Why Gilbert

World Class Companies Choose Gilbert

With access to an educated and diverse workforce, a pipeline of emerging technologies from statewide universities, ease of market access, and an unbeatable quality of life, it is no wonder world-class companies choose Gilbert. Located in the southeast valley of the Phoenix metropolitan area, Gilbert, Arizona has seen an influx of world-class facilities, talents, innovations, and public private partnerships.

Booming in business and leisure activities, the community has been named:

#1

Most Prosperous City in the Nation
– Economic Innovation Group, 2017

Best

Place to Raise a Family
– Niche.com, 2018

2nd

City for Under-35 Homeownership
– SmartAsset, 2017

5th

Best City to Find a Job in the U.S.
– WalletHub, 2018

7th

Best City to be a Homeowner
– SmartAsset, 2017

12th

Best Place to Live in America
– 24/7 Wall Street, 2017

#20

Happiest City in America
– WalletHub, 2018

In addition, the development of intellectual property led Gilbert to being named one of the nation’s Top 20 Thriving Cities with an average of 259 patents per year.

What more could you want?

Availability of Skilled Labor

Gilbert-based businesses have access to a specialized and educated workforce—with nearly 250,000 residents, Gilbert is an educated community with 43.7% of residents holding a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 31.8% nationally. In addition, employers have access to a workforce of 1 million individuals within a 30-minute commute.

“43.7% of residents hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared with 31.8% nationally.”

Decreasing Corporate Tax Rates
January 1, 2014-December 31, 2014 6.5%
January 1, 2015- December 31, 2015 6.0%
January 1, 2016- December 31, 2016 5.5%
January 1, 2017- December 31, 2017 4.9%

Corporate tax rates have decreased 1.6% since 2014. Visit our Taxes page for more information on Gilbert’s competitive operating environment.

Collaborative Research and Development

Gilbert’s focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) provides unique opportunities for collaborative research and development.

  • Nationally, STEM occupations in 2016 were over 8.9 million with a projected increase to 10 million by 2026. From 2010 – 2016, Gilbert has seen a 14% growth in STEM workforce, outpacing the national average by 3%.
  • Gilbert public school districts have placed a significant focus on building Gilbert’s future STEM workforce by aligning educational curriculum with Gilbert’s industry needs to provide for tomorrow’s workforce. In fact, the school districts currently providing STEM focused curriculum, offer STEM diplomas and partner with businesses like Orbital ATK in Project Lead the Way efforts.
Economic Development Reserve Fund

Gilbert has economic development reserve fund that is available to assist qualifying organizations that achieve performance measures including, but not limited to, capital investment and high-wage jobs.

Expedited Permitting

Gilbert has a plan review and permitting process that offers the most efficient permitting in the State of Arizona.

“The Town customized the development schedule for us and helped us to get into our business and into our location much faster to meet the needs of our customers.”

-Brett Manning, VP of U.S. Operations, Silent-Aire

Unbeatable Quality of Life

One of the best places to live in America, Gilbert boasts sunny weather, safe neighborhoods, and an exceptional school system, as well as a wide array of outdoor and cultural attractions.

Visit Discover Gilbert to check out the wonderful amenities our community offers.

Advantageous Business Climate

Gilbert, Arizona also has an advantageous business climate with operating cost that benefit from low total payroll cost, including some of the lowest workers compensation and unemployment insurance in the country. Arizona also offers no sales tax on manufacturing equipment, no inventory tax, and is a right-to-work State.

Available Land & Buildings

Currently Gilbert has 3.9M square-feet under development to meet the needs of future projects. In addition Gilbert has four employment corridors, each of which have build-to-suit opportunities and shovel ready sites.

Visit our Available Property & Land page to learn more about the market here in Gilbert or jump over to the Employment Centers page to learn about the investment and notable employers in each district.

Strong Market Access and Close Proximity to Major Markets

Gilbert offers a multimodal transportation network that provides access to clients, workforce and supply chains thus enhancing logistic capabilities and reducing operational costs.

Energy Availability and Closing Costs

Gilbert’s electrical infrastructure is serviced by Salt River Project (SRP) with the capacity to service any client’s increased electrical demand. Gilbert provides a unique opportunity for mission critical, 24/7 operations as a result of low catastrophic risk and predictable climate. With average commercial electric costs at 5 to 7 cents per kilowatt-hour, the community offers a significant utility cost savings to large electrical power users.

Learn more about Gilbert utilities.

Proximity to College / Technical Training

Gilbert is in close proximity to Arizona State University’s Polytechnic Campus, Chandler Gilbert Community College as well as over 60 other colleges, universities, and technical schools within a 30-minute commute. This proximity to universities and technical schools provide unique workforce development opportunities as well as a pipeline of emerging technologies, both of which are crucial to companies looking to expand or relocate.

“With higher academic partners in the area preparing a highly educated workforce it has really supported our innovation and research efforts.”

-Lamont Yoder, CEO Banner Health