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2020 WESTMARC Issue Committees

WESTMARC members are encouraged to participate in one or more of our issue committees. Committee participation has many points of value for members: learn what’s happening in the West Valley from guest speakers and subject-matter experts, play an active role in supporting the region’s interests, make contacts with other members with similar interests and others.

If you have questions regarding our committee work, please contact Kimberly Jordan at kjordan@westmarc.org or 623-435-0431 ext. 203.

*All committee meetings will be held virtually until further notice.

ISSUE COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Economic Development Committee is focused on regional collaboration & strategies to enhance the West Valley’s economic development vitality. A key priority of this Committee has been to develop and now implement the regional workforce development strategy - West Valley Pipeline. The Committee works to inform members about business attraction tools, such as the Greater Maricopa Foreign Trade Zone, and other West Valley economic drivers and assets. This Committee also leads the planning for the Annual Economic development Summit.

Current Projects:
• West Valley Open for Business webinar series
• Class A office development and attraction
• Corridor branding
• Implementation of West Valley Pipeline

Bi-Monthly - 3rd Thursday, 10:30 - 12:00 p.m

• January 16
• March 19
• May 21
• July 16
•September 17
• November 19

EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The Education and Workforce Development Committee addresses issues affecting the quality of education in the West Valley at all levels (pre-K-12, CTE, post-secondary). It works to create and strengthen connections amongst the business, government and the general community to raise the profile of education in the West Valley. The Education and Workforce Development Committee is keenly aware of and coordinated to enhance and implement the work of the Economic Development Committee in their efforts to support the growth of a talented workforce. They have done so through the creation of an Education Asset inventory, as well as introducing expert speakers to the conversation, leading to further committee action and collaboration.

Current Projects:
• Promoting the quality of education in the West Valley to assist with business attraction and retention.
• Leveraging data for continuous improvement of educational programming, support services and academic programming that supports West Valley industries.
• Implementation of West Valley Pipeline (regional workforce development strategy)
• Integration of West Valley Pipeline into PipelineAZ platform

Bi-Monthly - 2nd Wednesday, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

• February 12
• April 8
• June 10
• August 12
• October 14
• December 9

HEALTHCARE

The Healthcare Committee is the region’s innovative leader in ensuring the West Valley’s top industry, healthcare is at the forefront. This Committee is instrumental in addressing issues and providing solutions in industry workforce shortages through partnerships, round-table discussions, and career expos. The Committee is leading efforts to create an interactive healthcare map as a member resource as well as business attraction tool. The Committee led a successful Healthcare Innovation Summit to provide information on the changing landscape of healthcare and impacts on the region and state.

Current Projects:
• 2020 Healthcare Summit planning
• Physician recruitment strategy & marketing materials in partnership with the Quality of Life Committee and Phoenix Relocation Source
• West Valley healthcare services/specialties needs assessment & gap analysis
• Special healthcare updates to address COVID-19

Bi-Monthly - 3rd Tuesday, 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

• January 21
• March 17
• May 19
• July 21
•September 22
• November 17

INFRASTRUCTURE

The Infrastructure Committee addresses long-term planning issues that affect this key component for economic development growth. The Committee focuses on transportation, water, energy, and technology impacts to ensure the West Valley has a regional voice in this space. The Committee brings industry leaders in to share their knowledge with members.

Current Projects:
• Partnership with West Valley Water Association
• Communication & Connectivity Forums / Smart Region

Monthly - 4th Wednesday, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

• January 22
• February 26
• March 25
• April 22
• May 27
• June 24
• July 22
• August 26
• September 23
• October 28
• November 25
• December 23

PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The Public Affairs Committee in coordination with all other WESTMARC Issue Committees, develops the organization’s Annual Legislative Agenda. This Agenda gives members a vehicle to discuss, form and advocate official positions on public policy issues facing the membership as related to the mission of WESTMARC.

Current Projects:
• CARES Act and PPP webinars
• Attainment of resources for Arizona
• Legislative Agenda
• Legislative Update / Session Wrap Up
• Community conversations in response to protests and call for change
• Build and strengthen WESTMARC relationships with legislators

Special Schedule Due to Legislative Session
1st Monday, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.• February 3
• March 2
• April 6
• May 4
• June 1
• October 5
• November 2
• December 7
WEST VALLEY QUALITY OF LIFE

The West Valley Quality of Life Committee is focused on promoting the high quality of life and strong buying power of this region. The Committee maintains an inventory of West Valley assets that enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors to the state. They are highly aware of the importance of the impact this topic has for decision makers when locating new businesses or expanding existing ones in the region.

Current Projects:
• Quality of Life Wheel
• Partnership with Sonoran Institute / State of the Parks, technical working group
• Rio Reimagined support: outreach and engagement
• Physician recruitment marketing materials in partnership with the Healthcare Committee
• IT/Tech talent recruitment marketing materials

 

Bi-Monthly - 1st Wednesday, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

• February 5
• April 1
• June 3
• August 5
• October 7
• December 2

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