WESTMARC, the Western Maricopa Coalition of West Valley communities, businesses, and the educational sector, outlined its 2017 priorities during the organization’s annual meeting on Feb 23. Sintra Hoffman, President and CEO of WESTMARC, shared these insights and more with members, government officials, and invited guests. The group’s top priority is promoting economic development, workforce talent and job growth that is vital to the 15 unique communities that call the West Valley home.
Recent data collection efforts indicate that Maricopa County’s West Valley is home to 1.5 million people. By the year 2020, that number is projected to grow to 1.8 million people. More than fifty-eight percent of the population is eligible workers between the ages of 18 to 64, and the average annual income is approximately $65,000.
“We are a community rich in talent. But our talent is also the West Valley’s greatest export,” said Hoffman. “Our goal is to retain the engineers, health care professionals and manufacturing personnel who live here, but drive and work in other parts of the Valley.”
From left, WESTMARC President & CEO Sintra Hoffman, Maricopa County District 3 Supervisor Bill Gates, Tolleson Mayor Anna Tovar and State Rep. Jesus Rubalcava discuss economic development issues.
In her annual address, Hoffman presented WESTMARC’s 2017 strategy which includes creating a long-term workforce plan to keep these workers employed in the region. Healthcare, advanced manufacturing, insurance, aerospace, and defense are the top economic drivers. Banner Health, Luke Air Force Base, American Express, Grand Canyon University and Amazon are the area’s top employers.
She highlighted additional measures on the horizon for WESTMARC to fuel the economic development and job growth that is vital to the West Valley. These activities include:
- Completion of a data collection effort
- Strengthen the workforce development strategy
- Conduct industry focus groups
- Strengthen connections between industry and education
- Update WESTMARC website
- Promote quality of life
- Celebrate Best of the West 25th anniversary
For more information, visit WESTMARC.
CopperPoint is a proud member of WESTMARC’s Chairman’s Circle.