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  • Pima County Workforce Investment Board holds first virtual meeting

    Apr 17, 2020 | Read More News
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    The Pima County Workforce Investment Board met virtually for the first time Friday, with an emphasis on changes to community services programs in the past month and planning for an economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The members and guests met via Zoom.

    "Our first virtual meeting was a success. It was energizing and inspiring," said Arnold Palacios, director of Pima County Community Services, Employment and Training. 

    "With over 80 participants and the information shared by all, it demonstrates the commitment of the region to respond proactively to the current crisis. The input, suggestions, and questions in the chat room were on target and provided resources available now. With our first virtual meeting completed, we have confirmed the willingness to plan and work together to solve problems as they unfold."

    Palacios noted the creation of Pima County One-Stop's Dislocated Worker Hotline at 520-724-5735 to offer an array of services amid the surge in unemployment, and the launch of www.PimaWorks.com as a source of information about employment, community resource assistance, and federal and local financial help for businesses.

    Other conversation and feedback focused on how businesses and schools have been transitioning online, with concern about the availability of broadband access for everyone. A member shared the Arizona Commerce Authority's guide on broadband access in Arizona, including coverage maps and low or no-cost internet offers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    "I do think that there were a number of issues and concerns that could be brought to committee meeting and/or taskforces," said planning committee chair Danielle Duarte. "Now is the time to get our board plugged in to issues and areas that they are aligned with so we can continue to work as a board."

    The planning subcommittee will be meeting soon before the next board meeting on May 8. The Pima County Workforce Investment Board is appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to provide recommendations on local workforce policy and oversight of the Pima County One-Stop Career Center. The board includes representatives of local businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions.

    The WIB bylaws were amended Friday to permit remote, telephonic, or web-based meetings, when circumstances warrant.

     Keep checking www.PimaWorks.com for daily updates.