July 17, 2013
The city of Phoenix, Arizona Commerce Authority, Maricopa Workforce Connections and Maricopa Community Colleges today met with more than 35 health care businesses to launch a Health Care Sector Partnership.
As part of the City Council-approved Phoenix Workforce Readiness Initiative, this sector partnership is the first of many sector partnerships within key industries designed to engage business and industry leaders, and collaborate with education and training partners.
“As a city we have to build a better and more sustainable economy, and we know health care attracts corporate relocation and business expansion,” Mayor Greg Stanton said. “Phoenix is leading the way toward becoming a national destination for innovative and sustainable health-care solutions and the Health Care Sector Partnership is another tool to move us forward in the global economy.”
Sector partnerships are born out of workforce issues, but also focus on infrastructure, suppliers, markets, innovation and technology. In addition to hospitals, the partnerships also include medical manufacturing, research and development, information technology, laboratories, pharmaceuticals, insurance, and home healthcare.
“During the recent economic downturn, health care was one of the only sectors in our economy to grow,” said John Chan, director, Community and Economic Development Department. “Our goal is get people back to work, upgrade skills, provide high-value added services, enhance Phoenix’s competitive position and better integrate economic development and workforce programs.”
Following today’s launch, the city’s Community and Economic Development Department will continue to support this employer-driven effort that identified top priorities in the health care sector.