NACOG Regional Director Teri Drew says the Economic and Workforce Development (EWD) division is striving to help solve unemployment in the region with the Economic Development Administration Recovery and Resilience Plan. The initiative, created in partnership with Arizona Town Hall and Northern Arizona University, was developed in response to adverse economic conditions such as the pandemic and negative impacts from the closing of the Navajo Generating Station and other coal plants.
“If you are seeking employment, contact us. The same is true if you are an employer in need of qualified candidates,” said Drew. “Citizens in need of job placement or training services simply must identify a barrier to employment. Being unemployed, for example, is considered a barrier. So is being underemployed. We serve all individuals who are 16 years old or older. All they have to do is to join one of our networks.”
NACOG is conducting weekly orientations intended to provide a review of service opportunities. “We provide solid information about direct services, support services, partner program services and community resources,” she said.
There is no employer eligibility requirement for services or funding assistance other than doing business in Yavapai County or considering being located in the county.
Orientations are available in person at 10 a.m. on Mondays at NACOG’s downtown Prescott office. In-person phone calls and Zoom calls are available as well.
For more information, employers and employees are urged to contact NACOG at 928-778-1422 or visit yavapaiwork.com.
A second NACOG initiative, the Strategic Broadband Plan, is intended to complement the Recovery and Resilience Plan. “The use of Broadband during recent months has risen to the top. Just like the Recovery and Resilience Plan, the Broadband Plan will be as good as our ability to gain sound information from our communities and state and federal partners,” said Drew.
The EWD has two centers in the county. One is in Cottonwood at 1500 W. Cherry Road. The other is at the Prescott NACOG office at 221 N. Marina Street. The Department of Economic Security hosts a site at its Prescott Valley office.
“The economic development staff for the four-county NACOG region is one full-time person, but our workforce development staff has 11 full-time employees,” she said. “Our group is considered one of the top three in the state.” QCBN
By Ray Newton, QCBN