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Economic development group appoints civic leader

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Business and civic leader Jon Hitchcock has been appointed to the board of directors of a regional economic development group.

Jon Hitchcock (Submitted Photo)

Chaves County commissioners voted Thursday to approve the nomination of Hitchcock to serve as the county’s business representative to the board of directors of the Southeast New Mexico Economic Development District / Council of Governments.

“We look forward to working with Mr. Hitchcock, as he will be a valuable addition to our board,” said Dora Batista, SNMEDD executive director.

Hitchcock retired in March 2017 as the president of Pioneer Bank after more than three decades with the private financial institution. He is associated with numerous civic organizations, including the Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell Foundation, and is a member of the Roswell International Air Center Task Force.

He will fill a seat vacated by Hubert Quintana. Quintana, once executive director of SNMEDD as well as a former Chaves County manager, served briefly on the board after his retirement in June 2016. But he resigned in early 2017 when his family firm, Quintana and Associates, was awarded a consulting contract with the agency.

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Hitchcock will serve on the board for at least one year. The county can choose each year which person to have as the business representative, Batista said.

Chaves County Board of Commission Chair Robert Corn also serves on the board, representing county interests.

The economic development group, with offices in Roswell, represents municipal, county and other local governmental entities in Chaves, Otero, Lea, Eddy and Lincoln counties. The group works with them in planning for major infrastructure and economic development projects and applying for state legislative funds as well as federal and state grants.

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