TREO CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE
What is your perspective on the importance of talent and workforce development as a key economic driver?
Clearly all metropolitan areas are in a race to add primary industries and the resulting jobs and wages. It is increasingly evident that the depth and breadth of the local talent pool is the primary differentiating factor for companies deciding where to locate. For our region to be competitive going forward, it is imperative that we understand this and take the necessary holistic actions to be competitive – not only regionally, but nationally and internationally. If we are to ever take advantage of the potential opportunities the growing Sun Corridor has to offer, we must develop the strategies and tactics necessary to attract and retain world-class talent. Economic development in Southern Arizona will stagnate without a concerted effort in this area.
A: James H. Click, Jr. President Jim Click Automotive Team
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Why does the Jim Click Automotive Team invest in and support economic development initiatives?
Long-term economic development is the lifeblood that a business needs to grow and provide adequate capital returns. Failure to continually invest in economic development efforts exposes businesses to the potential of “the well drying up.” This is not a recipe for a vibrant region. Choosing to not invest in economic development is perilous. Regarding the TREO Blueprint Update, why is the committee you serve on in this strategic planning initiative important to you?
The Talent Committee is a critical piece in the blueprint. The future of our region depends on the development of the talent pool. What is the outlook for the automotive industry in 2014?
The auto industry continues to rebound consistently from the depths of the recession. We anticipate that 2014 will follow that trend. In fact, we anticipate an even stronger growth rate year over year. The average age of the U.S. vehicle fleet is more than 11 years, a number that continues to grow. Clearly the need to replace aging vehicles is significant as businesses and consumers make those purchase decisions.
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