Catron County is the largest county in land mass but has the third smallest population in the State of New Mexico. Catron County covers almost 7,000 square miles which is comprised of mostly rugged mountainous terrain. Less than 20% of the land in Catron County is privately owned with the rest of the land being publicly owned. Approximately 3,500 people make up the population of the county; this translates to two square miles of space per person. Reserve is the County Seat and largest town in the county and boasts a population of about 300. Catron County has a history of the ranching, mining, Indian and Spanish hide-outs, rodeos, and dark, starry nights. Catron County is the home to one of New Mexico’s working sawmills, hunters and campers getaways, geothermic and biomass energies, and majestic mountains and views. Please click here for Catron County's complete community profile.
Hidalgo County is seated in the farthest southwest corner of New Mexico which borders Arizona and Mexico. Hidalgo County is known for their small population with vast spaces for growth. Hidalgo County’s heritage comes from mining, farming, and ranching. Hidalgo County boasts of being home to two ghost-towns, having an anti-terrorism training facility, and attracting activities such as: windsailing on dry lake beds, ranch tours, and hiking with the panoramic mountain and sky views. Hidalgo County has a great renewable energy opportunity with geo-thermal, solar, and wind already established. Please click here to review Hidalgo County's entire Community Profile.
Grant County is nestled into the southwestern corner of New Mexico that encompasses 6,250 square miles of mountains and yucca-speckled grasslands with unique cities and towns. Grant County is nestled alongside 3.3 million acres of the Gila National Forest; the county has historic ties to mining, ranching, and agriculture. Grant County has grown into a diverse area, where a modern society coexists with the ever present culture and history. Grant County is known for friendly people, growing businesses, and a terrific year-round climate. This unique combination of climate, environment, lifestyle, and opportunity are drawing new visitors and residents from around the world.
The Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments receives funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help develop, support, and monitor projects that serve to drive economic development in Region V.
_________________________________________________________________________________________________________ The scope of work for SWNMCOG is:
Establish and maintain a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) process. The process includes an economic development plan and procedures for monitoring its implementation. The CEDS is valid for up to five years (to view the current CEDS refer to the publications link on this website).
Coordinate economic development planning with other economic development entities such as chambers of commerce, business associations, local and state government economic development departments and EDA-funded entities.
Notify the Southwestern Regional Office of any plant closures or significant downsizing, disaster designations, base realignments or closures, or any other sudden and severe economic dislocation within the district.
Provide staff support to develop and monitor projects that will increase economic opportunities within the district. Priority should be placed on EDA grant applications.
Provide technical assistance as appropriate to member agencies regarding topics such as industrial parks, land use regulations, bond elections, district committees, economic development programs, business development and local governments.
Submit Performance Measures Reports annually by completing the GPRA Data Collection Form (ED-916).
Current EDA Projects
Deming Awarded $1.5 million for Peru Mill Industrial Park