Thursday, July 25, 2013
Commissioner Art De La Cruz on Thursday applauded the news that the South Valley Gateway community has been selected as one of New Mexico’s new emerging MainStreet communities, a major step toward economic development and more job creation in the South Valley.
The designation means opportunities for funding and technical assistance and calls for local leaders, business owners and neighborhoods to work together to improve the area’s small business climate and preserve cultural assets.
The focus of the project is the historic commercial district along Isleta and Bridge Boulevards S.W. South Valley community leaders and county staff traveled to Taos today for an award ceremony hosted by the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
A steering committee of local business owners and county staff collaborated to apply for the designation, which is a competitive process.
“Today’s designation is another milestone for the South Valley. This award provides opportunities for technical assistance and funding aimed at helping small businesses create jobs and improve the neighborhood,” Commissioner Art De La Cruz says.
“We intend to work closely with our neighbors in Barelas to ensure we preserve the history, culture and traditions of our communities. I want to thank everyone who dedicated their valuable time to this effort.”
The New Mexico MainStreet Program is a grassroots economic development program that helps communities revitalize traditional commercial neighborhoods.
There are 23 MainStreet local affiliates in New Mexico, including Downtown and Nob Hill in Albuquerque. To view Bernalillo County’s successful application, click here.
Other recent improvements to this area include a major county investment at Gateway Park, located at the corner of Bridge and Isleta Boulevards S.W.
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