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Watson Hired as NMSU Economic Development Coordinator

LAS CRUCES -- Karen A. Watson began work Dec. 2 as economic development coordinator for the Rural Economic Development through Tourism (REDITT) project with New Mexico State University's Cooperative Extension Service

Watson, a native of Chickasha, OKla., will provide leadership in REDITT, which helps southern New Mexico communities develop tourism potential while preserving their rural way of life. REDITT also provides hospitality training skills for service providers, festivals and event management.

She has worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and served as executive director for the Rio-Pecos Family Crisis Center in Alpine, Texas. She also was a Texas Agricultural Extension Service county agent for Brewster, Jeff Davis and Terrell counties.

Watson earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in home economics education from the University of Arizona, where she was outstanding senior in the College of Agriculture. She has served as president of the Texas Association of Extension 4-H Agents and chair of the Volunteers Task Force National Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

She volunteers as marketing chair for the Big Ben Area Travel Association, which promotes tourism in west Texas. In her spare time, Watson also attends trade shows, festivals and hikes.