TREO CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE
What is your perspective on the importance of talent and workforce development as a key economic driver?
An educational system that prepares students for employment with specific skills identified by the business community is critical to a healthy business climate. Hiring locally develops a broad community attachment, is less costly for businesses and keeps talented young people in our communities. K-12 and higher education must produce graduates with general and specific employment skills. Why does your business invest in and support economic development initiatives?
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company – formerly SCF Arizona – believes that a healthy and growing business climate provides more opportunity for our company, broader support to the economic development and cultural strength of our communities and is good for our future. Healthy businesses produce a stronger tax base and volunteer base. Having a diverse business base provides more employment opportunities for our families and our children. Regarding the TREO Blueprint Update, why is the committee you serve on in this strategic planning initiative important to you?
As a member of the Infrastructure Committee, I can’t emphasize enough our support of the extension of Interstate 11 south to Mexico’s border. The issue is more pressing today than it was 20 years ago when the North American Free Trade Agreement – or NAFTA – was in its infancy.
Judy Patrick Chairman of the Board CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company (formerly SCF Arizona)
This corridor has the highest potential of any other in the state to become a successful import distribution zone. With its proximity to interstates, Tucson International Airport, the Port of Tucson and adjacent rail it is critical that we make significant investments in this kind of public infrastructure. Thousands of jobs depend on trade with Mexico and thousands more will be created if we commit to extending a gateway that already accounts for more than $20 billion worth of imports and exports annually. This is a cornerstone of the Blueprint Update and it embodies a truly sound economic development strategy.
What is the outlook for your business in 2014?
CopperPoint’s business is dependent on the health of Arizona’s business community. We believe 2014 will continue with slow but steady business expansion and employment growth. Our efforts will continue to help existing businesses expand while we work on improving our education and transportation systems to encourage business relocations in the future.
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