2012 — Housing And Community Development Joins Workforce Services

20th Anniversary of the Utah Department of Workforce Services


The state’s Division of Housing and Community Development (HCD) moved to the Department of Workforce Services as per H.B. 139 that was introduced by Representative Wayne Harper. The bill stemmed from a study mandated by the Legislature of the potential benefits and consequences and also included statewide meetings with input from community leaders and stakeholders. Governor Gary Herbert signed the bill into law.
The Division of Housing and Community Development brought a variety of programs, including the Pamela Atkinson Homeless Trust Fund, Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund, Permanent Community Impact Board, Community Development Block Grants, State Small Business Credit Initiative, Utah Weatherization Assistance Program, State Community Services Office and State Energy and Lifeline.


49 HCD employees transitioned to Workforce Services. 353,866 job seekers most in department history. 219,523 job openings.
The Uintah County Library and Resource Center, made possible by the Community Impact Board funding from the Housing and Community Development division.

HCD staff helped with the ribbon cutting at the Plymouth View Senior Housing.
The department's centralizing imaging was created in 2007. This is the imaging team from 2012.
Staff at the Metro Employment Center in 2012.
The Central Southwest ECT quarterly awards in 2012.
Jon Pierpont became the executive director of Workforce Services in 2012. He has served for more than 20 years in the department in various leadership roles. He currently oversees a $1.5 billion budget.

The first intergenerational poverty report was published as part of the new Intergenerational Poverty Mitigation Act. The legislation was sponsored by Stuart Reid and also created the Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission.
Throwback with Jon Pierpont: In the early 2000s, Jon dressed as a wolf to make it entertaining for staff to improve their food stamp accuracy.
Lehi employment center opening in 2012.
The connection team remodeling the Ogden Employment Center.
Veterans booth at a job fair in 2012.
Lesieli Maumau, Patricia Kamai and Pam Surakhun.
Cindy Schroder and Liz Evans. 
Care About Childcare website launched as a tool for providers and parents to search for child care in Utah.
Staff wearing matching job T-shirts.
Staff working at a LYFE job fair.

Mary McConaughy and Jenine Wood.

  • Unemployment Insurance (UI) implements mandatory online filing for weekly claims
  • Eligibility Services statewide call center goes live to take calls for employment centers
  • Utah awarded a Workforce Innovation Fund grant to enhance labor exchange system
  • Received second Triple Crown from the Department of Labor for performance excellence in areas of UI Benefits, UI Contributions, and Appeals
  • New “I’m Employed” posters are distributed to all employment centers for consistent look and feel
  • Comprehensive SmartStart Career Guide released