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Michael Sage, CEcD

Deputy Director

Department Economic Development

Michael Sage is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). 

Mr. Sage specializes in Business Retention & Expansion, Workforce Development, Economic Development Marketing & Attraction, Economic Development Credit Analysis, and Real Estate Development & Reuse. Mr. Sage has over 13 years of experience in community and economic development.

Mr. Sage is currently a member of the McKinley County Smart Growth Commission. In 2018, Mr. Sage was elected as Vice-President of the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Council – an advisory council to the Cabinet Secretary of the NM Economic Development Department. In 2014, Mr. Sage served on the RFP Review Committee for the Navajo Inland Port Feasibility Study, an initiative of the NM Economic Development Department.

In his time with GGEDC, Mr. Sage as presented before committees of the New Mexico Legislature including the Legislative Finance Committee, Water & Natural Resource Committee, Rural and Economic Development Committee, Indian Affairs Committee, New Mexico Finance Authority Oversight Board, and Transportation and Infrastructure Revenue Subcommittee.

Prior to joining GGEDC, Mr. Sage served as Regional Planner for the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments (NWNMCOG), overseeing the Northwest New Mexico’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and the Native American Economic Development Investment Strategy (NAEDIS). During his tenure with NWNMCOG, Mr. Sage authored grant applications which successfully resulted in over $2M in state and federal funding and in 2011, served as project manager for the Grants/Milan Comprehensive Drainage Master Plan that was selected by the New Mexico Infrastructure Finance Conference as the top infrastructure planning project for all of New Mexico.

Mr. Sage has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of New Mexico, with undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Economics.

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