As part of our ongoing service to our members, the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce keeps you up-to-date on laws or actions being proposed that could have a serious impact on employers and the job climate in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County.
The Chamber has always favored protecting the Organ Mountains, but based on concerns that have not been addressed we are in opposition to the over-reaching S. 1805 Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act which will sequester 25% of Doña Ana County’s lands under a permanent, non-reversible monument status. Additionally, much of the land proposed for the monument is ... Continue Reading
Most of us in business spend many many hours just tending to the details of our business! We don’t have time to “fight every battle” when it comes to proposed regulations or issues that could affect our businesses.
I joined the chamber simply because a friend of mine asked me to. Hardly a noble reason, but what it did is open up a world where I got to meet not only the leaders of our community, but also other businessmen who have the same obstacles and who also don’t necessarily have the time to research and address issues that are brewing ... Continue Reading
Given the general state of our economy, I am still looking forward to 2014 and what it could bring southern New Mexico. We weathered the storm of the recent recession better than some places. That isn’t to say there weren’t people and businesses impacted during it, there were.
Thanks to MVEDA, there continues to be activity in Las Cruces and the county. It’s great to see construction projects under way as it is a source of gross receipts tax revenue and a sign outside businesses see the area as an attractive place to locate.
There are two major projects coming on line ... Continue Reading
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
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