The Workforce Arizona Council is responsible for implementing the Governor’s strategic vision for a robust and effective workforce system in the State of Arizona. Consisting of industry leaders in private business, community and labor organizations, local and state government agencies, and members of the State’s legislature, the Council serves as a guiding force towards a stronger Arizona workforce and labor market. The Council receives its authority from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act which was passed by the Federal legislature in 2014 by a large bipartisan majority. This act signaled a nationwide push to “put Americans back to work” and Arizona aims to be at the forefront of this enormous effort. By guiding and supporting the Arizona Workforce System in the implementation of Governor Doug Ducey’s vision for Arizona, the Workforce Arizona Council is helping to make a stronger Arizona.
The Workforce Arizona Council is comprised of four (4) standing committees and two (2) workgroups. The four committees and two workgroups are comprised of only members of the Council itself. The standing committees and workgroups are:
- Performance Excellence Committee
- Strategic Communications and Partnerships Committee
- Quality Workforce Committee
- Measuring Effectiveness Committee
- Executive Committee
- Council Bylaws Workgroup
- State Plan Workgroup
Members of the Workforce Arizona Council are appointed by the Governor. The Council is comprised of industry leaders in private business, government, community-based organizations, and labor organizations. Governor Doug Ducey also sits on the Council, as do members of both houses of Arizona’s state legislature. Council membership requirements are spelled out in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act:
- At least 51% of members are business owners, CEOs, or senior level executives
- At least 2 members are representative of labor organizations in Arizona
- At least 1 member is a representative of a registered apprenticeship program in Arizona
- Core programs (such as adult education, training, career services, etc) are represented on the Council
This representation requirement is important to ensure that all facets of workforce development have a say on the Council. The Workforce Arizona Council is dedicated to meeting these federally mandated membership requirements.
|Last Name||First Name||Designee||Company/Association||Representing|
|Ducey||Douglas||State of Arizona||Governor|
|Yee||Kimberly||Arizona State Senate||State Legislature|
|Leach||Vince||Arizona House of Representatives||State Legislature|
|Chucri||Steve||Maricopa Board of Supervisors||Local Elected Official|
|Lane||William (Jim)||City of Scottsdale|
|Gibb||Randall||Grand Canyon University||Business|
|Horvath||Alexander (Alex)||Tucson Medical Center||Business|
|Longstreth||Thomas||Ventana Medical Systems||Business|
|Lucero||Lawrence||Tucson Electric Power||Business|
|Macias||Stephen P.||Pivot Manufacturing||Business|
|Mata||Cecilia||AllSource Global Management||Business|
|Trenschel||Robert J.||Yuma Regional Medical Center||Business|
|Yonko||Doug||Hensley Beverage Company||Business|
|Hamer||Glenn||Arizona Chamber||Trade Association|
|Martin||David||AZ Chapter of the Association of General Contractors||Trade Association|
|Quinlan||Farrell A.||National Federation of Independent Business||Trade Association|
|Anthony||Dennis||Arizona Apprenticeship Advisory Committee||Apprenticeship|
|Gilman||Stephen||United Goodyear Firefighters Association||Labor|
|Winkel||Thomas||Arizona Coalition for Military Families||Community-Based Organization|
|Douglas||Diane||Sheryl Hart||AZ Department of Education||Core Program Lead Agency|
|Trailor||Michael||AZ Department of Economic Security||Core Program Lead Agency|
|Watson||Sandra||Arizona Commerce Authority||Economic Development|
The Workforce Arizona Council meets four (4) times per year, or once per quarter. The Council’s standing committees and Executive committee also meet about four (4) times per year, although they may meet more frequently depending on the work they are doing. The Council’s workgroups meet less frequently to discuss and advance their specific tasks.
Workforce Arizona Council meetings and Committee meetings are always open to the public and minutes from meetings are kept forever. Below is a listing of the most recent meetings with links to download minutes, meeting agendas, and any other documents set before the Council or its committees.
There is also a document archive below that contains Council/Committee documents for past years. Meeting documents for the Bylaws Workgroup and the State Plan Workgroup are included in the Archive.
