Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation’s 2023 Economic Development Week Has a Full Program of Activities

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2 May 2023


Economic Development Week 2023 (EDW), May 8-12, increases awareness of local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and improve the quality of place for their communities.

In Gallup and McKinley County, NM, Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation (GGEDC) and our partners have a week’s worth of diverse activities, panels, and seminars planned to highlight the economic achievements of our vibrant community. This year’s theme is “Using Our Home Field Advantage to Grow Gallup and McKinley County.” Greater Gallup has many successes and assets to celebrate and looks forward to even greater success in the months ahead. 

GGEDC is State-Certified

The New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) has recognized GGEDC as one of seven Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) to become state-certified. Because of GGEDC's exceptional technical expertise and the support it offers to major industrial and economic-base employers in the community, this certification recognizes the high standards GGEDC adheres to in its extensive work. The certification, which can be renewed for up to 10 years, also provides up to $40,000 per year to the GGEDC to support staff travel to trade shows and professional training. 

2023 Economic Development Week Events

Below is a listing  of some of the public events on tap for Economic Development Week this year. For a complete schedule with links to various events that will be live-streamed, see  Be sure to check out the daily articles that will run in The Gallup Independent throughout the week. Various GGEDC community partners, including the Small Business Development Center at The University of New Mexico-Gallup, gallupARTS, the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments, and the City of Gallup will be addressing topics ranging from the creative economy and how to start a small  business in Gallup, to developing the tourism industry and highlighting the support available to economic-base employers from the New Mexico Economic Development Department.  

Contact GGEDC  for more information or with any questions. 

Sunday, May 7

Impact Radio Show with Sammy C 

  • 6:00 a.m. on 94.5 FM, K Y A T, YAH-TEH-DINE, NAVAJO COUNTRY
  • 6:30 a.m. on 93.7 FM, CLASSIC ROCK, 93 X
  • 8:00 a.m. on 103.7 FM, CLASSIC HITS K Y V A, KEEVA
  • 8:00 a.m. on  98.3 FM & 1230 AM, ROCKIN' OLDIES KEEVA, K Y V A

Monday, May 8

  • 10–11;30 a.m., Small Business Development Center at The University of New Mexico-Gallup Panel: “Entrepreneurship & Economic Development: Entrepreneur Success Stories & Resources.”
  • UNM-Gallup, Student Services & Technology Center (SSTC)
  • 5:30 p.m., Dinner Presentation, Patty Lundstrom, GGEDC Executive Director: “The Economic Development Outlook in Gallup & McKinley County: Playing for the Long Game with Our Home Field Advantage.” 
  • By Invitation Only. Ms. Lundstrom's presentation will be live streamed at:

Tuesday, May 9

  • 6-7:30 p.m., GGEDC presentation at the Gallup City Council Meeting of a Resolution to the Gallup City Council recognizing May 8-12, 2023 as Economic Development Week in Gallup. 
  • City of Gallup, Council Chambers

Wednesday, May 10, Workforce Day

  • 9:00 a.m.–1 p.m., UNM-Gallup/Gallup McKinley County Schools Job Fair.
  • UNM-Gallup - Calvin Hall


  • 9–10:30 a.m.,Various Presenters: “How Do We Develop the Skilled Workforce We Need?” 
  • UNM-Gallup - Calvin Hall


  • 10;45 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Various Presenters: “Workforce Development Programs in Gallup.” 
  • UNM-Gallup - Calvin Hall


  • 1:15–2:00 p.m., Keynote Speaker: Sarita Nair, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
  • UNM-Gallup - Calvin Hall


  • 2–3:00 p.m., Panel Discussion: “Developing the Workforce in McKinley County – Needs and Approaches.”
  • UNM-Gallup - Calvin Hall

Thursday, May 11, The Creative Economy

  • 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Artist Business Management Workshop: “Entrepreneurship for Artists: Starting a Business 101.”
  • Art 123 Gallery


Friday, May 12, Making Gallup a More  Welcoming Community for Entrepreneurs & New Businesses 

  • 9–10:30 a.m., Housing Helps to Promote Economic Development.
  • McKinley County Annex Conference Room


  • 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Panel Presentation: “In the Dugout — Concrete Approaches to Improving Housing in Gallup.”
  • McKinley County Annex Conference Room


  • 1–1:45 p.m., Keynote Speaker: Jen Schroer, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Tourism Department: “Impactful Marketing: The Indomitable NM True Brand.”
  • McKinley County Annex Conference Room


  • 2-3:00 p.m., Panel Discussion: “Building the Tourism Economy in Gallup and Marketing Our Community.”
  • McKinley County Annex Conference Room

Greater Gallup Economic Development Development Corporation

GGEDC expertly works to support economic-based businesses, be they industrial, small businesses, or entrepreneurs. Reach out to us at (505) 722-2980 or via email to see how we can help today! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn!