Luján, Local Leaders Discuss Strengthening Gila Outdoor Recreation Economy
Silver City, N.M. – U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) met with the New Mexico Economic Development Department Outdoor Recreation Division Director Alexandra “Axie” Navas, Silver City and Grant County officials, and outdoor recreation small business owners at the historic WaterWorks Building in Silver City to discuss how to strengthen the region’s outdoor recreation economy. Outdoor recreation is one of the fastest growing industries in the state. As COVID restrictions took effect, outdoor recreation became even more popular among New Mexicans looking to engage in safe, social-distanced activities.
“Growing up in a small rural community, I learned to appreciate the awe-inspiring scenery and natural features with which New Mexico was blessed. Our landscapes draw people from across the country and all over the world to enjoy hiking, fishing, biking, and all that our state has to offer. As New Mexico recovers and rebuilds from the pandemic, our state’s outdoor recreation industry will play a key role in creating good-paying jobs and creating opportunities for small businesses,” said Luján. “I appreciated hearing directly from local leaders about how Congress can empower communities to attract more outdoor enthusiasts while protecting lands and waters for future generations of New Mexicans.”
“New Mexico is well on its way to becoming a world-class outdoor recreation economy,” said Director Navas. “With investments from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration and the support of congressional delegation members like Senator Luján, New Mexico is building an outdoor recreation industry that will benefit both rural and urban communities across the state.”
“We’re very honored to have Senator Lujan visit Grant County. I’m confident he will be a great partner with us in our efforts to diversify and grow our local economy and protect the natural resources that make it all possible,” said Grant County Commissioner Alicia Edwards.