Coconino County Career Center receives North American Award

Coconino County Career Center administrative specialist Holly Figueroa (left), Coconino County Supervisor Louise Yellowman and Coconino County Elections Communications and Training coordinator Jamescita M. Peshlakai celebrate during the Wi$e Up Financial Literacy Course graduation ceremony.

Coconino County Career Center administrative specialist Holly Figueroa (left), Coconino County Supervisor Louise Yellowman and Coconino County Elections Communications and Training coordinator Jamescita M. Peshlakai celebrate during the Wi$e Up Financial Literacy Course graduation ceremony.

Coconino County Career Center was recognized by Blane, Canada Ltd. at the Annual Synchronist Users' Forum in Chicago in October for excellence in the design, execution and impact of their existing business strategy and program.

The career center is a one of the lead organizations in Coconino County responsible for working with companies with an investment in the community.

The career center received this top honor in an annual award competition among economic development organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The award serves as recognition of the career center's commitment to insuring the flow of economic development resources to existing employers who have long standing commitments to the communities where they operate.

These same employers will generate between 74 and 86 percent of the new jobs and capital investment by business in Coconino County.

"The businesses throughout Coconino County represent an economic portfolio. Like a personal portfolio, the economic future of Coconino County is dependent on the health and growth of the assets in that portfolio," Eric P. Canada, principal of Blanc, Canada Ltd. said.

"The Coconino County Career Center has made a substantial commitment to gaining a detailed understanding of these businesses, their future potential as well as challenges they face in order to drive appropriate economic development resources to the companies where they will have the greatest impact on the area's future economy," he added.

"Global business pressures have never been greater. The career center's proactive work insures that companies in Coconino County have access to all possible resources thereby insuring the health of the portfolio," Canada said. Canada also noted, "Without aggressive, proactive work, growth can easily be lost."

The Syronchronist Users' Forum is North America's largest cooperative of development professionals.

Forum participants share ideas and best practices to improve strategies, tools and practices for existing business portfolio management.

"Learning about local employers' success as well as barriers that may impede growth, networking to maintain partnerships and sharing information to increase local economic development have been positive outcomes," local coordinator Janetta Beaumont added.

To learn more about the Coconino County Career Center call (928) 679-7249.

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