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The Economic Development Course provides a one week intensive training event in a setting that is nationally recognized for its beauty and ...

The Economic Development Course provides a one week intensive training event in a setting that is nationally recognized for its beauty and
southwestern charm.

The Course teaches how to select the right
combination of strategies to cost-effectively
create jobs in your community. Certified by the International Economic Development
Council, the program features a thirteen member faculty who present from professional experience, as well as academic theory.

Classroom instruction is supplemented with a series of course activities that provide field perspectives and networking opportunities.

Enrollment is limited to 30 people. Can’t join us this year, then plan to take the
Course next year. Mark your calendar for May 28 - June1, 2013.

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  • 1. Faculty Biographies May 20–24, 2012 - Silver City, New Mexico Presented by: Western New Mexico University In cooperation with: New Mexico Economic Development Department, New Mexico SBDC, and New Mexico IDEA
  • 2. Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship, Executive Director, Retired, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Santa Fe, New MexicoMr. Aageson has worked in the area of the arts for over 30 years. He has served as executive director of theFoundation since 2002. The Foundation provides private support to Museum of New Mexico’s four Santa Fe museumsand six statewide monuments. It has the largest arts membership in New Mexico, and creates an annual total supportof $13 million. The Foundation has a $17 million endowment.In 2000, Mr. Aageson founded Aageson International, a consultant group to create and strengthen culturalenterprises as they undergo the transition from mission to market. He has served as consultant to over 75 museumsin the U.S., Romania, and Australia. He has made presentations and given lectures around the state, the country, andinternationally about the economic impact of arts and cultural enterprises on local economies and the role of thecultural entrepreneur.
  • 3. Senior Consultant, New Mexico Partnership, Albuquerque, New MexicoMr. Allston has spent over 30 years in the field of economic development working throughout North America andCanada. For nine years was a manager of site selection for Paragon Decision Resources, a major site selection andrelocation company headquartered out of Chicago and California and for five years was their site selection manager.He is currently working the majority of his time for the New Mexico Economic Development Partnership arrangingappointments and meetings for economic development officials in the state of New Mexico. To date, he has arrangedover 600 appointments for the Partnership. He is on retainer with the New Mexico Economic Development Departmentemphasizing research and international business. He has completed marketing and labor studies for Lansing, MI andSaltillo, Mexico, as well as work for the Eastern New Mexico Development Alliance and more recently, San Juan County,New Mexico. He is currently working on a project for the Regional Development Corporation (Northern New Mexico).
  • 4. Director, Small Business Development Center, New Mexico State University-Carlsbad, Carlsbad, New Mexico.Mr. Coalson has been in this position since 1989 consulting with business owners on financialmanagement, accounting, marketing, and management. He has worked with clients onbusiness plans that have resulted in capital formation in excess of $123,500,000 during thattime. He has written and co-authored several articles and books on various subjects and forstate and county entities. Mr. Coalson has completed grants and RFIs totaling $5,140,000 fornon-profits and community development organizations. He received his MBA from TexasTech University, and is active in several community organizations.
  • 5. President Emeritus, Western New Mexico UniversityDr. Counts served as president from 1993 to 2011. Before Dr. Counts became President, hewas Director of the Division of Business, Math and Computer Science and Professor ofManagement at WNMU. He served almost 30 years in the United States Army. In additionto a Bachelor of Science degree from West Point, Dr. Counts has two Master of Sciencedegrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology: one in Information and ComputerScience, and one from the College of Industrial Management. He earned his Ph.D. inBusiness Administration from the University of Texas.
  • 6. Covell Consultants, Albuquerque, New MexicoFor the last 12 years, Mr. Covell has been an economic development consultant working fora number of communities in New Mexico. He serves as an economic developmentconsultant to Los Lunas seeking to bring jobs to Valencia County. Prior to this, Mr. Covellheld positions as Executive Vice President of Albuquerque Economic Development and theState Director of the Economic Development Department. He is a graduate of the Universityof Washington in Seattle and a former Air Force pilot. In 1989 he served as Chairman of theAmerican Economic Development Council and has been twice chosen developer of the yearby his peers in economic development.
  • 7. Research and Special Projects, Office of the Secretary,New Mexico Economic Development Department, Santa Fe, New MexicoMs. Davis graduated from University of Florida with a BA in Political Science and received aMasters of Public Administration from the University of West Florida. She was theEconomic Development Director at the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce for 6 years.She has also worked for an advertising agency, managed a manufacturing plant for StarterSportswear, and built affordable housing – all in Pensacola. Ms. Davis has been with theNew Mexico Economic Development Department since February 1999.She is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute and a certified economicdeveloper. Since coming to the department she has been the webmaster, worked incommunity development, served as marketing director and is currently assigned to workfor Deputy Secretary Barbara Brazil doing research and special projects for the Office of theSecretary. In that capacity she is responsible for the State Data Center program and website.
  • 8. In the early 1980s, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film from Texas ChristianThe Garrity Group Public Relations, University, Tom enthusiastically dove into the business ofAlbuquerque, New Mexico communications. Tom started his Emmy Award-winning career in television, working as a news reporter, producer and anchor in a variety of local and national markets, finishing with KOAT-TV in Albuquerque. After more than a decade in the news business, Tom served as Vice President of Communications for the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau. In 1997, Tom founded The Garrity Group under the guiding principles of his personal philosophy to make the complex simple by partnering with clients to shape perceptions and generate measurable results. Tom has since served a wide variety of clients, providing media relations and crisis communication services in the corporate, government, tourism, and education sectors.
