Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Towns Try to Attract Businesses.(Mountain View)

Byline: Diane Velasco Journal Staff Writer

Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans has announced an initiative to help communities attract or expand business.

Homans spoke Friday in Moriarty at this year's first meeting of the Economic Development Commission.

The Certified Communities Initiative encourages communities to meet certain criteria in exchange for some new state incentives.

Criteria communities must meet include:

* Establishing a local economic development organization.

* Developing a business plan.

* Completing a land and building inventory.

* Establishing a program to help existing businesses stay or expand in the community. …

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