December 1st, 2014
John Lewis, Arizona Republic
Gilbert’s Rivulon project will create 6,500 jobs, double the town’s office space, and establish an employment hub.
Gilbert recently celebrated a significant milestone in our evolution from “hay capital” to “high-wage haven.”
We gathered at Gilbert Road and Loop 202 to break ground on the planned $750 million Rivulon development.
It’s an enormous project that will add 6,500 high-wage jobs, double our office space and firmly establish our section of the Loop 202 Corridor as a Valley employment hub that will attract high-quality companies in targeted sectors, including technology, biomedical, health care and aerospace.
The symbolism of the Nov. 12 event wasn’t lost on me.
Dozens of business and community leaders, project partners, elected officials, and others enthusiastically gathered to break ground and embrace our future.
But it wasn’t the first time that the ground under the future Rivulon development had been broken.
Parts of the site used to be hay fields. In fact, Gilbert was once known as the “Hay Capital of the World.”
As much as I love our history, I also love our future.
Our transformation has been remarkable: As one of the fastest-growing communities in the United States, we’ve gone from an agricultural-based town to a thriving residential community and an economically diverse hot spot that is a haven for high-wage jobs.
As Arizona’s fifth-largest community, we are on pace to see 10,000 new quality jobs created in the next five years.