CopperPoint Insurance Companies was a proud sponsor of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce IMPACT Awards held on Wednesday, May 10. ASU Gammage and Southwest Airlines were named the 2017 IMPACT Businesses of the Year. Continue reading
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.”
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.
By Paul Luna, President and CEO
Helios Education Foundation
With a highly charged and divisive presidential election behind us, emotional shock waves continue to ripple through our communities. No matter our party affiliations, it should concern us all that some of the ripple effects of the elections are leading to alarming activities in our neighborhoods. Even more troubling is that some of these activities are happening in our schools and impacting our students, creating fear and uncertainty for their future.
As leaders and advocates for improving our education system and ensuring that every student — regardless of where they were born, who their parents are or where they live — is prepared to succeed beyond high school, now, more than ever, we must hold steadfast Continue reading