Message from the Executive Director
With a continued commitment toward improving the quality of life in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance, and Valencia Counties, the FY20 budget represents a collaborative effort in pursuing a strategy that takes into account all of the communities served by the Mid-Region Council of Governments. There are many key areas of focus in fiscal year 2020, particularly in the area of advancing innovative programs and strengthening the economy of Central New Mexico. One of the main objectives centers on working with local economic development partners and advisory board members to create the new five-year Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy or “CEDS,” which provides technical assistance to communities pursuing economic funding. We are also excited about our continued commitment to managing the administration of the EDA grants for the Partnership for Community Action and the Village of Los Lunas.
There are some key objectives on the transportation front as well, including the development of a regional incident management plan aimed at dealing with incidents on our highways to minimize impacts to drivers. Additionally, with funding now firmly secured, Rio Metro will maintain its focus on the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) as it moves toward training and testing the system scheduled for early FY21. Our regional and local planning efforts include continued management of the two-year Statewide Energy Compatibility Project awarded to the COG by the Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA). This project has really put us on the regional map so to speak, as it represents the first time we’ve partnered with the NM Office of Military Base Planning and Support (OMBPS).
In the area of workforce development programs, we have seen much success from our involvement with the business and education community in preparing our region for emerging industries and addressing the area’s workforce needs and skills gap. This effort will continue, as will our efforts to complete and meet our goals of the TechHire New Mexico grant, which, for nearly the past three years, has aided in the training and successful placement of many into well-paying jobs in the Information Technologies Industry in our region.
So you see, we have an ambitious agenda ahead of us, but I am confident that we can achieve great things for the region working with our elected officials and member agencies to implement a fiscally responsible budget for fiscal year 2020.
Dewey V. Cave, Executive Director