In effort to promote regional economic development in the Four Corners area, the New Mexico Gas Company (NMGC) and its owner, Emera, Inc., have awarded $50,000 to the San Juan College Center for Workforce Development (SJCCWD).
Economic Development and Community Affairs Manager, Mary Homan, presented the award to San Juan College President, Dr. Toni Hopper Pendergrass, and Director of the Center for Workforce Development, Dr. Lorenzo Reyes, during the College’s February Board of Trustees meeting.
“We are extremely grateful to the New Mexico Gas Company for their generous award, which will be utilized to help further our efforts in promoting business and job attraction within our community,” Dr. Hopper Pendergrass said.
“Having the additional funding to train and re-career people in our area is tremendously important,” Dr. Reyes added. “Not only will it assist us in training our local workforce, but it will also assist us in our efforts in the creation and retention of job opportunities.”
When Emera acquired the New Mexico Gas Company last summer, both agreed with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission’s (PRC) Utility Staff and the New Mexico Attorney General’s office to establish a $5 million Economic Development Fund that NMGC and Emera developed to invest and support New Mexico communities and contribute to the overall economic growth in the state. The $50,000 award is part of that effort.
“We are delighted to partner with San Juan College in contributing funds that will assist those in the Four Corners area,” Homan said. “The funds contributed from this economic grant will not be passed on to NMGC customers.”
New Mexico Gas Co., the largest natural gas distribution utility in New Mexico, serves approximately 520,000 customers across the state. New Mexico Gas is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a geographically diverse energy and services company headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.