Texan hired as county economic director

By Christina Calloway

PNT senior writer

ccalloway@pntonline.com

A new director has been named for the Roosevelt County Community Development Corp., according to President Randy Knudson.

Stanley Livengood of Texas will fill the seat that became vacant when former director and current Portales City Manager Doug Redmond left that post. The RCCDC is an economic development group tasked with attracting business to the local community.

Livengood, a former finalist for the city manager position, has about 10 years of experience in related work, ranging from economic development and grant writing to city management and town administration.

His most recent job was serving as the grants manager for the Alamo Area Council of Governments, near San Antonio, Texas.

“I am impressed with the city of Portales in that it is investing in itself,” said Livengood Tuesday about why the area was appealing to him.

Livengood is expected to officially sign his contract as director this week. His salary is approximately $70,000.

Knudson said he’s excited to have Livengood take the reins of the organization, but said Livengood has to get his economic development certification within the next two years as a requirement of the position.

While Livengood was once an economic development director for a county in Virginia, he said requirements for certification have since changed.

Livengood said his goal for the first six months of being here is to get to know the community.

“I just want to get to know people and get a feel for the needs the community has,” Livengood said. “I want to meet people and create personal relationships.”

Livengood said he doesn’t want to tell people in the area what they need, instead he wants to help bring development projects that the community wants. He also has plans to reboot the organization’s website with updated information.

“I also think there is an opportunity with the university (Eastern New Mexico University) to broaden economic opportunities in the community,” Livengood said. “I will also be helping people wanting to start a business to help them start a business.”

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