Mayor Jenn Daniels has proclaimed May 6- 12, 2018, Economic Development and Travel and Tourism Week in Gilbert, and Gilbert plans to celebrate through a series of community and business-focused events. See the Proclamation here.

“Economic development and tourism are incredibly important to Gilbert, both for our future and the long-term sustainability for our community,” said Mayor Daniels. “We are excited to share the impact that both lines of service have on the community.”

National Economic Development Week, hosted by the International Economic Development Council, and National Travel and Tourism Week, hosted by the U.S. Travel Association, are two separate campaigns that aim to celebrate the value that each respective line of service adds to communities around the world. The Gilbert Office of Economic Development believes that both lines of service 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 our community.

From fiscal year 2013 to fiscal year 2017, the Gilbert Office of Economic Development (OED) assisted 172 projects that resulted in over $1.1B in capital investment, 10,627 new or retained jobs announced, and 6.7M square-feet developed in the community. In 2014, Gilbert OED took over the tourism line of service for the Town and created the Discover Gilbert brand. In 2017, visitor spending in Gilbert’s legislative district reached $210 million and 1,700 jobs were created in result.

“Tourism promotion creates many economic opportunities,” said Dan Henderson, Director of the Gilbert Office of Economic Development. “It opens the door for business relocation and new startups, while highlighting the quality of life attributes that are critical to relocation decisions.”

To participate in Gilbert’s Economic Development and Travel and Tourism week, follow along on social media or attend the following events:

  • May 8-9, 2018 – Arizona Food & Farm Forum at Agritopia: Hosted by Local First this 2-day conference is for producers, food entrepreneurs, and local food advocates, programmed to change the way our desert state feeds itself
  • May 10, 2018 – Free Business Lunch ‘N Learn with Local First: Capitalize on Tourism and Economic Development Efforts to Boost Your Business
  • May 12, 2018 – OED and Discover Gilbert will be at the Gilbert Farmer’s Market talking to residents and visitors about Gilbert’s economy and top tourism amenities

For more information about Gilbert’s Economic Development and Travel and Tourism Week, please visit


About National Travel and Tourism Week
National Travel and Tourism Week, hosted by the U.S. Travel Association, is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It’s a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being. This year’s celebration, which will take place May 6 – 12, 2018, marks the 35th anniversary of the 1983 congressional resolution that established NTTW—and it’s all about celebrating the contributions and accomplishments of the U.S. travel community over the course of the last several decades.

About National Economic Development Week
National Economic Development Week, #EconDevWeek, was created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016 in order to increase awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities and increase the quality of life. The first campaign was held in conjunction with IEDC’s 90th anniversary. Over the span of two years, more than 500 campaigns have been created throughout the United States and Canada, creating millions of impressions, hundreds of news stories, blog entries, videos, events and many, many activities. Campaigns occurred in all 50 American states in 2017. More than 40 communities officially proclaimed the celebration week by signing resolutions, and many elected officials vocalized support for the profession and its contribution on their local economies.