Elijah Baca: Economic Development Professional of the Year

We recently recognized client Superheroes at our 18th Annual Travois Conference! Since 2015, we’ve honored industry professionals doing amazing work in their communities. This year’s conference and awards luncheon was held in Marina del Rey, CA.

Elijah Baca, CEO of the Santa Clara Development Corporation, was named Economic Professional of the Year!

As CEO of the Santa Clara Development Corporation, Elijah Baca currently manages the Santa Claran Casino and Santa Clara Retail Enterprises that includes: Santa Clara Travel Centers, Riverside Package Liquor & Tobacco, the Puye Cliffs Cultural Site and a franchised UPS store. He also manages Black Mesa Golf Enterprises — which is a top five New Mexico golf course — and Kha’P’o Construction Services.

Alongside these responsibilities, he guided the Santa Claran Hotel, a 124-room three-star hotel, through the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) seven-year compliance period.

His strategic thinking and quick financial mind have helped his pueblo to develop, and he has positioned the Santa Clara Development Corporation as a force in northern New Mexico hospitality.

Congratulations, Elijah, on your leadership in economic development!

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