Commissioner/WIB Director Receives National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Award

07/12/2010

Commissioner/WIB Director Receives National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Award

 

 

The National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) recently presented its 2010 Thomas Ahlers Systems Building Award to Ana-Maria Hurtado, Commissioner/WIB Director for the Town of Hempstead Department of Occupational Resources and HempsteadWorks, at its Annual Conference.  The requirements for this award include an individual’s efforts to create and enhance more effective systems of coordination, management, information or administration of workforce development programs and services. 

 

At a time when local workforce systems are being called upon to collaborate to transform regional economies, the accomplishments of the recipient are particularly relevant and valuable to emulate.  Commissioner Hurtado has contributed to the overall growth and positive image of the workforce development profession by creating a vision to transform services beyond the boundaries of her organization’s catchment area.  She is role model to workforce system leaders who can improve the universal access to and the quality of workforce services throughout a region by aligning organizations and leveraging resources toward commonly held and mutually beneficial goals.

 

Commissioner Hurtado has served as a key leader in several regional workforce development and economic transformation initiatives, including Connect Long Island Partnership, the New York State Department of Labor Regional Economic Transformation Strategies (Request for Proposals 13-N) Grant Project, the U.S. Department of Labor Regional Innovation Grant Project, and more.

 

Under these initiatives and others, she successfully collaborated with leaders from the three Long Island Workforce Investment Boards, the New York State Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Labor, the New York State Department of Economic Development, the Long Island Forum for Technology, the United Way of Long Island, Goodwill Industries, Education and Assistance Corporation, local businesses and many other organizations and individuals.

Ana-Maria Hurtado Accepting the Tom Ahlers System Building Award