Jan 13th, 2014

I am honored to write my first Bottom Line column as 2014 board chairman for the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. We are so fortunate to have had such positive leadership from outgoing Chair Leslie Cervantes and those who have paved the way before her. Her skills across many areas, as well as the staff ’s dedication, have helped the Chamber to be the important influence it is today in local and regional policy-making. As an owner of a small business, I understand the hurdles we in business must face just to keep our doors open. My focus will be ... Continue Reading

Jan 10th, 2014

2013 started out with a bang, saw a few challenges

The change in direction of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce to be­come a more advocacy-centric organization has been chronicled many times during 2013. As the year has drawn to a close, it is important to take a look back and review the topics that were tackled. The year started with a bang as the Chamber saw its efforts come to frui­tion with the unanimous passage of the expanded informed consent legis­lation designed to allow Spaceport America to compete on an even play­ing field with other like entities around the ... Continue Reading

Jan 8th, 2014

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions recently released a report on the state of the workforce.

“Over the year, we’ve seen…. 1,700 jobs.”

That’s Joy Forehand, Deputy Cabinet Secretary at the organization. Job growth at 0.2 percent is above some states in the nation, but at the bottom among Southwestern states.

“New Mexico lags in economic trends…some thought that we may be rebounding…same way in economic decline.”

Bill Allen, CEO of the Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce echoes her statement.

“I think in our area, we were late to get into the recession and as a result I think we were coming out of ... Continue Reading

Sep 2nd, 2013
Proposed lines could impact military assets in region

A battle is brewing in Washington, D.C., between the Department of Defense and the Department of the Interior over the proposed SunZia transmission line project. One side, including some of our local and federal elected officials, sees no issue with the line bisecting a part of the north­ern extension area of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR); the other side sees that route as a possible game changer for the missions at WSMR. The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, along with the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce, the Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce and ... Continue Reading

Aug 19th, 2013

Memorial Medical Center (MMC) an­nounced July 8 that Phillip Rivera has been promoted to president of Physician Services for the hospital. Rivera has been MMC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) since July 2010. He will continue his responsibilities as COO while the hospital conducts a na­tional search to find a strong candidate to fill the position. “I am very excited to have Phil serving as president of Physician Services for MMC,” said Paul Herzog, MMC CEO. “During his time as COO, Phil has developed strong re­lationships with our medical staff, and I am confident that his new role will enable him to ... Continue Reading