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

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 20th, 2014

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

Jan 23rd, 2014

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

Mar 3rd, 2014

Driving east on Lohman Avenue, you may have noticed the wood buttressing on the walls of the Armijo house. This is exciting to see because it is the first step in the process of restoring and repurposing the old home to a brand new use, the locationof the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. This property is of special importance to the Chamber because it was purchased and renovated in 1877 by Nestor Armijo, an early pioneer in the Mesilla Valley who also became a prominent businessman. Eventually, six generations of his family lived in the home. We at the Chamber understand ... Continue Reading