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Guest column: Danielle Casey on what it’s like to build a regional economy, collaboratively


This week (May 9 to May 13) is Economic Development Week 2022, as recognized by the International Economic Development Council — the authority on the topic.

I slowed down just a tiny bit this weekend to consider, after more than 20 years in the profession, with some big project wins as well as losses and strategic initiatives launched and implemented in various markets: What has been my most rewarding experience?

Maybe it’s the spring winds blowing around thoughts in my head these days, or perhaps it’s the strong momentum I feel growing each day here in the greater Albuquerque region, but I would have to say I am most inspired and rewarded by the current work in progress. And that work is having the opportunity to positively affect our four-county metro region’s economy, which is growing in such meaningful ways. To see this region come into its own, and to do so in collaboration among counties around the region, is what keeps my spark burning bright.

I arrived here 18 months ago with the highest hopes of applying my skillset and advancing the work of an organization known and truly loved by so many. I didn’t know the players in the market, […]

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