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Businesswoman confirmed for RIAC task force


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A Mack Energy manager has agreed to serve as the eighth member of the Roswell Industrial Air Center Task Force.

Claire Manatt Chase, director of governmental affairs for the Artesia oil and gas production company, will join seven other members whose appointments were announced by John Mulcahy, president of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp., following a meeting Thursday of the executive committee of the group.
The task force, recommended by a March economic feasibility study of the air center, will make initial decisions and plans that eventually are meant to lead to an independent authority to govern, market and seek private investment for the air center on the south end of Roswell so that it will become a profitable and thriving industrial and business park.
“The importance of the RIAC to Roswell’s economic growth and prosperity cannot be overstated,” said Chase. “The complex offers so much potential for future private development, and I am both excited and honored to be part of the task force to encourage this development.”

A 2001 New Mexico Military Institute high school graduate, Chase joined Mack Energy, founded by Mack Chase, in 2013. Her primary focus is to work with local, state and federal agencies and policy-making bodies to create an environment conducive to the development and production of oil and natural gas.
Her previous professional experience includes serving as senior legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce (R-Hobbs) and as a financial adviser to the New Mexico Finance Authority.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and communications from New Mexico State University.
Other members of the task force include property appraisal firm owner Bud Kunkel, AMIGO Tax Services owner Alex Urquides, retired Pioneer Bank chief executive officer Jon Hitchcock, Armstrong Energy Corp. director Kyle Armstrong, Roswell City Councilman and retired businessman Steve Henderson, former Roswell schools superintendent Michael Gottlieb and rancher and former state legislator Tim Jennings.
Mulcahy said that the task force is scheduled to hold its first meeting in about a month, and a timeline included in the feasibility study indicated that the task force likely will make its recommendations about the RIAC authority and other matters in about six months.