DOÑA ANA COUNTY TO HOST 2007 CONVENTION OF ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

DOÑA ANA COUNTY TO HOST 2007 CONVENTION OF ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

Thanks to a concerted lobbying effort headed up by Doña Ana County Commissioner Oscar Vásquez Butler, the New Mexico Association of Counties will bring its 2007 annual convention to Las Cruces. The decision was made during the 2005 NMAC convention in Hobbs, which ended today.

“This is very good news for all of Doña Ana County,” Butler said. “We have not hosted the convention since 2001, and 2007 will be our chance to again show off the growth in our community and to enjoy the financial benefits of a convention of this size and stature.”

According to the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, the NMAC convention is a major activity for Las Cruces, with an overall economic impact of well over $600,000.

Butler said he expects all the area’s major hotels will bid to host the majority of the 1,800+ room nights the convention will require during the convention’s run.

Butler called the convention an opportunity to educate the rest of the state about Doña Ana County.

“Each year the NMAC convention brings to its host community a wealth of knowledge and expertise about New Mexico’s county governments. I am proud that in 2007, we will be able to showcase Doña Ana County’s many cultural, historic, educational, industrial and governmental cornerstones in an effort to help elected and appointed representatives of other counties to better understand and appreciate all that we have to offer,” Butler said.

The association of counties, Butler said, puts on a number of workshops and events for its members during the convention period. He said receptions, recreational outings and a number of seminars will be coordinated for the participants during their stay in Doña Ana County.