Grateful for Gilbert

Manager’s Update – November 21, 2012

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us and while I’m appreciative of all that we have in Gilbert year around, I want to take a moment to convey my gratitude.

In November, I’m particularly thankful for our Veterans, especially our own Vice Mayor John Sentz. Vice Mayor Sentz recently helped coordinate a regional Veterans Day Ceremony here at Town Hall.  It was an honor to be surrounded by so many selfless men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving our country.  If you missed this uplifting event, you can view the highlights here.

I’m also grateful for our citizens who give Gilbert the vibrancy that attracts so many people to our Town.  Without citizen engagement, events like the Gilbert Days festivities would not be possible and would most certainly not be as successful as this year’s events were.  The crowds at the Gilbert Days Parade were especially remarkable and it was a great way to celebrate Gilbert’s history and heritage.  For those who weren’t able to make it to the Gilbert Days Parade, be sure to watch the video below to see what I’m referring to.  Our citizens truly care and are committed to improving our community, and for that I am extremely thankful.

Most of all, I would like to express my gratitude to Town Staff who work day in and day out to fulfill the Town’s vision of being “Best in Class”.  Whether that is through keeping our streets and community clean and safe, teaching the youth in our recreation centers or by helping local businesses grow, the work of each staff member makes Gilbert a better place to live and work.

Happy Thanksgiving, Gilbert!

-Patrick Banger, Town Manager

Honoring Veterans in Gilbert

Manager’s Update – November 7, 2012

As Veterans Day approaches, I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the ways our local veterans are being recognized here in Gilbert.

Tomorrow, the Town will be hosting its eighth annual Veterans Day Ceremony; an event that has been recognized by the Veterans Day National Committee as one of three regional sites in Arizona for celebrating Veterans Day 2012.  Joey Strickland, Director of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, will be this year’s guest speaker and lunch will be served to all in attendance.  I hope you will join us at Town Hall tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. as we recognize our local Veterans.  For more information, visit www.gilbertveteransday.com.

And, after a nationwide site selection process, Gilbert veterans and veterans throughout the Valley will soon have access to a VA Community Clinic in Gilbert.  The two-story, 60,000 square foot building is scheduled to begin construction in January and will be located on the northeast corner of South Val Vista Drive and Market Street.  This facility is estimated to provide outpatient services for more than 19,000 veterans annually.  We are honored to have a facility that will serve those who serve our country located right here in Gilbert.  Below is a brief video on the new VA Community Clinic.

These are just a couple of ways the Town of Gilbert is recognizing those who serve our country.  We hope that you will join us in thanking local patriots for their commitment to keeping our country safe this Veterans Day.

- Patrick Banger, Town Manager