REMOTELY FROM TUCSON - Arizona Corporation Commission Chairwoman Lea Márquez Peterson, along with her fellow commissioners, will hold a Supplier Diversity summit on December 14, 2021, at 10 a.m. to review existing supplier diversity programs and learn how regulated utilities promote economic opportunities to local woman-owned, minority-owned, and veteran-owned businesses in Arizona.
“There are many economic opportunities in our state’s energy sector,” said Márquez Peterson. “Arizona's energy sector is a $15 billion dollar industry which boasts over 20,000 jobs in our state. I am thrilled to host a summit that will advance these important opportunities and consciously support our local and diverse business communities in Arizona.”
The Commission has confirmed participation from over a dozen utilities across the state, including Arizona Public Service Company, Tucson Electric Power Company, CenturyLink, and Southwest Gas, among others. The Summit provides an opportunity for Commissioners, the business community, and the public to learn of existing programs that support Supplier Diversity.
Commissioner Lea Márquez Peterson, who is the first Latina to serve in public office in Arizona at a statewide level and is the former President and CEO of the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said the Commission’s efforts to study inclusion, equality, and diversity within utilities' supplier practices represents a major milestone in the development of a more inclusive energy economy for the state.
“Whether it’s minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses, or veteran-owned businesses, I believe our workforces and supplier relationships are made stronger when they represent the diversity of our state,” said Márquez Peterson. “I look forward to fostering an economy of inclusiveness for Arizona.”
Commissioner Márquez Peterson sits on the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Subcommittee on Supplier and Workforce Diversity and is a member of the national organization Hispanics in Energy.
Members of the public and local business community can watch the Supplier Diversity Summit on December 14, 2021, at 10 a.m. at www.azcc.gov/live.