Upcoming 2018 Workforce Arizona Council Meetings
Thursday, May 31, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Location: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Thursday, August 30, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Location: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Thursday, November 29, 2018, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Location: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Council Meeting Agenda and Minutes
*Location: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W Washington St, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85007
*Location: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85007
*Location: Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington, Suite 300, Phoenix, AZ 85007
Strategic Communications and Partnerships Committee 2018 Committee Charter
Monday, April 23, 2018 - Agenda
Measuring Effectiveness Committee 2018 Committee Charter
WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 - Agenda
Performance Excellence Committee 2018 Committee Charter
Friday, April 20, 2018 - Agenda
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 (Compliance Policy Review Workgroup) - Agenda
Quality Workforce Committee 2018 Committee Charter
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - Agenda
Executive Committee (2016/2017)
Thursday, February 15, 2018 - Agenda and Draft Minutes
State Plan Task Force
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Agenda and Draft Minutes
Policies, Reports, and Resources
Workforce Arizona Council Bylaws - The Workforce Arizona Council bylaws are set of rules created by and adopted by the Council to govern itself. The bylaws document includes sections on how the Council was created and how it derives its authority, its primary roles and responsibilities, membership requirements, meeting operations guidelines, and conflict of interest policies, among others. The Council Bylaws workgroup reviews the bylaws annually. Most of the Council’s bylaws, such as membership requirements, are pulled directly from the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and are required rules.
Annual Report- The Workforce Arizona Council Annual Report is a comprehensive, Council-wide, inclusive report that illustrates the Council's activities for a prior year. The Annual Report, prepared by Council Staff, shows the effectiveness of the Council and provides data from other system stakeholders.
Workforce Arizona Council Overview (Presentation) - "Prezi" presenation that provides a more in-depth overview of the Workforce Arizona Council, including history, structure, mission, and information on how the Council partners with others to accomplish its goals. Includes a list of Council members.
Workforce Arizona Council Synopsis - .PDF document that provides a high-level summary of the Workforce Arizona Council, its roles, and its relationship with local workforce development boards. This document includes a list of Council members.
Project: Arizona Advanced Technology Corridor (AATC) - The AATC is an innovative partnership between three Community Colleges to develop and implement a uniform manufacturing curriculum in the Southeastern portion of the State. This project has been endorsed by the Workforce Arizona Council.
Project: Roadmap to Veteran Employment - The Roadmap to Veteran Employment is a broad-scale project overseen by the Arizona Coalition for Military Families that provides a strucutred approach to veteran hiring and retention with a focus on the job-seeker, the employer, employment service organizations, and the community. This project has been endorsed by the Workforce Arizona Council.
Project: Arizona Career Readiness Credential (ACRC) - The ACRC is a a certificate-granting program that validates an individual's mastery of seven core skill areas by providing a comprehensive training and credentialing opportunity to those individuals through one-stop career centers. This program has been endorsed by the Workforce Arizona Council.
Project: Arizona Management System (AMS) - AMS is aa professional, results-driven management system that focuses on customer value and vital mission outcomes for citizens. The system is Lean-based and focuses on customer value, continuous improvement, and enaged employees to improve productivity, quality, and service. Click here for more information on AMS. This state-wide initiative has been endorsed by the Workforce Arizona Council.
Project: SkillBridge - SkillBridge is a US Department of Defense authorized project that allows service members in their last six months before miliary separtion to participate in the civilian workforce in an internship or pre-apprenticeship. There is no cost to a civilian employer to participate in this program as the service member continues to receive their pay from the Department. of Defense. This project has not received an official endorsement from the Workforce Arizona Council.
Project: Maryvale Workforce Initiative- This Public-Private Partnership facilitates economic growth in the Maryvale Village in West Phoenix. The project aims to leverage the resources and strengths of the partners and focus those strengths into the Maryvale area to combat the area's exceedingly high unemployment. Maryvale project partners include educational entities, area businesses, and community organizations. This initiative has been endorsed by the Workforce Arizona Council.
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