New Mexico Main Street Quarterly Meeting Raton

Brenda Ferry, Executive Director of Raton Main Street assisted in hosting the  New Mexico Main Street’s quarterly meeting this August 7-10. Historic Downtown Raton – The Santa Fe Trail School for Performing Arts, the Shuler Theater and The Stakeout at the Palace hosted more than 80 people at the 3-day conference with representation from 42 of New Mexico’s 106 municipalities. Additional participants attended the awards ceremony on Aug 9. Attendees include MainStreet Organizations, Arts & Cultural Districts, Frontier Community Initiatives and other network members and partners.

Please find a link to our Flickr Album from the conference:

Making Raton one of their favorite 3-day destinations, these New Mexico Municipalities participated:

  1. Alamogordo MainStreet – Alamogordo
  2. Barelas Community Coalition – Albuquerque
  3. Belen MainStreet Partnership – Belen
  4. Carlsbad MainStreet- Carlsbad
  5. Cimarron
  6. City of Farmington
  7. Clayton MainStreet – Clayton
  8. Clovis MainStreet- Clovis
  9. Corrales MainStreet – Corrales
  10. Creative Carlsbad- Carlsbad
  11. Deming MainStreet- Deming
  12. Downtown Albuquerque Arts & Cultural District – Albuquerque
  13. Downtown Farmington: a MainStreet Project – Farmington
  14. Downtown Las Cruces Partnership – Las Cruces
  15. Economic Development Department – Dept. based in Santa Fe
  16. Gallup MainStreet Arts & Cultural District – Gallup
  17. Grants Main Street Project
  18. Guadalupe Community Development Corporation – Santa Rosa
  19. Harding County MainStreet – Mosquero, Roy
  20. Los Alamos MainStreet – Los Alamos
  21. Lovington MainStreet – Lovington
  22. MainStreet de Las Vegas- Las Vegas
  23. MainStreet Roswell – Roswell
  24. MainStreet Truth or Consequences – T or C
  25. Mora Arts & Cultural Compound -Mora
  26. Mountainair
  27. New Mexico MainStreet – Santa Fe
  28. New Mexico Resiliency Alliance – Santa Fe
  29. Nob Hill Main Street – Albuquerque
  30. Northwest New Mexico Arts Council/City of Farmington- Farmington
  31. PASEO Project – Taos
  32. Portales MainStreet Program – Portales
  33. Raton MainStreet – Raton
  34. Ruidoso Midtown Association – Ruidoso
  35. Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts – Raton
  36. Silver City Arts & Cultural District – Silver City
  37. Silver City MainStreet – Silver City
  38. South Valley MainStreet – Bernalillo County
  39. Strong at Heart – Taos
  40. Town of Taos – Taos
  41. Tucumcari MainStreet Corp. – Tucumcari
  42. Zuni Pueblo MainStreet – Zuni Pueblo

“We’re not in Kansas Anymore”

Excerpts from NM Main Street Newsletter

Brenda Ferri, Executive Director of Raton MainStreet is a woman of many talents. Not only was she an integral part of the NMMS awards program, as well as hosting the Summer Leadership Network Meeting, she is a talented actor recently appearing as the witch in the Santa Fe Trail School for the Performing Arts’ production of the Wizard of Oz.

New Mexico Main Street celebrates nearly 35 years of community-based economic development in our state. In the last five years, our MainStreet communities around the state have reported:

  • 1,172 Private Building Rehabilitations
  • 593 Net New Businesses
  • 99 Business Expansions
  • 2,714 Net New Jobs
  • $124,466,432 Private Reinvestment in Buildings
  • 186,070 in volunteer hours.

These figures indicate the kind of performance that is only possible by the contributions of each of our communities.

2018 MainStreet Awards

NMMS recently celebrated organizations and individuals making a difference in our communities. We were fortunate to hold our NMMS 2018 Awards Ceremony at the Historic Shuler Theater in Raton on August 9, where we honored the following organizations and individuals:

  • Portales MainStreet
  • MainStreet Roswell
  • Downtown Farmington: A MainStreet Project
  • Mountainair, Frontier Communities Initiative
  • Francisco Chavez, Mora Arts & Cultural Compound,
  • Harding County MainStreet
  • Zuni Pueblo MainStreet
  • Businesses: Callahan’s West Brewery, Halona Marketplace, Headquarters, & Lonita’s Café
  • Alamogordo MainStreet
  • Cindy Collins, MainStreet De Las Vegas
  • Christie Ann Harvey, Deming MainStreet
  • Diana Sanchez, Raton Board President Raton MainStreet
  • Sazi Marri, MainStreet Truth Or Consequences.

The Shuler Theater is an important cultural anchor in downtown Raton having undergone improvements and upgrades in recent years, including new equipment to show first-run movies, and offers impressive cultural programming. NMMS spent our Summer Leadership Network Meeting in Raton exploring creative placemaking and implementing projects in Raton’s MainStreet district.

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