NMSU Community Resources and Economic Development programming falls under the following program areas:
This program provides technical assistance in strategic planning for economic development in communities throughout New Mexico. NMSU-CES can provide assistance in the initial visioning and strategic planning as well as implementing strategies. This program also provides assistance in following tools to help a community implement its strategic plan: Asset mapping, Community Assessment, Data Analysis, and Community Surveys
The objective of this program is to help create an environment that facilitates viable rural entrepreneurship through an integrated extension and education program. The program seeks to develop resources to enhance the skills of and tools available for economic development practitioners to promote entrepreneurship; to help ensure a steady supply of entrepreneurs in communities; and to enhance support services for entrepreneurs.
- Business Retention & Expansion Strategies
- YES Camp.
This program supports the emerging area of small farm entrepreneurship and value-added systems in New Mexico. The program looks for opportunities for adding value to farm commodities, including organic and specialty markets, direct marketing, community supported agriculture and agri-tourism.
Civic Engagement & Leadership
This program area is based on the assumption that civic and social organizations in New Mexico are in many ways the backbone of civic life in our communities. Civic engagement or social capital is a resource that can facilitate economic and community development activities in a community, leading to high levels of economic development. Participation in social and civic activities such as community group meetings, PTAs, neighborhood watch groups, and faith-based organizations produces social capital.
The objective of this program is to improve local educational attainment that can enhance the economic well-being of rural residents and communities. This program collaborates with the Rural Education Bureau of the New Mexico Public Education Department and support their programming areas such as strengthening relationships among schools, families, and communities.
Local Government Finance
This program help local governments for them to be more responsive and better able to meet the needs of citizens. This program offers training and education to counties, cities, and towns throughout New Mexico.