Category Archives: Economy

Stopping The Rural Brain Drain

NMiF: Brain Drain

July 14, 2017 - Many rural communities in New Mexico are losing population and searching for ways to restore lost economic vitality. In many parts of the state there are very few high-quality jobs and the jobs that do exist often pay less than public assistance. Young people have the impression that if they’re going to make a career and succeed they need to leave. And in many cases that may be true. Correspondent Gwyneth Doland sits down with two people who are working hard to create rural communities that thrive, where young people want to stay or come back.

  • Terry Brunner is the former state director the US Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. He is now the cofounder of the nonprofit Grow New Mexico.
  • Christina Campos is the administrator of the Guadalupe County Hospital and president of the Guadalupe County Economic Development Corp.

Further Reading:

The premiere of “Our Land,” part two of “Brain Drain,” and The Line Panel

NMiF: Our Land

This week New Mexico in Focus premieres a new series, “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future.”   Correspondent Laura Paskus examines the long-term impact of the Las Conchas wildfire in the Jemez Mountains.

Correspondent Gwyneth Doland continues to look at counteracting the “brain drain” of young, talented New Mexicans leaving the state for jobs and economic opportunities. In this second of a four-part series,  Ms. Doland sits down with Terry Brunner of Grow New Mexico and Guadalupe County Hospital’s Christina Campos to discuss what’s being done in rural communities.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists take on some of the top stories in news headlines this week, including how the race to become New Mexico’s future governor is shaping up, and what tighter financial controls will mean for the UNM athletic department.

Gene Grant

Gwyneth Doland
Laura Paskus

Studio Guests:
Terry Brunner, co-founder of Grow New Mexico
Christina Campos, administrator, Guadalupe County Hospital

Line Panelists:          
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Sophie Martin, attorney and editor of
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP


New Mexico in Focus is involved, informed, in-depth media airing weekly on New Mexico PBS. The program debuts Friday nights at 7 p.m. on NMPBS 5.1 and appears online at The show rebroadcasts on NMPBS 5.1 Sundays at 7 a.m.(pre-empted March 26) and on NMPBS 9.1 on Saturdays at 5 p.m (pre-empted March 25) and Sundays at 3 p.m.

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