New Mexico First's hallmark activity is the statewide town hall, a public service we provide to the people and policymakers of New Mexico. In addition, we provide a number of contractual services with communities, regional alliances, government agencies, universities, nonprofit organizations, and businesses. All our events revolve around the concepts of consensus and public input. We bring people together and identify common ground.

New Mexico First generally convenes one statewide town hall every year. This town hall focuses on a topic that has statewide interest, priority, and potential impact. For this topic, we conduct extensive research, convene a series of citizen dialogues around the state, and develop a layperson’s background report as preparation for participation in the town hall. Then, people engage in a two-day deliberative town hall that produces concrete, actionable recommendations for the legislature and other policymakers.

In addition to our annual statewide town hall, New Mexico First develops customized events and research papers for communities, government agencies, universities, nonprofits and businesses. Are you a decision-maker struggling with a problem that needs a widely accepted solution? Does your community need to develop a shared vision for growth and development? Is your agency considering a new policy that requires citizen feedback?

New Mexico First has a history of over 25 years in solving these problems. Our nationally recognized process and highly skilled facilitators can get you past arguing to action. Whether you need a full three-day town hall or a one-day summit, our events provide participants with a well-researched and balanced background report, a unique process to reach consensus, and concrete recommendations.

Recent events

Issues addressed in recent events include:

  • Resolving school redistricting controversy
  • Visioning the future for local government
  • Developing a statewide curriculum
  • Enabling multiple organizations to work together
  • Developing regional plans for risk management of resources
  • Implementing government mandated changes
  • Improving career awareness, training, and employment
  • Enabling coordinated action at the community and state levels
  • Identifying funding options for infrastructure investments
  • Implementing policy due to changes in legislation or regulation


Our fees are based on the scope of work, event length, and staffing requirements, plus facility and catering fees. We offer services in event design, outreach and registration, logistics management, issues research, facilitation, media management, and post-event implementation. New Mexico First makes every attempt to work cooperatively with each client to keep the scope of work within range of the client’s budget.

Planning Timeline

The timeline for planning an event is determined by the length and type of event. For example, a full, three-day town hall typically takes about six months. A one-day forum, summit, or retreat usually takes two to four months in preparation. This ensures adequate time and effort is put into the process, resulting in quality recommendations. We also offer post-event support to help the client establish and manage an implementation or action team to advance recommendations from the event.

To learn more about how we can help you find consensus on your critical issues, contact us here.

There is a time for collecting input – and there is a time for action. For groups that are ready for action, New Mexico First manages implementation teams, strategic planning sessions, working groups, or task forces. Often, these projects require our support for extended periods of time, generally 4-12 months.


Recent Events


Issues addressed in recent events include:
  • Developing annual strategic goals for a business board
  • Outlining a legislative action plan for a infrastructure town hall
  • Identifying policies and processes to govern a secondary/post-secondary school partnership
  • Managing a working group addressing tribal and municipal relations


Our fees are based on the scope of work, event length, and staffing requirements, plus facility and catering fees. New Mexico First works cooperatively with each client to develop a scope of work within range of the client’s budget.

To learn more about how New Mexico First can help you find consensus on your critical issues, contact us here.

New Mexico First leadership training provides a well-defined, step-by-step approach to help people learn to run productive meetings. Whether you want to learn how to become a better group facilitator or simply a better participant in a group setting, this workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills that enable groups to generate, develop, and select between ideas to reach consensus.

Our leadership training workshop introduces participants to the processes that optimize group participation and effectiveness. Training covers event design, issue framing, discussion facilitation, consensus-building, and recording consensus statements and recommendations.

Upon completion of this training, workshop participants can become eligible to serve in a discussion leader or recorder role at events organized by New Mexico First. In addition, this training makes participants more effective group facilitators in a wide variety of situations in their work organizations and communities.

While New Mexico First generally offers an open enrollment workshop per year, this two-day workshop can also be customized to meet the needs of a specific group. If you are interested in enrolling in one of our open enrollment workshops or scheduling a customized training session, please contact us.

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