EDD Announces More “Boots on the Ground” for Rural and Regional Assistance

15 Feb 2023

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GGEDC enthusiastically welcomes Keegan McKenzie-Chavez to the Region 1 NM Economic Development Department team. She joins Lorraine Ruggles in serving NM's most dynamic northwest region even better!

EDD doubles its ability to assist local businesses and communities through its professional cadre of regional representatives

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) has nearly doubled its staff responsible for assisting businesses and communities at the local level, EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today. The team supports the agency’s Community, Business, and Rural Development program (CBRD) through local regional representatives who live and work within the communities they serve.

Created by the Legislature in 2000, CBRD has since evolved to include high-level economic development professionals who provide technical assistance to the businesses and communities in their respective regions, guiding them to reach their economic development goals.

The EDD now has regional representatives living in the following communities: Mora, Las Cruces, Portales, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Bernalillo, Gallup, and Roswell.

“EDD’s team of regional representatives gives us 'boots on the ground' in communities all across the state,” Cabinet Secretary Keyes said. “They are already providing frontline assistance and technical expertise to small businesses and rural communities. We thank lawmakers for investing in this regional and local outreach. Please contact your rep if you have questions about any of our economic development initiatives.”

Read the full press release here.