Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation, The City of Gallup, and McKinley County host National Economic Development Week Celebration

6 May 2021

Press Release

- MAY 9-15, 2021 -

Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation joins the City of Gallup and McKinley County together with cities and counties nationwide to increase awareness of jobs and career development programs that enhance local economic impact.

Gallup, NM – The Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC), the City of Gallup, and McKinley County observe National Economic Development Week from May 9- 15, 2021 to celebrate the contributions of positive economic development and explain the role of the profession in our local community, including stewardship of:

  • Policies that government undertakes to meet broad economic objectives including inflation control, high employment, and sustainable growth, including supporting GGEDC’s Business Retention and Expansion Program.
  • Policies and programs to provide services such as building highways, managing parks, and providing medical access to the disadvantaged, such as constructing Carbon Coal Road to provide direct truck access to the Gallup Energy Logistics Park from U.S. Highway 491.
  • Policies and programs explicitly directed toward improving the business climate through specific efforts, business finance, marketing, neighborhood development, business attraction, business retention and expansion, technology transfer, real estate development and more. GGEDC’s Greater Gallup Workforce Development Program helps to train workers for industrial jobs in McKinley County.

“GGEDC is excited that City of Gallup and McKinley County will participate in the 2021 National Economic Development Week. This will be the fifth time GGEDC has participated, and this year’s activities are better than ever. Included in our 2021 activities will be daily articles on economic development from local nonprofit partners, a special luncheon to honor McKinley Paper Company, and two webinars; on Autonomous Vehicle testing in New Mexico and on Entrepreneurship and Tourism. The Cabinet Secretary of the Economic Development Department will also come to Gallup to make a speech and visit with several companies. ”

- Patty Lundstrom, CEcD Executive Director, Greater Gallup

Now in its sixth year, National Economic Development Week was created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest professional membership organization for economic developers, in 2016 to recognize the unique role that economic development has in creating vibrant communities with strong economies. Over the span of five years, more than 450 campaigns have been created throughout the United States and Canada, creating millions of impressions, hundreds of news stories, blog entries, videos, events and other activities. Cities, counties and states recognized the week in past years through official proclamations, local community events, and informational campaigns online and through social media. The United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) has also issued a statement commemorating Economic Development Week.

Beginning May 8th , GGEDC and its community partners will run daily articles in the Gallup Independent addressing how COVID-19 impacted their economic development activities and will highlight specific projects and activities the organizations are undertaking as we move into recovery from the pandemic.

Participating community partners this year are: GGEDC, the Northwest NM Council of Governments, the Gallup Business Improvement District (BID), UNM-Gallup Small Business Development Center, the Gallup-McKinley Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Gallup Tourism and Marketing Department.

"Economic Development Week continues to grow in importance locally and nationally because it allows economic development practitioners to share their communities' unique stories and highlight how they create and retain jobs in their communities. GGEDC has played a critical role in helping to attract and retain businesses and to train an industrial workforce in Gallup. At the end of the day, lives in Gallup and McKinley County are enhanced as a result of economic development."

– Louie Bonaguidi, Mayor of the City of Gallup. The Mayor also serves as an ExOficio member of GGEDC’s Board of Directors.

The GGEDC, the City of Gallup and McKinley County have participated in Economic Development Weeks in prior years. Activities have included daily articles in the Gallup Independent, community presentations, and stakeholder meetings. To learn more about Economic Development Week, visit and IEDC online at

About Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation:

Formed in March 2012, Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC) is a designated 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Gallup, New Mexico. GGEDC serves as the economic development organization for the City of Gallup.

The mission of the GGEDC is "to drive economic growth through building on local assets and strategic partnering to target attraction and recruitment of business and industrial employers that provide economic-base jobs in the Gallup-McKinley County area". To learn more about our work visit the GGEDC website at

About National Economic Development Week:

Economic Development Week is an event created by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) to celebrate economic development and the achievements of economic developers. The IEDC is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base.


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