Based on the region’s strengths, three priority economic base clusters have been identified for targeted business development and industry recruitment in the City of Gallup / McKinley County region.
The City of Gallup is strategically located in the heart of the nation’s fastest growing states, and markets: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Texas and Utah. Located on Interstate 40 and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Transcon line, Gallup provides a strategic and competitive location for distribution and access to major US markets.
The Gallup/McKinley area has been the site of oil, natural gas, and coal production since 1927. All production to date has been obtained from the Chaco Slope of the San Juan Basin in the northeast part of McKinley County. A cumulative total of 27.5 million barrels of oil and 6.9 billion cubic-feet of gas have been produced. High potential exists for energy resource development and supportive business industry in the Gallup/McKinley area.
The City of Gallup is the regional health care hub for an estimated 200,000 people living in northwest New Mexico and northeast Arizona, including a service area that covers a substantial portion of the Navajo Nation. Such a large population provides for health care business stability and opportunity. Efforts are underway to develop the next generation of health care infrastructure necessary to accelerate expansion of health care related base employment and to ensure City of Gallup as a central health care hub.