Whiteley (Last Chance U, Mitt,) and Executive Producer Ted Dintersmith (author, Most Likely to Succeed), the film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing.

Following the screening, event emcee JW Rayhons of Rayhons Financial Solutions will moderate a discussion between audience members and panelists Erin Eccleston of Expect More Arizona, Vice Provost Duane Roen of Arizona State University – Polytechnic campus, and Superintendent Dr. Mike Thomason of Higley Unified School District.

The 2017 Business & Education Summit will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, in Gilbert. Registration begins at 7:15 AM; the 90-minute film begins at 8:00 AM and the event concludes at 10:20 AM.  Admission is free; pre-registration is required as seating is limited.

To register or for additional event information, please visit the Event Calendar at http://www.gilbertaz.com For m.ore information about the film and movement, please visit mltsfilm.org.

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GILBERTS CROSSROADS DOG PARK GETS SOME COMMUNITY LOVE & ATTENTION



 GILBERTS CROSSROADS DOG PARK GETS SOME COMMUNITY LOVE & ATTENTION

Join us as we dedicate these enhancements and honor our amazing K-9 police and fire units!
April 22, 2017 @ 10:00am - It’s Earth Day!
(Crossroads Dog Park, 155 E Knox Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85296)

(Gilbert, AZ)

Each year the Gilbert Leadership program challenges its current class with creating and completing a project that makes an impact in the community. The class, comprised of business and community leaders, works together to organize, fundraise and complete the project.

This year's class was inspired by the dedication and efforts of the K-9 units with the Town of Gilbert's fire and public safety departments. Through this inspiration, Class XXV organized efforts to enhance the somewhat unknown dog park located on the southeast area of Crossroads Park.

Through community donations and fundraising, Class XXV will be planting new trees along the park's edge and adding decorative and fun retired fire hydrants inside the park. The class will also install a creative dog bone-shaped bench featuring a mural painted by the class members.

We invite everyone in the community to come out and join us for this fun celebration.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2017
Contact: irene.mahoneypaige@gilbertschools.net
480-243-6863 Or Ben Kalkman – 480-620-2131 GILBERT BUSINESSES, EDUCATORS, LEADERS TO BE HONORED AT 21st ANNUAL EVENT

GILBERT BUSINESSES, EDUCATORS, LEADERS TO BE HONORED AT 21st ANNUAL EVENT
Chamber, Town, School Districts Partner to Present Excellence Awards

GILBERT – The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Town of Gilbert, education partners and others, will honor outstanding businesses and individuals on November 3rd at the 21st Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards, presented by APS.

The following award recipients will be recognized:

Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Employee of the Year Award – Iris Ishikawa, Administrative Assistant, Performing Arts Department
Educator of the Year Award – Jennifer Peterson, Early Childhood and Teacher Education Faculty

Gilbert Chamber of Commerce
‘Leon Uhlhorn’ Chairman’s Award – Dr. Christina Kishimoto, Superintendent, Gilbert Public Schools
This award sponsored by Marty Uhlhorn of Strong Town Insurance
Visionary Award – George Pettit, Former Town of Gilbert Manager
Spirit of Gilbert Business Award – Tracey Groy, Partner, Willow Massage + Spa

Gilbert Public Schools
Educator of the Year – Chip Pettit, Towne Meadows Elementary School
Support Staff of the Year – Vicki Eberhardt, Islands Elementary School
Volunteer of the Year – James Campbell, Pioneer Elementary School

Higley Unified School District
Educator of the Year – David Nuttall, Higley High School
Support Staff of the Year – Elneeta Timmons, Sossaman Middle School
Volunteer of the Year –Meredith Simpson, Higley Unified School District

The Gilbert Republic
‘Geneva Clay’ Community Volunteer Award – Mike Conner, Community Volunteer
Gilbert Young Hero Award – Nick Yeager, Campo Verde High School

Town of Gilbert
Mayoral Award – The Honorable John Lewis
Municipal Volunteer of the Year Award – Robert Poirrier, Gilbert Police Department Volunteer
Neighborhood of the Year Award – Devon HOA and The Reserve at Gilbert Towne Center
Public Service Award – Leah Hubbard Rhineheimer, Assistant to the Town Manager/Native American Management Internship Program

Sponsored by APS, the 21st Annual Gilbert Community Excellence Awards will be held on Thursday, November 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Falls Event Center. Awards will be presented by each of the event’s partners and the event will feature The Original Taste of Gilbert restaurant showcase. Individual tickets are $50 or a table for ten can be purchased for $500. For more information, contact Alma at (480) 941-6321 or register online at http://www.gilbertaz.com
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The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 670 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com.

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EAST VALLEY CHAMBERS RESPOND TO RISE IN ADA COMPLIANCE LAWSUITS

August 10, 2016

EAST VALLEY CHAMBERS RESPOND TO RISE IN ADA COMPLIANCE LAWSUITS

GILBERT – East Valley Chambers, including Gilbert and Mesa, are working to help local businesses address the sudden rise in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance lawsuits that are being filed against area businesses and property owners.

“In recent months, businesses in many communities have received the threat of lawsuits being filed against them,” said Sally Harrison, CEO of the Mesa Chamber of Commerce. “Our Chambers are responding to provide businesses with the resources to ensure ADA compliance.”

According to Harrison, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce held a forum and invited Attorney Lindsay Leavitt of Jennings, Strouss, and Salmon, PLC to present to business owners. Kathy Tilque, CEO of the Gilbert Chamber, is looking forward to a second forum this month.

