From the Overview: "Economic developers serve as a vital bridge between the business community and the greater economic interests in the communities they serve. Many local, regional, and state governments turn to their publicly or privately funded economic development organizations and chambers of commerce (referred to throughout this toolkit as 'EDOs') to be the economic leaders, 'deal makers,' and visionaries for attracting new investment and supporting existing businesses. In these roles, EDOs sometimes find themselves unexpectedly called to action when there is a natural or manmade disaster and businesses are suddenly impacted. In such instances, economic developers often find that so much of the hard work they have contributed to grow their economies can be reversed."
International Economic Development Council
New Mexico Economic Development Department: https://gonm.biz/