The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments (SWNMCOG) is a regional planning commission formed to provide services to counties, municipalities, a headstart, school districts, a university, soil and water conservation districts, and other special districts located in Catron, Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna counties. Regional planning commissions were created to encourage and allow regional cooperation on a multitude of issues and needs. SWNMCOG was formed in 1967 under the authority of the Joint Powers Agreement Act, Section 4-22-1 to 4-22-7, New Mexico State Statutes Annotated, 1953 Compilation.
Since inception, the SWNMCOG has provided technical assistance, and project and grant management for its members in the areas of economic and community development, transportation, public safety, housing, and financial management. SWNMCOG's founders outlined an ambitious program at a time when regional cooperation was still a new idea.
The purpose of SWNMCOG is to help members improve the quality place for the residents in southwestern New Mexico by securing funding and partnerships for community and economic development, transportation, housing, and other infrastructure needs.
The SWNMCOG staff is active in a wide array of regional and community organizations. Services include but are not limited to assistance and participation in comprehensive planning, preparation of Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plans, grant writing and administration, organizing regional meetings, legislative outreach and education, and much more.
Born and raised in Silver City, New Mexico, Priscilla Lucero brings a home-town perspective and a passion for service to her work at the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments. Priscilla was appointed Executive Director of SWNMCOG in 2003, after serving the organization since 1987 in a variety of capacities including bookkeeper, community development planner, and deputy director. Priscilla provides information, training, and technical support to community leaders in the areas of housing, colonias, strategic planning, economic development, community development, and legislative capital outlay processes. She is knowledgeable about various funding programs and assists SWNMCOG members in obtaining funding for their respective needs. She is an essential resource for leaders and organizations in the four county region served by SWNMCOG.
Among her affiliations, Priscilla is chair of the Grant County Community Health Council, a member of the Volunteer Center, and a member of the Gila Regional Medical Center Patient Collaborative. Most recently she was selected as the 2015 Grant County Citizen of the Year by the Silver City/grant County Chamber of Commerce. Other awards include: the Joe Guillen Award for “Service to New Mexico Communities” in 2008, the Rotary International District 5520's "Service About Self" Award in 2006, and received a commendation from the State of New Mexico for providing assistance to rural communities in 2000.
Economic Development Planner
Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments 1203 N. Hudson, 2nd Floor P.O. Box 2157 Silver City, NM 88062 Tel. (575) 388-1509 Fax: (575) 388-1500 firstname.lastname@example.org