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Workshops are coming up for capital outlay funding requests

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Representatives of local governments, community-based nonprofit organizations and other public entities are urged to attend an upcoming workshop if they want to apply for state funding assistance for capital construction or equipment projects.

The Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District/Council of Governments is holding Legislative Capital Outlay Workshops in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Roswell, Hobbs and Ruidoso in September.
“It is critical that those seeking capital outlay funding assistance attend one of the workshops,” said Dora Batista, executive director of the Development District. Batista added that attendance at a workshop should occur before any funding request is submitted.
According to information from the Development District, the workshops will discuss the capital outlay process eligibility requirements and how to complete a request for funding assistance from local legislators. The proposed projects must have a project life of at least 10 years and cost no less than $25,000. The funding is for use in capital building, equipment and emergency uses, and no funds may be used for operational or program expenses. Capital outlay projects approved by the legislature and governor will be funded by state-issued severance tax bonds or general fund bonds.

The Development District indicated that projects seeking funding should be listed on the local government’s or public entity’s Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan (ICIP).
The workshops are scheduled as follows:
• Sept. 6, Carlsbad City Hall, 9 a.m. to noon
• Sept. 7, Chaves County Commission Chambers, County Administrative Center, Roswell, 9 a.m. to noon
• Sept. 12, Hobbs Commission Chambers, 9:30 a.m. to noon
• Sept. 13, Otero County Administrative Building, Alamogordo, 1 to 3 p.m.;
• Sept. 14, Ruidoso City Hall, 9 a.m. to noon.
For application forms to request funding, call the Development District at (575) 624-6131 or email Pansy Moffitt at pmsnmedd@plateautel.net.
The Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District/Council of Governments is the planning organization serving Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln and Otero counties and the 21 municipalities within the five counties.

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