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Why Gilbert?


Availability of Skilled Labor: Gilbert-based businesses have access to a specialized and educated workforce—with over 246,000 residents, Gilbert is an educated community with 40.9% of residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 30.4% nationally. In addition, employers have access to a workforce of 1 million individuals within a 30 minute commute.

"40.9% of residents hold a bachelor's degree or higher, compared with 30.4% nationally."

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.

Decreasing Corporate Tax rates:

January 1, 2014-December 31, 2014 the rate is 6.5%
January 1, 2015- December 31, 2015 the rate is 6.0%
January 1, 2016- December 31, 2016 the rate is 5.5%
January 1, 2017- December 31, 2017 the rate is 4.9%

Available Land & Buildings: Gilbert has four employment corridors, each of which have build to suit opportunities and shovel ready sites. In addition, the 4.1 million square feet in development allows Gilbert to meet the needs of projects coming spring 2016.

Collaborative Research and Development: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focus provides collaborative research and development.

  • Nationally, STEM occupations in 2015 were over 8.6 million with a projected increase to over 9.8 million in 2025. From 2010 – 2015, Gilbert has seen a 14% growth in STEM workforce, outpacing major metropolitan areas like San Francisco.
  • 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 provide STEM focused curriculum, offer STEM diplomas and partner with businesses like Orbital ATK in Project Lead the Way efforts.

Strong Market Access and Close Proximity to Major Markets: Gilbert offers a multi-model transportation network that provides access to clients, workforce and supply chains thus enhancing logistic capabilities and reducing operational costs.

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.

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.

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

Proximity to College / Technical Training: Gilbert is in the close proximity to Arizona State University's Polytechnic Campus, Chandler Gilbert Community College as well as over 69 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.

"Over 69 colleges, universities and technical schools are within a 30-minute commute."

Unbeatable Quality of Life: Best Place to Live in the U.S., one of America's Top 20 Thriving Cities, a Top Place in the Nation to Live and Learn, a Best Places for Job Seekers in Arizona, the #1 City in the Nation for Working Parents, 17th in the Nation for First-Time Home Buyers and the 2nd Safest City in the U.S.