July Update Luncheon will focus on the state of health care By Bill Allen Chamber President/CEO
Considerable time and effort was spent last year to educate and inform Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce members, health care and non-health care alike, about the Affordable Care Act and its implications on large and small business. We feel that it is now time to move to the next phase of the plan and to begin convening sessions on subjects that health care professionals feel are important to their industry.
The Chamber is in the process of gathering facts that will enable us to better ... Continue Reading
As we prepare for another Change of Command ceremony at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) and get ready to say “good-bye” to Maj. Gen. Gwen Bingham, we must make certain that we don’t take for granted the great relationship that exists between the groups on either side of the mountain.
I clearly remember Bingham at her first Thanks Team WSMR event in 2012, saying she had never seen anything like what we do for the base in her 30-plus years of military service.
The fact WSMR is a key driver of our economy has been chronicled in this publication numerous ... Continue Reading
Many of you had the opportunity to tour the Armijo House during our March Business After Hours. For those of you that missed it, I would be glad to take you through it so you can see what it takes to bring a 150 year old building back to life. We are making terrific progress on renovating the building and expect to move into it by years end. This is a big project and we are looking for help, especially from those who have a tie with the Chamber.
We are really proud to have had almost 300 leaders go ... Continue Reading
By Bill Allen
What a wonderful problem to have – new companies are coming to our region all bringing with them the kind of higher paying jobs that we are looking for. Union Pacific, Certoplast, Franco Whole Foods and CN Wire have all either officially opened for business or announced their intentions to relocate to Doña Ana County.
With these organizations will come more than 1,000 jobs. How do we best fill those positions?
Workforce readiness is a problem all over the country.
Thankfully, we have both short-term and long-term plans to deal with this issue.
Start with the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance’s ... Continue Reading
There is a good deal of focus in the month’s issue of the Bottom Line on workforce readiness. Workforce readiness is not strictly related to people that might be interested in the large number of new jobs coming to town – it should be looked at by all of us.
I had the opportunity to talk with a colleague that just came back from a program at one of our nation’s most prestigious business schools. It was so refreshing to see how energized she was by her experience. Our conversation made me think about what I am doing to keep current, ... Continue Reading