Towns to sign landfill agreement

Jack King

Clovis and Portales city officials will formalize the designation of the two cities as a Microplex with a resolution signing ceremony at 4 p.m. Monday in the Clovis-Carver Public Library North Annex, 701 North Main St.
The landfill agreement between Clovis and Portales also will be signed at the ceremony, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation.
Both Clovis Mayor David Lansford and Portales Mayor Orlando Ortega will attend the ceremony, he said.
A Microplex designation by the federal Office of Management and Budget allows the Census Bureau to list Clovis and Portales, with some outlying territory, as a single unit, Gentry said.
With such a listing, the two communities will show a combined population of 50,000 or more. The larger population is more attractive to some companies looking for places to locate facilities, he said.
The two towns are the first in New Mexico to receive the designation, he added.
Gentry said the OMB sent letters explaining the designation to the offices of Lansford and Ortega in October 2002. The two cities worked with the Roswell office of Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-NM, to obtain it, Gentry said.
The Clovis and Portales chambers of commerce and economic development organizations have made plans to market the Microplex region and have designed a Microplex logo, which was unveiled at the New Mexico Ag Expo in February.
“We see only positive benefits from the designation,” said Ernie Kos, executive director of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce.