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Current Issue:  May 6, 2002
Volume 37, Number 20

UNM Institute for Public Policy organizes 'citizen conferences'
Aids state with transportation planning

The UNM Institute for Public Policy (IPP), a non-partisan forum for social scientific research and education, will hold seven “Citizen Conferences” across the state to aid the highway department’s long range planning process.

The highway department sponsored similar meetings in 1997 and found that they are an effective and innovative way to incorporate public opinion into the policy making process. Relying on New Mexicans to provide insight about their preferences for transportation is an especially important function this year and beyond, because the state is facing a future where transportation needs of citizens will outgrow available resources.

Approximately 10 randomly selected citizens will be recruited from throughout the state by the IPP to take part in each of the daylong meetings. In the morning there is a question and answer session where Citizen Advisors discuss transportation issues with state and local transportation professionals. In the afternoon the Citizen Advisors deliberate on what they have learned and develop a list of recommendations for transportation planning throughout the state. The recommendations will be presented to the press, local citizens and the highway department at 4 p.m. Local public officials, business people and the general public are invited to this session and will have the opportunity to join the discussion at an informal public meeting following the presentation. The first conference was held in Taos May 6.

The dates and locations for the remaining conferences are:

· Wednesday, May 8, in Tucumcari at the Convention Center
· Wednesday, May 15, in Gallup at the UNM-Gallup campus
· Wednesday, May 22, in Carlsbad at the Pecos River Conf. Ctr.
· Wednesday, June 5, in Bernalillo at Santa Ana Star Casino
· Tuesday, June 11, in Silver City at Western New Mexico University
· Thursday, June 13, in Truth or Consequences at the Civic Center

For more information, call the UNM Institute for Public Policy at
277-1099 or (866) 602-6810.