On Tuesday, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild kicked off the initial meeting of the Greater Tucson Healthcare Sector Partnership, which took place at City Hall.
Sector partnerships are industry led. They are a place for companies to address issues related to competitiveness and growth—a single table at which to work with multiple public programs in workforce development, education and economic development, and an opportunity to help create solutions to shared problems.
The Arizona Commerce Authority is sponsoring a consultant to help set up several sector partnerships in the greater Tucson area: aerospace and defense, biotech, healthcare, logistics and manufacturing. Mayor Rothschild is hosting the healthcare sector. Hosts of other industry sectors include the Pima County Workforce Investment Board and Sun Corridor, Inc. (formerly TREO).
In his remarks, Mayor Rothschild cited healthcare’s importance to the health of our community and to our economy, including as an employer of highly-skilled workers, as reasons for creating a sector partnership in healthcare.
Sector partnerships are found throughout the country. In Arizona, healthcare sector partnerships are present in Phoenix, Kingman/Mohave County and the Gila-Pinal area.