Welcome to the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments website! FRONT PAGE NEWS - Updated October 15, 2013
The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments is dedicated to assisting members in Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna counties achieve their goals and visions by providing training, technical assistance, and access to resources.
Front Page News
Frontier Community Initiative Announced
August 6, 2013 by Angela Heisel
Governor Susana Martinez announced seven rural communities in New Mexico have been awarded technical assistance and services from the newly created Frontier Communities Initiative; which was signed into law in April 2013. The initiative is a community economic development partnership coordinated through the New Mexico Economic Development Department's MainStreet Program. The following communities were selected to receive technical assistance: Carrizozo, Columbus, Hurley, Madrid, Historic Route 66 (Moriarty section), Santa Clara, and Wagon Mound.
The Frontier Communities Initiative is tailored to historic and traditional commercial centers in communities under 7,500 population and not currently a MainStreet or Arts and Cultural District Program. The initiative is intended to provide technical support for communities to develop a catalytic economic development project within a traditional or historic commercial district such as a court house square or village plaza.
Comment Sought on New Mexico State Rail Plan
October 8, 2013-Press Release
Santa Fe- The public is invited to provide final comment on the New Mexico State Rail Plan that will serve as a five year plan for the State's railroad program.
The Rail Plan, which is a Federal requirement, set forth state policy regarding passenger and freight rail transportation. It identifies current and future passenger and freight facilities, services, needs, and issues and opportunities. The plan also evaluates the benefits, costs, and efficiency of potential new projects and services and priorities these after considering funding availability and other factors affecting implementation.
The NMDOT has posted the Rail Plan on their website, http://dot.state.nm.us, asking for public comment through January 3, 2014. In addition, the NMDOT will be soliciting public comment through the State's regional planning originations in October, November, and December. The NMDOT will hold additional public meetings in Las Cruces, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. Dates and locations for these meetings have yet to be finalized.
The New Mexico State Rail Plan is developed by the NMDOT, working in cooperation with state, local, and tribal transportation agencies, regional planning originations, railroads, and other rail stakeholders. The NMDOT Rail Bureau will take comments via email at Rail.Plan@state.nm.us.
If you need more information please contact Melissa Dosher, NMDOT Public Information Officer, (505) 827-5526-office, (505) 469-5698-cell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Southwest New Mexico Region Calls for Transportation Projects
The Southwest New Mexico Regional Planning Organization (SWRPO) is requesting proposed transportation alternatives, bridge, and roadway projects for the 2014 Regional Transportation Improvement Program Recommendation List (RTIPR). The SWRPO Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will meet to review all projects and submit a prioritized list of projects to the SWRPO Policy Committee who will then forward its recommendations to the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). This is the state and federal process for soliciting Federal Highway Administration funded locally led projects. The SWRPO maintains a priority listing of federal-aid transportation projects the southwest region. This list, RTIPR, provides a prioritized list of federally, state, and locally funded transportation projects for proposed inclusion in the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). Although any local government can suggest a new project throughout the year, the RPO is required to publicize an open call for projects every year. As part of its commitment to public participation, the RPO invites citizens and stakeholders to make project recommendations to their representative local government to be considered for inclusion in the RTIPR and STIP.
If you are interested in sponsoring a project, you must coordinate with the appropriate lead agency (local government or school) so they are aware of the proposal and they can make arrangements to review the application. Also, the lead agency must demonstrate its ability and intent to secure the local monetary match, if applicable, and oversee the project through design, construction and maintenance. Eligible projects include but are not limited to: roadway reconstruction, street/bicycle/pedestrian way construction, street lights, traffic signals, bridge improvements, and projects such as landscaping and erosion control, on and in special cases adjacent to federal-aid eligible routes. New projects should have a completed Project Feasibility Form (PFF) and be discussed with the appropriate NMDOT district. Applicants with new projects must contact SWRPO Planner, (575) 388-1509 on or before November 30, 2013.
If the project is feasible then a Project Identification Form (PIF) should be completed for each proposed project. If you currently have a project listed on the RTIPR, please review your PIF for that project(s) and update costs and information if needed. Please complete all sections thoroughly and submit both new and updated PIFs to: SWRPO Planner, SWNMCOG, P.O. Box 2157, Silver City, NM 88062. If you need technical assistance or have questions please contact SWRPO Planner at (575) 388-1509. Deadline for PIFs is on or before Tuesday, January 15, 2014.
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