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New Mexico Governor's

Conference on Economic 

September 26 - 27, 2022

The Clyde Hotel | Downtown Albuquerque

Presenting Sponsors: 

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Preparing for a Year
of Renewed Energy

Join us for the return of a critical gathering of economic developers and community leaders from across New Mexico for discussions regarding economic development strategies, best practices and plans for success in alignment with the state’s 20-year Economic Development Strategic Plan. Network with colleagues, legislators, local elected officials, and some featured keynote speakers and experts.

Conference Produced By:


Monday, September 26


Executive Leaders Summit (Additional Cost)

Individuals with 5+ years of economic development experience are invited to this exclusive, add-on session that will allow for an intimate discussion regarding working with elected officials, ethics in economic development, and leadership strategies.


Opening Session : Beyond the Pandemic (Pavilion Ballroom)

Now that we are on the other side of COVID, what does the crystal ball tell us about the state of the economy and the next 18 months, both nationally and here in New Mexico? Hear from a national expert as well as leaders on the ground in New Mexico in the commercial real estate industry.

Opening Remarks: Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, State of New Mexico

Keynote Speaker: Nicholas Sly, Assistant Vice President, Denver Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (Regional and National Economic Outlooks)

Moderator: Elisha Saavedra-Torres, Business Development Manager, PNM

Panelists: Jim Dountas, CBRE; Randy McMillan, NAI 1st Valley; and Dave Hill of NAI SunVista


State of NM Economy: Our Competitive Position (Pavilion Ballroom)

Take a deeper dive into the State of New Mexico's economic development competitive challenges but more importantly opportunities and key assets that will catapult us into our next phase of success.

Moderator: Jon Clark, Deputy Cabinet Secretary, NM EDD

Panelists: Richard Anklam, President at the New Mexico Tax Research Institute; Chad Matheson, Vice President for Economic Competitiveness at the Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance; Michael Sage, CEcD, Deputy Director at the Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation; and Davin Lopez, President & CEO, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance


Concurrent Tracks: Technical & Industry

Understanding  Incentives and Leveraging their Benefits for Attraction and Retention

Location: Enchantment Room

Sponsored by City of Albuquerque

Presentation: New Mexico Incentive Toolbox

If you still have questions regarding incentives in New Mexico, you are not alone. Hear a detailed primer on the most common tools, and learn about new applications available. You will leave this session an expert!

Moderator: Lisa Abeyta, Deputy Director, City of ABQ Economic Development

Panelists: Melinda Allen, President & CEO of the New Mexico Partnership and Mark Roper, Division Director at the New Mexico Economic Development Department

Establishing Economic Development in Your Community

Location: Pavilion Breakout

Sponsored by New Mexico Gas Company

There are numerous types of economic development organizations and potential structures. How do you determine which is best for your community, or if it is time to reinvent your local model?

Moderator: Patty Lundstrom, Executive Director, Greater Gallup Economic Development Corporation

Panelists: Danielle Casey, President & CEO of Albuquerque Regional Economic Alliance and Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, HLM, President & CEO of Hickey Global


Conference Opening Reception (Pavilion Ballroom)

Join your colleagues for an evening of networking, appetizers and cocktails!

The Opening Reception is graciously sponsored by Xcel Energy.

Tuesday, September 27


Continental Networking Breakfast (Pavilion Ballroom)

Join your colleagues for networking and breakfast prior to the conference program.


Concurrent Tracks: Technical & Industry

Data, Analytics, and Assessing Your Community

Location: Enchantment Room

Sponsored by Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance

Hear from national experts on data-driven tools and resources to advance your community’s economic development goals.

Panelists: Katie Kramer, Vice President at Council of Development Finance Agencies; and Jenny Poon, Founder and CEO at HUUB.

Alternative Energy - Leveraging Our Assets and Leading New Innovation

Location: Pavilion Breakout

Panel Discussion featuring New Mexico Environment Secretary James Kenney and representatives from PNM and Xcel Energy. This panel will discuss alternative energy and how it can positively effect industry, as well as New Mexico's plan to be a hydrogen hub.

