CEDS Plan of Action and Use:

The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) documents provides background information on current regional infrastructure and the state of the economy for each county, municipality, and the overall region. From this information, resiliency and economic development strategies are formulated, which are intended to support and expand the economic strengths and resiliency of the region. The second component identifies potential economic threats to the district and explores their regional impact. Many economic variables, beneficial and otherwise, can impact the economic base of a region by altering future business, employment, and population statistics. For this reason, it is essential to recognize potential threats and try to minimize their impact. The third component makes a statistical analysis of economic generators and indicators in order to make projections of patterns of future economic growth and development. Detailed information concerning the EDA's funding sources, priorities, policy guidelines, and evaluation criteria can be accessed through the Federal Register, which are published annually. Further information is available on the EDA website; link below. The document will give readers information on the regions economic data. It also contains information on the state's economy as well as the eight major economic indicators within EPCOG's region. All seven counties are identified with economic data in the CEDS document.

SENM SET Region Plan:

The Southeastern New Mexico Economic Development District (SNMEDD) and the Eastern Plains Council of Governments (EPCOG) have jointly applied and have been awarded Southeastern New Mexico Stronger Economies Together (SET) funding. The purpose of the application is to develop a Regional Economic Development Plan for the rural counties of Chaves, Eddy, Lea, Curry, and Roosevelt Counties-- southeastern New Mexico.

The plan will focus on current and emerging economic strengths of the southeast region. The SET Core Team consists of SNMEDD, EPCOG, the Cooperative Extension Service of New Mexico State University (NMSU-Las Cruces), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-Rural Development.

Source Water Protection Plan:

Source Water Protection Plan (SWPP) is a voluntary program, created by Congress in the 1996amendments to the Sage Drinking Water Act, to encourage partnerships between states and public water systems to protect sources of water supply. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides guidance and funding to help states develop partnerships with public water system to protect water sources from contamination and depletion, and to develop contingency plans in the event water sources dry up or become contaminated.

The Eastern Plains Council of Governments is pleased to introduce its Source Water Protection Plan. This plan is designed to promote the protection of New Mexico's vital water resources by assisting communities like Clovis, Curry County, Portales, and the Roosevelt County area in planning for the protection of their drinking water and well water resources. Over 90% of domestic water supplies come from aquifers deep below the ground where water has been stored for years. If pollution sources such as leaking underground gasoline tanks or septic systems seep into the aquifer or are drawn in from nearby drinking water wells, it is possible that your drinking water source could become contaminated. A contaminated well means a contaminated drinking water supply which is detrimental to the health of our communities and very costly to treat and/or clean up. This is the reason the Eastern Plains Council of Governments and the New Mexico Environmental Department are actively promoting source water protection as a means to assure the safety and quality of our drinking water sources.

It is important that communities and water systems work together to improve and protect our water sources.

Ute Water Commission:

Understanding the need for a sustainable water supply for the region Eastern Plains Council of Governments has been a driving force in regional water planning. We have been the administrative and fiscal entity for the Ute Water Commission (UWC) since it's inception and participate in the Eastern New Mexico Water Utility Authority (ENMWUA).