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Five-county economic planning gets underway; Officials: Anyone can join in the long-range efforts to boost area’s quality of life

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J. Michael Patrick of New Mexico State University, at top, center, leads a meeting of the southeastern New Mexico planning team involved in the Strong Economies Together planning process funded and organized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and NMSU. The southeastern region involves Chaves, Lea, Eddy, Roosevelt and Curry counties, and one of the planning sessions is occurring today. (Submitted Photo)

Southeastern New Mexico is well known for its energy and agribusiness sectors, but business, government and education leaders are hoping to boost income, business activity, jobs and quality of life in the region through long-range planning that identifies as many potential areas of growth as possible.