A Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan (ICIP) establishes planning priorities for anticipated capital projects for a five year period and requires public input. The state-coordinated ICIP process encourages entities to plan for the development of capital improvements so that they do not find themselves in emergency situations but can plan, fund, and develop infrastructure at a pace that sustains their activities. Each proposed project includes an implementation plan and an estimate of expenses over the five years to assure each project's viability and sustainability.
What is the Process for ICIP?
Typically, local governments will place the ICIP on meeting agendas during summer months and invite public input. During the planning process, the governmental entity should review its existing plans, inventory, and note needed changes or updates. Following the public input process, the governmental entity will prioritize its projects and determine those that are among the top five priorities for the coming year. Upon completion of the ICIP, the governmental entity will pass a resolution approving the plan and then submit it to the New Mexico Department of Finance & Administration, Local Government Division.
What is the SWNMCOG's Role in ICIP?
SWNMCOG provides assistance to all members with the development of ICIP by sponsoring an annual ICIP training session; offering planning, training, technical assistance by helping guide local governments to establish their top five ICIP priorities in accordance to their legislative priorities. SWNMCOG is available to present information about the overall planning process at the required public input meetings.
Contact the SWNMCOG for any questions about ICIP at (575) 388-1509.
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) provides funding to the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments and relies on the SWNMCOG to be their "eyes and ears" in southwestern New Mexico. Therefore, EDA wants all grant proposals to have the SWNMCOG input which EDA Region V will ask all applicants if they have worked with their COG District before accepting an application.
For those local governments, non profits, and universities interested in applying for a grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA), it is suggested that a meeting is arranged with the Council of Governments staff concerning your proposal. The staff can explain the application process, determine whether the project meets EDA requirements, but most importantly help to communicate ideas, questions, and concerns with EDA before a full application is filled out.
The SWNMCOG staff looks forward to collaborating with all potential EDA applicants by assisting in putting the best possible application forward.
Any applicants applying for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) funding are required to request a letter of recommendation/support of the grant application; then of which five of the seven New Mexico Councils of Governments/Economic Development District much provide back to EPA for review at the time of the application submission.