Introduction by Mayor John Lewis
From the first day of Gilbert's official existence as an incorporated Town in 1920, our community has planned for our future. As an example, the first item of business for the Town Council was to authorize the building of the water tower to provide a consistent water supply using a gravity flow system. In the late 40s, a sewer system became a priority and money was allocated for the installation of our first sewer lines. With great excitement, many citizens declared, "We have become a modern city!" In 1956, the community rallied around plans to improve roads. After the last road in downtown was paved, the citizens celebrated by organizing a children's parade on Gilbert road. Following the parade, the citizens enjoyed a bbq meal for the entire Town. In 1974, our community leaders could see that our Town of just a few square miles would have a maximum population of 2,000 citizens at build-out. With their foresight and the cooperative assistance of local landowners and farmers, funds were secured to annex additional land. Today Gilbert consists of approximately 73 square miles of land with space to allow our 2015 population of 240,000 to increase to nearly 340,000 citizens when we are at build-out. In 2010, we celebrated the results of 90 years of planning and the implementation of our plans. And we continued building on that success.
In 2011 our Town's General Plan was updated to create a blueprint for our final build-out. We also identified our Strategic Initiatives to guide our internal efforts. We thank all who contributed, including Town Council, Town staff and community participants; your contributions are appreciated.
Together we look forward to a bright future for our wonderful home we call "Gilbert!" Our Strategic Initiatives continue to direct us as we work towards build-out and strive to maintain our "clean, safe, and vibrant" community. Our Strategic Goals have been tracked on the dashboard below. Most Strategic Goals after 2014 are tracked in the Organization's new Performance Management System.
Select any icon to view each Strategic Initiative and associated goals