The $700 billion-plus federal stimulus
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 Utah's got a head start
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 stimulus application
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.
TRD Cabinet Secretary
Kim Sanchez Rael
Lt. Governor Denish
President & CEO, Union Savings Bank
Community Volunteerism Committee, Network Consultant
Self Employed Rancher
Regional President First Community Bank.
Deloitte & Touche--Audit, Tax, Consulting & Financial Advisory Services.
Oso Grande formerly NM Technet.
Water Trust Board Member
Intrepid, next President of Carlsbad Department of Development (Rep. Heaton)
Mesa Del Sol Developer
Hidalgo County Economic Dev Coordinator
Primary Care. Recommended by Tony Trujillo.
Dr. Steve Gamble
Dr. Steve McCleery
VP for University Advancement at NMSU and Executive Director for NMSU Foundation.
Powhatan Carter, III
Former De Baca County Commission Chair
Rio Rancho City Manager
NM Municipal League
NM Association of Counties
Former State Game Commissioner
Earth Care International, Green Environment through Education.
Dolores E. Roybal
Con Alma Health Foundation
NM Community Foundation
Assistant Superintendant, Gallup-McKinley County Schools
Los Lunas Public Schools
Engineering Technologies Director, Luna Community College
Clean Energy Program, Regional Development Corp.
Design 9--Broadband expert
Telehealth Commission (Health Information Technology)
Atlas Resources, Inc.
Eastern Plains Council of Governments
Mid-Region Council of Governments
North Central New Mexico Economic Development District
Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments
South Central Council of Governments
Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District
Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments
Central NM Home Builders Association
Retired from LANL