The Roosevelt County Community Development Corp. will move forward despite losing its community development director of four years, according to community development board member Randy Knudson.
RCCDC Director Greg Fisher’s last day on the job will be Feb. 15. Fisher said he accepted a community development job in Los Alamos.
Knudson said the search for Fisher’s replacement will begin soon.
“I think the numbers speak for themselves,” Fisher said. “We were able to assist in creating over 300 net new jobs and over $10 million net new business investments in the community in those four years. The investment of $200,000 in the Community Development Corporation has paid off annually by creating new jobs and payroll. It’s been a good run and hopefully it will continue under some new direction.”
Fisher said there is a lot of hope for Portales economy continuing to grow.
“The bottom line is Portales is growing and as long as it can maintain a diverse economy and continue to grow in a diverse way, the future will be bright,” Fisher said. “It’s about continuing to build on the strengths of the ag business, transportation, ENMU and the military.”
Knudson said community development further steps on the Industrial Park master plan will temporarily be on hold until a new director is hired.
Knudson said until a new director is hired, he will be the contact for businessmen and any community development projects.
“We are trying to bring things into Portales to make it a place where people want to live,” Knudson said. “That’s one of our main missions is quality of life. One of the things we’re actively working on is getting a movie theater back in Portales.”
Fisher said community development has been a team effort among board members and himself and economic development will continue to improve if officials stay focused on the community’s strong points.
“We’re sad to see Greg leave the community. He did a great job and we wish him the best,” Knudson said. “Greg was a wonderful resource with all the things he brought to the table.”