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Dan Henderson is the Real Estate and Economic Development Director for the town of Gilbert. Hear what he has to say about the towns development and what lies ahead in its future.

PHOENIX -- Developing a thriving downtown doesn't happen overnight, a city of Gilbert official said.

"I think over the last 20 years there's been considerable emphasis on a master plan and a vision of developing the downtown...with the focus on redevelopment and developing our downtown," Real Estate and Economic Development Director for the town of Gilbert Dan Henderson told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Mac & Gaydos on Tuesday.

Henderson said a focus on small businesses, especially restaurants, has led to a "tremendous amount of excitement" in downtown.

That excitement has led to St. Xavier University, a Chicago-based Catholic college, to open its first campus outside of Illinois in Gilbert.

"I think it was just the overall opportunity with a high education attainment rate in the town of Gilbert and certainly the surrounding areas; a lot of momentum built through our state colleges and universities and I think that the opportunity to bring in a faith-based institution was really compelling for them."

Mac & Gaydos,

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