No applicants for economic development position

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Alisa Boswell Former Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Director Greg Fisher’s job has remain unfilled because no on has applied for the position, according to RCCDC Chairman Randy Knudson. “There have been some ads that have gone out on some free state advertising pages on economic development websites,” Knudson said. The position opened up when […]

Clovis farmers opening yogurt facility

CNJ staff Clovis dairy farmers Andle and Sjierkje van der Ploeg and family will soon open a yogurt manufacturing facility at Mid Frisian Dairy in Clovis, according to a press release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The van der Ploegs will make “Freanna Original Yoghurt” using a family recipe and milk fresh from their […]

Signman Signs selected for award

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Kevin Wilson The Small Business Development Center at Clovis Community College considered more than a dozen of its numerous clients for the 2012 Success Client award. The one selected had all the signs it was looking for, and then some. Portales-based Signman Signs, which has spent 35 years in the city as either Signman Signs […]

Community development director resigning

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Alisa Boswell The Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. will move forward despite losing its community development director of four years, according to community development board member Randy Knudson. RCCDC Director Greg Fisher’s last day on the job will be Feb. 15. Fisher said he accepted a community development job in Los Alamos. Knudson said the […]

Their view: Resolutions require making plans

Bryan Golden, a self-development advisor, syndicated columnist and professor, offers these tips on New Year’s resolutions:

Their view: Projects vital to economic development

Projects vital to economic development Terry Brunner, USDA Rural Development state director, writes about economic development in rural New Mexico.

Raymond Mondragon named to EPCOG post

Former Clovis police chief and city manager Raymond Mondragon has been hired as economic development director for the Eastern Plains Council of Governments. Mondragon began in the position Monday, replacing Gregg Williams. Interim-Director Sandy Chancey said Williams, who held the position for about four years, left March 25, under a “mutual agreement” with EPCOG. Williams […]

Small business development center selects state director

Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Small Business Development Center network has selected Michael Rivera as the new state director, according to a news release. The NMSBDC operates 20 statewide centers which serve small business owners and those attempting to start small businesses. Rivera, outgoing Chief of Staff of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, […]

Portales recertified for grant eligibility

PNT staff The city of Portales was re-certified by the Certified Communities Initiative last week, according to a news release. The city was recognized during the Roosevelt County Community Development corporation meeting. CCI requires communities to be recertified every three years. CCI supports New Mexico communities in their efforts to create new jobs, the release […]

Economic activity spiking in region

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Sharna Johnson Portales and Clovis are experiencing economic energy despite a rough economy, according to economic development directors in the communities. Greg Fisher, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation executive director, spoke of expansion in a variety of areas. Recently the Abengoa bioethanol plant reopened after two years of inactivity, employing nearly 50 people, and trucking […]

Abengoa Bioenergy restarting biofuel production

PNT STAFF REPORT Abengoa Bioenergy USA is restarting its Portales bioethanol plant today after nearly two years of inactivity, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation Executive Director Greg Fisher said Tuesday. The Portales plant will employ 47 people to manufacture 25 million gallons of bioethanol per year, using dryland sorghum, according to a news release from […]

Developers push to meet housing needs

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Argen Duncan The Portales area has seen new development in six subdivisions in the last 13 months, a large number for the city, the planning and zoning director said. Since November 2009, Portales Planning and Zoning Director Sammy Standefer said four new subdivisions have been approved and two have begun a new phase of development. […]

Press releases: USDA Grants for Rural Community Development in District Available

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Their view: Denish touts rural economic development plan

Diane Denish, Democratic candidate for governor, has rolled out a small business and rural economic development plan aimed at creating jobs, according to her website, www.dianedenish.com Her plan is aimed at increasing access to capital, cutting administrative red tape and using technology to help small, rural businesses connect with helpful resources, she said. From her […]

Clovis housing agency receives federal grant

Freedom New Mexico The Clovis Housing and Redevelopment Agency has received $41,212 in grant money through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funding came from HUD’s Family Self Sufficiency Program, according to a release from Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The program helps community housing agencies develop local strategies to help individuals and families […]

Elida voters to decide on gross receipts tax

Freedom New Mexico Elida voters on Tuesday will decide whether to implement an additional gross receipts tax for economic development and municipal infrastructure. The municipal election ballot contains a question about whether to implement the tax of one-sixteenth of 1 percent, or a penny on every $16. If passed, the tax would go into effect […]

Trucking companies adding about 100 jobs in Portales

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior staff writer Two trucking companies are bringing around 100 jobs to eastern New Mexico, a local economic development official said Friday. Greatwide Logistics Inc. is beginning to operate in Portales after winning a countywide milk-hauling contract with Dairy Farmers of America, according to a news release from Roosevelt County Community […]

Cannon power to be shut down for repairs

Electricity at Cannon Air Force base will shut down from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday for repairs to the power grid, according to a base news release. Non-mission essential personnel are ordered to stand by and not report for duty until directed by their commanders, according to the release. The following services and offices […]

Cannon expanding child development centers

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is expecting a lot of families, and it’s expecting a lot of kids in tow. Base officials are hoping a pair of construction projects will provide enough to house more than 300 children between two facilities. Currently, the two centers, the Chavez Child Development Center […]

City Council to consider Sunland annexation

Freedom New Mexico At their meeting set for 7 p.m. today, Portales city councilors are set to hold a public hearing about the proposed annexation of Sunland Inc. and the accompanying zone change. They are scheduled to vote on the issue. The agenda also includes a planning commission report and recommendation on the final plat […]