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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.  

Host Site Programs

Center for Community Innovation

NCNMEDD Capacity Building

The NCNMEDD VISTA project seeks to build capacity in economically distressed rural communities to alleviate poverty & provide a better quality of life. VISTAs in this project will gather information about local economic needs, will recommend community development activities, and identify potential resources for those communities. The VISTA Leader will play a critical role in the project through developing branding for the program, member recruitment and retention, and professional development of members. The VISTA member will collaborate with the VISTA Program Coordinator to ensure sustainable project growth, clear stakeholder communication, and overall program effectiveness.


Rural Partners Network

Increase equitable prosperity through local job creation, infrastructure development, and community improvement in rural communities in Taos, Mora, San Miguel, and Colfax counties. Building collaborative networks between USDA Rural Partners Network, federal agencies, and local communities.


San Miguel and Mora County Disaster Recover

Alleviate poverty in Mora and San Miguel counties, New Mexico, by increasing resilience of vulnerable communities to disaster events. The goal of this project is to develop a robust emergency management program in Mora and San Miguel counties.

Santa Fe

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.


City of Santa Fe Poverty Alleviation Navigator

The goal for the VISTA is to build the capacity of the City of Santa Fe to lift marginalized residents out of poverty. This entails active collaboration with City Staff to provide substantial backing for the Economic Development Strategic Action Plan (SAP) and the Community Navigator Program. This program aims to bridge the gap between underrepresented communities facing poverty and essential business resources and entrepreneurial opportunities.The project will advance workforce development initiatives, providing unwavering support for career pathways, comprehensive job training, and the enhancement of job-related skills.


LVNMCF Hermit's Peak/ Calf Canyon Fire Recovery

The overall goal of the Hermit's Peak/Calf Canyon Fire Recovery VISTAproject is to build the capacity of the Las Vegas Community Foundation to promote social and economic development through their granting programs thereby alleviating poverty in the communities they serve. A primary immediate program of the foundation is serving as the Fiscal Sponsor of the Mora & San Miguel County Long Term Recovery Group (MSM LTRG).


Bridge to Health NM Capacity Building


Build the capacity of the Bridges to Health New Mexico to help people and communities overcome barriers to exercise and health behavior change that affect the very core of the quality of life of our community members, thereby alleviating poverty in Española, NM.

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This program is available to all, without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression, political affiliation, marital or parental status, genetic information and military service.

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