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 the recession. I’m hoping that 2014 is a better year…I actually think it will be.”
For 2014, Allen is relying on one project in particular to boost southern New Mexico’s economy… Spaceport America.
“From the chamber’s perspective…small business council…allocate resources to the Spaceport opportunity in and of itself.”
Other than what local businesses could make from a project that shoots for the moon, Allen is betting on what stars…that is…celebrities…can bring to the area.
“Gosh, I don’t think we have a clue on…if Justin Bieber comes to town, who’s coming to see him…we’ve got to be ready, we’ve got to take advantage of it.”