Economic Development in the Raton Basin

By on August 13, 2013

For Immediate Release

 Economic Development in the Raton Basin


Next week, meetings will be held in Raton, Trinidad, and Walsenburg to present to the public an Economic Development plan which is the result of work that has taken place over the last year and a half.  The meetings will each take place from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm in the following locations:

August 20th – Raton Convention Center in Raton, NM

             August 21st – Southern Colorado Repertory Theater in Trinidad, CO

             August 22nd – Walsenburg Community Center in Walsenburg, CO

For some time now, representatives from Colfax County in New Mexico as well as Las Animas and Huerfano Counties in Colorado have been working to foster economic development in the area geographically defined as the Raton Basin.  These efforts began with “Stronger Economies Together” (SET) training made possible by a grant from the USDA.  In considering what might be the future for this area, the participants adopted the following Vision Statement:

the Raton Basin is a model of economic prosperity and a healthy rural lifestyle.  We are a multi-state and diverse cultural area which thrives by cooperatively and collaboratively embracing cultural, economic, educational, technological, and social endeavors.

The participants also adopted the following Mission Statement for themselves:

Our mission is to work cooperatively and collaboratively to facilitate economic development opportunities throughout the Raton Basin.

After nine months of intense training, a decision was made to ask each of the three counties to pass a resolution supporting an “Intergovernmental Agreement Concerning Cooperative Planning Efforts.”  As a result of the passage of those resolutions, a steering committee that became known as the Raton Basin Advisory Committee was established.  Since last fall, this group, working with SET participants, has identified six basic goals in the following areas:  Organizational Structure, Business Development, Education, Energy, Healthcare, and Technology.

In the meetings to be held next week, the public will learn about the specific goals established for each area and the actions that have already been taken and which will be taken to meet those goals.  The content for each meeting will basically be the same except for the questions asked by each audience and the answers provided to those questions.  The public is encouraged to attend the meeting most convenient for their location and to find out about the plans for economic development in the Raton Basin.

Contact SC COG at 845-1133 with questions.