Purpose: Introduced in 2011, Partners In Progress is a program of the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce designed to facilitate a healthy business environment for the growth, expansion, and retention of businesses. The program was conceptualized under the leadership of strategic foundational partners including Arizona State University, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, and the Town of Gilbert.
Initiatives: Word is spreading of our efforts to affect change in our community and the support from local business partners continues to expand. Through collaborative sharing of ideas and resources, the partners of Partners In Progress have identified the following priorities for sustainability and growth:
The Chamber of Commerce hosts Roundtable Meetings with local businesses representing various industry sectors. These discussions are lead by Mayor John Lewis and include representation by town management and program partners with a goal to gain insight as to how the community can best support local business growth and retention. Leaders will get an inside-look at Gilbert’s businesses during the Red Carpet Tour.
The students of Chandler-Gilbert Community College conduct extensive Business Retention Surveys under the guidance of the Town’s Economic Development staff. Students and staff meet with local businesses to ask a series of questions and compile data to better understand the immediate and long-term needs of local businesses.
The Business & Education Committee identifies opportunities to bring together business and education by identifying opportunities for students to gain experience within the workforce and educators to access the resources needed to support workforce readiness within their classrooms. This committee organizes collaborative Workshops and Summits.
The program’s website features a Speakers Bureau where local professionals can register to serve as a resource to educators by speaking in the classroom, serving as a curriculum adviser, hosting interns, allowing students to shadow the profession and more. This site includes Pathway Career Videos and additional resources for the entire community.
For more information about our business retention and workforce readiness efforts, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.