The Town of Red River has been accepted to the New Mexico Main Street’s Frontier & Native American Communities Initiative program. Along with seven selected communities statewide, the Town will receive New Mexico Main Street’s professional services and technical assistance to implement its community economic development project.
The Town’s project is the redevelopment of Brandenburg Park (including the design and installation of new irrigation and electric systems as well as construction of a permanent stage) and repaving the adjacent municipal parking lot. This community space, that is utilized for many community events, was selected through residents’ vote earlier last year. Besides economic development benefits, the project will preserve and enhance this valuable community asset.
In addition, the New Mexico Resiliency Alliance has awarded a $5,000 seed grant to the Town of Red River to support the project’s first phase.
“We are honored to be selected for this program,” said Max Khudiakov, Director of Economic Development & Tourism for the Town of Red River. “The application process was very competitive. The redevelopment of the Brandenburg Park and the municipal parking lot is crucial for the successful execution and expansion of all special events held in Red River. Festivals are a great economic development tool for the Town’s economy. The upgrade of the infrastructure at this community space is much needed, and we are looking forward to getting started working on this project.”
The number of projects selected each round is contingent on the New Mexico State Legislature’s annual funding appropriation to the NMMS Program. The FNAC Initiative was created by the Legislature in 2013 and has supported 39 projects in more than 37 rural communities across` the state.