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New Mexico Certified Communities Belen • Carlsbad • Chaves County • Cibola County Clayton • Clovis • Cuba • Española • Estancia Valley Grant County • Las Vegas • Lea County • Lovington Portales • Raton • Rio Rancho • Ruidoso Downs San Juan County • Santa Fe County • Sierra County Town of Taos • Tucumcari CERTIFIED COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE It’s an exciting time to be living and working in New Mexico. The New Mexico Economic Development Department is striving to bring high-wage jobs to our state, supporting programs that encourage businesses to expand or relocate here, hire skilled New Mexicans, and train others for new careers. Here at the Community Economic Development Division, we recognize that in a small community like yours, a little change can have a huge impact. That’s why we created the Certified Communities Initiative (CCI). First, our Regional Representative Team will work with you on your submission, which includes passing a Local Economic Development Act. Next, we provide you with a CCI grant plus extra support through EDD’s co-op advertising program. Once that’s done, we use publicity to put your community on the map and new business in your back yard. Joseph M. Montoya Bldg. 1100 St. Francis Dr. Santa Fe, NM 87505-4147 (505) 827-0300 • 800-374-3061 FAX: (505) 827-0328 www.goNM.biz *Estancia Valley Economic Development Association (EVEDA) member communities: Edgewood, Estancia, Moriarty, and Torrance County This brochure is for illustrative purposes only and is intended to provide a general review of programs and policies described. It is not a contract. © 2006 New Mexico Economic Development Department

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What’s in it for you? Funding, recognition, media exposure, community empowerment, and local pride. Specifically, Certified Community benefits include: • Ten bonus points when applying for the Cooperative Advertising Program. (In 2005, awards ranged from $1,500 to $12,000 to communities promoting their economic futures through advertising.) • Contractual funding of up to $5000 for two years to be used in special projects. For example, this money could pay for a workforce study, a grant writer, aerial photographs, or training expenses. • An awards ceremony for your community with a plaque and certificate. • Press releases/media exposure about your community’s new status • Recognition in New Mexico Economic Development Department publications and Web site • A Certified Community seal to be used in your promotions Ultimately, all these things—along with the benefits of being a Certified Community—help bring prosperity to the place you live. COMMUNITY CAPACITY • LEDA • LOGRT • CCI LEADS TO INCENTIVES AND FUNDING • CO-OP • REAP • SMART MONEY What’s the catch? Becoming a Certified Community is a process—but it’s a process that’s worth it. CCI encourages and supports your locale in its quest to create new jobs and take control of its future. To that end, the community must establish and document: 1) a local economic development organization 2) a two-year economic plan and an integrated marketing plan 3) a land and building inventory 4) an expansion/retention program 5) a local economic development ordinance 6) a New Mexico Economic Development Department Community Profile Rodeo Days in Carlsbad. photo: Shannon Papin • COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT REVOLVING LOAN FUNDS NEW BUSINESS AND NEW JOBS IN YOUR COMMUNITY! What have you got to lose? Nothing, really. The New Mexico Economic Development Department wants your community to win this certification, and we will help you in any way possible. If you don’t qualify for the award on the first try, our staff will coach you until you do. Contact: Community Economic Development New Mexico Economic Development Department 505-827-2790 or rich.williams@state.nm.us.

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