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FARMINGTON — Fruitland native Arvin Trujillo has been selected as the new Four Corners Economic Development CEO. Trujillo replaces Warren Unsicker, who took a job as director of the economic development department for the City of Farmington.

Trujillo previously worked as government relations manager for Arizona Public Service Company at Four Corners Power Plant. He has previously led the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources and has experience as a mining engineer in both San Juan County and Wyoming.

“One of the big things I want to accomplish is to bring our communities together,” Trujillo said.

He said the Four Corners has a tremendous amount of potential and there are various groups working on the same projects and initiatives. Trujillo said successes in one community will help other Four Corners communities succeed.

Trujillo will oversee efforts to diversify the economy.

“There is a shift happening in the energy sector right now,” Trujillo said.

He said that the efforts to prepare for changes in the energy sector and to diversify the economy are big dreams, but he is confident that the local communities can achieve that goal.

“I know we can make it over the hurdle,” Trujillo said.

He said he will work to forge partnerships with neighboring states and Native American tribes.

One of the first things Trujillo did as CEO of Four Corners Economic Development was accept a $40,000 check from New Mexico Gas Company and its parent company EMERA.

This is the second time Four Corners Economic Development has received an economic development grant from New Mexico Gas Company.

New Mexico Gas Company Economic Development and Community Affairs Manager Mary Homan said the EMERA committed to distributing $5 million to economic development organizations throughout the state over five years when it purchased New Mexico Gas Company four years ago. Homan said it has distributed $3.5 million since then. Funding for the grants comes from stockholders and will not raise rates for customers.

Four Corners Economic Development Board Chairman John Byrom thanked Homan for the grant.

“It’s just so important to have companies involved in what we’re trying to do to diversify the economy,” he said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at hgrover@daily-times.com.

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