SANTA FE– New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) presented the City of Portales with Certified Communities Initiative (CCI) recertification on February 15th during the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation (RCCDC) meeting. Randy Knudson, Board Chairman along with Portales City Manager, Tom Howell and Roosevelt County Manager, Charlene Harden were in attendance for the award presentation. Dora Dominguez, NMEDD Community, Business, & Rural Development Representative for Region 6, which includes Roosevelt County, presented the award.
Greg Fisher, RCCDC Director, also at the meeting provided an overview of projects funded by the CCI program. The 2010 CCI projects included “Shop, Dine, Enjoy Portales” billboard signage along Texas and New Mexico eastern border community of Muleshoe, TX and new signage located north of Portales between Melrose and Clovis. “Our proximity to Texas is part of the consumer market our retail industry depends upon,” said Fisher. “Likewise the alternative energy and dairy industry growth in Roosevelt County is because of our transportation infrastructure east to Texas and all the way west to California.”
CCI was formed in 2001 to encourage and support New Mexico communities in their efforts to create new jobs. The initiative emphasizes the importance of recruitment, retention and expansion and start-up activities. CCI communities can be municipalities, counties, federally recognized Indian Tribes and unincorporated municipalities. Each community must meet eight mandatory requirements for certification, and two elective requirements, all focused on job creation and economic development. Once implemented, communities are required to recertify every two years.
CCI communities receive contractual funding of up to $5,000, per year for two years for special projects such as; workforce studies, grant writers, training expenses, and economic development impact studies. Communities are certified for two years at a time, and eligible for recertification thereafter.
This year 17 communities were recertified, bringing the total number of CCI communities to 38 in the state of New Mexico. Recertified CCI communities include: Cibola County, city of Aztec, city of Bloomfield, city of Carlsbad, city of Deming, city of Farmington, city of Hobbs, city of Portales, city of Rio Rancho, village of Ruidoso Downs, McKinley County, San Juan County, Santa Fe County, Sierra County, town of Clayton, village of Hatch and village of Questa.
More information can be found about the program at the Economic Development Department’s web site www.goNM.biz