County Hosts 1st Economic Development 101 Class for Government Leaders

Sandoval County is teaming up with NM EDGE, a service of New Mexico State University’s Cooperative Extension Service, to host and participate in the first class of a new economic development certification course. The August 16 class is designed to provide a comprehensive course of study to administrators, managers, elected officials and staff of local, state, tribal and national governments on the subject of economic development.

“As Chairman of the Sandoval County Board of County Commissioners, I truly believe in and support the creation of this educational class for elected officials and government leaders,” said Chairman David Heil, Sandoval County District 4. “Economic development plays a vital role in the growth and future of our county, so it’s important for our leaders to have a firm understanding of how it functions and how it helps our community.”

Sandoval County, with the recent creation of an Economic Development fund and other economic development resources, is making a big push to grow the county for jobs and e-based businesses.

“With the recent creation of an Economic Development Fund to attract wealth and job creation projects, we are intently focused on growing the county for jobs and e-based businesses,” said Sandoval County Economic Development Director Antoinette Vigil. “Learning the practice of, and the principals and theories of economic development strengthens our knowledge, across the board.  I am very excited that our leadership elected to host this and offer it up to our neighboring communities.”

The August 16 Economic Development 101 class is free to attend but is open only to elected officials, tribal leaders, government leaders and government staff who are invited to attend. Future sessions will be held in various locations throughout the state to encourage participation.

Economic Development 101 will be broken into two sessions on the same day. Session A will allow participants to become familiar with key concepts and terms specific to economic development and will learn how to identify potential economic development opportunities in our community. Session B will introduce participants to the roles and responsibilities of governing bodies to economic development in the state and will introduce statutory constraints and how they impact opportunities and processes.

If you are an elected official, tribal leader, government leader or government staff member anywhere in the state of New Mexico, please register to attend by emailing Vanessa Skrehot with Sandoval County at  For more information about NM EDGE, visit www.nmedge.nmsu.eduThe registration deadline is August 7, 2018.  *Please note that tribal leaders and non-public officials must receive an invitation in order to attend.