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.

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!

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

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2018 Grant County Day Invitation

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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.

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2017 Legislative Forum Photos

 

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2017 Forum Agenda

Final Forum Agenda

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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 – priscillalucero@swnmcog.org.

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 kim@silvercityrealtors.org.

Upcoming Events

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Prospectors Host Water and Natural Resources Committee

Silver City hosted the Legislative Interim Committee on August 5 & 6 at the Grant County Business and Conference Center.

Sen. Joseph Cervantes chaired the meetings and local legislator Representative Rudy Martinez was in attendance. Senator Morales stopped in to give opening remarks and Representative Dow had a different Committee meeting in T or C at the same time.

The Grant County Prospectors sponsored the meeting along with Freeport McMoRan, Hidalgo Medical Services, Grant County Democratic Party and the Silver City Regional Association of Realtors.

 

Read about the meeting in the Grant County Beat:

WNMU hosts Legislative Interim Committee

Grant County welcomed the Science, Technology & Telecommunication Legislative Interim Committee in August 2017. This committee meeting chaired by Rep Candie Sweetser was held at WNMU J. Cloyd Miller Library.

In the photo Dr. Joe Shepard is speaking to the legislators about higher education and technology!

This event was sponsored by Western New Mexico University, Grant County Prospectors, PNM, and others.

Read the articles published by the Grant County Beat:

 

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