Creating Economic Opportunities in Northern New Mexico

North Central New Mexico Economic Development District (NCNMEDD) provides administrative support to VISTA Volunteer projects run by ten Northern New Mexico community development organizations. These community-driven VISTA projects are aimed at helping to reduce poverty in the region.  

Examples of Current and Past Programs

Fruit Market

Center for Community Innovation


Raton's VISTA Volunteer worked to strengthen our local food system. 

The Coal Camp Commercial Kitchen is in operation and accepting applications.  If you want to start a food business give us a call. 
The Raton Intermediate School worked in partnership with the supporters of the Community Garden to build a School Garden.  
The Community Garden, the Raton Farmers Market and the Center are established a proposal for the El Portal lot in Raton (across from the Post Office) to house gardens, the Farmers Market, and a greenhouse.
A small buying club was established to gain access to high quality vegetables and other food items.   

Geoff Peterson

130 Park Avenue

Raton, NM 87740

(575) 245-9000


National Association of Development Organizations

Las Vegas San Miguel Chamber of Commerce


Creating jobs, businesses, and training opportunities for local residents. 

Our VISTA Volunteer provides technical support for community leaders efforts to create new business and jobs for low-income persons by attracting new business, helping existing businesses expand, helping local entrepreneurs to create new businesses, and creating job training and matching programs for low-income persons. 

For more information, contact:

Phillip J. Martinez

1025 Douglas Avenue

Las Vegas, NM 87701

Phone: 505-425-7578 x 116

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Mora County Economic Development Corporation


Mora County Economic Development Corporation was created to promote Mora County as a desirable place to do business, produce goods and services, educate our citizens, and enjoy an excellent quality of life.


MCEDC Community Development Coordinator VISTA Volunteer developed a volunteer matching program to connect caring people with community needs.


Anita Moss

PO Box 364

Mora, NM 87732

(575) 779-0885


Community Learning Network


Growing an innovative economy powered by technology. 

This VISTA Volunteer strengthens technology awareness, education, enterprise, and employment in the region, especially underserved, underrepresented, rural, Hispanic and Native American communities in the area.

Jennifer Nevarez

208 Ambrosio

Santa Fe, NM 87501

(505) 699-1503 


Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging


Helping seniors age with dignity.

The VISTA Volunteer works with local senior services providers to build capacity in local needs assessment and program development activities associated with addressing gaps in food security, healthcare, and transportation systems and services.  

Crystal Sanchez


Non-Metro Area Agency on Aging

3900 Paseo del Sol

Santa Fe, NM 87507

(505) 310-4012


Santa Fe New Mexican

Santa Fe County


The member described broadband technology in a manner that is approachable and can be used for educating the general public; surveyed current broadband capacity and deficiencies across the County; identified procedural, policy and financial impediments to broadband expansion; researched innovative methods for expanding access to high speed internet; compiled a complete list of funding opportunities for expansions of county broadband infrastructure; and developed broadband expansion funding proposals. The Member wrote a plan describing workforce development initiatives and the services they offer; conducted outreach and surveying of local businesses and industry for workforce needs; researched future workforce projections; analyzed gaps in the current and future workforce development programs; analyzed strategies for addressing workforce gaps; and developed recommendations for workforce development initiatives that could be implemented by Santa Fe County.

Alex Fitzgerald

102 Grant Ave

Santa Fe   NM   87501




Sandoval Economic Alliance


The Sandoval Economic Alliance VISTA Volunteer project is helping develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cuba, NM.


Fred Shepherd

President & CEO

1201 Rio Rancho Blvd., Suite C

(505) 891-4305  


Taos Entrepreneurial Network


The goal of TEN is grass roots economic development through Network Facilitation, use of volunteer time – neighbor helping neighbor and effective use of readily available resources. 

The VISTA Volunteer collected data about community needs, prioritized high-impact projects, and worked with community leaders to turn these materials into a regional economic strategy.  The VISTA Volunteer worked with action teams to create workplans for projects and developed funding proposals to carry them out.  


Steve Fuhlendorf

Executive Director, TEN

(575) 770-7865