Partnering up with our neighbor

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By Katy Korkos

“We all share a vision for a diversified economy for the region,” said Española Mayor Joseph Maestas, who welcomed a group of more than 50 representatives from northern New Mexico governments and communities to Española’s Misión y Convento on Jan.11 for the kick-off of the Regional Economic Development Initiative.Air and water quality, education, transportation, recreation, laboratory funding, emergency management, workforce development, public health and law enforcement are just a few of the issues that know no political boundaries, and require cooperation among neighbors. The Los Alamos County Council has acknowledged that need through its “Progress through Partnering” initiative, through Los Alamos’ participation in the North Central New Mexico Regional Transit District and through its funding of the Regional Economic Development Initiative. The county has put up $250,000 to create a long-term strategic plan for the entire region through a contract with the Regional Development Corporation.Banding together with our neighbors for more clout on the state level and in Washington has also been a priority for Los Alamos County. Maestas and assistant Los Alamos county administrator Tony Mortillaro traveled together to Washington in November to present a united front to congressmen working on the federal bud

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