Carlsbad Department of Development Received State Certification: What This Means for Businesses

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15 Mar 2023

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This article originally appeared on and was written for Carlsbad Department of Development by Golden Shovel Agency.

Carlsbad Department of Development (CDOD) was announced as one of seven community-based Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) recognized for state certification by the New Mexico Economic Development Department (NMEDD) because of the high level of expertise and technical support CDOD delivers to the community.

“We are honored to have been named a certified economic development organization,” said Jason Shirley, President of the CDOD Board of Directors. “This designation is a testament to the hard work of our very talented staff, as well as the great relationships and support of our community. We are proud to be recognized as an economic driver for the state of New Mexico.”

Economic Development is a "Team Sport" in New Mexico

“The certification recognizes more than ever that no one can go it alone anymore,” said EDD Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes. “Economic development is a team sport, and the state needs to work hand-in-hand with strong community partners to create better paying jobs across New Mexico and build family wealth.”

To break it down, businesses relocating, starting up, or expanding to Carlsbad not only have the expertise of CDOD to leverage success, they have the support and attention of the state. Through the Certified EDO program, The New Mexico Economic Development Department supports CDOD in building capacity within their organizations so that they are able to provide economic development services and support their communities. The program emphasizes the importance of having a strong, well-rounded, and well-prepared EDO at the local level.

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