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Gutierrez named to head New Mexico MainStreet

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Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes has named Daniel J. Gutierrez as director of the New Mexico MainStreet program.

Gutierrez is a cultural anthropologist who has been working in economic development for over a decade.

He has been involved in New Mexico MainStreet since 2014 and worked closely with Rich Williams, the former program director who retired in April.

“Daniel brings a passion for community building to the MainStreet program,” said Keyes. “His dedication to MainStreet and his technical expertise of economic development will help these neighborhoods revitalize their commercial centers, prosper and create jobs.”

Gutierrez is a Northern California native. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, in sociocultural anthropology and Native American studies. Gutierrez went on to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received a Master of Arts in anthropology and was advanced to doctoral candidacy in 2007.

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Gutierrez came to Albuquerque in 2007 to work on his doctoral dissertation. He spent six years doing fieldwork and working for the Barelas Community Coalition, where he helped initiate the Barelas MainStreet program.

That experience led Gutierrez to a career in community-based economic development and he joined the state Economic Development Department in 2014.

Gutierrez is married and has four children ranging in ages from 7 to 27.

The MainStreet program was started in the 1970s by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to revitalize downtown commercial centers. It was funded in New Mexico in 1984, and there are now 30 MainStreet Districts, 12 Arts & Cultural Districts, 28 Frontier Community projects, and eight Historic Theater Initiatives.