In December, the New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela announced
Alamogordo has been designated as an "Emerging" MainStreet Community.
Alamogordo was welcomed into the New Mexico Main Street network of 28 MainStreet communities, nine Arts and Cultural Districts and 16 Frontier Community Initiatives working to revitalize historic commercial cores of their downtown.
Recently, Gov. Susana Martinez meet with representatives of the Alamogordo.
"Alamogordo's downtown has a cherished history and I am pleased a dynamic team of leaders from local business and property owners, city officials and state legislators are working together to bring new economic vitality to the city's historic commercial center as an emerging MainStreet community," Governor Susana Martinez said. "Their effort will provide the community another great commercial asset around which the city can grow and help diversify the private-sector economy."
"With engaged and active elected officials, business leaders and community partners Alamogordo has the energy to become a very successful MainStreet community," said Economic Development
Secretary Jon Barela. "Alamogordo is the restaurant and retail hub for Otero County and has many diverse historic structures to preserve and build upon that will attract commerce to the city center and improve quality of life."
As an Emerging MainStreet community, the Alamogordo MainStreet Initiative will receive technical assistance, training and resources from the New Mexico MainStreet program for the economic revitalization of downtown Alamogordo.
Since our official acceptance into the New Mexico MainStreet program, we've since established a board of directors and committees and have begun the process of incorporating and establishing ourselves as a nonprofit organization (paperwork!).
Our official board of directors are:
Dr. Terry Marquardt - President
Jana Carstaedt - Vice President
Mary Delgado - Secretary
Our four committees are:
The four committees are led by various board members, but participation on the committees are open to any volunteers! To participate in one or more of the committees, please contact us here or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your support, Alamogordo!
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City Commissioners voted unanimously to provide local government support for the Alamogordo Main Street Initiative on Monday
During a regular commission meeting, Pamela Lee, the city planning and zoning chairman presented a proposal to the city commission to support the Alamogordo Main Street Initiative.
Lee said the city's planning and zoning committee fully supported the Alamogordo Main Street Initiative and recommended the commission support it as well.
"Main Street is a grassroots economic development program that helps communities revitalizes the core of their cities," Lee said.
She said the Main Street program would stimulate and restore the downtown area of Alamogordo.
"Downtown is the heart of the city," she said. "There is a saying that if the heart is healthy so is the rest of the body. It's the same for a city."
Lee said cities in New Mexico have been involved with the Main Street program for almost 30 years. Lee said 27 cities in the state are already part of the Main Street program.
Main Street Committee chairman Dr. Terry Marquardt said New Mexico cities that are in the Main Street program have seen economic improvement.
Marquardt said the city of Clovis, which is similar in size and population to Alamogordo is a perfect example of how Clovis benefited from the program.