Community Development

NCNMEDD is committed to improving quality of life by partnering with public and private entities to plan and implement high-impact critical infrastructure  and economic development projects.


NCNMEDD realizes that community planning and development is essential to sustaining livable communities now and in the future; maintaining this position with the full understanding that many communities in our region have limited staff for community planning and development tasks. 


NCNMEDD helps communities optimize their resources by offering assistance in a variety of project types that require research, planning, design, and administrative services that are specific to information gathered from community needs and resources data, and established  community priorities.NCNMEDD offers assistance in the following areas:

Economic Development

The Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965 authorized distressed multi-county regions to form economic development districts to enhance the socioeconomic environment of their members. The law created the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) to provide financial and technical assistance to these communities.


NCNMEDD was created in 1967 by Colfax, Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Santa Fe, and Taos counties. Their Joint Power Agreement authorizes NCNMEDD to partner with EDA and local community-based organizations in support of regional job-creation efforts. We're proud of the role we've played to help economic development projects such as the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, REDINet broadband network, Espanola Fiber Arts Center, Northern New Mexico College, Ohkay Owingeh Airport Business Park, and Questa Business Park, come to fruition in North Central New Mexico.

Government Services

Capital outlay funds are used to build, improve or equip physical property which will be used by the public.  This can include roads, schools, irrigation ditches, hospitals, museums, playgrounds, land, computers and furniture.  Capital outlay is authorized by the Legislature and generally nonrecurring.  Because of provisions in the New Mexico Constitution, capital outlay can only be used for government-owned facilities.


NMDOT coordinates the Regional transportation Planning Organizations (RTPO) which are state-designated entities that orchestrate rural transportation planning.  NCNMEDD serves as RTPO for Northern Pueblos (NPRTPO) and Northeast (NERTPO).  Focus areas include:


Local prioritization of transportation related projects.

A forum for communication and discussion on transportation related, policies, issues, and training opportunities.

A network for technical assistance on transportation related funding sources and cycles.

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