ROUNDUP: Council, small-business news and more in Chandler, Gilbert

Much of Yung Koprowski's interview with the Gilbert Town Council on March 17 focused on her transportation experience. She was appointed to council April 21. (Courtesy Town of Gilbert)
Much of Yung Koprowski's interview with the Gilbert Town Council on March 17 focused on her transportation experience. She was appointed to council April 21. (Courtesy Town of Gilbert)

Much of Yung Koprowski's interview with the Gilbert Town Council on March 17 focused on her transportation experience. She was appointed to council April 21. (Courtesy Town of Gilbert)

Read Community Impact Newspaper's latest coverage of the Chandler and Gilbert areas below.

New appointee Yung Koprowski brings wealth of transportation knowledge to Gilbert Town Council

Yung Koprowski has the look of the town of Gilbert’s demographics.

Koprowski is 34—the median age of the town’s residents—married, a mother of two of the town’s nearly 80,000 children under 18, the daughter of two aging parents in the area, and a small-business owner.

Maricopa County preparing to expand contact tracing for COVID-19



The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is preparing to increase its capacity to contact people who have been exposed to COVID-19.

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.

Chandler Economic Development Department shares 5 tips for small businesses applying for federal funding

The city of Chandler Economic Development Department is urging small businesses to start preparing applications and supporting documents for the second wave of the federal Paycheck Protection Program, according to a weekly email newsletter from the economic development team.

Chandler City Council discusses COVID-19 impacts on budget at all-day budget session

The Chandler City Council is reviewing a proposed $901 million budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year April 24—a 2.8% decrease from the current fiscal year.

The proposed budget, which has yet to be approved by council, was the subject of an all-day council study session April 24.

Gilbert mayor bullish on towns 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.

Chandler City Council moves to reopen some park amenities discusses preliminary 'return to service' plan

The Chandler City Council met April 23 to discuss reopening certain facilities and amenities closed in the city due to COVID-19.

Tom Blodgett and Alexa D’Angelo contributed to this report.



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Houston-based Christian Brothers Automotive operates more than 200 locations across the United States. (Courtesy Christian Brothers Automotive)
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In communities across the nation, Walmart Supercenter parking lots will be transformed into contact-free, drive-in movie theaters beginning in August. (Courtesy Walmart)
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Gila River Hotels & Casinos—Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva—will reopen this week after the implementation of enhanced safety procedures and health protocols, according to a news release. (Courtesy Gila River Hotels & Casinos)
Gila River Hotels & Casinos to reopen July 2 with enhanced health and safety measures

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Tryst Cafe is an eatery designed to accommodate those with dietary restrictions while maintaining taste and experience. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Get to know the six candidates running for three Chandler City Council seats in the Aug. 4 election. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
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School will start Aug. 5 as Chandler USD officials planned, but all students will be required to begin classes online, according to Superintendent Camille Casteel. (Community Impact staff)
Chandler USD to start school year online Aug. 5 for all students; parents given option of in-person transition when schools reopen

School will start Aug. 5 as Chandler USD officials planned, but all students will be required to begin classes online, according to Superintendent Camille Casteel.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has announced closures and restrictions for Loop 101 this week. (Damien Hernandez/Community Impact Newspaper)
ADOT announces closures, restrictions on Loop 101 through Chandler for this week

The Arizona Department of Transportation announced this week closures and restrictions on Loop 101 through the East Valley.

The city of Chandler announced June 30 that the drive-in July 4th Fireworks Spectacular is canceled, and other city services have been modified following a new executive order from Gov. Doug Ducey limiting crowds and "pausing" some business activities. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler cancels Fourth of July event, announces other service changes following governor's executive order

The city of Chandler announced June 30 that the drive-in July 4th Fireworks Spectacular is canceled, and other city services have been modified following a new executive order from Gov. Doug Ducey limiting crowds and "pausing" some business activities.

Gov. Doug Ducey announces executive order 'pausing' operations at bars, gyms, movie theaters and more; pushes school year start to Aug. 17

Gov. Doug Ducey at a press conference June 29 announced executive orders "pausing operations" of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing and moved the start of the 2020-21 school year to Aug. 17.