Economic Development: Blending Cultures, Art, Technology, And Place

Santa Fe County combines native culture with diverse colorful communities; that include the oldest capital city in the USA and the Historic Village of Agua Fria. Our county is full of wide open spaces and trails, expansive vistas, and some of the best sunsets you will ever see. For Santa Fe County residents and visitors, this creates the special quality of life we all appreciate.

Economic Development in Santa Fe County requires a resilient infrastructure that promotes affordable housing programs, a vibrant local food system, and connectivity through broadband.

The County also recognizes the need for occupational diversity and an educated, trained and responsive workforce with skills in emerging industries like green technologies. Santa Fe County is a partner in programs with the Santa Fe Community College and others to address this critical need.

Economic Development Plan

REDI Northern New Mexico Economic Development Initiative

Economic Development Focus Areas:

  • Strong and resilient infrastructure through broadband and affordable housing programs
  • Green Industry- Renewable Energy and Water Conservation
  • Arts and Culture
  • Film/Media
  • Local Agriculture promoting food security and resilience
  • Ecotourism and Outdoor Recreation
  • Business Development/Expansion/Retention
  • Regional Partnerships
  • Workforce training and development 

Outdoor Recreation

Santa Fe County and the City of Santa Fe lead in promoting outdoor recreation. Both city and county are committed to enhance outdoor recreation and ecotourism opportunities and to growing Santa Fe as a mountain biking destination. Santa Fe County has invested millions in building and enhancing trail infrastructure, working to improve and expand the nearly 200 miles of trails available throughout the County.

Joint Efforts Make Santa Fe an IMBA Ride Center Destination
Santa Fe Recognized as Silver Level Ride Center    

Every year, International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) recognizes outstanding mountain bike trails and locations, Santa Fe was recognized as a 2014 Silver level Ride Center. The Ride Center designation represents IMBA's recognition of large-scale mountain bike destinations that offer a wide range of great trails for every riding style.

According to IMBA, “Ride Centers not only invite you to plan a multi-day trip with your full quiver of mountain bikes and the whole family, they take care of you both on and off the trail by being places where mountain bikers are welcomed.”



For more information on Santa Fe County Economic Development, please contact

Chris Hyer, Economic Development Manager at (505) 995-2728; email: or

Alex Fitzgerald, Economic Development Specialist at (505) 986- 6349; email: 

Visit the New Mexico Economic Development Department »