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ACCOMPLISHMENTS (2009-2012)

 

This part of the web site includes recent sample highlights of accomplishments divided into four sections:

-       Community Accomplishments

-       Town Council/Town Leadership Accomplishments

-       Business Accomplishments

-       Leadership/Community Accomplishments

 

Community Accomplishments

 

Thanks to the Gilbert Town Council, Town Staff and 211,000 citizens for making the "Largest Town in America" a great place to Live, Work, and Play. Our community is known for the following:

 

Lowest Taxes in Greater Phoenix

 

One of the Safest Communities in the United States

 

Most Efficient Municipality in Greater Phoenix

 

Fastest Growing City in Arizona

 

Small Town Feel, Big City Amenities

 

Recent national recognitions include:

 

Recipient of "2011 Freedom Award"

   Department of Defense Most Prestigious Award given to an

   Organization for their Support of the National Guard & Reserve

 

Cosmo Dog Park, named 4th Best Dog Park in Nation

Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch named a Top Birding Area in the country

Playful City USA, Bike Friendly City, Tree City USA, Top Ten Best Places to Retire

Recent Regional recognitions include:

 

Regional Award for Emergency Transportation Service ("First of its kind" joint contract for  ambulance response service for Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Apache Junction)

 

Regional Award for Domestic Violence Protocol Evaluation Project (Improvements made to keep victims safe and hold abusers accountable)

 

Regional Award for Topaz Wireless Cooperative Project (linking of radio systems for Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Apache Junction to maximize public safety and service-oriented communications) 

 

TOWN COUNCIL/TOWN LEADERSHIP ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

Leading the Town through our worst global economic crisis since the Great Depression, with extensive community involvement, and without raising taxes or reducing Town services, we found solutions to address the FY10-11 $14.7 million General Fund deficit. At FY11-12 end, a $10 million surplus was the result.

 

With community input, created a Five Year Strategic Plan with the following Strategic Initiatives:

-       Community Livability – Keeping Gilbert the BEST PLACE people want to live

-       Be a Technology Leader – Using technology to save money and provide better services

-       Rolling 5-Year Balanced Financial Plan – Providing accurate budget forecasting

-       Proactively Address Infrastructure Needs – Preparing for future building

-       Economic Development with Bio-Med/Life Science Emphasis – Securing high-wage jobs for Gilbert's future sustainability and creating a "live, work" environment

 

Updated General Plan and received citizen approval in the May 2001 Town Election.

 

Through a national selection process identified and hired a new Town Manager, Patrick Banger. Patrick started his service in Gilbert on August 15, 2011. For the future of Gilbert, this will have been one of the most important decisions of the Town Council.

 

Saved $22 million by building the San Tan Water Treatment Plant as a joint facility with Chandler—saving operating costs of $300,000 per year per city.  Received the

national Crown Community Award for joint development.  

 

Completed Gilbert's largest Solar Project at the Neely Wastewater Reclamation Facility. Solar panels were built over water recharge beds, resulting in future savings of 44% of utility bills ($2 million over 20 years). 

 

Implemented Traffic Synchronization Plan, 30 percent reduction in peak-direction traffic delays.

Increased Service Time of each Fire Company by 10%, making Gilbert that much safer.

Increased savings to Town of $920,000/year through Recycling.

Initiated the Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

 

Received Bond Rating Upgrade from Standard & Poor's, translating to lower borrowing costs for the Town.

 

Completed 81 major infrastructure projects:

                  Municipal Facility Projects (6), Redevelopment Project (7), Parks Projects (7),

                  Street Projects (20), Traffic Signal Projects (16), Water Projects (14),

                  Wastewater Projects (10), Stormwater Project (1)

 

 

BUSINESS ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

EXAMPLES OF BUSINESS EXPANSION

 

Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center serving local and international visitors with the world's most renowned cancer fighting organization.  Phases 2 and 3 of planned expansion with a 7-story tower will add 600,000 additional square feet of space.

 

Mercy Gilbert expanded cardiovascular research with the leadership of Dr. Nabil Dib, one of the world's most renowned cardiovascular researchers and doctors.

 

Celebration Stem Cell Centre opened for business, adding to international interest in research conducted in Gilbert.

 

Veterans Affairs Medical Center selected Gilbert for their new facility with 60,000 square feet to be built near Val Vista Drive and Pecos Road.

 

Banner Health announced an 87,000 square foot medical center to be built to the northeast of Town Hall (to open in the summer of 2013).

 

Orbital Sciences in west Gilbert announced that they will become the main site for the development of the massive 81-satellite Iridium NEXT contract. Two-thirds of all NASA satellites in the last few years have been built in Gilbert.

 

Heliae, algae technology company, opened in southwest Gilbert shifting our tag line of "Hay Capital of the World" to "Algae Capital of the world." The Town of Gilbert partnered with a land agreement with Heliae to allow their research capabilities to expand.

 

Three new hotels opened in Gilbert in the last three years and two more have been announced. Prior to 2009, only two hotels were in Gilbert. One of the hotels that opened included our first Conference Center and is now tied to the international Doubletree by Hilton; they announced a few months ago that they plan to include a water park at their Gilbert location near the San Tan Village Mall.

 

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, with Gilbert as a part owner, continued explosive expansion in the last three years, from 4 gates in 2009 to ten gates. In 2012, 1.2 million passengers will use the airport. Conceptual plans have started to build an East Terminal which will have the capacity to serve 20 million passengers a year.

 

FY2012 ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

Completed 5 Year Strategic Plan for economic development focused on science and technology.

 

Annual performance results:

-       22 net new/expansion projects

-       1,402 jobs created with an average salary of $56,267

-       $143 million in capital investment

 

BUSINESS FRIENDLY EMPHASIS

 

Emphasized an "Open To Business" environment through:

-        Small Business Summits and Stakeholders Teams meeting to identify business improvements

-        Active participation with the Chamber's Front Runner program (for emerging new businesses) and Partners in Progress (business/high education partnership)

-        Active participation with the Small Business Alliance (SBA) annual Bus Tours in Gilbert and SBA committees

-        Implemented Electronic Plan Review and Unified Business Annual Business Licensing

-        Modified Special Event Permit processes and overhauled Sign Code ordinances

 

LEADERSHIP/COMMUNITY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

 

Annual Faith Group Summits have been held and our local faith group leaders receive frequent emails from the Mayor on various topics to keep them aware and engaged in the community.  Our local faith groups continue to be instrumental with volunteer support to keep Gilbert "clean, safe, and vibrant."

 

An annual "Youth Leadership Summit" was created to teach our youth additional leadership skills and to encourage their preparation for future assignments.

 

To promote our community arts, the annual "Mayor's Breakfast for the Arts" was created.

 

 

Paid for by John Lewis for Mayor 2012