Milpitas Wins Statewide Recognition for
Workforce Development Initiative
League of California Cities presented Milpitas with
“Helen Putnam Award for Excellence”
Milpitas, Calif. — The City of Milpitas was honored for its innovative and effective Workforce Development
Initiative with the Helen Putnam Award for Excellence during the 2018 League of California Cities annual
conference this month.
The Milpitas Workforce Development Initiative connects non-profits, schools, and manufacturing companies
with the goal of strengthening the city’s workforce. The Helen Putnam Award for Excellence recognizes and
promotes outstanding efforts and innovative solutions by city governments.
The award was presented during the League’s annual conference in Long Beach on Wednesday, September 12.
The League awards program in twelve categories, and Milpitas won for the category of Community Services and
“We are immensely honored by this statewide recognition,” said Milpitas Vice Mayor Marsha Grilli who
accepted the award on behalf of the City of Milpitas.
“Despite having one of the lowest unemployment rates in California, we know that a significant segment of our
community has not benefited from the current economic boom. Our local manufacturing companies also have
had difficulty attracting qualified young people to join the workforce, even as more and more are entering the
job market for high-tech and service industries.”