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Business Digest 4/20

Chamber seeks development grant

Clovis-Curry County Chamber officials hope to land a grant that will allow them to open a business incubator to help grow local businesses, directors learned at their monthly meeting Wednesday.

Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said the chamber has been allocated $275,000 from the state legislature, and “we are exploring ways to make it grow.”

A federal economic development grant for $800,000, similar to one obtained by Portales, would help provide space the chamber could share with fledgling businesses, helping them to grow until they can move into their own locations.

Businesses are considering Clovis

Local economic development personnel have been busy attempting to attract new businesses to the community, Chase Gentry, executive director of the Clovis Industrial Development Corp., told directors of the Clovis-Curry County Chamber on Wednesday.

“We’ve been busy the last two months,” he said.

A company considering a new location for a call center looked at the vacant facility in Clovis, as well as others throughout the region, he said. “We hope this will be an opportunity for us.”

Three small manufacturing companies are also considering Clovis, he said.

Amber Alert system comes to local mall

North Plains Mall will serve as a local Amber Alert posting site, according to Property Manager Cindy Banister in a news release.

The Amber Alert system began in 1996 after 9-year-old Amber Hagerman was missing from her neighborhood in Arlington, Texas, and local broadcasters worked with local police to develop a system to let the public know of missing children.

The alerts involve distribution of crucial information of the missing child, to be posted in public locations, such as digital highway signs or posters.

The mall, which Banister said has about a million people pass through on a yearly basis, will implement the Amber Alert program within the next three months.

The business digest is compiled by CNJ Staff Writer Glen Seeber. He can be contacted at 763-6991 or:

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