Governor to speak on economic development

CNJ staff

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to talk economics and praise a film being shot in the area during a Wednesday Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce meeting.

The meeting will be at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn on 2700 E. Mabry Dr. The public is invited.

The governor will arrive at the chamber at noon and will discuss his economic development agenda for the 2005 legislative session and make a movie announcement, according to a release from his office.

Chamber representative Liz Eisenbraun said Richardson will tout the film “Believe in Me,” which is scheduled for filming later this month.

“He’s pleased about the movie and the fact it’s in New Mexico because of the incentives and he is coming to the chamber meeting to give congratulations,” Eisenbraun said.
This is the first Clovis chamber meeting Richardson has attended, Eisenbraun said.

The governor was last in Clovis in early July for the grand opening of the Dollar General store on North Prince Street.
Eisenbraun is also expecting an announcement from two movie producers scheduled to attend the chamber meeting.

“The movie producers are going to be there and apparently they have quite a few announcements to make, including casting,” she said.

Karen Harris, production coordinator for Believe in Me Productions, would not comment on any possible meeting announcement.

Eisenbraun said an appearance by Jim Keith, the Oklahoma girls basketball coach on which the movie is based, is possible.

“That should be special,” she said.

“Believe in Me” is based on the novel “Brief Garland,” about a coach who took an underdog Oklahoma girls basketball team to the state championship in the 1960s.

About 70 percent of the film will be shot in Clovis, Portales and surrounding areas, writer-director Robert Collector said.