The Center envisions Raton and Colfax County as a sustainable and resilient regional community.
To provide leadership, build partnerships and enable the innovation necessary to reestablish local food and energy production, strengthen educational systems and establish placemaking in our communities while promoting Northeastern New Mexico as a destination for rural living and tourism.
The Northeastern New Mexico Educational Foundation was incorporated in 1997 to provide higher educational opportunities to under-served adults in rural northeastern New Mexico. Between 1998 and 2008, we helped people obtain associates, bachelors, and masters degrees. In 2008, we gave our facility to Highlands University. Highlands left Raton in 2015. We've worked to get our building back for Raton and this area and are now we're back in a whole new way - as The Center for Community innovation- where we now fight for Raton's economic future.
Our team has begun networking within the community to forge relationships and bring a new vision to the forefront. Working with community partners, The Center has several initiatives underway including bringing renewable energy to Raton, establishing a community kitchen that is set to open in 2017, creating a co-working space and resources for work-from-home individuals, supporting Growing Great Kids, providing educational opportunities and assisting local organizations to grow and find a voice online by leveraging social media and digital marketing.