The Belen MainStreet Partnership will be transitioning to the “Start-Up” phase of the New Mexico MainStreet program in late July, according to the director of the New Mexico MainStreet program.

New Mexico MainStreet announced in an email yesterday that the Belen MainStreet Partnership has met all of the benchmarks needed to successfully enter the next phase of the MainStreet program. The new phase will open up the partnership to additional resources and funding.

The partnership was founded in 2009 by the City of Belen, lead by former president and then-mayor Ronnie Torres. The group has been in the “Emerging” phase since then.

The official transition to “Start-Up” will take place on July 25 at a quarterly MainStreet conference in Taos.

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