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ROSWELL — A series of Legislative Capital Outlay Workshops have been scheduled by the Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District/Council of Governments. The workshops will be held throughout the five county regions covered by the district.

Workshops will take place in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Roswell, Lovington and Ruidoso Downs. Local governments, communitybased nonprofit organizations, and other eligible public entities seeking assistance in acquiring funding assistance for capital construction or equipment projects from the State of New Mexico are encouraged to attend.

Hubert Quintana, executive director of the development district, in making the announcement, said, “It is critical that those seeking capital outlay funding assistance attend one of the workshops.”

The workshops will provide those seeking funding the opportunity to learn about the capital outlay process, eligibility requirements, and how to complete a request for funding assistance from local legislators. The proposed projects must have a project life of at least 10 years and cost no less than $25,000.

The funding is for use in capital building, equipment and emergency uses, and no funds may be used for operational or program expenses. Capital outlay projects that are approved by the Legislature and governor will be funded by state-issued Severance Tax Bonds or General Fund Bonds.

Scheduled workshops include:

• Carlsbad: 10 a.m. – noon Aug. 11, Carlsbad City Hall • Roswell: 10 a.m. – noon Aug. 18, Chaves County Commission Chambers • Lovington: 10 a.m. – noon Aug. 20, Lovington Council Chambers • Alamogordo: 1-3 p.m. Aug. 26, Otero County Commission Chambers • Ruidoso Downs: 10 a.m. – noon Aug. 27, Hubbard Museum of the American West It is very important the projects for which funding is being requested are listed on the local government’s or public entity’s Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan (ICIP).

The Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District/ Council of Governments is the area-wide planning organization serving Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Lincoln and Otero counties and the 21 municipalities within them. For application forms to request capital outlay funding, call 624-6131 or email [email protected] plateautel.net.