As the promise of revenues from retail is fading, the face of tourism in and around Gilroy continues to evolve and become more important to the city coffers. Gilroy Welcome Center Director Jane Howard has taken out ads around the world to let people know about all that Gilroy offers and has high hopes for new tourist attractions.
Sidewalk Sale Downtown
Gilroy officials have made a priority of keeping millennials–people in their 20s and 30s–in town after they graduate from college. The challenge is daunting, according to a survey of Gavilan students, who say the city is boring, too expensive and doesn’t have adequate housing.
One of the best ways to attract more kids to walk and bike to school is through events at the schools, and then sending home material to the parents. The kids become the biggest advocates to letting them walk and bike more and especially to school.
Dear Red Phone:
Gavilan College announced self-imposed sanctions this week after recruiting and benefits violations came to light, leading to 17 football players’ dismissal in August.
The Great Wolf Lodge in Garden Grove is huge—with nine stories, 603 rooms, a full water park, seven restaurants, an arcade, shops, animatronics and a hotel-wide interaction action-adventure video game.
Gilroy city officials visited the Great Wolf Lodge in Southern California and days later a representative from the national water park hotel group came to Gilroy seeking feedback from locals.
Fighting fire with money and charge out-of-town ride services
When Colin Martin drives around Gilroy he sees, hears and feels things no one else in his family knows about.