“Because of the nature in which businesses are being targeted, we want to be sure they understand that they have options and may not need to immediately sign a settlement,” said Tilque. “It is likely that corrections to any incompliance can be made without need for a settlement or suit.”

An informational forum regarding ADA Compliance will be held on Tuesday, August 23rd at 4:00 p.m. at the Marriott Phoenix-Mesa, 200 N. Centennial Way, in Mesa. Register for this forum or view ADA compliance guides, resources and more by visiting gilbertaz.com/ADAcompliance.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 670 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com.

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GILBERT CHAMBER OPPOSES INCREASE TO MINIMUM WAGE, HOSPITAL EXECUTIVE PAY ACT, LEGALIZATION OF MARIJU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 9, 2016

GILBERT CHAMBER OPPOSES INCREASE TO MINIMUM WAGE, HOSPITAL EXECUTIVE PAY ACT, LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA

GILBERT - The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announces its opposition of three 2016 ballot initiatives concerning fair wages and healthy families; hospital accountability and executive pay; and the regulation and taxation of marijuana in Arizona. 

“We firmly believe that these issues attempt to mandate employer workplace management through the ballot box which jeopardizes the growth of our economy,” said Rich Vandermolen, Chairman of the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. “Doing so is bad policy and almost always leads to unintended consequences that cannot be reversed.”

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce opposes the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act.  The proposal mandates a $12 per hour minimum wage in Arizona by 2020 and increases burdens on employers by requiring mandatory paid sick time for all employees.

• Arizona’s minimum wage law already allows for annual hourly wage increases that are far above the federal minimum wage.  If this proposition passes, the minimum wage in our state will increase by nearly 50 percent in just four short years.
• It is widely known that minimum wage laws have negative economic consequences and often hurt those most that they are intended to help.   Artificially inflating labor costs forces business owners to lay off workers, reduce hours or increase prices.  In addition, this proposition places Arizona at a competitive disadvantage against other states in attracting businesses here that are looking to expand operations.
• This proposition also places undue regulatory burdens on employers as it empowers local governments to raise the minimum wage and paid sick time levels above the state minimum.  This patchwork of employment laws across the state would be almost impossible for business to navigate successfully.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce opposes the Hospital Accountability and Quality Care Initiative for following considerations:

• This measure severely diminishes the ability of our hospitals to attract and retain top talent and is a disincentive for highly talented individuals to remain in this vital healthcare industry.  
• This proposition by out-of-state unions seeks to cap the total annual compensation of healthcare professionals which would make Arizona the only state in the country to adopt such a damaging economic policy that will drive away jobs in the healthcare sector and other industries.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce opposes the Legalize Marijuana Initiative for the following considerations:

• Employers would not be able to enforce workplace drug policies in regards to proving “under the influence” versus “impaired” as the ballot language does not clearly define impaired.
• Several other states are currently amending their legislative statutes due to unintended consequences which would not be allowed in Arizona due to Prop 105. 
• This initiative does not provide for a free market process as it protects current marijuana producers and distributors against new competition in the industry.

These ballot issues were reviewed in-depth by the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee. Final review and approval was received by the Chamber Board of Directors.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 670 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com.

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GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT OF JONES FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5

GILBERT CHAMBER ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENT OF JONES FOR CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT 5

GILBERT - The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announces its endorsement of Republican candidate Christine Jones to represent Arizona's Fifth Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives.

"The caliber of Republican candidates in the race made this decision difficult as each candidate brought a high level of experience and knowledge with respect to their leadership skills and legislative expertise," said Joan Krueger, Chairwoman of the Chamber's Board of Directors.

According to Krueger, the scoring process used by the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee resulted in high ratings for Jones. The Chamber Board of Directors concurred with the ratings and support Jones for her ability to have successfully passed legislation as a corporate executive at the federal level by working across the aisle to find common ground.

"Christine's business background enhanced by her legal proficiency brings a perspective that would enhance the business community's agenda on the Hill," Krueger said.

The Chamber's Public Policy committee considered endorsements based on each candidate's voting record on the Chamber's local and state priority bills (if incumbents), past and current community leadership and engagement, experience with the management of complex budgets, understanding and support of a pro-business environment including "in the trenches" experience with dealing with regulation overreach, as well as the willingness to work with the Gilbert Chamber on policies and issues having significant impact on Gilbert's business environment.

In addition to the endorsement of Jones, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce announced in June the endorsement of town, legislative districts 12 and 17, and Maricopa County Supervisor candidates:


Gilbert Town Mayor (1 seat) – 
Jenn Daniels

Gilbert Town Council (2 seats) –
Scott Anderson and Bob Ferron

Legislative District 12 Senate (1 seat) – 
Warren Petersen

Legislative District 12 House (2 seats) – 
Eddie Farnsworth and Travis Grantham

Legislative District 17 Senate (1 seat) –
Steve Yarbrough

Legislative District 17 House (2 seats) –
JD Mesnard, Jeff Weninger

Maricopa County Supervisor District 1 (1 seat) –
Denny Barney

Maricopa County Supervisor District 2 (1 seat) –
Steve Chucri


Video coverage of recent candidate forums can be found on the Chamber's Facebook page – Facebook.com/GilbertChamber. To learn more about all the candidates and to view their responses to the Chamber's written questionnaire, visit the Chamber's website at GilbertAz.com/2016MeetTheCandidates.

The Gilbert Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit, membership-based organization with more than 670 members ranging from home-based businesses to large corporations and representing more than 52,000 employees. The Chamber proactively serves as a business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert. To learn more about or join the Chamber, please contact (480) 892-0056 or visit gilbertaz.com.