Apr 9th, 2014

Every year for the last eight years, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce has gone to Washington, D.C., to advocate for our region. Two things about this trip have probably not be adequately communicated: The importance of why we visit Washington every year and that members who participate spend their own money and take their valuable time to be part of the group that travels across the country. In the lead story for this edition of the Bottom Line, we discuss Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) as part of our recent visit to Washington. It appears that as part of ... Continue Reading

Apr 8th, 2014

Why do we go into business?

It seems everyone has his or her own reason or story. Sometimes it’s simply for profit. Sometimes it’s a matter of necessity – to create a source of income when all other options are exhausted. For some, it is a lifestyle choice – to be able to set your own hours and to know that the work you put in is for you and your family. Others may be driven by wanting to do something they are good at or just love to do. Still others want to feel like they have a purpose and ... Continue Reading

Apr 7th, 2014

Chamber visits Washington, D.C. WSMR one agenda item

Members of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce made an annual trip to Washington, D.C., in March. Despite losing almost an entire day to a late-winter snow storm, members were able to meet with seven high-level Pentagon officials, members of seven different federal delega­tions, one organization with military ties to the region and one company interested in lo­cating to Las Cruces, as well as attended three briefings at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The group that represented Las Cruces consisted of board members Russell Allen of Allen Theatres, Savonne Griffin of FirstLight Federal Credit ... Continue Reading

Mar 21st, 2014

County continues efforts to make progress, city sets high standards

The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce held its first Membership Update Luncheon of the year Feb. 28 at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. The annual luncheon provides Chamber members and members of the community the opportunity to listen to cur­rent projects and progress within the city and county.

Mayor Ken Miyagishima was first to take the podium at the event. Miyagishima placed an important significance on the city’s appearance and service it is providing. “The service given by the City of Las Cruces has to be as that ... Continue Reading

Mar 21st, 2014

Participants look at how the city, county run

Junior Leadership, a program developed by the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, is composed of area high school students who are currently enrolled in their junior year of high school. Participants in this year’s program are students who attend Las Cruces, Mayfield, Centennial, Oñate and Arrowhead Park Early College high schools.

The purpose of the Junior Leadership Program is to show future community leaders what Doña Ana County has to offer and how they can help make changes or imple­ment their ideas to better the city.

In February, Junior Leadership participants had the chance ... Continue Reading