Moderator: James Kenney, Cabinet Secretary for the NM Environment Department

Panelists: Jeff Lyng of Xcel Energy; Nicholas Phillips of PNM; and Rick Cannon of ExxonMobil


Concurrent Tracks: Technical & Industry

Delivering Best in Class Proposal Responses to Seal the Deal

Location: Enchantment Room

Sponsored by Plateau

Want to know how to deliver client proposals that tell a compelling story for your community? Curious about what data is important and what you should focus your time on in a crunch? Hear from site selection consultants on what they consider to be a top proposal, coupled with thoughts from some of New Mexico's leading business attraction practitioners.

Speakers: Melinda Allen, President & CEO, New Mexico Partnership and Ann Harts, Senior Vice President, Site Location, CRESA

Institutional Innovation: Center for the Future of New Mexico's Economy

Location: Pavilion Breakout

Sponsored by CerraCap

The Anderson School of Management at The University of New Mexico recently announced the formation of its new Center for the Future of New Mexico’s Economy, designed to harness the expertise of New Mexico’s universities to support the goal of transforming New Mexico’s economy over the next generation through economic development. 

Moderator: Danielle Casey, President & CEO, AREA

Speakers: Dean Mitzi Montoya of the Anderson School of Management at The University of New Mexico; Rob DelCampo, Executive Director of UNM's Innovation Academy; and Rob Black, President & CEO, NM Chamber of Commerce


Keynote Luncheon & Recognition Program (Pavilion Ballroom)

Sponsored by Comcast

With welcome remarks from New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Economic Development Alicia Keyes and comments from Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller, dig deeper into the New Mexico Economic Development Department's Strategic Plan and the data behind it with Keynote Roland Stephen, Executive Director for the Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy with SRI International.

Opening Remarks: Jon Clark, Deputy Secretary, NM EDD

Welcome Remarks: Tim Keller, Mayor, City of Albuquerque

Keynote Speaker: Roland Stephen, Executive Director for the Center for Innovation Strategy and Policy with SRI (Overview Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy)

Recognition of State Certified Economic Development Organizations: Presented by Comcast


Concurrent Tracks:  Technical & Industry

Rapid Fire Presentations: Featured Projects/Initiatives Around New Mexico

Location: Enchantment Room

Hear rapid-fire presentation from economic developers across New Mexico. Learn about best practices, creative approaches that have employed in your community, or recent wins!

Presentations include:

Breakout Roundtable Discussion

Location: Pavilion Ballroom

Sponsored by Lumen

Looking to connect with experts on a variety of topics that may not have been covered in concurrent sessions or keynote programs? Have no fear - instead, come to the Breakout Roundtable Sessions where experts will be stationed at tables each with a focused topic of discussion. Rotate among topics to get the most out of your time during this 90 minute session!


Roundtable Topics:

  • Doing Business with Sandia National Laboratories

  • Cyber Security Center of Excellence - New Programs

  • Want to become a Certified Economic Developer?

  • Retail Attraction Tips for Small Communities

  • FDI and Expert Assistance Tools and Resources

  • Business Retention and Expansion 



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Conference Speakers

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The Venue

The Clyde Hotel
330 Tijeras Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
A room block has been set aside for conference attendees on September 25 - 27, 2022 at the rate of $139 plus a $25 amenity fee and taxes per night. 

Heritage Hotels & Resorts, the largest independent hotel group in New Mexico, has transformed the former Hyatt Regency Albuquerque into the Clyde Hotel. Named after New Mexico’s 11th governor, Clyde Tingley, the new hotel will soon open with a refreshed look. The renovations, led by locally based interior designer Carla Davis, pull inspiration from design aesthetics of the early 20th century when Tingley served.​ The 20-story hotel will greet guests with a reinvigorated ground floor and lobby outfitted with velvet, leather, polished surfaces, antique brass, copper, and milk glass. Geometric patterns will also span interior walls and floors, while custom carpeting in the lobby atrium will echo the appearance of a gingko leaf in homage to Tingley’s tree-planting initiatives. A bold color palette of deep blue-greens, chartreuse, ivory, copper, and ebony will permeate the property to reflect a marriage of Western grit and Eastern glam.




Statewide Conference on Economic Development


September 26 - 27


330 Tijeras Avenue NW

Albuquerque, NM 102

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