The New Mexico for Good program in the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management has been awarded a $20,000 grant to help outdoor recreation businesses grow and thrive in the state. The grant is one of three provided by the Outdoor Recreation Division of the New Mexico Economic Development Department.
Grants were created to fund accelerators with a proven track record and well-developed plan to held outdoor recreation companies and individuals to improve their business plans, hire locally, and amplify New Mexico’s reputation as a leader in the outdoor industry.
New Mexico for Good will use the funding to offer certificate programs and pilot two short courses: Introduction to Outdoor Economy and Validating an Outdoor Recreation Business Idea. The goal is to eventually create professional development certificates focused on Launching a Successful Outdoor Recreation Business and Sustainability Leadership in Outdoor Recreation. The short courses will begin as virtual offerings with the potential to shift to in-person offerings at UNM Anderson in the future.
“Congratulations to Dr. Wellington Spetic and the New Mexico for Good team for securing this grant to support growing the local outdoor industry,” said Mitzi Montoya, dean of the Anderson School. “New Mexico has potential for tremendous expansion of this industry, and New Mexico for Good is positioned to help businesses grow responsibly and with positive social impact.”