Community & Regional Development

Since 1945, BBER has worked with business leaders, community organizations and state and local government agencies in support of economic development throughout New Mexico. BBER is unique in its understanding of local issues, access to community and governmental leaders, familiarity with data and their sources, and expertise in research and applied analysis.   

In the last 10 years BBER has worked with the New Mexico Economic Development Department and more than 30 community-based Main Street organizations -- from Lovington to Farmington and from Clayton to Deming -- to provide statistically-grounded assessments of the opportunities and challenges for local economic development. Over the same period BBER has conducted studies of the economies of Lea County, San Miguel County, and Albuquerque-South Valley; and has examined the social and economic impacts of US Forest Service programs on dozens of communities across the state.

Research publications on community and regional development can be found here.

Contact Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, for information about community and regional development research at BBER.


UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research • Onate Hall at The University of New Mexico
303 Girard Blvd. NE, Suite 116; Albuquerque, NM 87106 • 505.277.2216 Main • 505.277.6626 Data Bank