LCSN: PROFILE: MVEDA’s AaronsCooke happy with numbers and spreadsheets

October 8, 2010. Retrieved online October 11, 2010 from Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — Maybe it was fate for Jaclyn AaronsCooke to wind up in the Land of Enchantment.

Her family was in the midst of a move from Valencia, Calif. — just north of Los Angeles — to Miami when the car broke down in New Mexico, at Thoreau, near Bluewater Lake State Park and the Continental Divide. Her parents liked the area and decided to put down roots.

“I went from being in a high school class with 600 people to being in a school with 500,” AaronsCooke said. “It was a big change.”

Whether it was fate or simply a bad valve, she graduated from Thoreau High School and came to Las Cruces to study at New Mexico State University, where she earned a degree in economics.

And it is here where AaronsCooke, a lover of numbers and statistics and spread sheets, found her calling. As a research analyst for the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, AaronsCooke gathers, stores and disseminates a variety of different statistics on Doña Ana County.

Need to know how many acres of alfalfa are grown here? AaronsCooke has already investigated the topic. Want to some statistics about the labor pool in the area? There’s a good chance she has them on her computer, or, if not, she will soon.

“If I don’t have it, I can look for it,” she said.

AaronsCooke also develops custom proposal packets and operating cost comparisons for prospective companies, her bio states. Next month she celebrates her fifth year with MVEDA.

When the economic development organization meets with a company that is considering relocating to the county, MVEDA wants to be able to present the prospect with fact and figures about the area. And, of course, the businesses often have specific requests for information.

Read the Las Cruces Sun-News article.

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