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How Gilbert went from ‘nothing but jackrabbits and rattlesnakes’ to a boomtown

This article originally published in the Phoenix Business Journal.

In recent years, the town has become the place where international companies want to locate, and business and government leaders say the momentum will continue.

Over the course of three decades, the East Valley town of Gilbert went from what people then described as “nothing but jackrabbits and rattlesnakes,” to the place where international companies chose to locate and hire thousands of people.

The growth has been due in part to extensive preplanning and high standards held for the town, a panel of experts discussed at an event hosted in January by the Phoenix Business Journal.

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