Elizabeth Weber

Richard Parker

Ivan Leshinsky

Lou Packett

 Kristine Balasz


Policy Priority Check In

Richard had asked the Committee to review ways to engage in advocacy during the covid-19 shut down. Ivan suggested focusing on minimum wage issues, and Lisa racism in the workforce and employment. Committee could support existing policy efforts (Job Opportunities Task Force).


Southwest Works Update

SWP has received a commitment of $300,000/year from an anonymous corporate funder for workforce development programming. A portion will be used for workforce operating expenses–full time program manager, case management and a portion will be awarded to other partner workforce development organizations for grants that increase the likelihood of long-term employment and career development for community members.


Three areas of focus:

-improving collaboration between partners

-improving long term employment and career development

-improving anchor institution local hiring


Elizabeth will send an outline of what the funder will like to fund to the Committee for their input on the structure.



Southwest Sports and Fitness Alliance is hiring for a full time Americorps member for the summer.

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