The $700 billion-plus

isn't a free ride for the states. New Mexico has to compete for much of its share of the federal SOA (Save Our Ass) funds.

Now, more than

two months

after President Barack Obama signed the stimulus bill, Gov. Bill Richardson put together a committee of "talented, respected individuals who will work closely with their communities to help them navigate the [federal] grant process."

Can anything not be solved by a committee?

We'll see. Clock's-a-tickin' on those grant applications. And it looks like

.

Alright, communities: Ready to work for your money? Here are the members of Richardson's committee who hail from Santa Fe County. So now you know who to pester about your

.

The full list (and press release) comes after the jump.

Ronald Sanchez, Regional President First Community Bank


Bill Fulgenetti, NM Municipal League


Paul Gutierrez, NM Association of Counties


Christina Selby, Earth Care International, Green Environment through Education


Dolores E. Roybal, Con Alma Health Foundation


David Griscom, Clean Energy Program, Regional Development Corp.


Richard Lowenberg, Design 9--Broadband expert


Bob Mayer, Telehealth Commission (Health Information Technology)


Barbara Deaux, North Central New Mexico Economic Development District

If you want to pester in person, the committee's first meeting will be this Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe.

Governor Bill Richardson Creates Advisory Team to Help New Mexico Communities Access Recovery Act Grant Funds

Governor directs state to “leave no stone unturned” in efforts to maximize federal funding

SANTE FE----Governor Bill Richardson has signed an Executive Order creating the Competitive Grant Advisory Team to assist local communities throughout New Mexico compete for federal grant funding that is available through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

“Most of the formula recovery funds are designated for specific, existing programs with very little local discretion. The competitive grant process is the best way for many New Mexico communities, especially rural areas, to access funding for qualified projects that will create jobs and boost the economy,” said Governor Richardson.  “The advisory team is a group of talented, respected individuals who will work closely with their communities to help them navigate the grant process.  The team will be an important part of the Office of Recovery and Reinvestment, which I created to make sure that we leave no stone unturned and New Mexico receives all the funding possible.”

The Competitive Grant Advisory Team is chaired by Rick Homans, Secretary of the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department, and is comprised of New Mexicans from around the state representing a wide variety of professions and interests.  The group will meet with local communities to inform them about competitive grant opportunities under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act and to encourage and empower those communities to apply. The group will also be charged with seeking local partners in state applications for clean energy grids, broadband and health information technology funding.  The meetings will be open to the public, and a tentative schedule is below.  A more detailed schedule will be announced in the coming days.

The Governor's Executive Order also officially establishes the New Mexico Office of Recovery and Reinvestment, which the Governor announced in March. The Office is headed by former New Mexico Governor Toney Anaya and is charged with ensuring that stimulus funds spur economic activity, create and retain jobs, and promote long-term economic prosperity.

“We are working with state agencies to make sure they comply with the strict eligibility and reporting requirements for recovery funding, and to support inter-agency communication and coordination,” said former Governor Anaya. “Under Governor Richardson's direction, New Mexico is well prepared and in some cases is among the first states in the country to apply and qualify for federal recovery act funding.”

The committee will hold an initial organizational meeting Friday, April 24, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at the International Folk Museum on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.

Competitive Grant Advisory Team

Tentative Regional Meeting Dates and Locations

Venues and times TBA

May 4 Ruidoso, Southeastern New Mexico Council of Governments

May 4 Acoma Pueblo, State Inter-Tribal Summit

May 6 Silver City, Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments

May 11 Gallup, Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments

May 13 Tucumcari, Eastern Plains Council of Governments

May 14 Española, North Central New Mexico Economic Dev. District

May 20 Las Cruces, Southern Summit: South Central Council of Governments

May 21 Albuquerque, Northern Summit: Mid-Region Council of Governments

Below is a list of the members of the members of the Competitive Grant Advisory Team.  The Executive Order is attached to this release as a PDF.

Rick Homans

TRD Cabinet Secretary

Kim Sanchez Rael

Bernalillo

Lt. Governor Denish

Sam Collins

Bernalillo

President & CEO, Union Savings Bank

Lowell Overby

Bernalillo

Community Volunteerism Committee, Network Consultant

Edgar Lopez

Dona Ana

President/IMA Inc.

Carol Cloer

San Juan

Self Employed Rancher

Ronald Sanchez

Santa Fe

Regional President First Community Bank.

Joel Koenig

Bernalillo

Deloitte & Touche--Audit, Tax, Consulting & Financial Advisory Services.

Mark Lautman

Bernalillo

Terry Boulanger

Bernalillo

Oso Grande formerly NM Technet.

John Pate

Bernalillo

Molzen Corbin

Trudy Healy

Taos

Water Trust Board Member

Steve McCutcheon

Eddy

Intrepid, next President of Carlsbad Department of Development (Rep. Heaton)

Mike Daly

Bernalillo

Mesa Del Sol Developer

John Garcia

Bernalillo

UNM

Bob Murphy

Bernalillo

Economic Forum

Tad Powers

Hidalgo

Hidalgo County Economic Dev Coordinator

Charlie Alfero

Grant

Primary Care. Recommended by Tony Trujillo.

Dr. Steve Gamble

Roosevelt

President, ENMU

Dr. Steve McCleery

Lea

President, NMJC

Nick Franklin

Dona Ana

VP for University Advancement at NMSU and Executive Director for NMSU Foundation.

Powhatan Carter, III

De Baca

Former De Baca County Commission Chair

James Jimenez

Sandoval

Rio Rancho City Manager

Bill Fulgenetti

Santa Fe

NM Municipal League

Paul Gutierrez

Santa Fe

NM Association of Counties

Ravi Bhasker

Socorro

Mayor

Peter Pino

Sandoval

Former State Game Commissioner

Brian Moore

Union

Former Legislator

Christina Selby

Santa Fe

Earth Care International, Green Environment through Education.

Dolores E. Roybal

Santa Fe

Con Alma Health Foundation

Randy Royster

Bernalillo

NM Community Foundation

Leonard Haskie

McKinley

Assistant Superintendant, Gallup-McKinley County Schools

Walt Gibson

Valencia

Los Lunas Public Schools

Michael Adams

San Miguel

Engineering Technologies Director, Luna Community College

David Griscom

Santa Fe

Clean Energy Program, Regional Development Corp.

Richard Lowenberg

Santa Fe

Design 9--Broadband expert

Bob Mayer

Santa Fe

Telehealth Commission (Health Information Technology)

Maria Cassimus

Bernalillo

Atlas Resources, Inc.

Nick Brady

Curry

Eastern Plains Council of Governments

Lawrence Rael

Bernalillo

Mid-Region Council of Governments

Barbara Deaux

Santa Fe

North Central New Mexico Economic Development District

Patricia Lundstrom

McKinley

Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments

Jay Armijo

Sierra

South Central Council of Governments

Hubert Quintana

Chaves

Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District

Priscilla Lucero

Grant

Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments

Jim Folkman

Bernalillo

Central NM Home Builders Association

Charryl Barger

Los Alamos

Retired from LANL

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