Elizabeth Barriga, Environmental Program Coordinator and members of the Keep Gallup Clean & Beautiful Board (KGCB) will present KGCB highlights and accomplishments over the past couple of years. We are proud to showcase KGCB’s Strategic Plan providing direction and progress moving forward.
Presentation of KGCB awards to exceptional individuals representing our community and organizations that make an outstanding commitment to litter control, recycling, beautification, or general environmental stewardship.
The State of New Mexico has encouraged cooperative efforts between local governments to support economic development with the adoption the "Local Economic Development Act" (LEDA) which has a purpose "to allow municipalities and counties to enter into joint powers agreements to plan and support regional economic development efforts . . ." The attached agreement, the substance of which was approved by the McKinley County Commission at its September 21 meeting, is proposed for exactly that purpose.
The State is currently constructing over $23M of improvements to the Carbon Coal Road which runs from HWY 491 just south of Gamerco to the west to the Energy Logistics Park operated by Gallup Land Partners. McKinley County has acquired a 40 acre parcel on the north side of Carbon Coal Road. The state's funding does not include any funding for utilities along the roadway which is necessary for economic development along the corridor.
The purpose of the MOU/JPA is to assist the County in attracting economic development to the proposed industrial park by utilizing an existing state appropriation to the City for emergency funding for infrastructure needs to plan to extend water and wastewater lines to the site, and to design and construct a wastewater line to the site (and water if funding permits). The County's commitment, aside from the acquisition of land which it has already done, is to design and develop funding sources for a "spec building" in which a manufacturing facility could be located and to fund, or pursue funding for installation of a water well for the City to supply water for economic development in the area pending completion of the Navajo Gallup Water Supply Project in 2028-29.
The agreement also provides for joint review of any applications for LEDA funds by "qualifying entities" as that term is defined by the statute; for cooperative efforts to obtain other sources of funding to support economic development at the industrial park; and for the creation of a "task force" consisting of city and county representatives to meet regularly to coordinate joint efforts relevant to the industrial park.