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SF Visitors Bureau Cited by Magazine, Briefs

SF Visitors Bureau Cited by Magazine

Smart Meetings Magazine has honored the Santa Fe Convention & Visitors Bureau with a 2011 Platinum Choice Award in the publication’s first year of recognizing “top-notch CVBs.”

Aimed at professional meeting planners, the magazine picked out convention and visitors bureaus, travel associations, and tourism bureaus throughout North America for 2011 honors, according to a news release.
The Santa Fe CVB said it was the only tourism bureau honored in New Mexico.

Cruces Housing Prices Slip Again

LAS CRUCES — Housing prices in Las Cruces slipped from October to November and down in year-over-year comparison to the same time period last year.
The Las Cruces Association of Realtors says the median price of a resale home in November was $161,655, down nearly $8,000 from October’s $169,500. For a new home, the drop was very slight, from $159,900 in October to $159,235 last month.

Association President Dolores DeMers tells the Las Cruces Sun-News homeowners should not sell unless they really need to move because their home has depreciated substantially from four years ago.

Housing Projects Get $700K Funds

Tierra del Sol Housing Corp. Inc. of Anthony, N.M. will receive more than $700,000 in financial support to provide the supervision of the construction of new homes and to repair five homes owned by the elderly, and it also is being loaned money to develop business opportunities.

The funding for the housing projects is administered by Rural Development’s housing program through a $118,308 Housing Preservation Grant, according to USDA Rural Development State Director Terry Brunner. That money will be used to rehabilitate and repair five homes in Doña Ana County and Lordsburg.

TDS is also receiving a $486,695 grant to administer the construction of 36 Self Help homes in the Berino area. This project will see the individual homeowners do the majority of the construction of the homes under the guidance of TDS.

Tierra del Sol is also receiving a $167,000 Intermediary Relending Program grant to provide low interest loans to public and nonprofit organizations which will use the money for business and community development in southern New Mexico.

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