Francisco Pallares, DED

Director of Business Development
Spaceport America

Dr. Francisco Pallares is a former Associate Professor of Economics at Sul Ross State University and Deputy Director for the Economic Development department at City of Las Cruces and has over 10 years of experience in applied economic development and economic research. His background includes leading projects on revenue forecasting, cost benefit analysis, economic impact analysis, fiscal impact analysis, local and small business development, COVID recovery strategies including those for workforce development programs to support vulnerable populations and displaced workers, and diversification of employment opportunities.

Francisco’s research has been published in economic journals such as Economic Development Quarterly, Journal of Borderland Studies, Regional Science Policy and Practice, and Asian Economic and Financial Review. Highlights to Dr. Pallares educational background include a doctorate in Economic Development from New Mexico State University, a master’s in economics and bachelor’s from the University of Texas at El Paso.