INFRASTRUCTURE

Land to develop. Energy to tap.

Tucumcari city limits encompass nearly eight square miles within Quay County. The county itself contains nearly 3,000 square miles of land area dominated by dramatic mesas, rolling hills, and the vast grasslands known as Llano Estacado – or Staked Plains. This vast landscape of varying geography and natural resources, presents boundless opportunity for diverse industries.

Currently, agricultural and food processing make up the bulk of Tucumcari’s manufacturing sector. An extensive canal system irrigates 55,000 acres of farmland where crops such as alfalfa, wheat, sorghum, and cotton are grown.

Tucumcari is also making strides in expanding eco-tourism in the area. Approximately a quarter-million tourists are drawn to the area’s abundant natural resources every year. Ute Lake and Conchas Lake provide water sports as well as abundant fishing.

Promising energy initiatives are also underway in Tucumcari. Experts from several gas companies have stated that the region sits above a major gas deposit. Development of these deposits would greatly increase economic opportunity in Tucumcari, and could help reduce the country’s reliance on foreign oil.

With two wind farms within 30 miles of town and the wind energy program at Mesalands Community College which boasts the “world’s tallest classroom”, the Tucumcari area is well on its way to becoming a leader in renewable energy development. Energy companies in the area include Florida Power & Light, New Mexico Gas Co, Cielo Energy, and Xcel Energy.

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