The National Association of Workforce Boards (NAWB) has recognized Pinal County's Workforce Development Board with the prestigious Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Trailblazer Award for its continual assessment, alignment, and advancement of core workforce development services, which has maximized the community impact of the WDB's work, producing entirely new training, recruiting, and career opportunities for workers and employers in Pinal County.
Pinal County's Workforce Development Board was selected out of a large pool of nominations for the WIOA Trailblazer Award, which recognizes outstanding and locally impactful efforts to adopt the changes envisioned in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The Workforce Development Board will accept the award at the 2023 NAWB Forum, an annual convening of workforce stakeholders to be held March 25-28th in Washington, D.C.
Explaining why Pinal County was chosen for this recognition, Janet Bray, Senior Advisor with NAWB, said, "The Awards Committee was very impressed with the strategic and collaborative efforts the Workforce Development Board has put forth with WIOA partners to provide integrated services and cross-training staff. The focus on youth, adults, and community needs contributed significantly to the value the workforce board brings to the community. The initiatives and efforts of Pinal County WDB are applauded."
Liz Tuck, Chair of the Pinal County Workforce Development Board, commented, "I am delighted and honored for the Pinal County Workforce Development Board to receive this national recognition for developing creative solutions that provide enhanced services to business owners and job seekers. This wouldn't be possible without forward-looking members of our Board and dedicated staff."