City of Carlsbad and CDOD extend economic development agreemnt

The executive director of the Carlsbad Department of Development (CDOD) said challenges arose toward the end of a four-year agreement with the City of Carlsbad as business and government dealt with emergency health orders enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the restrictions were slowly lifted this year, including a full reopening of all business in New Mexico, both entities focused on economic development in the City of Carlsbad and Eddy County.

Carlsbad City Councilors July 13 voted to extend an agreement in place since 2013 with the CDOD for economic development services through 2025.

Executive Director of the Carlsbad Department of Development John Waters discusses Carlsbad's housing shortage, Jan. 29, 2019 at the Roundhouse.

John Waters said CDOD helped the City of Carlsbad and Eddy County provide vital services during the pandemic, including assistance with government grant programs.

CDOD acted as the fiscal agent for both entities.

“I know there were a lot of towns that weren’t able to take advantage of the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that were out there. Because they didn’t have an agency that was tooled with the staffing to be able to handle something like that,” Waters said.