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.

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2020 Grant County Day Press

Silver City Daily Press – Written by Geoffrey Plant on January 31, 2020

Another Grant County Day at the New Mexico Legislature has come and gone, and this year more than ever, county entities came together in a show of unity and organization behind the Grant County Prospectors to push for funding and policy that benefits communities in the sometimes forgotten southwest corner of the state.

“We fostered many new relationships with the various state agencies that will lead to new funding opportunities,” said Priscilla Lucero, Prospectors member and executive director of the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments. “And there was tremendous unity among the people from our county — that was remarked upon by legislators and others on the state level.”

Prospectors, a collaborative group of community leaders who lobby at the state level on behalf of Grant County, attended a variety of Cabinet meetings and impromptu forums Wednesday with representatives from all realms of state government. One of the most productive meetings was with the deputy director of the new Outdoor Recreation Division, a subset of the New Mexico Department of Economic Development. 

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Santa Fe Kick Off

Prospector President Evangeline Zamora and Prospector member Priscilla Lucero kicked off the event by reviewing the giant County Day agenda for 2020.

Grant County Day Agenda for 2020

The final agenda will be handed out at tonight’s logistics meeting.

Santa Fe Kick Off and More

Greetings Prospectors, Presenters and Sponsors,

A few reminders before we get to Santa Fe for Grant County Day…

Our Santa Fe Kick-off at the Little Toad Brewery is tomorrow evening, Thursday, Jan 23 at 5:30. Dutch treat. We will hand out the tentative agenda for Grant County Day and answer any questions you may have about GCD.

Important – The Logistics Meeting for GCD will be 5:30 to 6:30 in the New Mexico room at the La Fonda on Tuesday, January 28. Final agenda, Topics brochure, Sponsor acknowledgement and protocol for Wednesday. This meeting is being sponsored by Advanced Air with the Santa Fe break menu – chips, salsa, mini burritos, tea and lemonade.

Breakfast on GCD will be donuts and coffee. If you need more, plan on breakfast before you get to the Roundhouse at 7:30.

There are 137 rooms booked in the Grant County Day block so it looks to be one of our best years for attendance!

Thank you for participating with the Prospectors and Grant County Legislators!

Grant County Day Info – Jan 13

The tentative agenda will be handed out at the Prospector’s Kick-off party at the Little Toad on Thursday, January 23rd at 5:30 pm.

All Grant County Day attendees are HIGHLY encouraged to attend the Logistics Meeting on Tuesday, January 28 to get the final agenda.

The hotel room block at the La Fonda is FULL!

2019 Legislative Forum Agenda

We have an unprecedented number of presentations for the 2019 Legislative Forum with 37 scheduled to begin at 8 am on Tuesday, December 3 in the Light Hall Theater at WNMU.

Presenters, please note that times are approximate. Plan to be in attendance well before your sector presents. Your 3 minute presentation time starts as soon as you start speaking. We have allocated approximately 8 minutes for questions from the Legislators.

Attendance at the Legislative Forum is open to the public. You are invited to spend the day listening to community requests around financial needs and regulatory concerns to our elected legislators.

Attention Forum Presenters

Good morning everyone,

Last week was the Infrastructure Finance Conference and I wanted to make you all aware that the Capital Outlay Request will be done online this year.  As of now, the form has not been completed but is expected to be  completed and ready for use sometime in December.  It is my understanding that when you fill in the request it auto populate your ICIP priorities and that it will allow you to change the numbers and any other information required.   You will be required to fill out the entire form before it can be processed because it will not let you proceed if something is missing.   I will keep you informed of any changes as they develop.

Just as a point of information below are the dollars available as of August 2019 for the various programs.   This was presented by Senator Pete Campos.

General Obligation Bonds                 $199.2

Severance Tax Bonds                          $367.7

Water Trust Board                               $  40.4

Colonias Projects                                  $  20.2

Tribal Infrastructure Fund                $  20.2

Please let me know if you have questions.


  • Priscilla C. Lucero, Executive Director
  • SWNM Council of Governments
  • PO Box 2157, Silver City, NM 88062
  • 575-388-1509

WNC Interim Committee Visit

The Grant County Prospectors are pleased to host this interim committee meeting. Thank you to our co-sponsors.

Legislative Timeline – Oct 14 Update

Note the new CLAC meeting times.

2019 Legislative Forum

Applications to present are available October 8

Applications are due November 7

Tentative Agenda will be posted here on November 21 with sectors and time limits.

The 2019 LEGISLATIVE COMMUNICATIONS FORUM will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 8 am at Light Hall on the WNMU Campus.

We invite the public to attend to learn about legislative issues and funding needs in Grant County.

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