What a day in Santa Fe

Mar 7th, 2014

Rick Jackson Chair of the Council of Conquistadores 2014 Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce If you missed Las Cruces Day in Santa Fe (LCDSF) this year, you missed an oppor­tunity to network, display your profession in the Rotunda, go down on the Senate floor, listen to important decisions being made, breakfast and lunch with great speakers, a fabulous Super Bowl party, trip to the governor’s man­sion and, most important, the op­portunity to speak with legislators from all over the state about the 2014 Legislative initiatives.

Las Cruces was represented by more than 235 citizens,
business owners and represen­tatives speaking about issues that directly affect Las Cruces and Doña Ana County. The Doña Ana County Legislative Coalition identified 15 priorities that will generate the strongest economic and social return for our community.

Those priorities include: southern road access to the Spaceport America, street im­provement, renovations/addi­tions for New Mexico State University and Doña Ana Community College, traffic signal
synchronization and public school funding, just to name a few.

We also spoke of some much needed policy changes such as, Teen Substance Abuse Awareness, Support for Dual Credit and New Mexico gross receipts tax and hold harmless legislation, which are all very important issues.

The success every year could not happen without help from our business community. I would like to thank MountainView Regional Medical Center, NMSU, Comcast, U.S. Bank, City of Las Cruces, Doña Ana County,
Cruces Trophy and Awards Center, American Document Services, The Dickerson Group and all our volunteers.

Very special thanks goes out to LCDSF Committee Chair Stacie Allen and her wonderful group for 10 months of numerous meet­ings, planning, coordinating with agencies from the community, hotel staff, transportation, food
vendors and much more. Last, but by no means least, I want to thank the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce, the staff and the board for their continued support of the Conquistadore program and all they do for this wonderful com­munity we call home.