By Christina Calloway
PNT senior writer
The Roosevelt County Community Development Corp.’s biggest task is looking for a new economic development director, according to former director and current Portales City Manager Doug Redmond.
He said applications will be accepted through Nov. 10. The position pays $65,000 to $70,000, depending on the applicant’s experience.
The seat became vacant when Redmond left the post in June to become the city manager. But Redmond continues to wear both hats as the group prepares for the transition.
“The search is slow,” said board member and city councilor Leo Lovett. “We were looking locally and were unsuccessful, so we now have expanded our search to state and national web services.”
Redmond said the group had accepted four applications as of Wednesday.
RCCDC, which is tasked with attracting business to the local community, continues to seek out business prospects.
Redmond said a Dollar Tree is set to open in mid-November. The store will be located in the Sands shopping center.
“There are no other prospects right now. We’re answering a lot of questions about Sunland and property down there,” Redmond said.
He said after the peanut butter processor filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy earlier this month, different groups have been looking to locate to that space.
“It won’t happen overnight because of the bankruptcy process,” Redmond said.
He said the space is ideal for a peanut company, but can work for other agricultural businesses.
He added that he thinks other businesses are holding off from opening shop here until the road construction along the U.S. 70 highway is complete. He said for current local businesses affected by the construction, sales are drastically down.
Redmond is hoping the new director will work on prospect development, business recruitment and retention, and has experience to market Portales and Roosevelt County.
“I think we’re looking for somebody who has the ability to provide some vision,” Redmond said.
Lovett is looking for a candidate who is certified in economic development.
“I would like to find someone who knows the eastern side of New Mexico and who could see the opportunities that we have here.”