Grant County Prospectors

The prospectors are a group of business leaders whose purpose is to educate policy makers and community members about the economic, community development and legislative needs in Grant County.

Thank You!

2018 Grant County Day could not have happened without the generous support of our many sponsors! Many of you have sponsored year after year. Several are new sponsors this year, and we hope that you were able to join us at the Roundhouse.

Thank you!

Evangeline Zamora, Prospector President



Grant County Day helps progress local goals

Written by Benjamin Fisher on January 26, 2018 | Silver City Daily Press

Another Grant County Day in Santa Fe has come and gone. And while plenty of groups came home having heard good news, this year’s Grant County Day was a roller coaster ride through hopeful highs and dips of despair for the village of Santa Clara, which continued their struggle to secure ownership of the historic Fort Bayard property.

Grant County Day, having celebrated 43 years on Wednesday, is an annual chance for Grant County governments, schools, nonprofits, health care institutions and more to sit down face to face with state government department heads, legislators and even the governor to share their needs and concerns. Organized by the Grant County Prospectors — a non-partisan group of local leaders in various fields — Grant County Day has become a well-respected tradition at the Roundhouse. Just in recent years, local governments have managed to bring home hundreds of thousands of dollars in long-delayed reimbursements and save planned and funded projects from being picked clean as the cash-strapped state government looked to fill its own budget deficit.

“I think this may have been the best one yet,” Sen. Morales said Thursday. “In terms of the reach, the great advocacy, the enthusiasm and the results, it made me so proud to let everyone know that Grant County was in the house.”

This year, with oil revenues — on which nearly everyone agrees the state is overly reliant — approaching normal, state officials were far less concerned about this year at least. Each legislator will even have a couple hundred thousand dollars to spread between projects in their districts, something which has been out of the question for the most part in recent years.

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About Grant County Day

Grant County Day at the Roundhouse will be held Wednesday, January 24.

Attendees include community members representing local governments, education, health care, non-profits, business and interested residents of Grant County. Our average attendance is around 50-75 people that make the 6-hour drive to Santa Fe from Grant County.

In the morning we are scheduled to have our local Legislators, Senator Howie Morales, Representatives Rudy Martinez, Rebecca Dow and Candi Sweetser, talk about the issues they see coming in this year’s 30-day legislative session that might impact Grant County. We will then have invited leaders of both the Senate and House do the same.

Next, everyone from Grant County that is in attendance will go to the opening ceremonies of both houses. We have local residents who give the opening prayer, sing the national anthem, present the color guard, and even a local group of line dancers do a couple of dances. The Legislators love the Silver Stompers.

In the afternoon we have meetings with the Governor and Lt. Governor scheduled for 12:30. At 1:15 we start meeting with various Cabinet Secretaries about Grant County priorities. This year we are meeting with Economic Development, NM Taxation and Revenue, Department of Health, Higher Education and Children Youth and Families.

The day ends with the Grant County Prospectors Legislative Reception. The entire membership of the NM House and NM Senate are invited, the Governor and Lt. Governor, Cabinet Secretaries, Department heads, as well as other Legislative leaders. The Reception is held in the North Ballroom at the La Fonda Hotel and it is always a full room.

This event allows Grant County residents the opportunity to thank and honor those that we have met with during the day, as well as those who work with us throughout the year to make Grant County great!


The Cover of Our 2018 Top Topics Brochure for Grant County day

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2018 Grant County Day Invitation



Save-the-Date – Grant County Day

Each year business leaders, local governments and non-profits make the trek to Santa Fe to participate in Grant County Day at the Roundhouse. The Grant County Prospectors, with the help of local Legislators, create an issues of concern brochure highlighting the priorities that are a result of the Legislative Communications Forum. GCD participants meet with state legislative leadership and cabinet secretaries throughout the day. The day is capped by the annual reception held to honor New Mexico Legislators.



2017 Legislative Forum Photos




2017 Forum Agenda

Final Forum Agenda



Applications to Present at the Forum

This year’s Legislative Communication Forum will be held Tuesday, November 28.

The deadline to apply is November 9. Email or deliver your packets to Priscilla Lucero at the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments –

2017 Grant County Prospectors Legislative Forum Application

The first presentations will get underway just after 8 am and depending on how many organizations apply, should end around 4-5 pm. We will let the applicant’s know when their sector will be presenting as well as an official time limit on November 16.

If you have any questions contact Kim Clark at 575-538-2665 or


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