Categories: NewsPublished On: July 14th, 2022

HOBBS, NM – Committed to improving the quality of life for residents in Lea County, the JF Maddox Foundation has awarded the City of Lovington a $300,000 grant that will fund initiatives to improve city infrastructure and invest in employee development.

Funds from the JF Maddox grant will be used on projects to support the community and improve areas where residents live, work, and play. $100,000 from the investment will be used to make upgrades to the Harold Runnels Softball Complex and allow the City of Lovington to install new lights for the complex, level the field, and make other improvements that will benefit residents.

The Foundation’s investment will also provide professional development for department heads employed by the City of Lovington. The city will have the opportunity to utilize $20,000 from the grant award to identify opportunities for leadership development and training for employees. By having access to this resource, staff will have the ability to participate in programs that will offer new perspectives and skill sets to better serve residents.

Additionally, the grant will support the purchase of squad cars for the local police department.

“We are humbled by the generous investment the JF Maddox Foundation has made to support the City of Lovington,” said Dr. Vidal Martinez, City Manager. “These grant funds will make our community healthier and safer and provide important professional development opportunities for our leaders that will ultimately make Lovington stronger.”

Grant programs at the JF Maddox Foundation focus on enhancing quality of life and supporting organizations that serve the community. “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the City of Lovington through this grant,” stated David Reed, Senior Program Officer & Communications Manager, JF Maddox Foundation. “Not only will there be immediate impact with infrastructure improvements, but by investing in employees, there will be continued, long-term benefits for residents for years to come. The new leadership at the City of Lovington is engaged and passionate about helping their community and we look forward to collaborating with them on future initiatives as the city’s needs evolve.”