“Thinking Regionally—Acting Locally”

A 2-Day Invitational Working Conference
San Juan College – Henderson Fine Arts Center, Farmington, NM
November 1-2, 2017

Brought to you by:
The Four Corners Regional Economic Consortium

The Four Corners region is no stranger to adversity, and the current economic challenges we face are causing tectonic shifts in our major natural resource-based industry sectors. It is critical that we address them by banding together as a region, including the 4 states and many tribes, to find a path that leads to a more sustainable and stable economy.

As such, the Four Corners Regional Economic Consortium will be hosting an interactive 2-day working conference, the Four Corners Future Forum, where we will cooperatively address the challenges facing the region. The result will be an innovative “action plan” identifying ways for the region to grow, and to be implemented through a collaborative effort, with shared leadership and accountability among the regional partners.

We are also pleased to be bringing some exciting keynote speakers, including Cheryal Lee Hill of Minnesota’s Region 5 regional initiative, and Jeff Finkle, President of the International Economic Development Council. There will likewise be a networking reception the evening of Nov. 1st, offering a chance for our regional partners to get better acquainted.

The event will be held in Farmington, NM on Wednesday, November 1st, 9am-5pm (Plus an evening reception starting at 6p) through Thursday, November 2nd, 8am-Noon, 2017.

Four Corners Regional Economic Consortium: a coalition of economic development leaders from New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and Utah that are working together to create dynamic and shared data resources, cooperative initiatives, new investments and partnerships that bolster the region’s economy.

Because of the large scope of this meeting and the amount that needs to be accomplished in a short time, this is an “invitation-only” event.

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Forum Videos:

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Why Regionalism? What’s in it for me? Changing Industry Landscape.

Conference Hotel Blocks (Mention Four Corners Future Forum):

Courtyard Marriott (**Reception hotel**)

560 Scott Avenue

Farmington, NM 87401

(505) 325-5111


Includes continental breakfast

Only 40 rooms available.  Block will cancel once all rooms are reserved.


Best Western PLUS

4751 Cortez Way

Farmington, NM 87401

(505) 564-8100



For more information, please contact your regional representative:

Regional Contacts

New Mexico:

Warren Unsicker – 4 Corners ED


Jeff Kiely – NWNMCOG



Laura Lewis – Region 9



Chris Fetzer –



Geri Gamber


Tribal Liaisons:

Arvin Trujillo – APS


Darian Cabral – COTA Holdings


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsors:

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This meeting was prompted by the “POWER Report” produced this past year by Highland Economics LLC under contract to the Northwest New Mexico Council of Governments. This Federally-funded report painted a bleak picture of the historically coal-dependent economy of northwestern New Mexico and its neighbors in the Four Corners Region, but also outlined a number of opportunities that could be tapped for new investment and development. The conversation has since grown to include all four states and numerous tribes to address the issues at hand. We were inspired by the work of the Region 5 Development Commission in central Minnesota, where a robust collaborative action process has leveraged over $40 million in public and private investments to transition and diversify that region’s economy.