ICYMI: Interview with Economic Development Secretary Matt Geisel

29 Dec 2016

Economic Development

Matt Geisel had a challenging October. Appointed by the governor to lead the New Mexico Economic Development Department in the wake of Jon Barela’s departure for the private sector, Geisel was immediately tasked with implementing a 5.5 percent budget cut mandated by the Legislature. How did he do it?

“I really tried to make it a bottom-up process,” said Geisel, formerly an economic development official for the city of Rio Rancho. “I said to the staff, ‘I’m the new guy. You guys can do a better job of telling me how we can cut, where we can cut, how we can get there.'”

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