DOÑA ANA COUNTY TO HOST 2001 CONVENTION OF ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

DOÑA ANA COUNTY TO HOST 2001 CONVENTION OF ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

Thanks to a concerted lobbying effort headed up by Doña Ana County Commission Chairman Gilbert T. Apodaca, the New Mexico Association of Counties will bring its 2001 annual convention to Las Cruces.

“This is very good news for all of Doña Ana County,” Apodaca said. “We have not hosted the convention since 1990, and now is our chance to both show off the growth in our community and to enjoy the financial benefits of a convention of this size and stature.”

According to Terry Hamilton of 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.

Hamilton, who worked closely with Apodaca to lobby for a Las Cruces convention in 2001, said all the area’s major hotels are bidding to host the majority of the 1,800 room nights the convention will require during its June 5-8, 2001 duration.

Apodaca 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 2001, 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,” Apodaca said.

The association of counties, Apodaca 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.

Hamilton said getting the convention to Las Cruces would have been much more difficult without Apodaca’s leadership and lobbying.