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4CED — Four Corners Economic Development, launched July of 2012, is building on the foundation established by San Juan Economic Development Service (SJEDS) over the past 20 years. We have a lot of work to do! We are eager to make our piece of the Four Corners Region a powerful economic engine fueled by the assets of a richly diverse area and people. 4CED is the practical application of long standing economic development efforts combined with the passion and drive of private business leaders and the resources of San Juan College and the communities of Aztec, Bloomfield, Farmington and San Juan County. 4CED serves San Juan County, New Mexico and the Farmington MSA.

While a complete website rebuild is in process we ask that you contact us directly with any questions you may have at 505-566-3201 or email jrasor@4cornersed.com. Visit Four Corners Economic Development, www.4cornersed.com.

While you are here, check out the latest projects we are rolling out...

Economic Gardening Pilot Project

Four Corners Economic Development and the City of Las Cruces have been selected as partners in the state’s first “Economic Gardening” program designed to help existing New Mexico companies grow. Lovelace Health System and PNM, joining with the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI) launched the pilot program on August 20 in conjunction with the Edward Lowe Foundation and the National Center for Economic Gardening. “Economic gardening represents a new way of thinking about supporting growth companies and letting business owners know how important they are to local economies,” says Mark Lange, executive director of the Edward Lowe Foundation. “Instead of offering traditional incentives like tax credits or real estate discounts, we’re offering something that might be even more valuable to CEOs: strategic information that’s gathered with their guidance and customized for their company.”

Participating companies will have access to a team of highly skilled business specialists who will dedicate about 36 hours to each company, assisting with growth challenges at no charge, thanks to Lovelace Health System and PNM. Companies interested in participating in this program must:

  • Be a for-profit, privately-held company that has been headquartered in New Mexico for at least the past two years.
  • Generate annual revenue between $500,000 and $50 million.
  • Employ between 8 and 99 full-time employees.
  • Demonstrate growth in either employment and/or revenue during two of the past five years.

Applications must be submitted by September 15 online at https://newmexico.nationalcentereg.org

“The only way out of our current economic situation is through the leadership of our private business owners and CEO’s. They are the risk takers who are willing to make the creative and hard decisions. But it is up to organizations like Four Corners Economic Development to provide the right tools to help them make informed decisions and calculated risks. That is what this economic gardening project does,” said Sally Burbridge chairman of Four Corners Economic Development, Inc. For more information contac Julie Rasor, 505-566-3201.

Read the Full Press Release Here

Workforce Strategy

When a company considers locating in San Juan County, one question always raised is, “Can you generate the skilled workforce my company needs to be successful?” Four Corners Economic Development recognizes capacity requirements include qualified workers needed to create potential jobs and that major gaps in workforce capacity must be addressed. A key action in closing those gaps is to develop a labor market management strategy. A cornerstone to that strategy is the use of WorkKeys® as a capacity building tool to assess and train our workforce to attract and retain economic base jobs.

Our strategy begins by first establishing a statistically valid “snap shot” of San Juan County’s workforce by selecting the appropriate subset (sample) of individuals within the San Juan County workforce population that is representative of the entire regional workforce population. Beginning September, 2012 we will be testing the following three subsets in WorkKeys® Career Readiness assessment to begin building the database for recruitment purposes:

  • Unemployed workers meeting selection criteria
  • San Juan College Trades & Technology students
  • Bloomfield High School seniors.

Four Corners Economic Development partnered with San Juan College Testing Center, Innovate+Educate-New Options New Mexico, and New Mexico Workforce Connections (Northern Area) to develop and implement this first stage of our labor market management strategy.

For more information contact Julie Rasor, Director of Administration and Operations, at 505-566-3201.

SJEDS has served the Farmington MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area), including Aztec, Farmington, Bloomfield and San Juan County, New Mexico. The State of New Mexico has a total of four metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) that are fully or partially located in the state. Seven of the state's 33 counties are classified by the United States Census Bureau as MSA. A metropolitan statistical area refers to a geographical region with a relatively high population density at its core and close economic ties throughout the area.

SJEDS works with the E>P Group
. The E>P Group got together with the San Juan Economic Development Service, whose main focus has always been employee retention and recruitment in the area. San Juan Economic Development serves as E>P's fiduciary agent. Read more and see the targeted industries report here.

Growing Jobs, Businesses and San Juan County. SJEDS is a non-profit organization that assists in the expansion, retention, creation, and recruitment of economic base companies in San Juan County, New Mexico for the purpose of job creation for a healthy and diverse economy.

Looking to expand or relocate your business in northern New Mexico? SJEDS is the first point of contact to connect expanding companies with resources to contribute to their success. SJEDS collaborates with San Juan County, San Juan College, the cities of Aztec, Bloomfield, and Farmington, as well as the Navajo Nation on pertinent issues and projects for the purpose of job creation and developing a healthy and more diverse economy. We can help you find the resources for business expansion and relocation.

Call us if you would like information on business relocation, business incubation, the workforce, tax incentives or economic development in general. SJEDS is housed in the Quality Center for Business at San Juan College, in Farmington New Mexico.

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The City of Farmington receives Community Development Block Grant Entitlement funds from the department of Housing and Urban Development.  CDBG funds are used for a variety of public services and projects to benefit targeted neighborhoods and low- and moderate-income families. City of Farmington Community Development Block Grants

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Business Incubation: growing companies right here at home in San Juan County, New Mexico. San Juan College Enterprise Center's Business Incubator

Business incubation is a dynamic process of business enterprise development. Incubators nurture young firms, helping them to survive and grow during the start-up period when they are most vulnerable. Now with EntreSpace, the miniature Business Incubation of one room for your quick office on the go.

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SJEDS celebrates a successful 20 years. Read the article from the Four Corners Business Journal 6/15/09.

Thousands of jobs were created in San Juan County over a course of the 20-year history of San Juan Economic Development Service and the Small Business Development Center of New Mexico.Read the Four Corners Business article.