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Nearly 175 New Mexicans and a couple of Texans gathered in Albuquerque recently for the 100th New Mexico First Town Hall, with the topic “Learning from our Past. Planning our future.”
People from metro Albuquerque and Santa Fe — what I call the north-central urban area and home to half the state’s two million people — dominated the town hall. Of the 163 people listed in the participant packet, 25, or 15 percent, were from outside the north central area. Of those, six came from northeast counties working on a regional economic development approach.
Two participants from Houston (that’s the one in Texas) must have registered late because they were not listed. The Texans work for energy companies.
The two-day town hall produced 14 recommendations. Five have to do with education. Three deal with the economy. Single topics covered are health care, water, and teen substance abuse.
These 11 say general things in general ways.
Two take the pie well into the sky — creating a more engaged citizenry and a vision plan. I can just see town hall implementation chairs, political stalwarts Toney Anaya and Ed Lujan, laying the engaged citizenry bit on an interim legislative committee. They will have to talk about stakeholders, change agents and advocates. Such are the trials of public service.
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