Economic Gardeners Meet in Socorro

On November 10th, 2016, twenty civic-minded citizens convened in a conference room in the Geology building on the campus of New Mexico Tech in Socorro. On the agenda: a discussion of some organization details related to the up-and-coming Middle Rio Grande Economic Development Association (MRGEDA).

The group discussed member dues and board elections, and established a date for the organization’s first annual meeting, at which the new board will be elected by members. The meeting will be held in Socorro at a location to be announced, on Thursday, January 12th, from 10AM-12PM.

Representing a four-county region (Sierra, Catron, Socorro, and Valencia), MRGEDA’s goal is to enhance the quality of life in the Middle Rio Grande Valley, while reinforcing the unique characteristics of our counties and our communities. They hope to accomplish this by assisting in the building of quality jobs that will generate disposable income and tax revenues. It is the direction of growth and sustainable economic development, through infrastructure, education, and jobs, that will help both present and future generations prosper in our area.

Through a detailed research process, the organization has identified five industry clusters that represent growth opportunities in the region:

  1. Agriculture (Agribusiness, Food Processing and Related Technology)
  2. Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, and Visitor Industries
  3. Health Care (Health Care and Social Assistance)
  4. Renewable Energy and Forest Products
  5. Technology (Information Technology and Telecommunications, Workforce, Defense and

For more information, contact MRGEDA at 575-835-0424 or email