Workforce Development

Putting Knowledge into Action: ‘Communities That Work’ Enhances Arizona’s IT Workforce Initiatives

December 5, 2016  • Economic Opportunities Program

CTWP-Arizona-SandraWatsonGuest post by Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority.

“Arizona has emerged as one of the fastest-growing technology hubs in the United States.

Our technology and innovation ecosystem has evolved into a place where digital-age entrepreneurs are starting new companies, attracting new venture capital, and testing new models in a rapidly changing marketplace.

At the heart of this growth is Information Technology. IT is ubiquitous – touching nearly every business sector that exists today.

The market demand for a qualified IT workforce is rising, and there is a critical need for current and future tech talent that extends to a wide range of industries. It’s not unique to Arizona. By 2022, IT job openings nationwide are expected to exceed more than 1.3 million.

For this reason, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) was honored to lead the Greater Phoenix regional team – one of only seven regions nationally – along with our partners, the Arizona Technology Council and Cox Communications, in this groundbreaking workforce program aimed at closing the IT talent gap. …”

This guest blog was published by the US Department of Commerce as part of the CTWP series celebrating collaboration across seven US communities. Read the full post at and share your thoughts with #CommunitiesThatWork.