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New Mexico City Planners Look To Valley For Inspiration

(Photo courtesy of the City of Rio Rancho)

A city in New Mexico is looking to the Valley for inspiration on long-term development planning.

Rio Rancho, which is near Albuquerque, is about 30 years old. Mayor Greggory Hull said city officials and community groups are always on the hunt for ways to implement positive and sustainable growth.

"Scottsdale and a lot of those areas, whether its Tucson, Tempe, Mesa, they all have a really neat uniqueness to them and I think that there’s been a lot of great things that go on in the metro area there," Hull said.

He said Rio Rancho hopes to develop a unique identity, expanding its definition beyond just a suburb of Albuquerque.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.