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April unemployment in Gilbert reaches record high

Unemployment in Gilbert jumped to a record 11.3% in April, according to statistics from the Arizona Commerce Authority.


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Gilbert unemployment drops in May

Unemployment in Gilbert fell to 7% in May, according to statistics from the Arizona Commerce Authority.


City tax manager: Gilbert sales tax collections 'higher than we could have hoped for' in May

Gilbert’s sales tax collections for May approached $8 million, putting the town less than $1 million away from its budgeted total for 2019-20 with a month to go in the fiscal year.



Home contractors still finding business through pandemic

A large percentage of businesses have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, and while some home contractor and service businesses in Gilbert have followed that trend, others are seeing an uptick in need


Maricopa County finalizes tentative FY 2020-21 budget with 2% cut to operating costs

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors tentatively approved May 18 the county budget for fiscal year 2020-21.


Plano-based J.C. Penney files for bankruptcy protection as store closure announcements loom

Plano-based J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy protection May 15, a move the company said would help it navigate the difficult business climate during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.


Nationwide sales of retail, food services plummet in March, April amid social distancing, stay-at-home orders

As many businesses are operating on decreased capacities or have shut down completely, one side effect is a dip in monthly sales for retail and food services.



MAY 13 ROUNDUP: Latest news from Gilbert, Chandler

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National unemployment sees largest-ever month-over-month increase in April

Unemployment numbers hit a record high in April, the highest level recorded since 1948, when these reports were first issued.


Q&A with the Arizona Restaurant Association: How COVID-19 has impacted the state restaurant industry

Steve Chucri, president and CEO of the Arizona Restaurant Association, answered questions about the impacts of COVID-19 on the state's restaurant industry.


Divided Gilbert Town Council approves smaller preliminary budget for 2020-21 fiscal year

A year after passing a billion dollar budget, the Gilbert Town Council passed a preliminary one for the coming fiscal year that dipped under that mark again



Gov. Doug Ducey talks reopening businesses in call with business leaders across Arizona

The governor spent time April 30 answering the questions of Arizona business owners.


Ducey extends 'Stay home, stay healthy, stay connected' order through May 15 with modifications

Arizona will extend its “Stay home, stay healthy, stay connected order” until May 15 with modifications, Gov Doug Ducey announced April 29, one day before the order was set to expire.


East Valley chambers alliance recommends phased-in return to governor

The East Valley Chambers of Commerce Alliance suggested a phased-in approach to reopening the state’s economy in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, based on health metrics and safety concerns, in an April 24 memo to Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.


Gilbert mayor bullish on town’s economic recovery from pandemic

Strong partnerships and years of smart financial decisions in Gilbert have put the town into a good place for economic recovery when the state reopens, Mayor Jenn Daniels said.



Decision to reopen Gilbert will be collaborative, mayor says

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels said April 21 any decision to reopen the town will come in conjunction with other cities and Gov. Doug Ducey.


Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Gilbert residents

Here is what Gilbert residents need to know right now about the coronavirus outbreak


Gilbert businesses work to stay afloat during coronavirus pandemic

As with much of the nation, Gilbert business owners are struggling to stay afloat while their customers hunker down at home during the coronavirus pandemic.


Streets bonds package unlikely to go to voters until 2021

A $495 million street bonds package town officials anticipated putting before voters this fall likely will not appear before voters until the November 2021 ballot at staff’s recommendation.



Here is what Gilbert residents need to know right now about the coronavirus outbreak

Here are the latest coronavirus updates for Gilbert residents.


Town budget crosses $1 billion—with a catch

For the first time in Gilbert’s history, the town budget has surpassed $1 billion.


Gilbert sets preliminary budget of more than $1 billion

Gilbert Town Council approved a preliminary fiscal year 2019-20 budget of $1.05 billion, the first in town history to pass the billion-dollar mark, at its May 2 meeting.


Airport planning for future that impacts Gilbert, region

Gilbert Town Council Member Jordan Ray, who serves as the town’s representative on the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, has fond memories from his youth of the airfield, then known as Williams Air Force Base.



Slew of hotel openings shows town on track for tourism

Gilbert has a long list of attributes and accolades that speak to its quality of life—a place to live, work and play. For the past three years, town officials have been working to see it also become a place to visit, dating back to its adoption of a tourism plan in 2016.


Mayor declares Gilbert economy as 'thriving' at forecast breakfast

Gilbert Mayor Jenn Daniels called the town’s economy “thriving” Feb. 21 at her annual economic forecast breakfast.