The University of New Mexico-Valencia campus has received the Public Partnership Award from the Mid Region Council of Governments.

UNM-Valencia campus Executive Director Alice Letteney accepted the honor from MRCOG executive director Dewey Cave and board chair Steve Anaya.

In April 2015, Rio Metro Regional Transit District, the Village of Los Lunas and UNM-Valencia worked together to provide a new bus route for students and staff at Valencia Campus route 209. The route was added to connect the Los Lunas Transportation Center with the campus in Tomé. There are now five trips to and five trips from campus each weekday.

“With Rio Metro’s increase in bus stops at UNM-Valencia Campus, it will be easier for students to take classes and maintain an organized lifestyle,” said Jon Lechel, UNM-Valencia Campus public information officer. “Students, and staff, will benefit by being able to schedule their classes and coursework around their jobs and personal responsibilities while continuing their higher education in Valencia County.”  

The MRCOG Partnership Awards celebrate collaboration – in some cases, partnerships between government and private sector that create opportunities for communities in the region to prosper. In other cases, it is the partnerships that recognize the efforts of local governments working together – such as the Public Partnership Awards. A total of five MRCOG Partnership Awards were given out at the MRCOG annual event.

For more information, contact Jon Lechel at (505) 925-8547 or