LCSN: PROFILE: Train pulls into station with new degree

June 5, 2011. Retrieved online June 6, 2011 from Brook Stockberger, Las Cruces Sun-News

Businesswoman first -ever grad in new NMSU “eco” program

By Brook Stockberger LAS CRUCES – Abby Train is a businesswoman, teacher and is now the first person (OK, one of the first two people) to earn a doctorate in economic development at New Mexico State University.

Train and Harry Burgess – the city manager of Carlsbad – picked up their degrees last month, the first granted in the program that was started several years ago.

Train operates Train Business Solutions, a consulting practice in Las Cruces and she also is a member of the math department at NMSU where she teaches statistics.

With a focus on the entrepreneurial approach to economic development, Train has been asked to speak to the Green Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club and the Las Cruces City Council and has volunteered on various city task forces including the El Paseo redevelopment and the Picacho redevelopment efforts.

A native of Schenectady, NY, Train, 47, graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a degree in management information systems. She lived in Houston for 14 years and thrived as an IT professional before she and her family looked for a change and “stumbled over Las Cruces and it was love at first sight.”
Train said Las Cruces is a very beautiful place but suffers from economic inequality.

“That surprised me because you don’t see a lot of the super rich here like you do in Houston,” she said. “We have a contingent of college professors, government workers and bankers who make a comfortable living and we have a lot of very poor people. The problem is we don’t have a lot in the middle.

“What I identified in my research is that we don’t have enough jobs that pay $35 to $40,000 dollars,” Train said. “It’s not going to get you rich but you can be comfortable and we don’t have enough of those jobs in the middle.”

She said that makes it difficult to show education as an incentive.
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