Gilroy Chamber Business Focus April 2024

April 22, 2024

What's New with Business

Join us in celebrating our Circle of Influence (COI) Member, Heritage Bank of Commerce!

Worlds Best Banks and America’s Best Banks List: Heritage Bank of Commerce

Forbes 2024 World’s Best Banks List: To identify the banks around the world that have managed to maintain consumer trust and meet their clients’ financial needs in this economic climate, Forbes ranked the World’s Best Banks 2024.

America’s Best Banks 2024: It was a scary year for banks in 2023, as five FDIC-insured institutions accounting for more than half a trillion dollars in assets collapsed. Thankfully, the banking industry emerged from the panic on solid footing, and those that were positioned to pick up the remnants are stronger than ever.





2024 State of the City Address

Join Mayor Marie Blankley for the 2024 State of the City Address on Monday, April 29, 2024 at 7pm. The State of the City Address serves as a pivotal moment for the City of Gilroy to reflect on our past achievements, address current challenges, and outline the vision for the future of Gilroy.

The 2024 State of the City Address will be held in Council Chambers located at 7351 Rosanna Street. The Address will also be livestreamed and available for on-demand viewing after the event on the City’s YouTube channel.

We look forward to welcoming you to this historic event

Event Details:

1.      Date: Monday, April 29, 2024

2.      Time: 7:00 PM (Doors Open at 6:30 PM)

3.      Location: Gilroy Council Chambers, 7351 Rosanna Street, Gilroy, CA 95020

4.      Online Viewing:

Please note that the State of the City Address will replace next month’s Conversation and Coffee with Mayor Blankley. Things are happening in Gilroy!

Visit the Monthly Spotlight with the Mayor: April Spotlight to learn about new developments and more.

Gourmet Alley Project Updates

Construction Update

Crews spent this last week marking and staking underground utilities, landscape structures, light poles, and trash collection foundations. They also began saw cutting for underground trench lines, landscape areas, and trash enclosures.

This week, crews will begin work on sewer laterals.

In good news, the parking lot closure at the Eigleberry Parking Lot located off Eigleberry Street between 4th and 5th Streets will be modified to allow for approximately 15 parking spaces during project construction. For information on where to park downtown, we’ve provided our Downtown Parking Guide with a map of available public parking lots.

Community Meeting

We are grateful for your ongoing support and understanding as we progress through the Gourmet Alley Project. In our commitment to maintaining transparent communication, we are happy to announce an upcoming community meeting for our downtown business community.

This meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, May 1, 2024, 6pm, will provide updates on the project’s progress, strategies for parking during construction, project contingency plans, and post-project parking information.

  • What: Gourmet Alley Project Community Meeting
  • When: May 1, 2024, at 6:00 PM
  • Location: Council Chambers located at 7351 Rosanna Street
  • Translation services will be provided through Wordly

The City is committed to completing this work quickly, efficiently, and safely. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Don’t Miss an Update

For more information about the Gourmet Alley Project, please visit the Gourmet Alley Project web page on the City’s website.

Sign up to receive weekly email updates from the City about the Gourmet Alley Project.

Who to Contact

Victoria Valencia: (408) 500-5471 or

Rachelle Bedell: (408) 846-0443 or

Armando Gonzalez (on-site during project construction hours): (408) 763-7763

Linkages & Partnerships within the Tourism Industry

Strategic collaborations shape Gilroy’s tourism industry. From the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival to the Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show, here are some insights showing the impact of recent partnerships.

Poppy Jasper International Film Festival: Showcasing Gilroy’s Charms

In Gilroy, the 18th annual Poppy Jasper International Film Festival brought filmmakers and industry guests to the surrounding area in mid-April. In the flurry of events and screenings, guests also explored Gilroy and what we have to offer. Last year, the festival’s impact transcended screens when a visiting film director’s TikTok video about her Gilroy Gardens adventure garnered nearly 5 million views. While growing her online engagement, she boosted exposure to our unique theme park that highlights Gilroy’s agricultural roots. This unexpected spotlight shows the power of partnership between local entities like Gilroy Gardens and the Poppy Jasper International Film Festival.

Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show: Connecting with Enthusiasts

Visit Gilroy participated in the Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show in March, with over 9,000 travel enthusiasts in attendance. Returning to the Bay Area after a 2-year hiatus, the Travel Show was an opportunity to familiarize trade show attendees, media, and industry peers with the new exciting aspects of Gilroy. Engaging with both consumers and industry professionals, we expanded our audience and made valuable connections. Notably catching the eye of industry peers was the innovative Wine Trail Pass Deck, from the Wineries of Santa Clara Valley, which underscores their dedication to promoting our region’s rich culinary and viticulture heritage. The Wine Trail Pass Deck offers discounts for tastings and purchases along the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail, further enhancing Gilroy’s appeal as a desirable destination for wine enthusiasts and travelers alike. This face-to-face experience at the trade show was an opportunity to exchange ideas and educate people about everything new in Gilroy, while also hearing local consumers’ direct feedback and current knowledge of Gilroy.

Embracing Collaboration for Growth

These efforts emphasize collaboration, innovation, and community engagement in Gilroy. By leveraging the collective strengths of local businesses and organizations, Gilroy continues to position itself as a dynamic hub for culture, commerce, and adventure. As we look ahead, let’s continue to nurture these partnerships and embrace new opportunities for growth and prosperity. Together, we can cultivate a vibrant, resilient community that thrives on creativity, connectivity, and collective success.

April 8, 2024

Gourmet Alley Project

Project Description

The City of Gilroy was awarded a $3.9 million grant through the California Department of Transportation Clean California Grant Program for infrastructure and aesthetic improvements of Gourmet Alley to create pedestrian and bicycle-friendly pathways.

This grant is overseen and administered by Caltrans.

Improvements Scheduled for Gourmet Alley Include:

  • Resurfacing 
  • New trash enclosures and trash receptacles
  • New signage
  • Additional lighting
  • New benches 
  • New landscaping
  • Resurfaced and restriped parking lots

Site Plans for the current scheduled improvements are available here.

A community meeting was held on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, to discuss the project. 

The video of the meeting is available on the City’s YouTube channel.

The presentation from the meeting is available here.

Sign up to receive regular email updates from the City regarding the Gourmet Alley Project at

Project Schedule

Construction is anticipated to begin in April and be completed by Winter 2024.

In order to minimize the duration of the project construction, work is scheduled for Monday through Saturday from 7 AM – 7 PM.

What to Expect During Construction

Gourmet Alley will be closed south of 4th Street to all pedestrian & vehicle traffic for the duration of project construction.

  • Businesses and residents should make arrangements to receive deliveries on Monterey Road throughout the duration of project construction. 
  • Additionally, pedestrians should use alternate routes, including using sidewalks, to access Monterey Road.

The public parking lot on Eigleberry between 4th – 5th Streets will be closed for the duration of project construction. The public parking lot on Eigleberry between 5th – 6th Streets will be partially closed for the duration of project construction.

  • Alternate parking will be available at the Downtown Gourmet Parking Lot located at 7th and Eigleberry Streets and at the Railroad Parking Lot located at 6th and Railroad Streets.

The City is committed to completing this work quickly, efficiently, and safely. We appreciate your patience and understanding. If you have any questions or comments about the project, please call the Project Inspector Armando Gonzalez, at (408) 763-7763.

Drive - Thru Shred Day Event

Ready to clear out the clutter and reclaim your space? Say goodbye to those stacks of personal documents safely and securely! Mark your calendar for April 20th, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and join us for our exciting Drive-Thru Shred Day – it’s free!

Why is it important to shred your personal and confidential documents?

  • Protects you from identity theft
  • Saves you on storage space 
  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to the landfills

*Please be advised that due to event popularity, it is recommended to show up early. The event will end when the shred truck is full or at 2:00pm. In addition, there is a maximum of 5 boxes per car.


Items that CAN be shredded include:

  • Documents
  • File folders
  • Envelopes
  • Checkbooks and other paper or similar items 
  • Staples and paper clips don’t need to be removed.

Items that CANNOT be shredded:

  • Wet materials
  • Plastics
  • Binders 
  • Large metal clips
  • Medical x-rays
  • And corrugated cardboard boxes

You can bring your personal documents to the following locations:

Gilroy – Rebekah Children’s Services (Gate 1)
290 I.O.O.F Ave 
Gilroy, CA 95020

Morgan Hill – Tennant Station Branch
400 Tennant Station
Morgan Hill, CA 95037

San Jose – Silver Creek Branch
5890 Silver Creek Valley Rd
San Jose, CA 95138

If you have any questions about our Free Shred Day, please contact our Member Services Department at (800) 564-1588.

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