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Gilbert, Ariz. Ranks No. 1 for the Best Cities for Working Parents
August 22, 2014

A recent article by Forbes listed the top cities for working parents. Gilbert topped the list, followed by Chandler, Mesa and Scottsdale in 3rd, 10th and 11th place, respectively.

“Personal finance site NerdWallet partnered with Business Insider to create this list of the Best Cities for Working Parents,” the article states. “In ranking each city, NerdWallet took four factors into account:  Cost of living in that city, cost of child care, quality of available education, and the percentage of households with children.”

With a median household income of nearly $78,000, more than three quarters of Gilbert’s households include children. Likewise, high-ranking schools and child care costs ranging from $7,398 to $8,671 (for a four year old or an infant, respectively) propels the town to the top of the chart.

“Gilbert has transformed itself from the 'Hay Shipping Capital of the World' to a diverse suburban center," wrote NerdWallet in its review. "With moderate costs and a high median household income, Gilbert offers affordability and also high-quality schools."

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October 9, 2014
GPEC Annual Dinner

Sheraton Phoenix Downton Hotel
340 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Each year, GPEC hosts its Annual Dinner to celebrate our recent and past successes, which recognizes key individuals who have made significant contributions toward improving the region and supporting GPEC's mission. Scheduled for Thursday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix Hotel, this year’s dinner, celebrating GPEC’s 25th anniversary, promises to be another exciting evening, with upwards of 700 business and community leaders honoring this year’s award winners:

Outstanding Regional Contribution Award:
The Honorable Greg Stanton, Mayor of the city of Phoenix

Distinguished Service Award:
Sharon Harper, president & CEO of The Plaza Companies

GPEC will continue its tradition of featuring a comedic headliner, with this year’s special guest taking a detour from the comedy circuit to kick off the dinner.

A special thank you to our Premier Sponsor, Chase Bank.


For more information, please contact: Martha Miner, 602-262-8631

Purchase tickets here >>



The Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is one of the country’s premier economic development councils. Our goal is to promote Greater Phoenix economic development and create jobs that will shape the region’s future. There has never been a better time to do business in Greater Phoenix.