Teamwork on local issues begins again

Sep 14th, 2015

The Doña Ana County Legislative Coalition (DACLC) — made up of the City of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces Public Schools, Hatch Valley Public Schools, Gadsden School District, Mesilla Valley Economic Development Alliance, The Bridge of Southern New Mexico and the HispanicBill Allen, President of the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commrece and Greater Las Cruces Chambers of Commerce — has been meeting for several months now in preparation for New Mexico’s 30-day Legislative Session that begins at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

For those of you that attended Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe this year you will most certainly recall the video done by the LNG Company that detailed the issues brought forward by the group during this year’s 60-day session. To remind you, we were successful on two thirds of the items that we were advocating for during session. By all accounts, this was a successful year, in spite of the financial constraints that the State of New Mexico had to deal with due to the plunge in oil prices.

The group is back at it again, sifting through the many needs for our area and trying to determine the select few to bring up to the 2016 session. Every year it amazes me that this large number of organizations, with its differing constituencies, is able to come together and view things from the point of view of the region in order to determine which requests will be part of the DACLC agenda.

First, we should all thank these groups as they work to make southern New Mexico a better place to educate and raise our children; to develop the leaders of tomorrow and bring in new and keep our existing businesses in an effort to drive more and better jobs to our area.

I suspect that 2016 will be another successful year for our area due to the work of the DACLC. Bill Allen President of the Board Greater Las Cruces