Cannon, water top priorities for Clovis planners

By Darrell Todd Maurina Water and the retention of Cannon Air Force Base are among Clovis’ highest priorities for continued and expanded growth, community leaders said Monday. “Without water, we cannot have economic development,” City Manager Ray Mondragon said. “We have (Base Realignment and Closure) 2005 coming up and we’ve got to look at these […]

Development director looks toward Portales’ future

By Tony Parra PORTALES — Darla Wilhoit, Portales’ new community development director, will work in conjunction with Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation (RCCDC) for the future of economic development of Portales. The RCCDC is a non-profit organization and separate entity from the city’s community development office, where Wilhoit works. “This is a great opportunity for […]

Portales forum discusses golf course, truck stop

By Tony Parra PORTALES — The development of a truck stop and golf course are two objectives that residents at Thursday’s economic development forum follow-up determined to be important goals for Portales. The truck stop idea was brought up during an economic forum on Oct. 2 because U.S. Highway 70 is now four lanes and […]

Business Briefs 11/4

Businesses training may get money back New or expanding companies that need to train employees to produce a product may be eligible for reimbursement of part of their training cost under the state Economic Development Department’s Industrial Development Training Program, said Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corporation. In rural New Mexico, […]

Overpass in works for state road

By Jack King New Mexico Highway and Transportation Department Secretary Rhonda Faught did not agree to put the proposed State Road 467 overpass on a list of state highway projects at a meeting with Curry County and state economic development officials on Wednesday. But she did agree to study its costs, said Chase Gentry, executive […]

Community tries to build on ‘success dilemma’

By Jack King As Mayor David Lansford told the audience in a noon talk at Friday’s economic development forum at Clovis Community College, the secret of successful economic development is organization and planning. Approximately 75 community leaders met Friday to discuss issues, brainstorm and plan for the future. “Economic development has a different meaning for […]

Clovis economic development forum Friday

Freedom Newspapers Clovis business leaders are sponsoring an economic development forum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in room 409 at Clovis Community College. Mayor David Lansford will present an overview. Other presentations will be moderated by Mark Lautman, president of Santa Teresa Real Estate Development Group, who also has conducted successful economic development […]

Development forum to cover Clovis’ progress, future

Darrell Todd Maurina Clovis business leaders are hosting a Friday meeting at Clovis Community College to discuss how the city can build on its successes. “A lot of good things have happened in Clovis,” said Beverlee McClure, president of Clovis Community College. “Often when good things happen, we don’t stop to ask why good things […]

CIDC director named state’s top developer

Jack King The vision and determination of a legendary economic development director live on in Chase Gentry, officials said Thursday. Gentry, who was given his first economic development job by Portales development executive R. Dallan Sanders, became the third person to receive an annual award named in Sanders’ honor Thursday. The Clovis Industrial Development Corporation […]

Cheese plant latest sign of region’s attractiveness

The region’s near-euphoric state of awe these days is the outgrowth of a heap of economic development announcements in recent months. Our collective awe grew larger with Thursday’s announcement that a $200 million cheese plant will be built south of Clovis. The state-of-the-art plant will serve West Texas and eastern New Mexico dairies, including the […]

Resource rules should affect all

New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman should be lauded for co-authoring legislation that would grant American Indian tribes more flexibility in how they manage natural resource development on reservations and trust lands. Handled responsibly, increased development of natural resources will bring more prosperity to often impoverished reservations, enhance tribal self-reliance and reduce American dependence on energy […]

Commission considers closing Wheaton Street

By Jack King Residents from the Wheaton Street area argued heatedly Thursday the City Commission should postpone considering an ordinance that would close a portion of street to make way for a Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad expansion. Charging the expansion will put BNSF’s new tracks near their backyards and Curry County needs more time […]