  • 9. President Emeritus for Academic Affairs, Western New Mexico UniversityDr. Gilbert has facilitated strategic planning sessions for local, state, national and international organizations anduniversities. She serves as a facilitator for the Academic Quality Improvement Project (AQIP) Strategy Forums, and as ajudge for the American Society of Quality’s International Team Competition. She also does training in the areas ofdiversity and quality. She has been a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Examiner for 12 years, and led theinstitutional award-winning quality award efforts at WNMU. She has worked in higher education for more than 40years, 25 of those at Mississippi State University in the Department of Finance and Economics, a department sheheaded for eight years. Dr. Gilbert has been a dynamic force at WNMU since 1993. In 1995 she was named WNMU’sVice President of Academic Affairs. In 1999 she became the Special Assistant to the President for Assessment andInstitutional Effectiveness, and in 2001 the Special Assistant for Quality Initiatives. In 2005 she became WNMU’s firstOmbudsperson
  • 10. Director, New Mexico Economic Development Course Ms. Jones was the executive director of Silver City-Grant County Economic Development Corp. from 1983 through 2004. She was instrumental in getting a Basic Course for New Mexico in 1993. She has served on the Advisory Council for the Course since it started and has served as the director of the Course since 2000. Ms. Jones is an active member of the IEDC, (International Economic Development Council). She is currently vice president of Institutional Advancement, Economic Development, and Community Affairs for Western New Mexico University.
  • 11. President, Meeker ConsultingHis consulting practice focuses on financial institution and economic development issues, with a special emphasis onthe needs of economically disadvantaged populations. He lectures, leads strategic planning initiatives, facilitateseducational seminars and works as a professional witness in lawsuits. Dr. Meeker recently served three terms hasMayor of Lake Quivira, Kansas, one of the many cities that make up metropolitan Kansas City. He works on the boardsof several organizations that promote and support the arts in the area.A retired Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Dr. Meeker spent 28 years regulating banks andbank holding companies, conducting research, mediating community protests of bank merger applications anddeveloping programs to help banks better serve the credit needs of lower-income individuals and small businesses.He is widely published in academic and professional journals, and has extensive teaching and lecturing experience.
  • 12. Lautman Economic Architecture, Albuquerque, New Mexico Mr. Lautman is Chair of the New Mexico Economic Development Commission and a founding director of the Community Economic Lab, a private not-for-profit think tank focused on developing new strategies for managing economic and workforce development at the local level. Mark was also the former Vice President of Economic Development for Mesa del Sol. Since becoming a professional economic developer 25 years ago Mark designed and managed three other economic development programs attracting more than 75 corporate locations accounting for more than 12,000 new jobs, 5 million square feet of industrial space, and $10 billion in new investment.
  • 13. Executive Director, International Business Accelerator Santa Teresa, New MexicoThe IBA is Western New Mexico University’s Small Business Development Center initiative thatprovides no-cost assistance and access to resources for New Mexican businesses and individualswishing to introduce their product or service into the global market. Mr. Pacheco is also a partner inGlobal Perspectives Integrated, LLC, Albuquerque, New Mexico. His private sector experience is ininternational development and marketing. In 1992,Governor Bruce King appointed Mr. Pacheco to establish and direct the State of New Mexico’sMexico City Trade Office. In November 2002, Mr. Pacheco was appointed by Governor Richardson asthe director of the Office for Mexican Affairs in the New Mexico Economic DevelopmentDepartment. Mr. Pacheco was instrumental in assisting the Governor with the reorganization of thestate’s border agencies.
  • 14. President, Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation, Rio Rancho, New MexicoMs. Scott serves as the President of the Rio Rancho Economic Development Corporation, a position she has heldsince 1994. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including the International EconomicDevelopment Council. Under her leadership, the RREDC has partnered in the location of 45 companies, whichhave created more than 15,000 economic base jobs in the community including Hewlett-Packard, Victoria’sSecret, Sprint, Bank of America Service Center, Aero Mechanical, and 3 Intel plant expansions.She has over 6 years state level experience in economic development and co-authored the Texas/New MexicoCommunity Development Training Manual, spearheaded the organization and implementation of the RuralEconomic Development Forum, and was a New Mexico representative to the Council of Governors PolicyAdvisors Rural Academy. Noreen currently serves on the Education and Certification committee for theInternational Economic Development Council.
  • 15. Mr. Vierck is responsible for leading the Partnership in its efforts to market New Mexico to companies, key decision makers and site selectors as a premier location to do business. Mr. Vierck’sPresident and CEO, NMPartnership, Albuquerque, New Mexico experience includes activities in the areas of strategic planning, marketing, industry targeting, organizational structure/ benchmarking, and workforce development. He combines the skills and understanding of a seasoned economic developer with a consistent record of achievement at the community, regional, and state levels. Mr. Vierck has served for many years at the International Economic Development Council’s Economic Development Courses as a highly rated instructor. His numerous professional awards include “Economic Developer of the Year” recognition in both Arizona and New Mexico and he is a recipient of the “William W. Lampkin Award for Long-term Excellence in Economic Development.” He holds a Masters Degree in Geography and a Bachelors degree in Regional Development from the University of Arizona. He has earned the certified economic developer designation (CEcD) from IEDC.