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EDD Hosting Statewide Economic Development Conference
AREA one of several proud partners assisting in conference content and production.

SANTA FE, N.M. – The New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) will be hosting a statewide conference next week to improve collaboration and knowledge sharing between economic development experts from across the state in areas that will better diversify New Mexico’s economy and attract higher-paying jobs.

The New Mexico Governor’s Conference on Economic Development is taking place next Monday and Tuesday, September 26-27, at the Clyde Hotel in downtown Albuquerque.

The September conference represents the return of a critical gathering of economic developers and community leaders from across New Mexico for discussions regarding economic development strategies, best practices, and plans for success in alignment with the state’s 20-year Economic Development Strategic Plan. The event will provide an opportunity to network with colleagues, legislators, local elected officials, featured keynote speakers, and experts.

“Bringing together local and statewide partners from all over the state to work and learn together will help us further grow and diversify New Mexico’s economy,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.

The governor also thanked the partners who worked together to plan the event, including the New Mexico Economic Development Department, New Mexico Partnership, New Mexico IDEA, Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation, Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance, and Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance.

“This is such a great opportunity to bring all economic development professionals together along with local elected officials, legislators, utilities, and other key partners to grow and push ourselves to do better and continue to grow our economy,” EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes said.

Danielle Casey, President & CEO of the Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance (AREA) and board member of New Mexico IDEA, the economic developers’ professional association for the state, said “I am thrilled to be able to lend our support to an important event which offers resources and education to economic developers and policy leaders across New Mexico. We will also be bringing in several national expert speakers from around the country. I am confident that this program will continue to grow in years to come, being the go-to annual forum for these discussions bringing together hundreds of leaders annually.”

Some of the key sessions include:
• An overview of the commercial real estate industry from state and national experts.
• A deep dive into the state’s economic development challenges, opportunities, and key assets.
• A detailed primer on New Mexico’s competitive state incentives.
• How to deliver client proposals that tell a compelling story for your community

“The Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance (MVEDA) welcomes back the return of the Governor’s Economic Development Conference,” Davin Lopez, President & CEO of MVEDA and a NMIDEA Board Member, said. “We are happy to provide our support to this conference which provides invaluable opportunities to learn from industry professionals, network with our peers, and share best practices on economic development strategies.”

“It is my pleasure, as a career economic developer and state policy official, to congratulate all of those participating in the 2022 Governor’s Economic Development Conference,” Patty Lundstrom, CEO of the Greater Gallup EDC and Chairwoman of House Appropriations, said. “Many professionals and subject-matter experts are attending this conference which demonstrates New Mexico’s commitment to growing the economy. I am also committed to growing our economy in addition to making New Mexico a national leader in recruitment, attraction, and expansion of e-based industries.”

“I am pleased to help put together and support this conference and look forward to participating with and learning from the many dedicated economic development professionals from around the state of New Mexico,” President of New Mexico IDEA Leo Baca said.

Gov. Lujan Grisham encourages all economic development partners throughout the state to register today if they have not already done so. Read more about the conference, including a full list of sessions and speakers, and register online.

NM Partnership President Melinda Allen added, “This exciting conference will bring together economic development professionals, government officials, and industry leaders from all over the state to discuss New Mexico and how we can work together to grow our economy and create opportunities for New Mexicans. The New Mexico Partnership is a proud supporter of the Governor’s Economic Development Conference.”


About the New Mexico Economic Development Department
EDD’s mission is to improve the lives of New Mexico families by increasing economic opportunities and providing a place for businesses to thrive. EDD’s programs contribute directly to this mission by training our workforce, providing infrastructure that supports business growth, and helping every community create a thriving economy. Since January 1, 2019, EDD has supported more than 14,000 new jobs and trained 9,401 New Mexicans for better pay. EDD has utilized LEDA to make investments in 56 businesses, supporting more than 8,600 new jobs at an average wage of $65,748, $570 million in annual payroll, $7.2 billion in new capital investment, and a ten-year economic impact of $34+ billion. Forty communities across 22 counties have benefited from EDD programs.


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