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West Valley Emerging Leaders Program

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Background:

Young talent attraction and retention has been an ongoing dialogue, regionally for the past several years. As the West Valley continues to grow, we are keenly aware of the importance of illustrating the diverse, skilled and talented workforce that we have, for the purpose of business attraction and economic development.   WESTMARC actively works to identify ways to engage young professionals in regional strategy, planning and problem solving, to provide a platform for engagement and strengthen community involvement.

In 2019, WESTMARC partnered with the Center for the Future of Arizona, to engage in the Young Talent “listening tour”, to be sure that West Valley voices were included in the process of gathering insight into their values, goals and priorities.  The insights gained from these statewide dialogues created the foundation of the Center for the Future of Arizona: Young Talent Progress Meter which calls out 13 specific young talent priorities.

Purpose:

The Emerging Leaders Impact program will provide a regional mechanism to identify and spotlight our regional emerging leaders that are impacting one or more of the key areas included in the West Valley Quality of Life Wheel:

ARTS & CULTURE

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

EDUCATION

ENVIRONMENT                               

HEALTHCARE - ACCESS TO CARE

HEALTH & FITNESS

OUTDOOR RECREATION

PUBLIC SAFETY

QUALITY HOUSING

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

TRANSPORTATION

Partners:
  • WESTMARC (government, education and business members’)
  • Center for the Future of Arizona
  • West Valley Emerging Leader Ambassadors
  • Other/TBD
Nomination Overview and Criteria:

Professionals, (LIVING AND WORKING in the West Valley), under 40 that are making an impact in an area related to the Quality of Life Wheel, working in the following sectors:

  • Government
  • Education
  • Business
  • Non-profit

may be nominated for the West Valley Emerging Leader Impact spotlight recognition by peers, employers, etc. (bi-monthly).                                                        **SELF NOMINATIONS ARE PROHIBITED**

Outcomes:
  • Provide elevated awareness of the recipient's work
  • Recognition & opportunity to garner support of others that would like to contribute to the work/initiatives
  • Opportunity to participate in WESTMARC Issue Committee(s)
  • Advancement as a finalist for the Best of the West, Emerging Leader Impact Award
Timeline:

Nominations will be accepted from now through August 9, 2024.

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West Valley Emerging Leaders Impact Program Nominees:
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