Jan 5th, 2015

The diversity and intelligence of my fellow board members has always amazed and impressed me. This community is fortunate to have such a spectrum of community leaders dedicate their time and energy working toward a better future.

Equally impressive is the dedication of many of the past chairs who still serve tirelessly on myriad committees that are well organized and on task.

Through the direction of the board, Bill Allen and his staff have carried out directives, sometimes with odds overwhelmingly against us, as well as continuing many legacy projects like the Armijo House and the leadership programs that will give back ... Continue Reading

Jan 12th, 2015

Student group learns about Southern NM agriculture

Agriculture is one of the backbones of the Mesilla Valley’s economy, so it was a natural choice for November’s Junior Leadership topic of the day.

Our young leaders helped set the agenda for the day, which began at Big Sky Dairy in Mesquite. Dairy is New Mexico’s top cash commodity, and the kids witnessed the milking process, saw where the product is stored, and learned about the cattle’s nutrition and life cycle, as well as about industry regulations.

Our next stop was La Mesa, where the young leaders took a tour of family-owned Cervantes Enterprises. They ... Continue Reading

Jan 19th, 2015

Organization partners with American Express

The Chamber and American Express encouraged shoppers to spend their money locally during the annual Small Business Saturday help on Nov. 29. The day happens every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving and encourages people to shop at the small businesses. This year there were more Neighborhood Champions than ever. Nearly 3,000 people in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. rallied their communities to Shop Small. We would like to thank all those, businesses and shoppers alike, that participated.  

Jan 26th, 2015

Group of partners work to formulate requests By Bill Allen CEO/President After reading a comment about the Doña Ana Legislative Coalition recently, it spurred the need to provide some clarity as to the mission of the group. The group is made up of representatives from New Mexico State University, the Las Cruces Public Schools, the Gadsden School District, the Hatch Valley Public School, the City of Las Cruces, Doa Ana County, the Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, the Las Cruces Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce. The makeup of the group always leads to community related ... Continue Reading

Feb 2nd, 2015

Every new year brings with it new challenges as well as new opportunities.

The Chamber’s new three-year strategic plan brings with it much of the same. With the support of the board of directors, we will be embarking into somewhat unfamiliar territory – but it is territory that we must go toward to provide the necessary support for the local business community.

There will be four seats open during this fall’s election – three from the City Council as well as the mayor’s position. For the first time the Chamber will be proactive in this area. We will be training and endorsing ... Continue Reading