By Tony Parra
PORTALES — The development of a truck stop and golf course are two objectives that residents at Thursday’s economic development forum follow-up determined to be important goals for Portales.
The truck stop idea was brought up during an economic forum on Oct. 2 because U.S. Highway 70 is now four lanes and there is an absence of a truck stop for 120 miles between Roswell and Clovis. A truck stop could also accommodate Eastern New Mexico University students and people looking for a place to eat late at night and early in the morning.
Forum participants narrowed objectives in hopes of bringing new business to the community. Kim Huffman, executive director of Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation, talked about the progress the community has had in searching for a new hotel in Portales and about the movement of the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce to the downtown area.
“It (chamber of commerce) will be (in) a more convenient location,” Huffman said. “We will have two computer labs for job training and we are looking to have it completed by May. I’m looking forward to that.”
Area business owners and city officials were among 18 residents who attended Thursday’s forum. About 60 people attended the first forum on Oct. 2.