A Who’s Who of elected officials, business leaders, community activists, educators, clergy and the general public will converge on the Court Youth Center Aug. 18 for an all-day summit to launch a sustainability initiative that envisions connected communities and coordinated growth for the entire region.
The summit, co-hosted by District 1 Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy G. Garrett and Las Cruces Mayor Pro Tem Sharon Thomas, will feature a keynote speech by Dr. Frank Zamora, as well as a working lunch in Pioneer Park and an afternoon plenary session.
The summit is the first official event tied to a $2 million sustainability grant awarded to Doña Ana County by the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which includes participation and support from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). That funding will be invested over the course of three years in a coordinated effort to bring agencies and political entities together for shared planning initiatives and growth strategies.
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Reporters seeking more information or interviews: may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.